Entries by Emma

When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.

You know that feeling when your throat is tight and you are trying to hold back tears so you keep coughing and blowing your nose trying to disguise your desire to burst into tears by a fake cold? That was today. Today was a rough day. I may or may not have cried in the […]

A Continuing Education

I am currently a teacher to all of the women in our church congregation – also known as a Relief Society teacher. And to be honest, I really love it! It’s amazing how all of a sudden in my life Relief Society is a like a lifeline, and being out of town and missing church […]

A weekly letter

Yesterday my Aunt Sarah called me and said, “you know what you should do? You should  act like you’re on the mission again and just write a weekly letter on your blog!” Well that’s definitely the encouragement I needed because here I am! Cari amici, (dear friends) These last few weeks have been absolutely amazing […]

My Up and Down Relationship with Blogging

I have such an up and down relationship with blogging. (As you can tell by the scarcity and randomness of when I post.) So often I have the urge to write, to type and type and not be able to type the words fast enough to get them out before I forget them. I have […]

Just a Little Life Update

Life is oh so good right now. I haven’t written on here in a while but I wanted to let you know that we are doing really well and are really happy. I had received a lot of feedback and concern over my last blog post, and I want you to know that I don’t […]

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Worthy of Love

Guilt and worthiness. I have struggled with these feelings for as long as I can remember because of my perfectionism, fear, I don’t know. I know I am supposed to “learn” something from this infertility trial, but I feel done. Because I continue to come to this realization that deep down I feel like it’s […]

Little Seeds

This is Prince and Mary Jane. We met when I was a missionary serving in Mestre, Italy – a city right outside of Venice. Sorella Gillette and I found them when we were trying to track down a member of the ward there and it turns out they were all splitting rent and sharing an […]

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Objectively Cute Husband Goes to Tokyo

Honestly this is more a story about how Joe Jonas slighted my honor, but we’ll get to that. Hello, it is I, the objectively cute husband of Emma. This is my first guest post and hopefully I’ll be invited back! (I never know). I recently took a spur of the moment trip to Tokyo. The […]

My Number One Trick to Staying Focused at Work

I currently work from home and I seriously struggle with staying focused. I get so distracted by my stinking iPhone and my adult coloring book and Spotify and podcasts and mostly food.  It gets ridiculous and my brain goes crazy. This week I knew I needed to buckle down though because I have a lot […]

The Story Behind the Diagnosis

First of all I want to thank everyone for their kind words and support after my last blog post. I can’t even tell you how much it meant to me! This next post describes the background about the health problems that are contributing to my fertility difficulties. OK so getting engaged is really what kicks off this […]

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The One Year Mark

As of today, Dallin and I are “officially” dealing with infertility, diagnosed with infertility, or whatever you want to call it. Infertility is officially defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year (mayoclinic.org). I never thought I would end up saying this, I never thought […]

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Mother’s Day

I love Mother’s Day.   I think it’s a wonderful day to celebrate womanhood and the vital influence of motherhood in our lives.  It’s a time that the world takes a moment to pause and say that motherhood is important and recognize how our society would be nothing without the strong and and influential women and […]

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Books I Read // January and February 2017

Reading is one of those things that just lights my soul on fire (too cliche?) and I love it. I think the hardest thing for me has been reading and not reading it with a group. I love to discuss thoughts and theories and philosophies as I read (thanks Chandler Prep)so poor Dallin listens to […]

Conquering Angel’s Landing

Dallin and I spent Saturday morning hiking Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park – probably the most popular hike and most photographed view of the park. We only live an hour away from this beautiful place and we finally bought a National Parks pass so that we can keep going back during the summer. (Another […]

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Fear, the Impostor Syndrome, and Progress

Every year I make some sort of goal for my blog – blog once a week, once a month, etc. I start off strong with the first week, and then I go quiet. The little voice inside my head keeps telling me so many reasons why I should stop. Among these are things like, “You […]

taking over the ward Christmas party

Whenever Dallin is given just a tiny responsibility, he ends up going way above and beyond and everybody loves him for it.  This is why he is the dream employee and also the dream husband. Last month we had our ward Christmas party for our local church congregation.  The responsibilities were divided up such that […]

sparking joy to 2017

Our first week of the year was definitely a great start to 2017. It consisted Reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.  I can definitely agree that it was life changing.  Doing this the first of the year was ABSOLUTELY the best way to start of 2017. Out with all of the old stuff […]

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thank you

I wanted to start off my writing today with a heart full of thanks.  After writing my last blog post I received countless texts, emails, and calls with words of empathy and encouragement. I must admit that publishing the post was a complete accident, as I had written it a month prior and had not […]