Happy 4th!


 we are in Seattle… enjoying the holiday!

Aside from today’s festivities….

I especially wanted to share with all of you how much I am loving this post by the Life of Bon Actually I love everything she writes. She has such a spectacular way with words. Possibly because she is a teacher or it could be that she’s just really really awesome! This post resonated with me in a wonderful way. It was this section that seemed to speak to me the most…

” I would never push my faith on them. It’s not my style. Because of this my mission was a challenge for me, though I gave it my best shot. I guess I just believe in this quote from Madeleine L’Engle (a great writer, and not a Mormon)

“We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.”

I don’t have plans to leave the church. Ever. I’ve been told that I’m “too smart” for the church, or that I “don’t fit” the culture of it. Maybe I don’t. I am not the perfect Mormon by any stretch. And I’m not that smart. But I love what this organization teaches me about Christlike love and service, and I appreciate how it teaches my kids that there is a world of need out there that they can fill. My kids are learning to live beyond themselves, and I love that. I have a great life; not flawless, and not immune from problems. But I would be a liar if I didn’t confess that so much of this happiness is derived from “

I am not Mormon. I do appreciate the religion though. I personally am somewhere in the realm of Christianity. I am still learning about where exactly I fit in or what fits best within me. This is a subject I have been reflecting on quite a bit since bringing kids into the world. Brad and I both hope to share our faith with our children. We are currently looking into finding just the right church for our family to join. Until we find it we will do our best to show our boys faith, love & Christ in our home. 

Happy 4th of July Friends! 
And Happy Birthday America!

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