Waiting for Abbey and Reading The Gift of Giving Life

I am honored to have been asked to be a “posting participant” in the Virtual Book Tour for The Gift of Giving Life.

When I first heard about The Gift of Giving Life: Rediscovering the Divine Nature of Pregnancy and Birth, I brushed it aside, simply because of the mounting list of books I wanted to read and the growing stack at my bedside collecting dust. And to be honest, I didn’t have interest in reading another watered-down, spiritually “held back”, flowery LDS book on the topic of mothering. After the third reminder, though, via friends and social media, I knew it was something I was meant to experience.

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This time of year, our souls beg to be examined, nurtured and validated.  In essence, fed.

In 2006, I crafted my first version of Permission to Shine (which at that time was subtitled, “The Art of Being Beautiful”) with a burning in my heart to give good women the go-ahead to beautify and nurture their souls and their bodies.  In that nurturance, they ignite their true essence and inspire everyone around them.  Most importantly, their families.

Permission to Shine has gone through a few revisions, culminating in this latest version – 10 Keys to Becoming Who You Were Born to Be

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The Untamed Heart of My Daughter

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This picture displays beautifully why I should trust in the wild, sweet and unknown future of my 14 year-old daughter.  Why I should place my confidence in such a beautiful “free spirit”…

She who seems unable to be tamed.  She who won’t pick up her things, stays up too late, sometimes back-talks, loves everything loud, would rather socialize than study, and appears overly preoccupied with pop culture and image.

Last week, Savannah took a couple close friends to a church youth service activity at a facility that provides emergency shelter for families in transition.  She’d complained about having to go, dragging her feet and friends with her out the door at her parents’ insistence.  

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Finally Here: My Son Eli’s Adoption Story

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This was no ordinary adoption.  The phrase ordinary adoption, in and of itself, is an oxymoron (what adoption is ordinary?) but this story – our story – really is a rare and precious miracle.  The miracle did not lie just in receiving a new baby, although that, to me, was the sweetest part.  There is so much more, so many layers to the miracle, that the full experience will likely be put into a book.  I have a sweet little 2 ½ week-old baby to attend to, so for now, the book will have to wait.

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Since 2007, I have seen and known that two more children would be joining our family. 

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How Can We Teach Our Children to Find Peace?

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I saw Kung Fu Panda 2 with my family over the weekend.  It was crazy and cute … I loved the emphasis on finding inner peace and its tie-in to self realization.

Jeff and I have pretty much decided that if our children (now in their tweens and early teens) left our home with no other tool than that of accessing their center of peace, we’d have rightly done our job as parents.  Peace is everything they’ll ever search for, want, desire, need…above education, relationships, callings, talents, and any material success.

Even if they don’t know it yet.

And how do we show them this way of life? 

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