A Difficult Anniversary

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One year ago my brother released his wife from life support and officially let her spirit leave this earth.  It's the anniversary week of the hardest week of his life, of really our family's life.  I know that so many of you have said so many prayers for my brother and his family and I appreciate that so much. One year later, I can't say we are all doing much better and healed up nicely.  But it's not so bad.  My brother told me this week … [Read more...]

An Easy Way to Find a Sitter

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Did any of you read The Babysitters Club series as a kid?  Who are we kidding guys...you know you read them. I'm pretty sure I read ALL of them. I thought their club would be so cool to have and maybe if I had personally liked babysitting a little better, I would have made a club of my own.  Well fast forward 15 years and guess what? Sitter City has formed a virtual babysitters club! They created an app called Sitterati that works very much like … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Shopping at World Market

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of World Market for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Mother's Day is coming up and to be honest, I have mixed feelings.  I of course love my mother, but I never know what to get her.  This year especially, there are so many things she could use (since she is a recent caregiver for three small children) and so many things she deserve.  But where to begin?  If I ask her directly, the … [Read more...]

A Snowy Day in Hell

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I had the best intentions of showing you this really cute and fun Valentines craft today but instead of spending the afternoon working and photographing it, I spent the afternoon crying and rocking in the corner, clutching my knees.  Okay, not really, but that's what I felt like doing inside.  Let me share a story with you... If you live in Utah, you know that we have been absolutely DUMPED on with snow this week.  Every day snow falls, feet … [Read more...]

Donations to the Liz Logelin Foundation

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It's been five months since my dear sister-in-law passed away, just days after giving birth to her third child, a baby girl.  If you've been following my blog, you know the sad story.  You also know that we've been accepting donations for my brother and his family, to help them during their transitional time. Thank you all SO MUCH for your donations!  They have meant so, so much to us.  There are so many of you who have felt our heartache, … [Read more...]

On Grief

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  I've joined the ranks of a group that, excuse me for saying so, I would rather not be in.  People Who Have Lost Loved Ones Unexpectedly. The shock and gut-wrenching pain of a loss coming from nowhere is a circle of Hell. Grief is a strange thing.  Much different than I thought it would be.  For me, I'm mostly a happy person.  But then certain random things will set me off and this hollow sick feeling enters my stomach and tears well … [Read more...]

A Bittersweet Mother’s Day

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  Mother's Day is bittersweet this year.  I am blessed and fortunate to have my own mother alive and healthy on this earth.  But we are all aching for one new mom who can't be with us here on earth.  But I know that she is looking down on her children and guiding us to help them grow up without her.  They will know that their mother was a beautiful, intelligent, kind, and generous person who loves them very much.  Even if they only knew … [Read more...]

The Alice Hansen Family Fund

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The loss of a loved one is a strange surreal reality.  Life is completely normal except for one large, gaping hole.  Each day the pain seems to become more real and defined as the actuality of what has happened sinks in. My dear sister-in-law Alice gave birth last Wednesday to a beautiful baby girl.  Unfortunately she contracted a horrible infection, strep A toxic shock.  It hit her like a tidal wave and after a hard fight, she succumbed to … [Read more...]