Monthly Archives: March 2012

Families Can Be Together Forever

This is one of my favorite songs, and one that means a great deal to me. I KNOW that my Family can be together forever if we are obedient and faithful to the Lord and his commandments. I am so very grateful and blessed for this knowledge and confort in my life. I love my family with all my heart, soul, and being. We strive daily so that we can be with eachother forever. =)


I Am a Child of God

This is my Mom’s favorite song, and continues to be one of mine. It is such a blessing to know WHO WE ARE eternally and infinitly, WHERE WE CAME FROM before we were born, and WHY WE ARE HERE on this earth.

The Book of Mormon

The Blessings of Scripture

We often take for granted the ease with which we can access the Word of God. We forget how many struggled and risked EVERYTHING to make them available to us. Let us remember and feast upon the words of the scriptures.

The Paradoxical Commandments; a.k.a. “Anyway” poem

The Paradoxical Commandments were written by Kent M. Keith when he was 19, a sophomore at Harvard College. He wrote them as part of a book for student leaders entitled The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council, published by Harvard Student Agencies in 1968. The Paradoxical Commandments subsequently spread all over the world, and have been used by millions of people.

The Discovery

Mother Teresa put the Paradoxical Commandments up on the wall of her children’s home in Calcutta. The fact that the commandments were on her wall was reported in a book compiled by Lucinda Vardey, Mother Teresa: A Simple Path, which was published in 1995. As a result, some people have attributed the Paradoxical Commandments to Mother Teresa.

As Kent explains in his book, Do It Anyway: The Handbook for Finding Personal Meaning and Deep Happiness in a Crazy World:

“I found out about it in September 1997 at my Rotary Club meeting. We usually begin each meeting with a prayer or a thought for the day, and a fellow Rotarian of mine got up and noted that Mother Teresa had died, and said that, in her memory, he wanted to read a poem she had written that was titled “Anyway.” I bowed my head in contemplation, and was astonished to recognize what he read-it was eight of the original ten Paradoxical Commandments.”

“I went up after the meeting and asked him where he got the poem. He said it was in a book about Mother Teresa, but he couldn’t remember the title. So the next night I went to a bookstore and started looking through the shelf of books about the life and works of Mother Teresa. I found it, on the last page before the appendices in Mother Teresa: A Simple Path. The Paradoxical Commandments had been reformatted to look like a poem, and they had been retitled “Anyway.” There was no author listed, but at the bottom of the page, it said: “From a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children’s home in Calcutta.”

Mother Teresa thought that the Paradoxical Commandments were important enough to put up on the wall of her children’s home. That really hit me. I wanted to laugh, and cry, and shout-and I was getting chills up and down my spine. Perhaps it hit me hard because I had a lot of respect for Mother Teresa, and perhaps because I knew something about children’s homes. Whatever the reason, it had a huge impact on me. That was when I decided to speak and write about the Paradoxical Commandments again, thirty years after I first wrote them.”

The Paradoxical Commandments

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001

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Frozen Planet

Frozen Planet

This is a sweet sneak preview to the “Frozen Planet” documentary.

March 19, 20122

Good morning all!
Josh and I had a fabulous weekend and we wanted to share it with you! We got to go to Arizona and visit my family (whom we haven’t seen since Christmas). It was wonderful! They all look great (especially Dee, who has been losing weight like crazy and looks fantastic!-you are an inspiration!!). We were even able to see my brother and his fianc√©! What a treat. I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family… I know many who are not as blessed as I and tend to avoid family visits at all costs… It’s so sad.
So, let me give you the run down of what happened. Saturday, Dee and I went for a “day of beauty” at the local beauty college (doesn’t that just sound divine!!) while Dad, Josh, and the boys took a trip into town to hit Costco and do the male “bonding” thing. Holy cow, Dee and I were so pampered! We got facials, manies, pedies, and even got our hair trimmed and styled. I tell you what, we looked good before, but now… We are red carpet material for sure! =) it was super nice to get out and focus on just being pretty for a few hours. I am pleased to say that we accomplished that task extremely well, if I do say so myself. After getting home, the boys lined up for me to give them hair cuts (they saw how beautiful we looked and wanted to fit in I’m sure), and then we simply hung out around the house for the evening.
Sunday we went to church (Blaine and Shaley joined us there) and enjoyed being spiritually recharges for the week. After church we had dinner with the Sister Missionaries (and almost had them get spaghetti noodles out there nose a few times from laughing so hard). Never a dull moment. =) we then had a “wedding planning” meeting (yay for Blaine and Shaley!) and at 8pm, Blaine and Shaley headed for home, and we headed to ours. We got home at 3:30am and went straight to bed… Exhausted, but it was totally worth it to be with my family for even a moment!!!
I love them so much and am so blessed to have my Daddy, Dee, and the boys living so close that we can do a visit like that in just a weekend.
I hope you all take the time to visit with your respective families and find the joy in being around them, getting to know them. Each person is an amazing, unique gem, worth discovering. Smile!! =)