Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!



Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Every once in a while one of my children will do something that just makes me laugh. Here is the latest from Isaac:

Monday, November 15, 2010

Elevator Etiquette

For a happier workplace, please, please, please pay attention to the following when using the elevator:

1. Stand back from the door, both inside and outside the elevator. Nobody wants your mug in their face as soon as the doors open. (Yes, I know you're very handsome and an incredibly smart and eligible Mechanical Engineering student, but I'm taken. Sorry.)

2. People exiting the elevator have the right of way. If you are outside the elevator, stand back and wait for those inside to exit before you attempt to enter the elevator. If you are inside the elevator, you might want to wait a second before attempting to exit because someone is bound to plow you down if you don't.

3. Don't text as you walk in to or out of the elevator. It prevents you from looking to see if there is anyone else on the planet, or even in the elevator. If you are texting, it is probable that you will be the one doing the plowing, and this makes YOU the dork, not the person you plowed into.

If any of these common courtesies seem difficult to understand, or seem unfair to you, the stairs are directly behind you and around the corner. Please use them.

Thank you.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Marianne's Motto

Today in Relief Society we had an awesome lesson. I'm positive that it was a direct answer to my prayers, and although I'm sure many others benefitted from this lesson, I'm also sure that it was for me. ME.

He heard my prayers and used another pair of hands--four pairs, in this case--to help me find the answer I have been seeking. And I know the women who shared very tender feelings and horribly difficult experiences as part of this lesson did it because their hearts were led to do so, because He knew it is what I needed. I'm so grateful to these wonderful women for sharing. They didn't know, I'm sure, why they needed to do it. But I know.

I like to have a personal motto--a "Team Cheer," for Team Marianne. Former mottos, that have not been retired, but have taken their places as steps in my journey are "Try a Little Harder to Be a Little Better," and "Find Joy in the Journey," and "Be a Mother Who Knows." Oh, and don't forget these ones, "I Think I Can, I Think I Can!" and "Never Give Up, Never Surrender!" Well, here's my new motto:


I have the resources to not only endure, but to emerge triumphant from the trials that I have experienced and am experiencing and will experience. Sometimes, for WHATEVER reason, I don't use the resources available to me, but as long as I come back and keep trying, as long as I don't give up, I will be the winner. And I love to win. I think having a testimony makes me a winner, and if my trials are what takes me there, then I guess I'll hop on board.

Testimony, here I come!

Thanks, Janna.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Little Bit of Broken Heart

We had a bit of heartache around here last week. I shouldn't be blogging about it, because I'm not exactly at liberty to divulge the nature of the ache, but I want to share a few things I learned:

1. Crying helps.

2. Yelling really loud in the car when no one can hear you helps (although it scares the kids on the school bus who might happen to look your way while you're looking like some kind of wide-mouth banshee).

3. Printing out hundreds of old family photos helps.

4. An hour of peace and rest helps, if you know what I mean.

5. I've heard time helps, but I'm still waiting on that one to kick in.

6. And in the end, you have to turn it over to Him, because sometimes, there is nothing else you can do.

I think Kris Kringle put it pretty well when he sang, "Put one foot in front of the other, and soon you'll be walking 'cross the flo-o-or. Put one foot in front of the other, and soon you'll be walking out the door!"

I'm walkin'!