Overstuffed

I am the mother to three beautiful, brilliant and bossy daughters. I'm married to Joel, Dr. Maestro Orchestra Conductor extraordinaire. When I'm not working on my mother of the year status, you can find me singing professionally, teaching voice lessons at the University, taking lots and lots of photographs, listening to opera, finding a good deal on groceries, reading a good book, or maybe even scrapbooking (that is, if I'm not blogging). Life is definitely overstuffed, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Dealing With Chronic Illness: How to Feel Better When You Aren't Better

A few weeks ago, when I walked into the bathroom at work, I was greeted by sticky notes all over the mirror. They bore messages like "Good Morning Gorgeous! Go Get 'Em!" and "You Are Good Enough ....more

4 Ways Skype Can Improve Your Life

When I was a little girl I would watch shows like The Jetsons and marvel at the idea of being able to actually SEE the person you were talking to on the phone.And, because I am who I am, I took it a step further and I worried about things like "What if you had a bad case of bedhead when someone called?" or worse, "What if you weren't even dressed??!?" I admit, I was completely scared of the Jetsons Picture Phone because these things worried me. (It turns out I was right to worry, because do you remember the morning mask Jane Jetson used for early morning phone calls?) Now that the Jetsons isn't so futuristic as it once seemed, my worries have been laid to rest. Not every phone call I receive has to be a video call, I don't need to invest in a morning mask, and I (so far) have not had to wear space age collars that are twice as big as my head ....more

6 Book Club Picks Worth Discussing

Because I love to read, it naturally follows that I enjoy being part of a book club. I have been in different book clubs over the last ten years, and I always appreciate a book that really inspires a great discussion.Unfortunately, amazing books do not always inspire amazing discussion at book club. While I love being with my friends, I always leave book club a little disappointed when the book being discussed was barely talked about ....more

10 Favorite Picture Books You May Not Have Heard Of

March is National Reading Month, so I'm going to share several books highlighting my favorite books for the whole family. Today I'm going to tell you about some of my very favorite picture books--the ones you may not have heard of before.Even though my youngest daughter is 8 years old now and a fabulous reader, we still love to read fun picture books together occasionally. And I even still buy them when I find one I just can't pass up! ...more

Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

The other night, Sophia was cleaning some stubborn jam off of the very old, very wooden kitchen door. She was using her thumbnail to scrape the jelly when a piece of the wood from the door splintered off and lodged itself underneath her fingernail. It was so big that it pretty much covered most of her fingernail and I didn't readily notice it ....more

Writing and Organizing Thank You Cards

I absolutely love to receive "real" mail. There's nothing better than going to my mailbox to find something more interesting than a bunch of bills, advertisements, and credit card sign up forms. I especially love to receive thank you notes ....more

March 2015 Visiting Teaching Printable

The visiting teaching message for March is The Attributes of Jesus Christ: Long-suffering and Patient.Apropos of my current trials, it was a message that was timely for me. I really loved President Uchtdorf's entire quote on patience, but just the one snippet really made me stop and think. "Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!" Scroll down for download instructions ....more

Why Everyone Should Use a Paper Planner

Okay, so maybe not exactly everyone should use a paper planner. If you are one of those people who loves your Google calendar and phone alerts then maybe paper isn't for you. Maybe I'm just tired of all the people that tell me paper planners are obsolete and I should definitely go digital, because I'm here to tell you that digital is not where it is at for me in calendars and planners.I would never show up anywhere ....more

How I Know I Married a Musician: Part 10

Due to my shoulder, I can't really lift my camera. And I'm just so sick of trying to get a decent Sunday photo with my phone. Especially when the girls are in their comfy clothes before I manage to get out of the car ....more

Maybe This is a Trial

The Maestro and me. Pneumonia for him, shoulder surgery for me. This isn't a trial at all ....more