Chocolate Eggs and Jesus Risen

I think often about building a home that will strengthen my children’s testimonies of the Savior. During the holidays, as I strive to create family traditions and memories, I think constantly about balancing the festal and the religious. How can Easter baskets be fun and also teach of Christ? How can I center holiday traditions and activities around Christ, and also indulge in everything else? How can I help my children put the spiritual first and still taste something of Easter in chocolate eggs? Continue reading

When One Door Closes, Another One…

When I was a senior in high school, I desperately wanted to attend Stanford University. It was across the street from my high school; I applied early and was deferred. When the little rejection envelope arrived in the spring, I was devastated.

A few days after I received the letter, someone sent me a bouquet of flowers with this message:

When one door closes, another one

Just like that. Unfinished. Unsigned. To this day, I don’t know if it was a typo by the florist or if it was an intentional omission for which I was supposed to fill in the blank. And, I never found out who sent it. She or he was right. I loved UPenn, my alma mater. My time there shaped my passions, my identity, and the course of my life.

Closed doors are one way that God directs me on the right and best paths. Continue reading

Introducing Splash Siblings

After our miscarriage this past June, Andy and I were surprised and overjoyed when we found out I was pregnant. We feel tremendously blessed and know that our lives are guided by a Father in Heaven. Sometimes, life feels like it is split into many buckets – family, work, school, friends, health, hobbies etc – and in different seasons different buckets either runneth over or feel wanting. Continue reading

A Lesson on Love after Six Years of Marriage

I’ve learned that we don’t know what we’re signing up for when we get married. But when we fall in love, and when we get married, we are signing up for life together, no matter what it brings. We are signing up to fight each other’s battles. We are signing up to stand together in the face of every obstacle and challenge that may come our way. We are signing up to support each other always. We are signing up to never stop trying, learning, understanding, growing and loving. It isn’t always easy, but it sure it beautiful. Continue reading

Spiritual Lessons from Unemployment

It has been three weeks since I quit my job at Reset; it turns out there is a period of adjustment as one becomes accustomed to new wings and flight. Taking a flying leap off a cliff is a paradox of exhilaration, terror, romance, boredom, excitement and occasionally piddling around the house in my pajamas. I am learning a ton. Continue reading

Leaping Over the Edge

Tomorrow is my last day at what I thought would be my dream job. Now, I am running full speed and trampolining over the edge. I can feel the wind below me, lifting me. There is tremendous learning behind me and a horizon of opportunity ahead. I feel like laughing. The Lord will give me wings to fly. Continue reading