Wednesday, October 29, 2014



  1. ˈsimpəl/

  2. 1.
    easily understood or done; presenting no difficulty.

 I love Children's Picture books.  I love the way they express ideas in such a simple, unassuming way.  There are many books simply expressing the complex issue of poverty and homelessness.  Today I want to share a children's book that is neither.

Edwina,  The Dinosaur who Didn't Know She Was Extinct.  by Mo Willems. It teaches us at the simplest childlike way to "behold' each other (see "Behold" Wednesday Words blog entry).

Edwina is a dinosaur who is adored by everyone except Reginald Von Hoobie Doobie (love the name!) because Edwina is supposed to be extinct!  In the end, Reginald learns it doesn't matter that she's technically extinct and learns why everyone else loves her.  It is a book that teaches acceptance, tolerance and friendship in a fun and delightful way.  

Do you see where I am going with this?  As we serve all God's children such attributes are essential:   Acceptance. Tolerance.  Friendship.  

Simply stated:  Love.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


:see or observe (a thing or person, especially a remarkable or impressive one).

Do we "behold" each other?  This question came to me in those wee hours of the morning.  Do I behold my family.   Do I look  at them and observe them and respect them as the remarkable Creation that they are?  Or do I passively go about taking care of them, routinely doing my job without "beholding" them.

I believe the Savior wants us to "behold" each other.  He wants us to behold our children (3 Nephi 17:23), our family (John 19:6) and our neighbor (Matthew 5:23).  He wants us to see each other through eyes of love.

Which brings me to the purpose of this blog.  My other blog (Making Minor Moments) is now about Making Minor Moments.  Random thoughts, pictures and a blogital (blog + digital:) journey of my family.  I found my blog posts were a lot about something that I am passionate about:  the poor and homeless.  This blog will be about this social issue and any other social issues I care to write about.

Big disclaimer here:  I declare myself not an expert on the subject.   There are many out there who study, went to school a long long time who are much smarter than I am and ARE experts.  I am just simply a person who cares about the subject, wants to do what I can to help and maybe bring awareness to others.

My main goal is that we -including me- learn to behold each other.   We will behold our children, our spouses, our family, our neighbors and yes even the ones at the side of the road wounded and left alone, whether it's literally or figuratively (Luke 10).