Posts in Writing

10 Things You Should Know About “Sweet Is the Work”

Guess what? I have a new book coming out on March 1! Of this year. As in, 28 days from now. Can’t believe it! It’s officially official. Edits are complete. Artwork is finalized. The cover is approved. It’s off to the press. “Sweet Is the Work: Lessons from the First Sister Missionaries” is coming to a Deseret Book, Seagull Book, or Amazon near you. 10 things you should know about “Sweet Is the Work” I dedicated this book to my daughters. This one’s for the girls. My girls, and yours too. I chose the topic…. Read More

Do What You Love

Maybe I’m having some sort of quarter-life crisis, but really I’m too old for that. More likely, I’m just a 27-year-old mom/writer trying to decide what to do with my days, which sometimes manage to be somehow simultaneously busy and boring. I keep asking myself this question: What makes me happy? Like, really, lastingly happy. Happy now and happy later. If I could nail down the answer to that—man. That would be … pretty cool. A few weeks ago I was at Hobby Lobby buying supplies for a crafty-ish Family Night and being really… Read More

Giveaway Winners + Many Mighty Miracles

What a great week! I can’t even express how touching it was to read through your comments and learn about the miracles in your lives. All of you—even those who didn’t win a book—have touched my heart. This is truly the age of many mighty miracles! If you get a second, scroll through the comments on the previous post. It will brighten your day and strengthen your faith! And thank you—all of you!—for the book love this last week. I am a lucky girl to have such great people cheering for me. And… Read More

‘Mighty Miracles’ + Giveaway

Three years ago this week, Ryan and I rolled into the Lone Star State for the first time. We only came for the summer initially and brought only what we could fit in our Honda Pilot. When Ryan started his internship with PepsiCo a few days later, I found myself home alone with a six-month-old Lyla, no job to speak of, no TV, and only one friend in a thousand miles. In that fertile soil, a dream was born. I needed something to do with my time—Lyla was still sleeping a lot—and… Read More

What I’m Into (March 2015)

SO MUCH IS HAPPENING YOU GUYS. My blog was totally neglected the last couple weeks and it makes me want to shed a tear or two. But there are good reasons (so many good reasons!). Since everything can’t have its own post, here’s a quick wrap-up of everything that’s making me happy these days. (Linking up with Leigh Kramer) What I’m Reading Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell I stayed up too many nights in a row reading this one. John Greene said it best when he said, “‘Eleanor & Park’ reminded me… Read More