Peace in the Storm

This anxiety thing is new. I don’t want to go into details because it’s still very painful and difficult for me to process. And even though the Anxiety level is new, I’ve always been “high stressed”, so much so that my parents used to always repeat a poem about “worry” to me as a young child. The other day I went to the temple to seek for answers. As I entered into the most beautiful room, a painting was directly in front of me with the Savior’s hand stretched out. I physically started to reach out in tears because I wanted to grab it.

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You Are Not Of This World

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a CHILD OF GOD. Your playing small does not serve the world…”

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Casting Stones

My mind keeps pondering those waiting to cast stones. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the person about to be stoned is a woman. My mind immediately thinks of mothers. Whether through social media, whispers, or in our minds we are waiting to cast stones at other women.

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Those Who Seek Him

I’ve been pondering the accounts in the scriptures of those who sought out Jesus. The people who were praying for him, searching through crowds for him, and brought children to him. People like the man who’s daughter was laying sick in bed, Mary and Martha who besought him after their brother passed away, the father who brought his son with a dumb spirit, the two blind men, they all went in faith to find Jesus.

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"Lead Me, Guide Me, Walk Beside Me."

In the pre-earth life God designed his plan to give us free agency. We wanted to be able to choose for ourselves which is why we shouted for joy for this plan, given that we would have a Savior who could provide a way for us to be saved from our sins. Satan’s plan was to take away our agency. We would all return home, but we could have no choice in this life. He wanted the glory.

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Grocery Shopping with Kids

“Go to the grocery store with my kids? No thanks!” was something I used to always think. Honestly going to the grocery store with our children can be tough right. There usually is a toddler running away, someone crying, it takes a million years, and man it can be stressful. But guys, going to the grocery store with our children is so important!

Hear me out, I totally used to rely on the grocery pickup services stores are adding these days, and while there is nothing wrong with that, here are a few reasons why you SHOULD go to the grocery store with your kids.

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Need More Mom Wins? Buy a Minivan!

You might think, “Mmm this is interesting, not RyLee’s typical blogpost.” But you guys! Minivans help foster autonomy in so many ways! I legit almost prepared a powerpoint presentation to try to convince my husband we needed a minivan in our lives. Luckily, he saw how incredible they were without the presentation

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Sensory + Behavior

Learning about sensory and how it affects behavior not only allows us to gain a better understanding of our child and their behaviors, but ourselves as well. This information is powerful. This information allows me to be a better, more patient parent. This information helps me to understand my child and when she is getting overstimulated. This information

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What I Learned in High School

When I was a sophomore in high school I went through an interesting time. By choice, I started to separate myself from my friends. In adolescence your friends are truly everything, and I felt totally and completely alone. I remember thinking that I must be “depressed” because I had never felt so low or lonely in my entire life. In the middle of the night one evening I couldn’t take it anymore.

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Church Bag Essentials

“How do you get your kids to sit still during church?” is a question I get a lot. Although having an 18 month old will most likely at one point or another leave you wandering the halls rather than enjoying a spirit filled sermon, I have a couple tricks up my sleeve to help keep you from becoming a regular hall wanderer.

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She Strengtheneth Her Arms

I hear all the time, whether personally or throughout social media and news, “Oh you’re JUST a stay at home mom?” “What else do you do?” “It must be so nice to sit at home all day.” “I wish my life was that easy.” “You decided to work instead of being a stay at home mom?” Everyone’s situation is different, but it seems that no matter what YOU are doing as a mom, someone will have something negative to say about it. I will ALWAYS defend the sacred role of motherhood in whatever shape or form. I’m not “just” a stay at home mom.

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My Husband Doesn't Give Me Flowers

My husband doesn’t give me flowers. He used to, but he doesn’t all that much anymore. I used to kind of whine about it all. I would see some other woman post about her husband bringing her flowers, and I would think, “My husband doesn’t do that. Maybe he doesn’t love me that much.” Until I realized something better than flowers.

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The Shepherd Doesn't Sleep

“To all mothers everywhere, past, present, or future, I say ‘thank you.’ Thank you for giving birth, for shaping souls. For forming character and for demonstrating the pure love of Christ… to all mothers in very circumstance, including those who struggle-and all will, I say, ‘you are doing better than you think you are!’…In fact, you are saviors on Mount Zion, and like the master you follow, your love never faileth.”

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Incorporating Christ Into Your Christmas Traditions

It’s easy to get caught up in the gift giving, stores, and hustle of the holidays, but if we can incorporate Jesus Christ into our traditions we are able to remember what Christmas is about, our Savior’s birth and His life. As a parent, I want my children to develop a love for our Savior Jesus Christ and for his atoning sacrifice. This simple activity is a great way to do that.

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Favorite Children's Books

“You may have tangible wealth untold; caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be. I had a mother who read to me.” ― Strickland Gillian

As I now read some of the books from my childhood to my children, I can actually hear my mother’s voice in my head, which in turn ignites those same feelings I had reading the book with her when I was a little girl.

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