In dog, family Posted

Puppy training kids

Some cautioned me about getting a puppy. “It’s a huge commitment!” they said. “It is like adding a child to the family!” they warned … but you can’t lock your child in a pen and leave the house. (At least you shouldn’t!) And, let’s face it, this is a dog – not a human. I […]

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In faith, family Posted

Polishing … prunes and me

I was cherishing time at my parents’ home – sweet scents, comfort food and three generations laughing together. Like usual, World News blared in the background. When, “new successful cancer treatment” flashed across the screen, I bolted to the TV with Mom close behind. Immunotherapy is becoming [...]

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In family Posted

Back to {Poe Gnome} School

The Poe Gnome School is back in session; and since this is my first year blogging, and because this is a major facet of my life, I thought I’d introduce us. We’ve been homeschooling since … well, since the birth of our firstborn … but that doesn’t mean we’re experts. Just like in the [...]

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In faith, family Posted

Making new friends

“Learning, pondering, searching, and memorizing scriptures is like filling a filing cabinet with friends, values, and truths that can be called upon anytime, anywhere in the world,” said Richard G. Scott “Great power can come from memorizing scriptures. To memorize a scripture is to forge a new [...]

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In Christ Posted


The dahlia fields near our home are in full bloom …. So my camera, my heart and mind have spent time there … picturing the act of blooming. We plant the seeds, but we can’t make them grow. We can nourish them with clean water and nutrient-rich soil. We can sing to them sweet songs […]

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In Christ, faith Posted

Is he real?

Spray-painted silver from head-to-toe, the man stood frozen behind sunglasses. He could see our eyes, but we couldn’t see his. “Is he a real man?” asked my five-year-old, Eli. I testified that he was … and we all stared – looking for any sign of life.   A crowd gathered around the [...]

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In Uncategorized Posted

Every mother needs mothering

With just a little less sleep or a little more stress, my not-so-pretty colors pop to the surface. Those things “which do so easily beset me” (2Nephi 4:18) sure can push my buttons … and, sadly, it doesn’t take much pushing to show off just how weak I am. That’s why I’m especially thankful for [...]

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