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Just Let Go

January 30, 2016

Just Let Go Movie Review

A few years ago, I was so touched as I watched a Mormon Message about forgiveness.  I was moved to tears as I watched the absolute gut wrenching situation this family was put through.  Then, more tears and I watched as this man, who had so much taken from him, FORGAVE!  Go. Watch.  You’ll understand.  I watch that and I’m left with absolute desire to be better – in any and every way.  

“Just Let Go” is a new movie that has come out that depicts the specific real events of Chris Williams and his family.

Henry Ian Cusick, Emmy Nominee, as Chris Williams in the true story “Just Let Go”. After surviving a drunk driving accident that killed his pregnant wife and two kids, Chris Williams struggles to ‘just let go’ and forgive the young man who caused it. 

This movie was put together so beautifully.  It brought tears to my eyes.  It brought so much admiration to my heart as Chris is trying to do what is best for him, and for his boys.  It shows the heartache those boys went through as they lost their mother, and siblings.  It shows the anger that happens.  Healing is hard.  Healing is painful.  Healing is anguish.  Chris looked to his Savior through all of that healing.  He was able to just let go of it all because he was able to give it to his Savior.  

As we begin the New Year, this message of forgiveness is an important reminder, that forgiveness can bring peace to your soul. “It has allowed a terrible tragedy … to be turned into, in many aspects, a tremendous blessing. That has been one of the most fascinating things to experience,” Williams said in a interview with the Deseret News. “To see the lives blessed since the crash, it has been overwhelming how many positive things have come from it.”

 

This year I hope that we can all take this amazing example of all the lives involved.  It’s HARD to let go of hard things.  We can all Just Let Go of hurtful, and painful things.  The ONLY way to truly do it is to let the Savior work through us.  To live so that His Spirit can be with us, and then let that Spirit lead and guide our lives.  I know that as we do that, our lives will be strengthened.  Our lives will be blessed.  Our burdens will be lighter.  Life will be hard, and trials will still come to us.  However, He will be there by our side to lead and guide.  He always is, and always will be.  He loves us. #justletgo

Truths Most Worth Knowing Review

October 12, 2015

I am excited to have been invited to participate in some reviews for Shadow Mountain Publishing and Deseret Book.

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Boyd K Packer of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles passed away, and days later this book was released to stores.  It was incredible timing that gave me chills when I heard.  President Packer was one apostle that I loved to hear speak, and read his talks.  He was gentle and firm all at the same time.  He didn’t hold back, but helped remind us that the Savior was there for us. 

This book is so heart warming.  As I read through some of the words that President Packer had spoken I could hear his voice.  President Packer shares his witness over and over of the truthfulness of the gospel.  As I read his testimony and witness of Jesus Christ I couldn’t help but feel the Spirit near me testifying that he was indeed an Apostle of God who had been called of God.  

I loved this quote: “The mist of darkness will cover you at times so much that you will note be able to see your way even a short distance ahead.  But you can feel your way.  Grasp the iron rod, and not not let go.”  

Is that true?  We all have hard times.  We all have times of trial where incredible faith is needed.  Sometimes isn’t hard to remember to keep holding on, but we have to remember it’s the only way through tough trials.

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Michael McLean is a wonderful artist.  I have always loved listening to his unique style and powerful words.  This music is a perfect tribute to him by various artists.  They’ve compiled some of Michael McLean’s greatest songs and they’re redone by other wonderful artists who love and admire Michael McLean.  We love to listen to this in the car.  It keeps the kids interested, and quiet (lol, that’s hard when you’ve got 6 kids) while I ponder the lyrics and let them sink in.  It’s a great CD to add to your collection of music.

 

Creating a Christ Centered Christmas

December 6, 2014

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I feel like every year my husband and I are talking about how to make sure that Christmas isn’t all about getting the kids excited to open presents on Christmas morning, or about what they’ll be getting, and talking about all the overly priced toys that they want to get.  It gets daunting to listen to that.  I want my kids to be talking about services they can do, how to help others, how to be more like our Savior.  I want to be creating a Christ centered Christmas and to let that sink deep into their hearts, to have an impact on them, and to have that eventually be far more important than what they open on Christmas morning.  I want them to remember that Mary and Joseph were there with Jesus and they were loving and caring and had an incredible experience and opportunity to be His parents here for a short time.

I’m so excited that We get the chance to read this new book available at Deseret Book now!!  It’s called A Christ Centered Christmas.  I am in love with it!!  

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 This is a Christmas book that will be a tradition for forever.  Emily Belle Freeman goes through the various people that were involved in the birth of Christ.  She shares her thoughts, what part of Christmas they remind her of, and help her remember Christ, and what lesson we learn from them.  Each person has a little family meeting outline with a song, scripture, and something to talk about.  Then, at the end of each lesson, you get to add that person to your nativity scene.  I LOVE it.  You could do one each day right after Thanksgiving, or right before Christmas.  One a week, or one every few days.  There are so many options.  I think this is a book that will only add to family traditions and pointing ourselves and children to know how to remember Christ at Christmas!  

What are some Christmas traditions you have that help your family remember that Christmas is really about Christ?

Meet the Mormons

November 4, 2014

As a quick intro, this post in in no way sponsored.  I just wanted to share my thoughts and feelings about this.  It’s been on my mind, so I share.  🙂

A little while ago, my husband and I had the opportunity to see the new movie Meet the Mormons.  I had seen the trailer for it several times, but was still unsure what to expect.  I was actually really surprised after it all finished how much I just LOVED the movie.  I didn’t love it because I’m a Mormon, but because of the way I felt when it was done, because of the joy that penetrated throughout the movie.  

The stories of these people doesn’t show that they had perfect lives, or are perfect people – it shows that Mormons come with all sorts of backgrounds, talents, heartache, just like everyone else.  As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I know that I am not immune to heartache, or hardships.  I am not perfect.  None of the people in the movie are either.  I felt like I was re-learning that we all have a different purpose, we all have something different to contribute to each other while we’re there.  

This movie is not a movie that will preach to you about becoming a member of our church.  It is not trying to convert anyone.  It is just showing various situations that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have been in, circumstances that they’ve been in, or are in.  

I recently downloaded the son Glorious that David Archuleta sings in the movie, as I sat and listened to the song, I was shocked by how powerful they were to me. How closely they touched my heart.  I long to really know what I can do to make a difference to others in my life.  I valium feel so much that there is more for me to do than I am doing, but I just haven’t quite figured out what it is.  I have times where my desire to understand and know are bursting – and I feel like that is exactly what this songs starts off saying.  As I listen to this song, I feel like it’s giving me hope that I really will figure it out.  I’ll be able to be the mother, and the wife, and the friend, and the person that I know is inside me.  I just have to find that missing piece that I know is there to know my part a little bit better.

I know that each of us really does have a part to play within our own lives. A part that is specific, important, and worth trying each day to be better so we can achieve becoming that person that we have within us.  I know that if we strive to help each other in positive ways we can all become better people.  It’s not easy – in fact, life is hard.  If we are doing our best and trying to be better each day, it won’t matter that it’s hard, because we’ll be able to share in our hardships, and in our struggles, and in our happiness, and in our celebrations with those we come in contact with.

I hope you’ll take the time to find this movie close to you.  I hope you’ll take a little bit of your time to see it.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is donating 100% of the money they would have gotten to The American Red Cross – so seeing the movie becomes a good cause as well.  

Let me know if you check it out and what you thought!  I’d love to know.

#sharegoodness #iamamormon

Believe

September 9, 2014

This is a sponsored post by Deseret Book. All opinions are mine.
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 Have you noticed that family movies are hard to come by these days?  I feel like even certain cartoons aren’t really appropriate for all my kids to watch.  I was excited to be able to see this movie Believe.  There was no language I had to worry about in this movie, the message was amazing.  There was something for everyone of all ages to learn.

This is a story about a coach who is finally able to find a way to heal from tragity, and how he learns he can inspire others along the way.

This is a story about a boy and his mother who has experienced great loss, and who are able to finally see each other and heal and love each other the way they should.

This is a story about a teacher who is so strictly a teacher – who learns how to soften his heart and truly love his student and finds a way to help him succeed in his dreams.

This is a story about HOW to believe.  “With belief you’ll make a goal in the back of the net … You have to have belief. If you believe you can score with your eyes shut.”  

That line was inspiriting to me.  It’s so applicable to all of us.  We can all close our eyes – and see in our mind what we want so badly, what we dream, and what we already know we can do, but sometimes we are afraid to try.  

These are lessons that I hope my kids are learning.  These are lessons I hope I’m teaching my kids in some way.  We can all do hard things.  We can all put the work in to do it.  We can all Believe.  But will we do it?  Will we teach?  Will we learn?  Will we do hard things?  Will we put in the work?  Will we believe? 

This is getting me excited to share with you soon something that is close to my heart – something I’m learning, trying to teach my children, I’m doing something hard, and working each day to do better.  I’m trying so hard to believe that I can. 

What do you Believe?!?

Borrowed Angel by Erica Keifer

April 11, 2014

Borrowed Angel Book Review

I have a little bit of a personal story to tell you.  I have shared my story of my cute little four year old son and how he had a stroke at 9 days old.  Well, I had a neighbor and friend, Erica, who had a cute little boy just about a month before I had my little boy.  I soon heard some devastating news about Erica’s son.  Little Ty had passed away from SIDS.  I was shocked.  It was unbelievable.  My heart was still so tender at times from our own close call and days filled with miracles that I couldn’t hold back the tears.

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I felt over and over that I needed to stop by her house and give her a particular CD that had a couple songs that I’d heard recently that just seemed to fit perfectly into her situation.  I actually have no idea what songs/CD it is any more.  We made a quick stop at their house when we knew they’d be home (they were actually moving), and went to the door step alone.  I talked with her for a moment and let her know I was thinking of her.  She asked if my kids were with me, and I told her they were and she asked to see my baby.  I told her of course, I just didn’t want to bring him to the door in case she wasn’t up for that.  I still remember her talking to him, and tears came to her eyes.  I felt so bad and so helpless in that moment,  but I was also happy that she could see my baby for a moment.  Maybe it eased her ache for a moment, maybe it made it worse.  I’m not sure.  

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Erica is a writer.  She wrote about the heartache she went through with losing Ty, and how she and her husband have learned over the years to continue on with life without Ty by their side (at least physically).  Soon I learned that Erica’s book was published and I seriously could not wait to read it.  I was even more excited when I asked Erica if I could review her book for her and she said yes!  

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Erica truly brings your heart into her story.  She starts the book off by telling you in the rawest moments about what had happened with her son Ty.  How she found him, and how she tried to save him.  What is was like to have police and other responders coming into her home, trying to help her baby.  

You’re taken into her experience as you go through the book.  How she had to learn to cope, and deal with life after her son has left them physically.  How her and her husband had to learn how the other one was grieving, and how they could help each other through that process.  

One of my favorite things about Borrowed Angle, is that Erica is able to write in a way that is relatable, understandable, and with so much true and raw feelings.  I haven’t lost a child before, but I still felt that pain and sorrow.  However, I was also able to feel her joy and peace and she talks about her healing process.  

I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to read this book.  It is wonderfully written, and so touching.  I truly feel that there are so many wonderful things we can learn from each other, and this book has touched me in a way I wasn’t expecting.  

I’m really excited to share this great giveaway for a $20 gift card to Amazon.com.  I hope you’ll take the time to enter.  If you don’t win, you can always find Erica’s book here and here.

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