Love Your Childless Life (you are allowed!)

You are allowed . . . – to have a fullness of joy. Now. Right now, in your childless present, without a footnote about waiting for blessings to be fulfilled in the eternities. – to glory in uninterrupted sleep, dry-clean only clothes, poisonous ornamental plants, nice furniture, and electronics on low shelves. – to cuddle babies…

Dear Teenage Self

Dear Teenage Self, Today, as you sit surrounded by your friends in Young Women’s, you’ll hear a lesson about preparing to be a righteous Mother.  I know you’ll love this lesson, Teenage Self.  You’ll hear references to raising children and your thoughts will drift to the movie in your mind.  You’ll be singing lullabies to…

HGTV and Resolution Number 2

So, in my last post, I talked about my resolutions for 2015 and focused on the first one, forgiveness. I’d like to report that I’m still working on it and being kind of successful. And now, it’s time to get to the second resolution- Offering Christlike love and service. Service is easy for me…it’s the…

Sound Familiar?

A few of the questions that often come up when I speak with other LDS married women who are new to this life of being childlessness-by-circumstance are: It hurts so much; will the pain ever go away? Why does it feel like I’m so alone and like no one understands what I’m going through? I…

I testify that the tender mercies of the Lord are real and that they do not occur randomly or merely by coincidence. Often, the Lord’s timing of His tender mercies helps us to both discern and acknowledge them. David A. Bednar

Tender Mercies

It’s almost Thanksgiving here in the United States so I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I’m grateful for. Often I get caught thinking about the “what if’s” of parenthood. Those days I get stuck thinking about what I’m missing out on. But the truth is that there are so many blessings in my…

What Are You Going to Choose?

It’s that time of year again! The time when we eat turkey, hang out with family and feel super grateful for things. In my primary, every November, we make a Gratitude Tree. It’s basically a big, empty tree and we write things we are grateful for on fall colored leaves and put them on the…