Words to live by:
"The world can use these words.  I know this now.  Every man gives his life for what he believes.  Every woman gives her life for what she believes.  Sometimes people believe in little or nothing, and yet they give their lives to that little or nothing.  One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it and then it's gone.  But to surrender what you are and live without belief is more terrible than dying- even more terrible than dying young." Joan of Arc

My Mantra:
Motherhood is not a burden to be borne; it is a privilege to be enjoyed.  It is not a trial of endurance; it is a time of celebration.

Water Cannot Be Drawn From An Empty Well
"Sisters, find some time for yourself to cultivate your gifts and interests.  Pick one or two things that you would like to learn or do that will enrich your life, and make time for them.  Water cannot be drawn from an empty well, and if you are not setting aside a little time for what replenishes you, you will have less and less to give to others, even to your children.  Avoid any kind of substance abuse, mistakenly thinking that it will help you accomplish more.  And don't allow yourself to be caught up in the time-wasting, mind-numbing things like television soap operas or surfing the Internet.  Turn to the Lord in faith, and you will know what to do and how to do it."  M. Russell Ballard, "Daughters of God," Ensign, May 2008, 110

Women Have A Great Influence For Good
"Too frequently, women underestimate their influence for good.  Well could you follow the formula given by the Lord: 'Establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God' (D&C 88:119).
In such a house will be found happy, smiling children who have been taught, by precept and example, the truth.  In a Latter-day Saint home, children are not simply tolerated, but welcomed; not commanded, but encouraged; not driven, but guided; not neglected, but loved."  Thomas S. Monson, "The Spirit of Relief Society," Ensign, May 1992, 101-102

Creative Responsibility
"But to what end were we created? We were created with the express purpose and potential of experiencing a fullness of joy.  Our birthright- and the purpose of our great voyage on this earth- is to seek and experience eternal happiness...
"... The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano.  Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before- colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter."
"There is a great work for the Saints to do.  Progress, and improve upon and make beautiful everything around you.  Cultivate the earth, and cultivate your minds.  Build cities, adorn your habitations, make gardens, orchards, and vineyard, and render the earth so pleasant that when you look upon your labors you may do so with pleasure, and that angels may delight to come and visity your beautiful locations.  In the mean time continually seek to adorn your minds with all the graces of the Spirit of Christ."~Brigham Young  
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Happiness, Your Heritage", Ensign, Nov. 2008, 117-120

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