• The actions that define us refugees

    Refugees: The Actions That Define Us

    Some time ago I found myself in the company of twenty-one refugees, and individuals who, in one way or another, are assisting refugees. Being a refugee may be a defining moment in the lives of those who are refugees, but being a refugee does not define them. Like countless thousands before them, this will be a period—we hope a short period—in their lives. Some of them will go on to be Nobel laureates, public servants, physicians, scientists, musicians, artists, religious leaders, and contributors in other fields. Indeed, many of them were these things before they lost everything. This moment does not define them, but our response will help define us. ~ Elder Patrick Kearon…

  • Hope for the downhearted heart

    Hope For The Downhearted: A Story Of Life, Loss, and Hope

    The Downhearted   “What’s going on?” I asked my neighbor, startled at the sight of emergency vehicles lining our street. “It’s Bob,” he said, shuffling his feet in the grass.My heart fell to my stomach like an anchor in the ocean. My head, my heart, my stomach suddenly felt heavy, so heavy. “Oh, no, not Bob.” I thought to myself. “Not Bob,” I repeated in a whisper.The heavy feeling intensified, as a tear slipped down my cheek.I felt like I was drowning. Life Memories of the past 10 years swirled around in my mind and, like an undertow, pulled me into a seemingly endless abyss of heartache and regret.Bob had lived in…

  • An Adventure Awaits Taj Majal

    An Adventure Awaits

    **This page contains affiliate links. You can view my full disclosure HERE. Each day is an adventure waiting to be discovered.   It was a hot afternoon when my children and I stepped outside our house, flyers in hand, and peered down the street.   “Which houses should we visit?” I asked. Our first choice was an easy one–the house across the street. Charles and Judy, our adopted grandparents, are some of our favorite neighbors. We invite them to everything. They never come, but they always appreciate the invitation. This time was no different. They were gracious when we presented them with an event flyer, but really came to life when…

  • Seeking common ground airplane

    Seeking Common Ground

    Opportunities for seeking common ground often present themselves in unexpected ways.   Recently, I flipped through the pages of a religious magazine that was hiding in a stack of magazines in our living room and was stunned by what I read. The pages were filled with scripture, inspiring words, and eternal truths. I was so moved that, several days later, I finally asked my husband, “You know that religious magazine in the living room? Where did it come from?” “Oh…that? he replied. “I got it from a guy on the plane. On my return flight home a few weeks ago, I sat next to a guy who was returning from…

  • Authentic Connection

    The Golden Rule

    CONVERSATION DURING CAR RIDE EN ROUTE TO THE EVENT She was nervous and didn’t want to go, and I didn’t blame her. Truth was, I was nervous too. These types of events always force us out of our comfort zones, and this case was proving to be excruciatingly difficult. “But you know what I think?” I asked my daughter. “I think that we’re going to have such a great time tonight that on the car ride home you’re going to say, ‘That was so much fun! Can we go again next year?'” I peered over my shoulder to see her reaction. She looked skeptical.