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Love You Forever, Mom!

My Momma!

My Momma!

The LDS church has recently put up a new facebook trend #ItWasHer for this upcoming Mother’s Day. Here is my little spur-of-the-moment tribute to my one & only, MOM 🙂

She taught us about family. The ones that have been here before us, who are here & who will be. The importance of understanding & loving them all.
It was mom who loved singing in storms & fighting fires.
She served with everything she had.
She sacrificed, loved & cried.
She soothed.
She read story books, scriptures, & told stories from her heart.
It was mom who danced with us, at ice cream on Fridays with us.
It was mom who warned us of what would happen when dad came home.
She is the one who shared her passion of reading. She passed that legacy to her children.
She never bought Halloween costumes.
We caught toads.
Counted train cars as it went by.
Walked barefoot.
Washed our hair in the rain.
It was mom who stood for what was right & showed us the meaning of integrity.
She taught us that there is no place like home. And home is where you make it.
We created cities of boxes. Traveled the world in our back yard.
She is an example of covenant making & covenant keeping.
She taught us to choose the right. … And when in a Chinese restaurant, chooses the Rice!
It was mom who dreamed big & said we can do ANYTHING if we wanted to.
It was mom who loved people & animals. She showed compassion & mercy.
Our friends came to her. The door was always open. She was their mom too.
She is my mom, forever.

Love You Forever, Mom!

Love You Forever, Mom!

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Find Happiness Everywhere (FHE)

This is a simple little story about the most darling 2yr old girl in the WORLD! (yes, I am slightly biased. She is my sister)

Kimi didn’t really talk much before I left on my mission. She would use ASL to communicate mostly. We had a lot of fun times going on walks, watching the train go by & painting. On one particularly sunny day, we were on the front porch. I was drawing clouds & she was colouring them in.  Nothing else was going on, we were just enjoying the day together. At one point Kimi sat back, looked up at the sky & signed happy in ASL as she sighed. Then quietly she spoke the word, “Happy.” with a smile.

How often are those small moments over looked? It’s easy to recognize hard times we have, but we are also given moments of peace & happiness. I believe children are given to us so we can remember & reflect on what is most precious & simple.

Kimi

Kimi

“If we have a heart to learn and a willingness to follow the example of children, their divine attributes can hold a key to unlocking our own spiritual growth.” 

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Storm

Storm

Life gets rainy sometimes & we want the Lord to take away the rain. But instead- he lets it rain because we need it & gives us an umbrella. I feel like those umbrellas can be our family who help us get through hard times. Many times I’ve been driving with my brother, or my mom & we’ll just talk about whatever is going on. It doesn’t take the problem away, but at that moment the problem doesn’t need to be solved. What we need to know is even through our trials & hard times, we are loved.

The pitter-patter of rain
Falling to the ground
Wetting my hair
Bringing joy to my soul
Cleansing the earth.
Lightning flashes
Thunder booms
Bringing fear to some
Exhilaration to others
Music to my ears.
The storm slows
Then fades away
A fresh smell
Fills the land
A stripe of colors
Lights the sky.
The colors will fade
The smell covered
Till the rain comes again
To make the earth
Clean again.
-BY JESSICA HOUSER

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A Komodo Dragon Story

So this is sort of a break from the Christmas rush & overwhelmingness of the season. It started the other day with a text from the Elders that went something like this:
“Hey, Sisters! Could you go help with a Sister in the ward ASAP? Let us know if you can help her!! ASAP!!”

So of course, we say yes we can help. Then we get a message that says:
“Ok good. We don’t know what’s going on but something about a Komodo Dragon!” 

On our way there, we get a call from another couple asking us if we’re going to help with the Dragon. They suggested we call the fire department just in case. We wanted to check out the situation before we did that. Have you ever seen two girls in skirts chasing a Komodo Dragon?! We were trying to figure out how we were going to catch it. And how it even got in this lady’s house! Needless to say, we were exuberant!!

So we get there and she the front door is open, we walk in. The lady who needed help was sitting on the couch crying & told us not to laugh. She pointed at the front door & said: “It’s behind the door!”

We look behind the door & find a small lizard, about the size of the palm of my hand.

I’m sure you’ve felt like that. Where it’s just been a rough, awful, tough day. Nothing could go worse. The stress levels are high & and if any little thing goes wrong then it just feels like you’ve been hit by a Goliath… or Kimono Dragon. And to some people, it may not seem like a big deal, but to you it matters.

When Christ suffered for us, He didn’t just suffer for our sins. He has felt every stress, every moment we feel alone, every time we’ve felt we just can’t push on one more day or hour. Christ knows what that feels like. He didn’t just do that because those moments matter to you, but because you matter to Him.

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”  – Luke 10:19

So whenever a Komodo Dragon or Goliath enters into your life, you always have someone to call on for backup.

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Skating with the Spirit

Skating with the Spirit

“My friends all gave in to smoking, but the little things helped me stay strong…I know we must do the little things in the gospel. They will give us the strength we need to stay strong and avoid temptation.”
-Eirik Sterri

This is a wonderful story of how one teenager did what he loved best & still didn’t give into peer pressure to do drugs. I love it!
Click the photo- you’ll love it too 🙂

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No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

I look to the sky
I see the night sky
The stars in a pattern unknown to the human eye
They are old and wise
They have a story all their own
Yet it intertwines with our story
It’s a single stick that fits perfectly into a single area.
The stars dance at night
With the wind blowing through the green lands
There’s a dance we can not see
For it has been going for as long as time it’s self as started
-Morgan Leigh