on my mind …

a man I love and greatly admire passed away on Sunday evening.

Gordon B. Hinckley, prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be greatly missed among church members and many others whose lives he touched. I think the thing I loved most about him was his optimism. He often reflected on the developments and changes that have occurred during his lifetime (97 years) and how blessed we are to be the benefactors of so many that have toiled and sacrificed to provide us with all that we often take for granted. I would be sad, except I know he has now be reunited with his adorable wife, Marjorie of 67 years. Yesterday, as his passing weighed on my mind, I wandered into the Life is Good store at the LAX airport. I decided to purchase a t-shirt (in honor of President Hinckley)  that I wore today …

it’s just this — a glass of water and the caption "Half Full"
love it. want to live it like he did.

I’m headed to Utah on Friday and Saturday, where I get to meet my new nephew …

Cache James Dowdle and I can’t wait for a big whiff of new baby (so yum) don’t you just love it when they can’t yet fill out the tiniest onsies — so little!

I’m going to support my friend Karen Glenn and attend the Crop Because You Care event benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation of Utah if you live in or near Salt Lake City and can come, or stop by — please do! I’ll be joined by several editors from Simple Scrapbooks! You can get more information here.

If you can’t come and just want to support Karen and the research that is being done by the IDEA League on behalf of children, like her daughter Amelia, go here. Of course, you can visit www.networkforgood.org anytime to donate to any or all of your favorite charities.

so … on my mind once again, is change. Loved ones leave us and new ones come.

Amidst it all, the challenge is to see the cup as half full. And let’s be honest, most of the time our cups "runneth over." I say, find something you believe in and then support it with time, effort and/or money.
Even if you do make it to 97, life is too short not to make a difference.

be grateful.


  1. Thank you for those beautiful words about President Hinckley. It is so wonderful to read all the tributes and know how much he was loved and how lucky we were to have his leadership.
    Congratulations on your new nephew.

  2. Life is a circle isn’t it? Condolences on your huge losss.
    Congratulations on your new family addition. Love the shirt.

  3. So sorry to hear the passing of an obvisously great man. I didn’t know much about him before he died, as I am no LDS, but what I’ve read, showed me that the world lost a wonderful person.

  4. Stacy, Our thoughts are with you and the loss of this great man. Congrats on the beautiful new family member.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend in SLC (I am from SLC) All of my friends will be there at the Crop because you care. You should give a shout out to the Utah Mom’s group. That would surprise them.

  5. oh man! now i’m going to have to find a little baby head to sniff!! argh!!

  6. Thanks so much for your beautiful tribute to Pres. Hinckley. I also feel torn between sorrow and happiness for he and his wife. What a great reunion.

  7. He was a wonderful man. I feel so blessed to have heard his counsel for so many years. He was definitely a “glass half full” kinda guy; that is a great tribute!

  8. wisdom. thank you.
    safe journey.

  9. i love your insight. and your pusuit of happiness.

  10. Loved reading your tribute to President Hinckley…thank you!

  11. If you are going to be in Salt lake, you could possibly attend the viewing and funeral of President Hinckley if you are interested. Channel 2 news just announced the viewing is Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. both days. The funeral is on Saturday and tickets are available first come first serve starting at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. The funeral will be on t.v. which will be nice for those of us who don’t want to hassle with the big crowds. It starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Just some FYI for you. KUTV news probably has more details on their website if you are interested. Love your blog thanks for all you share with the world!!

  12. Catherine says:

    Love the photo and the tribute to President Hinckley….congrats on the new nephew…there is nothing in the world that affirms life like a new little one. Makes me miss my grandbaby!

  13. It’s times like these that knowing God is there for us, ROCKS doesn’t it? And you just KNOW he made that yummy baby smell – you know, on their neck and their tummy…on purpose to counteract all the ucky baby smells they make in their diapers! LOL…Thinking about you and how amazing God made you. Thanks!

  14. grandmagina says:

    So sorry for your loss. Hugs

  15. Thank you so much for your touching words regarding President Hinckley. He will be greatly missed. Love the tee-shirt. It is perfect for how he lived his life. I love that man!
    Congrats on your brand new nephew. That baby smell is divine!
    I want you to know that I really appreciate how real you are on here. You are a wonderful example to everyone you come in contact with. You have inspired me to concentrate on finding something I believe in to support. Thank you!

  16. Thanks, I have read so many wonderful tributes to President Hinckley. He was so inspiring and made me want to be a better person.

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