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Category Archives: relationships

Graduate School

by heather
Last spring, after my husband started reading From Housewife to Heretic by Sonia Johnson, he decided that it was high time that I go after my career dreams. For years I have wanted to go back to school, but with kids and putting him through school a couple times it had been put on the back burner. I really liked the idea of becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner. It would incorporate many parts of my current job that I love, but I would be able to have a broader scope of influence and more autonomy. Read more [...]

Being an LGBT Ally

by heather
The bigger marriage equality became in the news, the more I thought and determined that I am an LGBT ally. The only problem is I don't actually know anyone who is openly gay. I had a friend in high school that I suspected might be gay, but then we went Disneyland on a high school orchestra trip. He sat behind me on the Matterhorn and in the dark he whispered in my ear "Heather, I love you." Not knowing how to respond I just started screaming. But it led me to believe that he wasn't gay. Sometime 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 [...]

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 [...]

Mormon Journey Part 3: The guy in my Spanish class

by heather
This section has actually very little to do with Mormonism, but it is completely relevant to my journey, so I'm going to tell the part of the story where my husband and I got together, and I was a silly teenage girl. On occasion people have asked me if I always knew that he was the one for me. That would be a definite 'no'. My earliest memory of Alan was that he was in my seventh grade advanced science class. He sat a few seats over from me. My friend was making fun of him for being so shy. (Kids Read more [...]

Book Review: And They Were Not Ashamed

by heather
This is not really my area of expertise and I generally don't review books that I dislike so much that I can't bring myself to finish them, but I have had several friends request that I review this book on my blog. So here we go... When I decided that I wanted to talk about rape culture to my Young Women, my bishop recommended that I read And They Were Not Ashamed: Strengthening Marriage through Sexual Fulfillment by Laura Brotherson. Ok, so I ordered it and started reading. No where in the Read more [...]

Quotes from August

by heather
Here are a few quotes I recently came across that either made me think or just made me happy: "Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it's more like a cha-cha"- Unknown (Found on Upworthy) "Our job is to love people. When it hurts. When it's awkward. When it's uncool and embarassing. Our job is to stand together, to carry the burdens of one another and to meet each other in our questions."--- Jaime Tworkowks "Each of us bears Read more [...]

Thoughts on Communicating with The Ones We Love

by heather
Last week when at the park with my friend and our kids, we had an interesting conversation. We were talking about communication and how we want to teach our kids that 1) They can talk to us as parents and that 2)They need to talk to their peers. If they are in a situation with friends or a boyfriend/girlfriend, they need to feel like they can speak up and say 'Hey, I don't feel comfortable with this', and not go along with something just because they're afraid of rejection or hurting someones feelings. Read more [...]

Book Review: From Housewife to Heretic: One Woman’s Spiritual Awakening and Her Excommunication from the Mormon Church

by heather
A couple months ago, during the drama surrounding Elaine Dalton and her comment that women should not lobby for their rights, I read someone mention Sonia Johnson and her excommunication for being a feminist and her support of ERA. This really surprised me, the LDS Church doesn't excommunicate people for thinking differently, or for political activity, especially not for trying to help women to be treated fairly. That's what I thought and I was wrong. There have been more Mormon women who were excommunicated Read more [...]

A Happy Marriage…

by heather

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