Family is:
It is Everything

Family is what you make just as much as what you are born to. Just because you share blood doesn’t mean you will share love. Love is a choice even when, no, especially when we don’t want it to be.

Dungeon Prompt: Family


You Will Be Missed

There has never been a time in my life where President Packer wasn’t sitting up on the stand waiting patiently for his turn during General Conference. Hearing his voice speaking was always very soothing no matter how upset I had been before.

The time you spent

Here with us

Has quite quickly flown by

Missed, you will be

But we know

That there are others

Who have missed you just as much

So enjoy this time you have with them

And Bless you for the time we had with you.

In Honor of President Boyd K. Packer

Just Tired

There are times when I wonder

Just I keep going

Wouldn’t it be easier

To roll over and quit?

But where would that get me?

All that energy

All that time



Quitting is only slightly less

Than never even trying

But still…

Would it kill the world to give me a break for half an hour?

Nothing’s wrong, just tired. It’s the day after helping my sister clean her apartment, pack it up and get generally ready to move the very. Next. Day. Just tired.

Also, managed to hit myself in the knee from the side with a flower pot. Now it’s all sore and bruised and stuff. Go me.


I don’t belong to you.

I belong with you.

There’s a very large difference between the two lines.

We don’t belong to each other, but we belong with each other.

We travel together, side by side, neither in front nor behind.

There will be times when one or the other must step forward

And take the brunt of the world, sheltering the other.

But those times will shift and change as we take turns

Because together is more than apart

Even if there will be times when we must part for a moment

Only a moment in time, to gain rest and remember

Just how much better we are together.

Edge of the Water – Eclectic Corner #9

The edge of the water
coming right up
Can’t see where it starts
Was there a mess up?
The water retreated
The certainly heated
And I found there
Was nothing like here
In my memories
Where I can do as I please
I find that the beach
Is well within reach
Instead I have found
There is more sand that abounds
And there is nothing to see
As the water retreats.
image: martha0stout's phone, Great Salt Lake, Utah

image: martha0stout’s phone, Great Salt Lake, Utah

This poem was inspired by Eclectic Corner #9:  Edge. The picture is from the Great Salt Lake, Utah where we’ve had a very dry last few years even for our desert home. The lake’s been retreating for a while.


Migraine Strikes – Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for my nephew who helped me out when a migraine struck me randomly this last week. Without that kid, I would have been sunk.

Why does it hurt so?So much light

Too many voices

Not enough sight


Lights and scents mingle

Sight and sound switch places

Mind is lost as action reigns

Repetitive motions lost among faces

Come this way

Take this rag

I’m always here

Don’t be sad

Can’t do anything right

Keep making mistakes

It just hurts so much

Why keep raising the stakes?

Walk around

Get lost

Take a few steps

Don’t think of the cost

Calm yourself down

I won’t lead you astray

Just take my hand

I’ll help you find your way.


Had a migraine start simmering in my skull a few hours ago, but right in the middle of preparing dinner (my turn) it leaped up and struck. My nephew had to lead me away before I accidentally completely demolished dinner because I had no idea what I was doing. Too many scents and too much light. Don’t worry, dinner was saved by my mom who swooped in and finished it.

Check out the original Thankful Thursday. (I will add the link when able.)

EDIT: Link updated on April 11, 2015