• Charlotte

    Taking time out, even as Jesus.

    In our travels as a military family we moved into a congregation where I met a wonderful woman named Paula. We easily became good friends (and still are). During the time my family and I were there she served as the Relief Society (women’s organization) 1st Counselor, 2nd Counselor, and President. This service all happened back to back during a 6 year period. In this same time frame she worked full-time as a math professor at a local college and her husband worked full-time for a large company that frequently sent him to Asia to work with their subsidiaries. They worked very hard to help their 5 children graduate from…

  • Charlotte

    the Fragments: what we have to offer when things get hard

    Sometimes you just need to know that everything is going to be okay. Even, if you can change nothing. If things have gone all wrong, if you feel at your absolute worst, if it seems like your heart will never stop breaking. even if everything seems to fall apart around you…no matter what. No. Matter. What. Everything, is going to be okay! I’ve recently had a string of really hard life choices to make. Nothing made any decision, any easier. However, that never stopped me from searching for the magic pill! I mean, who wouldn’t want things to be easier?! Truthfully, there are still days when I feel like I…

  • Charlotte

    Saving Yourself: In Trauma

    I Can’t, I Just Can’t… One bag of peanut M&Ms, a large Diet Coke, half a bag of chips and salsa, a handful of ibuprofen, and I think we hit about 8:15 AM! Waaaaaaahhhhh, I can’t, I just can’t today. Floor covered in broken, stomped on, and more than likely half chewed cereal, spilled juice that’s starting to turn into sweet glue, a smell that seems to be radiating from my unclean body, and a toddler who is 3 hours late for his nap! I can’t, I just can’t today.   If your days are just as hectic and crazy and disheartening and painful then maybe you can relate to…