My Mother-in-law


My sweet mother-in-law and I in February, 2009 at my son’s 8th birthday party. She died ten months later on December 26th from pancreatic cancer, and not a day goes by that I don’t miss her.

She is one of the most loving, caring, and understanding women I’ve ever had the honor of knowing. I’m grateful that she’s my husband’s mother, as he inherited her divine nature. If she were on the earth today, she would continue to light the world with her beautiful spirit. It helps to know that she is waiting for us in the Spirit World, and at times I sense her presence in my house, especially when I stay up late.

I knew when I moved to Houston that I’d miss her and asked my husband to take this picture of us to remember this special daughter of God, Mary Louise McFadden.

Christmas Season, Family

Christmas Season

My dog Kakes as a reindeer a few years ago.

December is one of my favorite months of the year. Between the Christmas decorations in our home and celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, life seems better.

Even the Hallmark channel has one Christmas movie after another where the characters often start out either depressed or self-centered, and then have a life changing experience where they are filled with the Christmas spirit by the end of the movie.

I have been trying to #LighttheWorld this month with small acts such as praying for others as a family and on my own, reading scriptures more often, give food to shelters to help feed the hungry, etc. and have found that this really does keep Christ in Christmas.


Christmas Adventures

As I look at the pictures on my phone, I found the ones I took in Las Vegas and California. We spent Christmas with Jim’s brother and wife and their family in the Los Angeles area for the first time.

We also explored many of the beautiful and popular hotels in Las Vegas, and we found out from my friend that the night before we arrived a female driver plowed into people on the sidewalk there! We LOVE how they decorate the hotels.

I’m grateful that we had a fun vacation and holiday together and also spent time with family.



Colon Screenings


Noah, age 12, Seth, age 15

Noah and Seth have a genetic disorder called Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP). It is also known as Garner Syndrome, and is characterized by polyps in the colon and sometimes the rectum. If left untreated, it turns into cancer.

On Thursday, March 17th, while other families celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with tasty Irish meals, my husband and I encouraged our sons to drink an awful drink (they hated it) to prepare for their colonoscopies the next morning.

Jim and I are very grateful to live in the Houston area where we can drive to the MD Anderson Cancer Hospital, rather than flying in from another state or country. This hospital is listed as one of the very best for treating cancer, though in this case we are trying to prevent it. Their doctor, Dr. Lynch, is their specialist who taught us about this condition and ordered their blood test to confirm that they had this gene.

The older children with this disorder get, the more polyps they will have in their colons, until, according to Dr. Lynch, their colons/rectums need to be removed. Jim and I were concerned when Seth had an increase in the amount of polyps from two years ago, and Noah, who is twelve, had a small amount of them already.

As a result of this, I’m going to educate myself on nutrition and natural healing. I don’t know how to heal defective genes, but I believe in receiving help from above.