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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 [...]

New Year’s Resolutions

by heather
I decided I would post these publicly, because if I tell people about them, I will feel more of an obligation to be honest and do what I said I was going to do. Read 12 chapter books with Thing 1. And then have activities to go with them. Like watching the Harry Potter movies after reading each one. Find 12 books that interest Thing 2 and read them with him. He can read, but he's not super interested in the activity, I hope to change that. Potty train Cindy Lou Who. She has shown some sporadic Read more [...]

What I’ve Been Up To: December 2013

by heather
What I have been up to: We had a blizzard. One co-worker said that she has lived here for 22 years and she has never seen a snow storm like that in St George. And not only did we get a snow storm, but the snow stuck around for more than a week. (In fact we still have some in patches in our yard weeks later.) Totally weird for St. George. But the kids enjoyed snow fights and building snow men. I got my neighbor gifts AND my Christmas cards out before Christmas. Wahoo!  (Well, most of them.) Read more [...]

Mormon Journey Part 6: Polygamy

by heather
I had come to terms with polygamy. I live in southern Utah and I have multiple friends who are happily living in polygamous relationships. If living that way makes them happy and no one is getting hurt, then it isn't really my business. I was also told growing up that part of the reason that polygamy was necessary was because there were so many more women than men, and Mormon doctrine dictates that a woman has to be married to reach the highest level of Celestial Kingdom. I have a very dear friend Read more [...]

Mormon Journey Part 5: Communication & Translation

by heather
So my husband and I found ourselves in a mixed faith marriage, and it sucked. The tension made our relationship  painful. I knew that his mission had been hard and that he struggled with depression through a good part of it, but it wasn't until very recently that I fully realized how very damaging his mission had been to his mental health.  I met with our bishop once about it, and he had had multiple conversations with Alan about his 'faith crisis'. He told me that the only good thing that had Read more [...]

Found this under my pillow this evening

by heather

#nicetobeappreciated #lovemydaughter


Vegan French Dip Sandwiches

by heather
This recipe has been an evolving experiment that started with a funeral or three. My husband's grandmother, affectionately known as 'Super Grandma' passed away, two weeks after 'Super Grandpa' had died. Awhile later my mother-in-law's only brother who had been living there also passed away. After the last funeral we went to the house and began going through their belongings. In a cupboard someone found an ancient bottle of Burgundy. Super Grandma loved to golf and would often win fancy bottles of Read more [...]

Lessons from the flood

by heather
Sunday afternoon we had a pretty intense hail/rain storm. I heard that we got 2 1/2" of rain in 20 minutes, and then it kept raining. Apparently St George hasn't had a storm this bad in about a hundred years. We looked out the window at the river flowing past our backyard, were grateful that we had cut out early on our camping trip and continued with our Sunday routine. The next morning I started making a crockpot meal for a friend who was having a miscarriage. I needed a can of diced tomatoes, Read more [...]

Book Review: How to Hug a Porcupine: Dealing With Toxic and Difficult to Love Personalities

by heather
There's a fair amount of dysfunction in the family that I was raised in. (But then who doesn't have some degree of dysfunction in their families?) After talking with a friend who grew up in a similar circumstance, she recommended that I read How to Hug a Porcupine: Dealing With Toxic and Difficult to Love Personalities by John L. Lund. It was a great book and very much worth the time it took to read it. I even think that I will read it again. I recommend it to everyone. Now you may say 'My family Read more [...]

Maintaining a Clean House

by heather
Maintaining a clean house is just about that, maintaining. You've got to keep the mess at a certain level. If you aren't constantly taking small steps to keep it under control, things get out of hand and quickly. How you run your house depends on your household, needs, circumstances, etc. Here is the dynamic that we have going on our house: My handsome husband- really great about playing with and teaching our kids when he's not at work full-time. He has recently become a vegetarian (with lots Read more [...]

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