So Many Hard Things Coming


Ally and Addisyn just finished basketball for the year. So, I signed them up for softball. They didn’t get to play last year because they were both in boots. But they are really excited about playing this year. I am a little nervous though, to be honest. The last time they played two summers ago, I was their coach. And Laney was working at the park all summer umpiring games. Some of those games were her sisters’. She was an AMAZING umpire.

Brynna at bat with Laney umpiring

Laney Umpiring with Ally at bat

Addisyn getting ready to bat. Again, Laney is the umpire.

Wade and I went down last summer after losing Laney to give drinks to her friends that were playing a game in her honor. That was hard. Going to the park. I left in tears.

Wade or I ( but mostly Wade) used to take Laney dinner every night at the park. There are so many reminders. Laney’s friend, Kelli, is spearheading a monument and tree to be planted in her honor at the park this spring. Laney is loved by so many people who saw her at the ball park every summer. It is going to be a rough couple of months, for more than one reason. So as we start on what is probably going to be a rough road for a few months, I will be telling myself that I can do VERY hard things. But they will be worth it.


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Laney’s Mom


If you are new to my blog, you should start here first. It is my first post, and explains what this blog is about. Make sure to visit the Laney’s Story and the About Me tabs at the top of the page for more information! Oh, and I hope you find joy in your journey!

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Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or Do Without

When Wade and I were newly married, and he started his teaching career, we knew we wouldn’t have much money. But that was okay because teaching was what Wade had always wanted to do. We were happy. So, we took to heart the counsel of President Brigham Young. He said ” Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”

It was very wise counsel, because it has gotten us through some very tough times. Through several years of unemployment, really struggling to make it, our decision to follow the Prophet really blessed us. By not buying new things, sticking with what we had and not getting into debt, it made things MUCH easier than they would have been had we not already been in the mode of using what we had or going without.

So I wanted to share with you these words that we have lived by, and continue to. Maybe it will encourage you to know that you can make it, too!


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