I'm Andrea, and this is my personal blog. Thanks for being here! I usually post on Fridays and Sundays, when I share something that makes me happy or a spiritual thought for the week. Sometimes I manage to squeeze in another post or two.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mean Is Mean

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I'm not trying to be mean, here. I'm not. But I do want to talk about something that's been on my mind.
For the purposes of our discussion, I'm going to define the word "mean" as "something that would probably hurt someone's feelings if you said it in front of them."
And I also want to say, before I get started, that I am mean sometimes, too. We all are.
Sooo...with all of that said, here's the thing. Lately I've heard a lot of mean things said about groups of people--stereotyping, in other words. I don't know if it's really happening more often, or if I'm just more sensitive to it lately for some reason.
Like, "Oh my heck. [Group of people] are so [negative quality]." Or, "[Group of people] are always [doing whatever annoys this person]."
I get it. I do it, too. But, people? It's not nice. It's mean. Even if it's true, even if it's funny. Even if saying it makes you feel better for a moment. Even if they never know that you said it--because somewhere, deep inside, it's hurting you. It is not making you a better person.
So think about how often you say something like that. Who do you complain about? Canadians? Gay people? Mormons? Democrats? Your in-laws? Twilight fans?
Odds are, not all of the people in that group do the thing that you're complaining about. And even if they do, it's not your job to point it out. It's your job to forgive them and move on.
So let's try a little harder to keep our mouths shut more often. I'm going to try. Are you?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Just To You

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"If we teach by the Spirit and you listen by the Spirit, some one of us will touch on your circumstance, sending a personal prophetic epistle just to you."
-Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, speaking about General Conference

Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy Fifth Birthday!

Little Boy turned five this year.
(No, I'm not going to tell you exactly which day. Yes, I'm that internet-paranoid.)
We kept his birthday low-key, at his request. He asked for chocolate cupcakes, chocolate frosting, and sprinkles. Oh, and chocolate ice cream. Wonder who he inherited that from?
Mmm...a plateful of cupcakes.
And this? It's the face of a satisfied birthday-boy.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Woman and Womanhood

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"The world's greatest champion of woman and womanhood is Jesus the Christ."
-James E. Talmage

Friday, September 16, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I Love Fall. Just Not Right Now.

I love fall.

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I do. One year, I was so excited about fall that I put up my fall decorations on the first day of September. I was pretty sick of them by the time Christmas rolled around.

This year, though, our summer's been really short. I'm a little reluctant to give it up. Give me a couple of weeks, and I'm sure I'll be all over the pumpkins and scarecrows and stews and whatnot.

I do love fall.

Friday, September 2, 2011

It's Friiiiiiiday!

That means it's time for something fun!
Here's some cuteness for you:
Happy Friday!
{I don't have the original link to the image. Oops.}

Thursday, September 1, 2011

My Sister, the Hobo

We had a picnic last week with my parents and siblings. My sister was sleepy, so she laid down on one of the park benches.
And I took a picture of her. Because she looked a little bit...homeless.
Isn't she cute? Definitely the neatest-looking hobo I've ever seen.

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