Thursday, February 23, 2012



my lovely parents generously offered to watch the boys so i could go to a relief society conference this evening.  it was wonderful.  i haven't felt the spirit that strongly in a while.

the speaker, rosie cooper, was sweet and funny and just emanated this contagiously happy energy.  there was light in her face when she spoke.  then my friend brittany leaned over and whispered to me that rosie had lost her husband about 6 months ago to a very aggressive form of brain cancer.


her topic was "overcoming adversity".  she delivered her message with such grace and humor and with such a strong spirit that i doubt there was anyone in the room wasn't touched.  she spoke of her husband's battle with cancer and how it blessed her family, and of her childhood and the broken home she'd grown up in.

it amazed me that she seemed so happy, so vibrant, even after enduring trials that seemed insurmountable.  one of the themes that stuck with me was that "the Lord loves broken things".  broken ground allows seeds to be planted.  broken clouds release rain to the earth.  broken hearts are open and willing to receive love.   he loves us, all of us, all the time.

sitting in that room with all those women made me think about the relationships we have.  i think that the relationship among women is one of the most special and irreplaceable.  there is a strength that we can draw from our fellow sisters.  we need girl friends.  the times in my life when i haven't had these relationships have been some of the loneliest and hardest.

we need each other.  of that much i am certain.


i am also fairly certain that tesla and desmond were pretty dang cute babies.

aaahhh!  don't you just want to snuggle them?


  1. wow that is incredible. I don't know what I'd do if I lost my husband...not only because I love him and would miss him, but he helps me with my baby so much! It would be so hard.
    I love it when I can concentrate enough in church to feel the spirit. It's such a great feeling.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I think you're beautiful. You definitely went in my perfect and gorgeous category! :) We all have struggles and are here to help lift each other up, huh?

    I just love your stories and pictures. :) :) Where are you guys at now?

  2. thank you. :). I know what you mean, I haven't really gotten much out of church since I've had children, unfortunately. Even though I love spending time with them it was nice to be unaccompanied at the meeting tonight so I could actually listen. I think it was something I needed.

    We're in an apartment in phoenix. You guys are in phx too right? Did you find a house? We're hoping to find a house to rent once our contract's up in July, although I'm really hoping we can stay in this ward. Fingers crossed. :)

  3. wow. That lady is amazing. How inspirational. Your baby pics are getting me excited for baby dos!

  4. I am excited for your baby dos!!!!