Earlier this week I planted my garden! This was my big goal for the spring, and it is so exciting to actually have my plants in the ground.

Before planting I read about how to plant vegetables organically. I specifically wanted to learn about companion planting because my aunt told me about this and she does it in her garden. Companion planting means planting different plants right next to each other specifically to benefit the plants.





This spring my big goal is to plant a garden. The last time I had a garden was when I was about ten and my mom squared off a little section for each of us kids to have a small garden. Fun times, but I don’t really know how to grow things, so this will be a new adventure for me. I’m excited!

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I Am Grateful to do Laundry


“How much of life do we miss by waiting to see the rainbow before thanking God that there is rain?” – President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

This was my favorite quote from conference. Maybe because I feel like there has been a lot of rain in my life lately. And I need to learn to be happy through it.

This year so far has been pretty challenging. In February and March, Coleman worked really long hours at his job, so we didn’t get to see him much. And since I am still trying to adjust to being a stay-at-home-mom (and really a mom in general), this was really hard. More

Rowen Mae’s Birth Story

I know this is…four (almost five!) months late, but I thought I would share my birth story. A little background: For as long as I can remember, I knew I was going to birth naturally, or at least give it a try. I don’t like to take pain relievers or any regular conventional medicine, so I think this was part of the reason for not wanting pain relief during (or after) labor. And then I read a ton about it when I was pregnant, and we took birth classes from our doula, Linda, which was so so helpful. But in the weeks leading up to my due date, whenever I would think about labor I would get a little scared. Lindy recommended that I read Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, written by a hippie midwife. More

A Survival Story: Healing Cancer from Within

At the end of my senior year in high school, my Mom was diagnosed with stage-three melanoma. She has since fully recovered by using alternative methods of treatment. Because the conventional medicine was not working effectively (it actually seemed to be doing more harm than good), my Mom sought out other treatment options. She learned about the impact that environmental toxins and nutrition have on cancer, and she completely changed her diet. Her experience was a turning point that caused me to begin changing my diet and lifestyle, which is still evolving as I continue to research and learn. Below, my Mom shares her story. She shares her experience, followed by some advice for anyone who is currently dealing with cancer. The following is in her own words:

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