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What Makes Halle Happy

I couldn’t help but laugh and run for my camera a few weeks ago when I walked in and saw Kinley sitting on the chair with Halle NAKED and EATING CHOCOLATE!  Halle doesn’t like to stay dressed very long and chocolate makes her happy.  
So I guess you could say that she was enjoying a beautiful afternoon!

More kids!?

Dont worry, it’s not what you’re thinking. I’m not pregnant, again, and I’m not fostering or adopting anyone. But Jordan and Halle DID choose a “brother and sister” last night.

We were minding our own business during the Toby Mac concert by eating (lots of food in our Jazz suite), dancing and laughing. There were several opening acts before Toby came out, and they were all good. One of the people started talking about how if there were 100 people in the world, everyone there in the Vivint arena would represent the first person standing in the line — as far as physical blessings were concerned. I totally agreed with his logic, and that because of this, we all have a responsibility to do what we can to help out the people “in the back of the line”.

He talked about a program where you can sponsor a child in another part of the world, and he showed pictures with his own sponsored “son”. Then he offered to the crowd of thousands of people to pick their own child to sponsor and asked who was interested. Scattered through the area were people raising their hands and volunteers were bringing them profiles of children to look at.

I started raising my hand, and then jumping up and down, because people don’t pay attention to the weirdos in the box, or maybe they can’t see us, I don’t know. Either way, nobody was listening to me. I turned back to look at Jon and he smiled because he knew I was on a mission! He gave me some cash because I didn’t have any, and I grabbed Jordan and Halle’s hand and left the suite to find a child to sponsor.

“Mom, I can’t wait to pick out a little sister! Mom, can I sponsor a little sister?” Halle asked me as we made our way down do the main floor. “A SISTER!?” Jordan yelled! “I already have enough sisters! Six is enough!”

So I did what any (in)sane person would do; I let them each sponsor a child! It was really cool because as we were picking who we’d slonsor, the artist/speaker (I don’t know his name) came out and took a picture with us!

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Halle found Merlyn first and she was sure about her choice. She wanted a younger sister that “loved to draw”. There were several of those, but she connected with her. She’s from Guatemala and has such a sweet look about her. Halle is excited to be her pen pal and send her clothes. She said, “I just had a feeling about her that she was right.” She’s upstairs right now packing up her build-a-bear to ship overseas! I don’t think Merlyn as any idea what’s about to hit her!

Jordan, on the other hand, was a lot more particular. He made us visit four different tables with many options on each one, until he found Waner. He also wanted a little brother who liked to draw and one he could possibly meet someday. Waner lives in the Dominican Republic and we have friends that live there, so we thought maybe it would be an option. He also wanted him to be younger that him, and he recently turned 5 on January 31st. Jordan said “He looks like a good younger brother and he likes drawing so we can send each other pictures.”

So, true to “Moss style” Jon and I brought 14 kids to the concert and we left with 16! If you want to sponsor a child, too, you can contact this company:

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It is overwhelming to think how many kids need help and that a child starves to death every three seconds, somewhere in the world. But we can each do something. I’ll be paying $38.00 a month, each, to Merlyn and Waner. It will be well worth the experience our family will have of learning from them and sharing our blessings with them.

And so in celebration, we danced the rest of the night away!

 

Utah Women & Leadership Project

I’ve been hearing random people say that they saw me in a magazine and yesterday I finally saw it! I remember being interviewed a few months back and also having the photoshoot, but I had no idea where and when it would be printed. I’m heading to school right now, so I can’t write much about it – but it’s an honor to be featured in this magazine!

I have a great love of learning and encouraging women to find their passions and to develop them. It’s taken me over two decades to go back to school to finish what I started, but every minute has been worth figuring out how to fit it into my life. I’ve met women in my classes that have taken one or two classes over many years and are now graduating, and I’ve met women who mostly do online school and are graduating with more skills to better support their families.

Every person I meet at school, every day, gives me hope that I can keep going. School is not easy for me. I have to study longer for a test than most people I talk to, and I still don’t get the best grade. But it doesn’t matter. What matters is that I’m working hard at something that is hard for me. Challenging myself is the only way I can continue to grow. And if putting myself out there in the colleges’ magazine can inspire at least one person, it’s worth it.

I said to Jon last night, “Now I really can’t drop out!”

Today I woke up and got the kids off to school, like I’ve been doing for the 21 years, and then went trail-run/hiking/walking in my favorite place. As I was running through this valley, I was thinking, the mountains don’t care if you didn’t get ready before you came to work out that day. They don’t care if your clothes match and they certainly aren’t counting your calories. It’s a non-judgemental place to be free and create. Create your mindset. I took a little longer today and sat in a clearing to pray and write personal notes. Praying in nature is so powerful and I plan to do it more often. As parents, we spend so much brain power on helping our children. This is so important, but so is our personal sanity and peace. Have a great day!

I Was Leading

Because I’m going to UVU and very busy writing assignments all the time, I thought I’d start sharing some of them on my blog. It only makes sense, because I blog to share with my family, and I go to school to continue growing, for my family.

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     When I was first married and we lost our business, I never imagined that I’d be considered a leader in the community. I felt lost and alone. Each day consisted of trying to imagine what I’d feed my children. Usually our options were potatoes with ranch dressing or ketchup, or any simple recipe that could be made with deer meat. Our close friends brought us deer meat because our lives fell apart during that season’s deer hunt.

I had a stepdaughter as soon as I was married; I gave birth to two daughters really quickly; and a week after the second was born, I promised the state of Utah that I’d take my niece into kinship care. The timing of it all just happened to be when Jon had a prescription that had been misfiled, which basically brought our lives crashing down around us.

I realize now that during this time, I was leading. I wasn’t speaking in front of large crowds or representing our companies on community boards, but I was leading my children. Putting on a smile each day as I was walking through pain — this was being a leader. Of course, my skills and depth in leadership have grown over the years, but this is where I feel like my leadership really started.

     The challenge with being a leader in the community and having a large family is that I consistently find myself second-guessing my responsibilities and decisions. I often miss an important community event or business engagement that I should attend because I’m spending time with my family. I also sometimes miss family activities as I’m fulfilling my responsibilities in the community or attending to a business engagement. For years I’ve debated whether the good I’m doing in the community or in our business outweighs experiences I could be having at home with my kids.

     I have to believe that my kids are watching me and learning from my sacrifices. I believe they are learning to sacrifice some things, such as not having me there sometimes, for the betterment of their community. My decision to return to school has already had an extreme effect on my children. They have watched me struggle and cry when assignments are hard for me. They’ve seen me get up before the sun to have phone meetings or finish my homework. I can tell that they are taking their schooling more seriously because of these things. They have also had the chance to help me, which builds confidence in their abilities.

I can’t imagine a better class to take at this time than Leadership! On the family front alone, I love taking what I learn and sharing it with them. It builds our family unit and gives us confidence to push forward together. Having six daughters and one son, I’m very passionate about encouraging, supporting and helping them to see their potential, and through my experiences, I believe I’ll be able to better do that for them. Thank you.

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