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Found within the laughter of each tiny girl and boy. . .

When I go around the country and visit my grandchildren, I always offer to sing songs and give backrubs before bedtime. The most requested song is one that I wrote when my own children were small called, “The Love of Children.” I’m so grateful that I’ve passed on the “love of children” to my children and that they love and cherish their children as much as I always loved and cherished them.

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Because We Are a Family

In 1989, I wrote a song that I titled, “Because We Are a Family.” While it was originally written as a serious song to inspire my son Jonathan, it became a theme song for our whole family. Although it was totally a surprise to me, I was delighted when two of my teenage grandchildren got together during spring break on March 24, 2019 and made a hilarious video production of “Because We Are a Family” and put it on YouTube!

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Did You Get Eight Hours of Sleep Last Night?

I now have a new favorite book that I think everyone should read! It’s called, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, PhD. Although it is quite technical and full of research studies, I found it fascinating. I learned once again about the importance of getting a full eight hours of sleep each night in order to function at your peak performance each day.

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Reflections on Marriage: V is for Valentines

I’ve always liked Valentine’s Day. I think it’s a fun time to let our family and friends know how much we love and appreciate them. When our children were still at home, we would decorate lunch sacks and put homemade valentines or “love notes” in each other’s sacks, which we would read on Valentine’s Day. Now that our children all live away from our home, my husband David and I will sometimes make each other homemade valentine cards—just for old time’s sake!

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Eliminating Depression During the Holidays

For some people, Christmas is a joyous time. However, for many other people, they just pretend to be happy while counting the days till the holiday is finally over. Most sadly, are those who already struggle with chronic depression, and the holidays only make it worse. Hopefully, by trying to make Christmas more Christ-centered, and being realistic about our time, energy-level, and finances, we will eliminate stress and feel real joy.

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God’s Power: Alcoholics Anonymous #11

While I’m in the “habit” of praying every morning and night, I don’t always take the time to really meditate and ponder about the issues that are on my mind. What I have learned is that meditation, pondering, and prayer take less time than lying awake all night worrying over a myriad of problems. I don’t believe God wants us to feel alone and helpless. He wants us to let Him into our lives.

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Choice #11: Recreational

I remember my mother always saying to me as I walked out the door to go to any activity, “Have fun!” While she was confined to her bed a lot throughout her life because of a serious back injury, she knew the importance of encouraging her eight children to have a good time. This was a noble act of kindness for a mother to do. While she couldn’t do fun, recreational activities herself, she pointed us in the right direction from her bedside. I now cherish those words, “Have fun!”

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Jonathan’s Advice

There is no perfect marriage partner. Give each other a break! You’re all doing okay. Just keep repenting, apologizing, and picking up the pieces that fall by the wayside when you hurt each other’s feelings. Give the broken pieces to the Savior, and He will put them—and you—back together again. That is His divine calling. That is what the Atonement is all about. Let Christ be the One you turn to with your grief, pain, and sorrow. 

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