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Rewards, pay days, and weddings

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I've been thinking a lot this week about rewards and pay days.  I think it is pretty easy to forget and we all need to be reminded of the fact that THIS LIFE IS NOT THE REWARD.  We all want it to be.  Sometimes we expect it to be.  We forget the purpose behind real earthly experience.  We see others around us seemingly living a charmed life and we think, they are getting their rewards.  Where are mine?  (At least that is our PERCEPTION of what is going on.)  But we need to constantly remind ourselves,at least I do, that this is where we EARN our reward.  The other side of the veil is where we get the prize.   We need to remember this because sometimes life feels like the test that it is and it is pretty easy to get discouraged.   Case in point, I was consoling one of my kiddos the other day.  Sometimes, even when you are fairly popular at school and seem to have a lot of friends, it can feel like you don't get invited to the things that everyone else does because everyone kno…

Beams and Motes

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I haven't posted in awhile.  A year really.  Teaching adult institute and going to graduate school have sucked up all my discretionary time.  However, I saw this post on Facebook and it struck a chord.  I love everything about this article (Written by a YSA ward Bishop).   My primary motivation in posting it here is to help me remember me to heir on the side of love and focus on my own beams and motes, not others as well as to put it somewhere that I can find easily for a future institute lesson for New Testament next semester.  :O)

Richard Ostler added 2 new photos.May 13 at 1:32pm · 
Is she wearing her garment in that wedding dress photo?  (LDS Audience) During my life, I’ve heard this question at times … usually when someone is looking at a bridal or a wedding photo. I’m sure I’ve asked it. I don’t think that is a question we should be asking. It’s a reflection of our ‘check-list’ culture that marginalizes some in Mormonism … making it difficult to fit in … and is exactly one of…

What was up in June 2016 according to my iPhone

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June went by in a whirlwind and before we knew it, it was July!  Our pool finally got finished so needless to say we have been swimming in the back yard a lot.  When we do, this is where you will find Brutus: right next to the pool in the shade.  Trying to stay cool in the extreme heat.  June means sleeping in and lots of snuggle time with these two.  It has also meant walking at Cooper with this guy when my mom was unavailable.  Brady is training for a triathlon with a friend.    My little brother and his cute wife made me an aunt again.  This is sweet little Brooks.  We kind of like him in case you can't tell.










 This is some random picture I had on my phone from my favorite fellow.    This mad me laugh.
 Kiki go there braces off.
 We have been trying to bust out Personal Progress.  Both girls are SO close we can almost taste it.


 And we have been trying to be patient about this guy coming home to us.  Can't wait to hug his neck.

 We got a new trampoline among other things. …