• 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…

  • Sunny

    Oh, you didn’t know? Me neither.

    I didn’t know that my friends descriptions of motherhood were true. They laughed as they spoke.  I sat shocked, hoping they were wrong.   I didn’t know my back side would get as big as my front side, while with child. Or that my feet would increase a full half size. I didn’t know the amount of food I would consume in one sitting.       Or the intense cravings calling for oranges and pickles and Mexican food.      I didn’t know the ferocity of my all consuming appetite. Or that it would just come right back UP, as I went DOWN with head in the toilet or in…