What we need most

“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.”
-William James


Make it count

“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”

– Neal A. Maxwell

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What the world needs

“The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.”
-Michael Josephson



Thought for today:

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
– Melody Beattie


Bring my daughter to work day

Thanks to homeschooling I was able to bring my oldest daughter along with me to some focus groups in Tampa.  She got to see some of the more interesting things I do,  I had company on the six hour trip, and she completed her work.  It was a great learning experience. 

Now that’s what I call bring your daughter to work day.   


Here she is with the lights dimmed during one of the sessions. 



Special Visits

I always enjoy the special visits I get when working from home. 


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You, You, You

I really like this Facebook post from Elder D. Todd Christofferson:

“Today’s culture tells us to think first and only about ourselves. Society tells you that you’re the most important, that you deserve the best of everything, that it’s your life. They want you to believe that your life should be all about you, you, you.

It’s quite a challenge to get out of this box and think about other people. It’s sometimes a stretch for us to think as the Savior did—blessing everyone that we interact with and not worrying about what others think of us.

One of the biggest challenges in my own life has been learning to get outside myself. I have learned that we should really only be concerned about what the Lord thinks. That allows us to focus more on others and their needs—to be of service.

If I were young again, I would try to worry less about what others think of me. I would try to see myself as the Lord sees me. What higher praise can come to a man or woman than the Lord telling them, “Well done my beloved son, my beloved daughter, in whom I am well pleased”?

Wouldn’t you love to hear Him speak those words to you?”

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Bath time bliss

I’m thinking she enjoyed her bath. 



4 year old wisdom

Quote of the day from my 4 year old: “I went super fast in slow motion.”


My two year old has started using the word “eww”. It first happened in response to seeing her brothers dirty diaper. Then she said it when she saw my teenage daughter draw the symbol for The Flash on her hand (yes, she is a bit obsessed).

She used it a few more times so we were convinced it was her response to things that just didn’t look right.

The other day I came home from early morning basketball practice with my older kids and quickly showered so I could go to work. She found me in the closet getting dressed. The next thing I hear is “eww.”

Not sure what to think of it now.