How to Make It Through Church With Young Kids (5 Actionable Strategies)

Hey! Today’s blog post is inspired by a reader’s response to last week’s blog survey (if you still haven’t taken that, click here!), and I thought it was a brilliant idea for a post. I know many families have a tradition of making sure they go to Sunday worship services on Easter Sunday, so since …

Some Reflections on Serving an 18-Month Mission in a Foreign Country

Ten years ago yesterday, I wheeled my two suitcases into the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, said goodbye to my family for a year and a half, and began what will surely remain forever as one of the greatest adventures of my life–the chance I had to serve a religious mission for 18 months …

Save $1000 in 100 Days Challenge

How We Saved $1000 in 100 Days

A few months ago, I was pretty frustrated with our financial situation. Despite my husband having received quarterly raises this year and me getting more jobs through my photography business than I ever have before, it seemed we were never gaining any real traction on our goals. Back in January, as part of my 101 …

Open Heart Surgery

No, this is not a post wherein I reveal some devastating medical scare (thank goodness)— This is a post where I talk about a book that, at just over 100 pages, has managed to change my life…probably forever (and I mean that literally). In fact, it was this book that caused me to stay up …

Simple Living is About More Than Purging Closets

Simple Living Has to Be About More than Closets and Schedules to Be Fulfilling

Two months ago, I attended a church meeting that has had me pondering its messages ever since. A couple times a year, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints meet together for something called Stake Conference, where all the local congregations of the Church meet in two general sessions over a weekend …

Learning to Embrace Plan B

Every fall for the past three years, we’ve made a yearly tradition of going to a local apple orchard as a family. It was part of The Plan that this tradition would be long-standing and annual, with nothing or no one standing in the way of us getting our yearly cider fix and hundreds (!) …