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First off a disclaimer: I uploaded these images directly from blogger so the color and quality is probably toast by now but it's okay because I'll be putting these and so much more on my photo website soon!  I loved the turnout of this shoot- and so many aw...

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Life in families will test us. That is one of God’s purposes in giving us the gift of mortality—to strengthen us by passing through tests. That will be especially true in family life, where we will find great joy and great sorrow and challenges which may at times seem beyond our power to endure them.

President George Q. Cannon said this about how God has prepared you and me and our children for the tests we will face: “There is not one of us but what God’s love has been expended upon. There is not one of us that He has not cared for and caressed. There is not one of us that He has not desired to save, and that He has not devised means to save. There is not one of us that He has not given His angels charge concerning. We may be insignificant and contemptible in our own eyes, and in the eyes of others, but the truth remains that we are the children of God, and that He has actually given His angels—invisible beings of power and might—charge concerning us, and they watch over us and have us in their keeping.”

What President Cannon taught is true. You will need that assurance, as I have needed it and depended on it.

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Hey friends.  First off, thanks to everyone who hasn't ditched this space.  It's been years since I proclaimed my "signing off" from blogger but I've been back here and there for the past couple years to share things because let's face it- I love to share. ...

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Our Christmas Day 2015
 I just love Christmas time.  Everything that the Christmas songs talk about with the lights, feeling in the air, gift giving, family, and cheer.  All that on top of the gratitude I feel for my loving Savior and that He came to earth to save us all.  I love...

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My Thoughts on the Matter
Recently my church revised a long-standing policy which has gotten a lot of members and non-members alike in an uproar.  I admit as I'm typing I have a lump in my throat.  I'm anxious to express my feelings but hope I can do so in a sensitive, loving way. Y...

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It's Who I Am
Have you ever thought about who you would be if you took something away from yourself?  For instance, I play the piano and have done so since I was 8 years old.  If I took that away, there would be so many holes in my life.  I wouldn't be the same person. I...

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Getting by until Christmas
I've always been disappointed with the thanksgiving decor over the years.  Only recently have I seen some cute stuff at Target and I'm really happy about it.  Of course, I still haven't gotten any of it... but in time.  This year I decided to add more gold ...

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Bridal Fair
This year has been incredibly blessed for my photography business.  I have shot more weddings this year than any of my years before combined!  That's huge and makes me feel so much gratitude to my Father in Heaven who knows it was needed and who also knows ...

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Apple Picking
When my mom came into town we picked her up from the airport and went straight to apple picking. My kids and her had planned that out for a while so it was fun to finally do.  The apples were TINY and mostly not so good... not to mention it. was. HOT that l...

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Sunday Snow Day
When we moved here there was tons of snow on the ground.  We didn't get to play in it as a family before it melted since we were so busy with the move, but we did get a little snow a few times after that.  This was on March 1st.  Not surprisingly, my kids L...
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