Food Storage & Other Adventures in Motherhood

Sunstone Presentation on Human Trafficking

by heather
Last week I attended the Sunstone Symposium in Salt Lake City, Utah. I attended to support several friends who were presenting and I attended because I wanted to listen to Ed Smart speak on human trafficking. I feel like this information is worth sharing and more relevant to my old blog than my current one, so I'm back for a minute. The presentation was a panel of 4 speakers (there was a fifth scheduled, but he was unable to attend), and the theme was 'Faith in Action'. The first speaker was Read more [...]

New Blog

by heather
Hey everyone who has read my blog through the years. I have decided that it is time to call it quits here. My life isn't really about food storage anymore. I still use it on a fairly regular basis, but I'm too busy with school and the rest of my life to do much creative with it. This blog was helpful to me as I researched issues with the LDS Church and processed my own feelings and I hope that it was helpful for many of you also. (Ok, I know it was helpful for several for many because you told me Read more [...]

November/December Quotes

by heather
"Success on the front of women’s rights will look like a world not only with obvious advances – where no girl is denied access to education, for instance – but also one with more subtle changes in how we regard gender and gender stereotypes. Success also means more women in the House and Senate (where women are, sadly, the most underrepresented group by percentage of population vs. percentage in Congress). Success means that girls aren’t starving themselves to try to match some twisted ideal Read more [...]

Mormon Journey Part 10: Liberated

by heather
If you guys have read all the way through parts 1 through 9, you deserve a gold star for hanging in there. If you're local and you've read through the whole thing and you want a prize, I'll give you some of my food storage. So like many committed Mormons, learning this information was painful. I thought that if I just kept researching I would find information to help me keep my faith. I prayed and researched and waited for General Conference (April 2013). Like a good Mormon girl I brought my questions Read more [...]

October Quotes

by heather
“Women are responsible for two thirds of the work done worldwide, yet earn only 10 percent of the total income and own 1 percent of the property... So, are we equals? Until the answer is yes, we must never stop asking.”- Daniel Craig "To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead."- Thomas Paine “The true wealth of a community is measured by how carefully it listens to its women and how sincerely it values their wisdom. Empowering Read more [...]

What I’ve Been Up To: September

by heather
What I've Been Up To (other than homework and unpacking): We took the kids to the Denver Gem & Mineral Show. When I was a kid my grandpa was very interested in rocks. He helped me start a rock collection and encouraged my interest and study in this. It's not something I've been involved in for decades. Recently Thing 1 has shown excitement and interest in rocks, and I was happy to support this. We took her to this show where in addition to exhibits, there were several kid oriented rock and Read more [...]

Kanarra Falls

by heather
Shortly before we moved away from southern Utah we took our kids to Kanarra Falls. If you are ever in the area in the summer, I highly recommend it. It was 25 degrees cooler than St. George, and in late July it felt absolutely heavenly. My kids still talk about this hike on a regular basis and it was my favorite family activity that we did this summer. To get to Kanarravile you take exit 41 off I-15. Travel north until you hit the tiny town (the highway turns into main street) and turn Read more [...]

September Quotes

by heather
"For some reason, people want to see you fail. That's not your problem, that is their problem."- Sandra Bullock "Becoming yourself is really hard and confusing, and it's a process. I was completely the eager beaver in school, I was the girl in the front of the class who was the first person to put her hand up, and it's often not cool to be the person that puts themself out there, and I've often gotten teased mercilessly, but I found that ultimately if you truly pour your heart into what you believe Read more [...]

What I’ve Been Up to: August

by heather
What I've Been  Up To: (Besides Moving and Homework) Hiked Kanarra Falls with my family. I think this was my favorite activity of the summer. When I get around to it, this deserves its own blog post, Hiked Kolob Canyon with friends and our kids. Southern Utah has so many beautiful views. I'm definitely going to miss it. Hiked the Tuachan Saddle with friends. I sure am going to miss my hiking friends as well as the red rock mountains and trails. My kids started school. Visited Read more [...]

Experience about Research and Infant Reflux

by heather
Yesterday I attended a poster presentation event where multiple professors from the College of Nursing shared their research findings. One of the studies (which is still in the works) was on infants with acid reflux (GERD), the mental health of their mothers and the effects of infant massage to ease their discomfort. The study found that mothers of infants with reflux are more prone to postpartum depression and less likely to effectively bond with infants, which causes the mothers a great deal of Read more [...]

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