A Bit Backward

I am a passionately opinionated, spicy but tender-hearted Mormon girl who'd love nothing more that to live life from scratch like the Amish, but with all the best technology for learning and sharing at my fingertips. I am a wife to a good man, and stay-at-home mother to a spirited little boy and a sweet baby girl, and am expecting another baby sometime in early November! I am a BYU alumna with a degree in German (with a literature emphasis). I am also a birth junkie and certified Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis instructor. I'd say my writing is generally geared for an LDS audience, but I'm truly happy for anyone and everyone to read my content. I am the same girl at church as I am during the week and I am not ashamed, afraid, or ill-equipped to discuss issues from both a rational and spiritual/moral perspective. All truth is valuable, worth sharing, and discussing to me. I share my life and my opinions on my blog, A Bit Backward . . .

Dancing to Different Beats: The Hepworth Girls' First Dance Recital

The girls' Christmas gift from Mimi and Grandpa (my parents) this year, were dance lessons at our community rec center. These were their first, and they LOVED the experience. (Seriously - what a wonderful gift for grandparents to gift to their grandchildren!) They loved their teacher Mrs ....more

New April Fools Hepworth Family Tradition: "Tricky Dinner"

One night, several months ago,the kids and I were visiting Squire at the hospital while he worked a late shift. We hung out together on a hospital bed in a resident room as Squire came and went. That night we watched an episode of the Kid's Baking Championship ....more

What's been missing. . .

Something has been missing on this blog for quite a long stretch. I haven't posted here since November 1st! Since this post was written, so much has happened in the Hepworth home!...more

Halloween: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Interested to know the history behind Halloween? This link gives a short video and intriguing article on the subject. Whatever it has been in the past, it is certainly something different now – and honestly, the more I learn about what fuels it now, the more I am torn about celebrating any part of it at all ....more

Kiss Your Life: Happy, Messy Moments

I found this sign in a home decor shop in Pocatello. I loved the saying and so I took a quick, crappy picture of it. It says, "Kiss your life ....more

Smashing Success: Our Anniversary Getaways in Idaho

Squire received a couple of unexpected days off at work. We put them towards our 8th wedding anniversary. I asked my mom if she would be willing to come up to Idaho to watch our kidlets so we could get away for a couple of days ....more

Apricot Harvest Tips

If you are fortunate enough to live in an area with an abundance of fruit trees, chances are there are an abundance of people who don't want to deal with the fruit of their tree's labors. They may be friends, neighbors, or a stranger living in another part of town. If you notice a fruit tree, full of ripe edible fruit in hoards on the branches and on the ground, it doesn't hurt to ask the owner if they would be willing to let you pick for them and split the harvest ....more

No Buyer’s Remorse, Here; 30+ Kitchen Favorites

Thank you to all of you who responded to my quiz! The top-voted future post idea was: “10 things that Jami didn’t regret buying, later. (Maybe even by category? ...more

Stumped at the branches - A Poll for My Readers!

To any and all who take the time to read my blog, thank you! To those who take the time to read and comment, triple thanks! I’m stumped right now, friends....more

When Your Pullets Turn Out to Be Roosters: Coming to Terms with Eating My Home-Grown Animals

Food has been a topic of my deeper pondering for years now. The more I learn, the more the way we eat in our home has become a matter of spiritual importance to me. I have come to the conclusion that the necessary, consistent, and routine matter of eating presents a wonderful opportunity to practice spiritual awareness ....more