Live Joyfully

I used to do most of my deep thinking while running. These days, I find myself doing most of my thinking while hidden in the pantry, eating chips during naptime. Gus has an incredible sixth sense of when he is being excluded from chip eating, particularly Pringles. I have to stay muffled.

Although I tend to get distracted from personal reflections by wondering things like, “Would a fashion blogger be less of a fashion blogger if she developed a macaroon allergy?” I usually gravitate back to thinking about my growing family. The past few days of pantry grazing, I’ve contemplated the current hurdle in our family’s life and how I’ve been doing a terrible job handling it. I’ve spent time weighing the benefits of a full blown, shave-your-head meltdown vs. keeping it all in and being emotionally constipated.

At church on Sunday, I was lucky enough to have heard these great quotes.

I hope this keeps other people from shaving their heads like it did me.

“In nature, trees that grow up in a windy environment become stronger. As winds whip around a young sapling, forces inside the tree do two things. First, they stimulate the roots to grow faster and spread farther. Second, the forces in the tree start creating cell structures that actually make the trunk and branches thicker and more flexible to the pressure of the wind. These stronger roots and branches protect the tree from winds that are sure to return.” (“Responses of Young Trees to Wind and Shading: Effects on Root Architecture,” Journal of Experimental Botany, vol. 46, no. 290 (Sept. 1995), 1139–46.)

“…difficulties allow us to change for the better, to rebuild our lives in the way our Heavenly Father teaches us, and to become something different from what we were-better than we were, more understanding than we were, more empathetic than we were, with stronger testimonies than we had before. This should be our purpose- to perservere and endure, yes, but also to become more spritiually refined as we make our way through sunshine and sorrow.” –Thomas S. Monson

“Be cheerful in all that you do. Live joyfully. Live happily. Live enthusiastically, knowing that God does not dwell in gloom and melancholy, but in light and love.” –Ezra Taft Benson

How can I be anything but cheerful when I have these two, healthy, sweet boys? My whole world.
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