I want to publicly thank all those who made the effort to come to Doodlebug yesterday. I woke up very tired this morning, boarded a plane home and arrived just in time to teach Sunday school. I’m hanging out with my family now and I’m overcome with a wonderful feeling of gratitude to be alive and to celebrate 47 years on this planet. I’m blessed with wonderful, faithful parents who are in good health and I have fantastic siblings (most of whom I was able to see last night) who are working hard and raising happy families. I know without a doubt that peace and contentment come from striving to live as the Savior Jesus Christ taught. I (like you) frequently wonder if I’m doing the right things and making all the right choices. I often feel overwhelmed and I struggle to feel balanced, but when I’m still and prayerful I feel peace. Yesterday confirmed for me that even in the midst of my imperfection and struggles I have the ability to lift and encourage other women. I can assure them (and you) that what we do matters (in a big way.) For some reason, it is my opportunity to help others let go of guilt and obligation and embrace the potential we have to be and feel joyful. I have a gift that I recognize as God-given and I freely acknowledge that it is my Father in Heaven that sustains me in my work and in my life.
Much of the satisfaction that I draw from everyday life comes because I scrapbook. Not because I make or complete actual scrapbooks, but because I have learned to recognize happy memories in the very moment that they are being made. I happily wield a camera, which allows me to freeze time, so that I can more vividly remember the people, places and things that have blessed and shaped me. Please remember that what we do and how we do it are not as important as why we do it. Please believe that any effort you make to honor a memory with a photo and words counts as scrapbooking, memory keeping, story telling—whatever you want to call it. It all counts!
Please do me a favor on my birthday … Today (or sometime this week) sit down with scrapbooks you have created and read and laugh and cry and remember. Instead of thinking about all you have to do, think about all you have done.
Life is amazingly grand and good.
Come back tomorrow to learn what I want to do in the next year of my life.
It will make you happy.