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i am happy

I’m happier than usual lately.

This month I’ve been reading the Book of Mormon. My friend challenged me to read it in one month. It breaks down to 17 pages each day. I’ve never read it in that manner before, at least not recently. Typically it’s a chapter a day, or the study of a topic during scripture study, or at church, but never in an intense start to finish read. It has been an incredible experience. I’m not sure I can put it all into words. When I’m all finished I’m going to try.

For now I’ll say this: I believe The Book of Mormon is the source of my joy, or rather the effects that have come from reading it are the source of my joy. My heart has been full and I have more patience.  I see the world differently, and I see my life differently. My priorities have shifted. It’s easy to get off balance, especially in today’s world. There are so many choices of where we can spend our time, efforts, money, and talent. We can’t do them all. We have to choose between good, better, and best.

This is where a firm foundation comes in. Immersing myself in the scriptures has opened my heart to personal revelation. With the Spirit as my guide, I have been able to make choices are aligned with the teachings of my Savior, Jesus Christ, and the will of my Heavenly Father.

My greatest joy in this life comes from being a wife and mother. These are also my most important callings. One of the key teachings of our church is the importance of families. Families can be together forever, which means my family is eternal. This knowledge gives me strength. Have you read The Family: A Proclamation to the World? You should. It outlines our Heavenly Father’s plan for families beautifully.


Yesterday was a perfect, ordinary day. Are you curious what that looks like around here?

Jake had an afternoon flight and so we spent the morning together. Waking up with Jake is the best way to start a day. Usually he leaves before we are up. His schedule here is pretty straight forward: Monday through Friday he’s gone 6-4 and home on weekends. Our weekends are so full that slow mornings with Jake are few and far between – and precious. I look forward to the days he flies late so that we can have a morning together.

While Jacob and Josh were in class, the rest of us went to the Container Store. It’s new here in Tampa and is pretty amazing. We found some containers for Sam’s model airplane supplies and for Miss B’s toys – she likes things organized, which brings a smile to my heart.

After Jake left for work, Sam and I and Miss B went to Chick-fil-a for lunch. Then Jacob joined us for a trip to Target. We needed to get supplies for the Easter Bunny. (Sam-a-lam agreed to help the Easter Bunny this year.) Upon returning home, we spent a bit of time organizing and sorting toys and model supplies until we took a break for history class. I’m teaching Sam and his cousins American history and government in preparation for our trip to Washington D.C.

After class we made sugar cookie easter baskets. I found the idea on Pinterest and it was a great bit of fun for the whole family.

We ended up making 6 dozen baskets! The kids took plates around the neighborhood to share.

We watched an episode of Chicago Fire on Hulu Plus while folding a ginormous pile of laundry and then had a late dinner of chicken and asparagus.

Josh put Miss B to bed while Jacob and Sam did the dishes and put the clothes away and I went to work in my office for a few hours. Jake got home late and headed to bed. I stayed up a bit later to finish the session I was editing and he was snoring softly when I crawled into bed next to him. He had the big blanket on the bed. I know it’s going to be a cozy night when the big blanket is on. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law made it for us. It’s a giant pink fluffy quilt and cozy as anything I’ve ever known. I didn’t think we’d ever use it in Florida, but it gets pretty chilly some nights!

Before slipping off to sleep, I read a few chapters in the Book of Mormon (on my phone) while I cozied into the covers.

Nothing out of the ordinary. Nothing special. Just a perfect, ordinary day.


This morning the boys are at the local science museum. They were enlisted to be in a commercial for the museum’s summer camps. They get to do the ropes course and zip line as well as activities like archery and a chemistry project. Sounds like a fun way to spend the day!

Miss B and I are hanging out at home. I taught Jacob’s class for him this morning and I’m doing more laundry – there’s always laundry. We’re going to go for a walk in a bit after I finish writing.

Miss B prefers that we call her Annie. Do you know Little Einsteins?

Miss B loves them. They’ve eclipsed Mickey Mouse even.
She IS Annie. I’m June. Sam is Leo, Josh is Quincy. Jacob is Rocket. Daddy is Big Jet.
It works out so perfectly.

She’s serious about being known as Annie, often she won’t answer to Betsy. And she calls Sam Leo. She has me put her hair in pigtails with bows. Just like Annie. It’s pretty much awesome.


My morning wake up call.

Walking with my girl while the boys are at Scouts.

Camille Duckworth - thanks for Sharing Amy! You are an inspiration!

Courtney - Youre back!! Good to see you blogging. You are an inspiration to me. I want to start our own blog but I need some ideas for a name!! Love ya Amy!

Lia Hopper - I love reading your blog Amy! Isn’t it amazing how something as simple as reading the Book of Mormon can help us have more patience. By small and simple things are great things brought to pass!

Emily - I failed miserably at the month long challenge ;(…. You get behind just one day and boy you just can’t catch up…lesson learned! I should just start again and do 10 a day for 2 months…I need more happy in my day to day life (she says while 2 yr old is currently avoiding a much needed nap and driving her crazy!!!). Oh and I want to know the plan, even if it does morph into something else next week ;) !

Courtney - Great post Amy! You always have so much going on and yet seem so full of patience and gratitude! You are such an inspiration!

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