It felt like a dark week for me. But, I need to tell you, light is more perceptible when it has been dark. I love Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s words:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

I put some things into place this week that I may not have been motivated to do, if I hadn’t been so anxious to drive out the dark.


ONE. I have put a definition to what a successful parent is, to me. And it has only to do with me – with what is inside of me, what I have control over.

  1. Have I taught my children the values that I think are important to teach them? Have I offered them the beliefs that have served me well, and that I believe will serve them well throughout their lives?
  2. Have I taken my love to my family and my frustrations to the Lord (John Lund)? Have I “ask(ed) with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ” (Moroni 10:4) for direction as a parent, and for the Lord to be with my children?
  3. Have I done my job, then left the Lord to His? “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today” (Exodus 14:13).

TWO. I have committed to the search of DATA in my life. I printed my three month journal just this morning. And I am going to do this – I am going to gather the data, as a gift to my future self.

Bry said something to me this week, that has really stuck with me. He said, “Where we are is where we start from, because that is where we are.”

And so, I’ll start from here. Because this is where I am at. And I feel so grateful for that today. And excited for what is next, just around the corner.