I am the mother of five amazing sons. Yes, I birthed an entire basketball team! I am, of course, the ref (and head cheerleader!) and my husband Dave is the coach! One of our starting five and key players - Tyson- is now scoring big in heaven and cheering us all on down below. I am passionate about motherhood, lighthouses, purple, chocolate, writing, and running. I enjoy cake decorating, baking, and shopping (just a little too much!) I named this blog Beacon of Hope in honor of my son Tyson. He is definitely MY beacon of hope.
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Happiness is not a destination, it's a journey. Happiness is not tomorrow, it is now. Happiness is not a dependency, it is a decision. Happiness is what you are, not what you have.
What I believe
"The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss. That which is taken away from those who love the Lord will be added unto them in His own way. While it may not come at the time we desire, the faithful will know that every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude." --Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Come What May, and Love It", Ensign, Nov 2008, 26–28
In the Family Room...
Me and my Mommy on my birthday
This was our 25th Anniversary. Wow, that makes us sound really, really old! This was taken at Windy's Sukiyaki in Ogden. We went there on one of our very first dates.
My whole fam.....2004
I birthed an entire team! ~1997~
♥My Amazing Boys♥
Sky's Real Estate photo
Tyson.....ever the comedian
Bryce ready for a hot one
Tay in AK with his latest 'catch'
McKster cheesin' it
Fun times in Hawaii 2004
The men in my life ♥ March 2004
My boys at the MTC sending Sky off on his mission in 2004...last photo all together.
My current mood is:
God is not interested in your comfort, stop complaining about your circumstances. God is interested in your character, in stretching you, shaping you (often a very painful process)!
I AM THANKFUL FOR:
♥Living in a free country
♥The crispness of fall
♥My incredible family
♥My wonderful bloggy friends
♥Rain ♥Good friends ♥My Savior ♥Inner strength ♥The Priesthood ♥Tender mercies ♥Kittens ♥Hot soup ♥A warm bed ♥A loving husband ♥Prayer ♥Forgiveness ♥A healthy body ♥Running ♥Great kids ♥Thunderstorms ♥Smell of homemade cookies or bread ♥My parents ♥Seasons ♥Love ♥Hot showers ♥Hugs ♥The scriptures ♥
"Every child should spend a substantial amount of time with somebody who's crazy about him or her . . . There has to be at least one person who has an irrational involvement with that child, someone who thinks that kid is more important than other people's kids, someone who's in love with him or her, and whom he or she loves in return." -Urie Bronfenbrenner
I'll let you know what I think once I've had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it's still free.
Why I Blog
"To you women of today... I suggest to you that you write, that you keep journals, that you express your thoughts... writing is a great discipline. It will assist you in various ways, and you will bless the lives of many, now and in the years to come, as you [write] some of your experiences and some of your musings." President Gordon B. Hinckley
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. Henry D. Thoreau
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I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. ~Martha Washington No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction, God will never desert us. He never has, and He never will. He cannot do it. It is not His character. . . We have found that God. We have made him our friend, by obeying His gospel; and He will stand by us. We may pass through the fiery furnace; we may pass through deep waters; but we shall not be consumed nor overwhelmed. We shall emerge from all these trials and difficulties the better and purer for them, if only we trust in our God and keep His commandments. ~George Q. Cannon
♥CHOICES♥ ☻If it is cold, you have choices: you can light a fire or curse the weather. ☻If you are hungry, you have choices: you can eat or curse your stomach ☻If you are tired, you have choices: you can rest or you can curse your fatigue. ☻If there is hatred, you have choices: you can love or you can curse other people. ☻If it is congested, you have choices: you can tune your radio or you can honk and curse others stuck in traffic with you. ☻If the store clerk is having problems, you have choices: you can show patience or you can curse her.
Everything in life is about choice. Everything you do and everything you say is a choice you make. Make good choices. IT REALLY IS ALL ABOUT CHOICES...
"Whatever comes our way, whatever battle we have raging inside us, we always have a choice. My friend Harry taught me that. He chose to be the best of himself. It's the choices that make us who we are, and we can always choose to do what's right." Peter Parker (The Spidey)