14 thoughts on “Our best choices

  1. One of my best decisions was to stalk that cute guy down the hall until he asked me out. 🙂 We’ve been married almost 12 years and not a day goes by that I am not completely gobsmacked by how wonderful he is.
    Also, I didn’t give up. When doctors told me I couldn’t have kids, I didn’t give up. With each failed test, I didn’t give up. There are three kids now and I’d really love to send those doctors a family picture!

  2. i would never change the decision to follow the Spirit that told me to actually be friends with that persistent guy who insisted that we be friends, even though i had a massive crush on him (and he, seemingly, did not have one on me) and could see the heartbreak writing on the wall. 5 years later, one mission full of amazing letters, and almost 2 years of marriage, we’re expecting our first baby in weeks. i’ll never, ever regret anything about the way we’ve done things.

    i’ll never regret getting my phd. i’m proud of myself for being brave, and even though i have student loans to pay, i also have a means of supporting our entire family while my husband finishes school and a means that allows me to work from home far more than many people can. and i do what i love.

    and i’ll never regret the sum total of the experiences that have led me to be who i am. i’m glad that, stubborn though i am, i’ve let Heavenly Father lead me in the important stuff. i wouldn’t be here, literally or figuratively, if i hadn’t.

  3. That just made me ball my eyes out! Being a mother, is definitely, without an inkling of a doubt… of of the best choices I have ever made! AND I LOVE BEING A MOM! 😀

    Thank you so much for sharing this video… I will have to share it on my blog, too. I hope you don’t mind! 🙂

    PS I’m also thankful for my choice to go to college and get an education in nutrution (even though we had to move before I was able to finish my degree). Other best choices I have made include marrying my husband in the Portland Oregon Temple, and homeschooling my kids. My family are definitely my best choices! 😀

  4. Why was there no kleenex warning on this one? I am crying the big ugly cry here. Possibly because it’s Spring Break, my kid’s have cabin fever, and for lots of other (complicated) reasons, life has been HARD the last few weeks.

    You posting this couldn’t have been better timing for me today. I’m going to go enjoy my kids this afternoon. That’s the best choice I can make. Every day.

  5. I love that phrase, “I chose you.” It reminds me of that story “I loved you when you were a heartbeat.” I really did choose this crazy life and all that comes with it. Thanks, Steph.

  6. I know this is different from the responses so far, but in the sense that we make choices that say “I love you” to our children, I can say one of the best choices I ever made was to continue going to church when I was really struggling with my testimony. At the time I had four young children – who were still old enough to have been impacted by my decision – and I refused to ‘go inactive’ just because I was having a hard time, all because I knew that it would be like taking hostages. Somehow I realized that I might get past what was troubling me, but I couldn’t undo the damage to my kids. So I stayed in there swinging, for my children’s sake.

  7. My best choice was to take a chance and leave a city and situation that I was miserable in and BELIEVE IN MYSELF enough to follow my dreams. Best choice by far!

  8. Just have to say first, wow DeNae. That is one of the most beautiful things I’ve EVER heard.

    My best choice was to continue having children even after we found out that child #1 had a terminal genetic illness and that meant that all future children would have a 25% chance of having the same illness. After #1 we had two beautiful boys who are very healthy. The second part of my best choice was to pursue fertility treatments in trying to have child #4. The fertility procedure included a screening process that meant we wouldn’t have to worry about the genetic problems, but the fertility procedure also ended up producing triplets. I thought I was going to die, quite literally. I was SO angry with God for so long for messing up my carefully arranged plans. And now my triplets are 10, and I cannot imagine my life without them. The first 3 1/2 years were so so hard. And the last 7 have been like a magical gift from God, and I can NEVER stop thanking him for not listening to me…

  9. Hi! I’m new to your blog and it’s delightful! I can’t wait to read through the archives for a dose of inspiration. Thank you for blogging.

    (PS. You can check out my blog, it’s all about life in Ohio homeschooling my 6 (so far) kiddos. I’ll be joining in on your General Conference Book Club too – hooray!
    I’m thrilled to find your blog, in case I didn’t mention that before.)

  10. Okay, this comment has nothing to do with this post but everything to do with the comment you left on my blog today – I wasn’t sure if you would check back and I wanted you to know how hard you made me laugh! Paisleys and sperm – I don’t even hate you for the fact that I will now see sperm every time I pass my hallway instead of paisleys, because I just love laughing that much. Thanks for making my day!

  11. This is my first time commenting on your blog, but I’ve been reading it for a few months now. I love it. Thanks for all your inspiring thoughts!

    The best choices are my two children: Ollie and Abby. They are my everything. Their dad is pretty amazing as well 🙂

    We are currently living in Germany. My husband is civilian military and he is deployed to Djibouti at the moment. We only have another four months without him.
    It’s difficult to be a single parent while he is gone. Even when he is not deployed, he still travels at least one week a month.

    One of the best choices I made after we started this crazy lifestyle, was to take a 10 day vacation every year with my best friend. We have hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, climbed Mt. Fuji, traveled through India, road tripped through Israel and Jordan, backpacked in Kenya, and will soon kayak in Belize. Knowing that I have 10 days to reconnect with myself at some point during the year helps me keep focused on the challenges of raising two energetic and beautiful baby babes for the remaining time. Plus, it gives my husband a chance to reconnect with his children and gain a greater appreciation for what do while he is gone. My husband travels so much for work that he is thrilled to be home for once!

    My other greatest choice was to become LDS and be married in the temple. I am so thankful for my eternal family.

  12. My best choices:
    Giving up 18 months for a mission.
    Giving up the single life for my husband.
    Giving up a college degree to have 9 children.
    Giving up my heart to the Lord.

    Thanks for the reminder of the blessings that come from giving up!!!

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