My inspiration for this record of my days:

“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen

Monday, October 18, 2010


This weekend was Josh’s baptism.


I gave everyone fair warning that I was likely to be crazy emotional lady that day.  I expected to be weepy through the whole day and well into the evening.

Sure enough… as I was leading the music, looking out over all the family and friends that were there, the tears began.  I am so grateful for all the people who care about my children.  Who will come just to be there and show their support.

I am so grateful for the good little boy who said “I can’t stop smiling even if I wanted to!”  He is smart and sincere in his desire to do what is right.


I also cried because I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ.  It gives me direction and peace in my life.  And it helps to surround me with other people who are earnestly trying to follow the Savior.

Then I cried because I can’t believe how fast the years go.  It seems yesterday that Josh was a chubby little toddler who liked to tell me stories at naptime. 



Before I know it, I’ll be sending him off on a mission!
Now THAT is gonna be crazy emotional lady!


  1. What a handsome little sweetie. I'm glad it was such a wonderful day for your family. We miss you guys like crazy.....and Russel and I were just laughing so hard at your comment on the kitty post. We know all too well, don't we? Love ya!

  2. I love it when you're this kind of weepy. It let's me know that something is going right.

  3. aw.. that is so sweet! We have a baptism this week too! How fun!
    Can you send me your snail mail address? I have a book I think your son will like.