Sunday, July 23, 2017

  • I loved this entry on thesmallseedinstagram:
  • "'Come as you are,' a loving Father says to each of us, but He adds, 'Don’t plan to stay as you are.'"
    -Jeffery Holland

    Thinking today about the wonderfully inclusive plan of the Lord, who ate with sinners, had compassion on the sick, healed the outcasts, and noticed the invisible. He is the true source of tolerance and acceptance that the world desires so deeply. 
    But, instead of offering the false compassion of the world, telling us we are happy in sin, illness or bondage, the Lord offers us more. He does not have to lie to us to appease our guilt or lack. He can accept us as we are, knowing He can make more of us than we thought we could be.

    Feeling grateful for the freedom that comes through Him. Freedom to be loved now AND freedom to change for the better. He is the way. -xoxo Johanna

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

"I love these little people, and it is not a slight thing when they who are so fresh from God love us." -Charles Dickens

Monday, April 17, 2017

"One forgets all through the year how lovely spring really is & so it comes as a surprise every time." -L.M. Montgomery "Pat of Silver Bush"

Our dear friend Liff shared this quote with me. It is so true! We are loving the new growth and buds of spring that are starting to show.  We are still waiting for our tulips to bloom this year... so this is a photo from many years ago, i think on our honeymoon to the Butschart Gardens.  Spring is such a hopeful, joyous time of year! Our girls are so excited about the dandelions they can pick now as we go on walks...i'm sure the neighbors don't mind if the girls pick a handful of them as we walk by;) 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

"I feel to invite women everywhere to rise to the great potential within you.  I do not ask that you reach beyond your capacity.  I hope you will not nag yourselves with thoughts of failure.  i hope you will not try to set goals far beyond your capacity to achieve.  I hope you will simply do what you can do in the best way you know.  If you do so, you will witness miracles come to pass."
-President Gordon B. Hinckley

Thursday, February 23, 2017


“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

 Lao Tzu

I may have already posted this quote, but i wasn't able to find it. (I really need to organize the quotes better!) Anyways, there is so much truth to this. When i think of the times in my life that i was down and depressed, i was either longingly remembering the past, or lamenting decisions and actions of the past.  And the times I feel anxiety it is usually when i am fretting about something in the future or fears of future events, etc... little children are great examples of living in the present. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

"There is a terrible ailment of pessimism in the land. It’s almost endemic. We’re constantly fed a steady and sour diet of character assassination, faultfinding, evil speaking of one another. …
I come … with a plea that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. I’m suggesting that we accentuate the positive. I’m asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment virtue and effort.
I am not asking that all criticism be silent. Growth comes with correction. Strength comes with repentance. Wise is the man or woman who, committing mistakes pointed out by others, changes his or her course. I am not suggesting that our conversation be all honey. Clever expression that is sincere and honest is a skill to be sought and cultivated. What I am suggesting and asking is that we turn from the negativism that so permeates our society and look for the remarkable good in the land and times in which we live, that we speak of one another’s virtues more than we speak of one another’s faults, that optimism replace pessimism. Let our faith replace our fears.
We have every reason to be optimistic in this world. Tragedy is around, yes. Problems everywhere, yes. But … you can’t, you don’t, build out of pessimism or cynicism. You look with optimism, work with faith, and things happen.
Do not despair. Do not give up. Look for the sunlight through the clouds. Opportunities will eventually open to you. Do not let the prophets of gloom endanger your possibilities."
this is so so applicable today! love the optimism of this wise and prophetic prophet!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

“I have to plant some trees each spring,” President Gordon B. Hinckley recorded in his journal at age 82. “I think I have done so for at least the last 50 years. … There is something wonderful about a tree. It starts ever so small and grows through the seasons. It affords shade from the hot summer sun. It bears delicious fruit. It carries on the remarkable process of photosynthesis. … A tree is one of the remarkable creations of the Almighty.” -President Gordon B Hinckley

Monday, January 16, 2017

I am a child of God

1. I am a child of God,
And he has sent me here,
Has given me an earthly home
With parents kind and dear.
[Chorus]
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,
Help me find the way.
Teach me all that I must do
To live with him someday.
2. I am a child of God,
And so my needs are great;
Help me to understand his words
Before it grows too late.
3. I am a child of God.
Rich blessings are in store;
If I but learn to do his will
I'll live with him once more.
Yesterday at Sacrament meeting the kids were super wiggly and had a hard time paying attention to the speakers...but the closing hymn was "I am a child of God" and it was like the kids throughout the congregation all beamed and sang so loudly and i saw a huge grin on the choristers face! Even my kids who hardly ever sing were singing along with big smiles on their faces. A moment i never want to forget. The spirit was so thick and the ward felt so united! Young and old! There is a version of "I am a child of God" on lds.org that Oliver watches over and over again, he'll say "God, 'gain"  and watch it so happily! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"Fifty was my favorite age.  It takes about that long to learn to quit competing-to be yourself and settle down to living.  It is the age I would like to be through all eternity!" -Marjorie Hinckley

My oldest brother just turned 50! I'm excited for him and this new stage of life he is entering. He is a grandpa of a darling and endearing one year old. He is a proud family man, a dedicated business man, and a constant disciple of Jesus Christ. So grateful to have him for a big brother.