If you ever needed a DVR …

Today and tomorrow, some principal talks from last month’s Women’s Conference will be rebroadcast on BYUTV.  I really hope you can watch them or at least record them to watch later.  They should all be wonderful, but I cannot emphasize enough how much you need to listen to Sister Beck’s talk.  It is phenomenal.  This schedule does not break down the exact times of each talk, but they will be broadcast consecutively over a 3-hour block.

Monday, May 16, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. MDT (BYUTV)

“By Small and Simple Things”
Virginia H. Pearce

“Ideals Are Stars to Steer By: They Are
Not a Stick to Beat Ourselves With”

Barbara Thompson
President Cecil O. Samuelson

“The Best Measure of True Greatness Is
How Christlike We Are”

Kathy K. Clayton
Elaine S. Dalton

Friday Morning (April 29) Opening Session
Julie B. Beck

Tuesday, May 17, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. MDT (BYUTV)

“We Are Going to Do Something
Extraordinary”

Elaine L. Jack, Bonnie D. Parkin,
Mary Ellen Smoot, Barbara Winder,
Sharon Eubank (moderator)

“The Legacy of Relief Society”
Susan W. Tanner
John S. Tanner

“Visiting Teaching: Making a Difference
by Small and Simple Means”

Bridgette Blackwelder Server
Mary Ellen Edmunds

Wednesday, May 18, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. MDT (BYUTV)

Friday Afternoon (April 29)
Closing Session

Elder David A. Bednar

“The Plan of Salvation:
One of Heaven’s
Best Gifts to Mankind”

Rosemary M. Wixom
Jean A. Stevens
Cheryl A. Esplin

“I Did Frankly Forgive Them”
Lolly S. Osguthorpe
Russell T. Osguthorpe

You can’t help but feel inspired as you listen to these messages.  If you’re feeling left out because you don’t live in Utah and don’t get satellite TV, I’m pretty sure you can watch them live on the internet here.  If watching them isn’t an option for you, you’re still not out of luck.  Transcripts should soon be available here so you can at least read them.

Good luck, and have a great week!

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GCBC Week 7: “Waiting on the Road to Damascus” by President Dieter F. Uctdorf

Did you get your conference Ensign in the mail?  Yay.  Now you can curl up on the couch and read the talks with the Ensign in hand, not to mention the joy of marking them up.  This week we will study President Uctdorf’s talk.  I loved the message of moving forward with faith and not getting hung up on doubt or hesitation.  I’m interested to hear your thoughts on this one.

“Waiting on the Road to Damascus” by President Dieter F. Uctdorf

What stood out to you as you read?  In what ways do you think he’s asking us to apply this message?  Share your thoughts and conversation in the comment thread below.  If you’re new to GCBC, check out the club here.

Find-A-Friend Friday: Meet Tristan

I’m happy to introduce you to Tristan.  Tristan is a new blogging friend of mine, and I think you’ll agree that she’s doing some extraordinary mom work.  Thanks Tristan!

Good Morning everyone, my name is Tristan and I just turned 30 last month.  I finally feel like a grown up!  I’ve lived in Ohio my whole life and love it.  I met and married my husband Jason almost 11 years ago, at the ripe old age of 19.  We were sealed in the Columbus Ohio Temple.  I worked full time driving a forklift during the early part of our marriage, until partway through my first pregnancy.  Preterm labor sent me home and I’ve been there happily ever since.  I’m grateful for a husband who does all he can to make it possible for me to stay home with the children.  Let me introduce you to them, they are some of my favorite people:

1.     Makayla, who turns 10 next month, is becoming quite the young lady and helper, when she’s not trying to boss mommy around.  She loves to read as much as mommy does.

2.     Joseph, age 6, is my sensitive boy.  While he was a wall climber when younger he has settled into his boyness and loves to build things with Legos.

3.     Right on his heels comes Emma, age 5.  She’s my stubborn child, but she’s also very independent.  Learning comes easily to her and she keeps me running to keep up.

4.     Daniel is my charmer and at 3 ½ I am already wondering where his acrobatics and grin will take him.  He’ll either be in the special forces of the military or become a salesman who can get you to buy anything.

5.     Oliver comes next and he’s 2.  His talent at the moment is getting into everything, even if it’s higher than mommy can reach.  He still loves to snuggle with mommy and his favorite book this week is Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle.

6.     Caleb is the baby right now and will be 6 months old next week.  He’s been a happy baby from day one and is a joy and delight – even when he wants to play at 2am.

We’re a homeschooling family and always have been.  It’s a busy life, but a blessed one!  I found a few minutes to answer some questions, so read on to learn more about me.

Brag for a minute.  Do it.  What are a few things that you’re pretty good at?  I’m great at organizing – be it a house, basement, paperwork, or food storage.  If you let me I’ll happily come organize and declutter for you.  I’m also good at teaching all ages, it’s something I even enjoy doing.  I love homeschooling, teaching at church, or anywhere else.  Need a lesson taught because the teacher didn’t show?  I’ll do it – just give me one minute to think and we’re set for an hour’s class.

What are you loving lately?  Lots of things!  I love that my children are all growing and becoming little people who can do so many things.  Though I must be honest that finding the 2 year old climbing on the stove or stripping naked every hour or two IS getting a bit old.  I’m loving the 70 degree weather, can’t summer stay like this instead of getting really hot?  I also really love my Kindle and being able to read so many good books anywhere we go, including on a blanket in the back yard.

What’s something you don’t usually want people to know about you, but that they need to know if they’re going to be your friend?  I’m bossy and pretty opinionated.  I’m pretty good at keeping the bossy part to interactions with family members, but those opinions just seems to slip out all the time!  I really don’t mean to offend, but I will tell you what I think, especially if you ask.

If you were in charge of a girls’ night out, what kind of activity would you love to plan?  A book club!  We would all read one of Jane Austen’s books, talk about it, and maybe even watch one of the movies.  There would also be chocolate involved, the darker the better.

What parts of your testimony are you the most sure of?  I know Jesus is our Savior and that He truly understands our sorrows and pains.  I am never alone, and there is always someone who understands what I’m going through or struggling with.  I am so grateful for that!  I also have a testimony of the power of the priesthood and priesthood blessings.

What’s your favorite part of motherhood?  I love hearing my children’s faith in everyday conversation, that unwavering trust in God and His word.  If God says it, it’s true, as simple as that.  O that I could be so unquestioning!  I also love the snuggles, hugs, and kisses – especially right after they wake up.

What part of motherhood would you subcontract out if you could?  I would be completely happy to let someone else do the cooking, or at least plan the meals.  I don’t mind baking, but the day in day out thinking up meals and cooking just wears my brain out.  That and the never-ending dishes that go along with said cooking!

What homemaking job/task gives you the most satisfaction?  I really love it when my kitchen counters are clean.  Having things piled on them just makes me cringe and feel like running out of the kitchen.  So I love it when the dishes are all done and everything has been wiped down.

Tell us some of your best mom-tricks  (things you’ve figured out that work well for you).  Quiet time is my best mom trick, followed by the power of a family working together.  I’ll explain:

Quiet time happens every day.  Right around 1pm everyone in the house goes to a quiet spot with books and they stay there until 2:30pm.  The children are welcome to sleep, nap, read, sleep(or nap!), or listen to an audio book.  Mommy gets to do the same.  I’ve found that with so many people in the house every day all day we need that time to just be alone.

Family Work – from the moment they can crawl or walk the children begin doing chores.  First they are welcomed to help anyone older.  We encourage them to work with us, even though it makes the process take a bit longer.  Then as they grow they know how to do a job independently.  For example, my 2 and 3 year olds can load and unload the dishwasher all by themselves because they’ve been doing it since they could crawl over to it and get things out.  Here is where the power comes in.  When my husband and I gather six children to clean the house or do a job together we can accomplish so much in a very short amount of time.  We work well together, and the older children are gaining wonderful skills when training the younger ones.

Desert Island Question.  If you were stranded on a desert island (most moms would actually crave this) and could only take 3 items with you, what would they be?  My 3G Kindle to have access to all the books I want (including my scriptures!), ice, and something to cook in.

What’s something unexpected in your life, and how have you dealt with it?  I’ve always thought I would have a lot of children.  Growing up I thought ten was a good number.  However, I never expected to have difficulties during pregnancy.  In ten years of marriage I’ve been pregnant nine times.  Three of those times God filled my heart with love for a child but has asked me to wait to hold that child in my arms until eternity.  Three times I have had a miscarriage.  The first was devastating.  I had one child and it took several years to get pregnant again, only to lose the baby.  It was at this time that I truly became thankful for the power of priesthood blessings and for the presence of the Comforter.  I was in a very dark place, I felt forsaken and broken, but God gives ‘beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning’ (Isaiah 61:3)

Since that first loss I have had bleeding during various pregnancies that still ended with healthy babies.  I have also walked into an ultrasound for what I thought would be a routine check up only to find the baby had died.  It was unexpected and my heart broke all over again.  Over the years I have learned to celebrate every moment of pregnancy, from that very first positive test, through months of morning sickness, to swelling feet, sciatic nerve trouble, and exhaustion.  Because I know that those times may be all I have with the child growing in my womb, until the Resurrection.  I am joyful now, content to create bodies for God’s spirit children for however long they need them.  I do not have all the answers, but I know the one who does.  He sent His Son to atone for my sins and provide the ordinances of the temple to seal families for eternity.  I am blessed.

Give your best advice to a newlywed or expectant mom.  Treasure every moment of pregnancy and life because it truly goes by so quickly and there are no guarantees in life.  You are the mother, so while others may give advice, you are the one who knows your child best.  God is the best place to seek advice, and he is waiting for you to ask.  He will answer you or send someone to do so.

Tell us about your blog:  I love to write and you can find me blogging at Our Busy Homeschool pretty much daily.  There you’ll get a peek into our life and homeschool.  We keep it real, so you’ll hear the good, the bad, and the messy.

Thanks again, Tristan.  You can respond to any of her interview here or drop by her blog to say hello.  Next week our new friend could be you…. 🙂

A must-read essay on motherhood. Really. Read it.

This is an article by Sheri Dew that was published on Mother’s Day in the Deseret News.  My mother sent it to me.  She happens to be on the board of directors for the American Mothers Association and had the privilege of hearing this talk in person.  It is a good talk.  A fantastic talk.  It’s worth your time to read it.  Sheri Dew wrote this, not me, but I pasted the original Deseret News article below for your reading pleasure.  Tell me if it doesn’t just ring with powerful truth when you read it.

My friend Kieth Merrill, an Academy Award-winning director, says there is a reason we rarely find strong mothers in movies today.

“If you’re a screenwriter, and you understand drama, and you want to plunge your characters into conflict, you have to ‘lose the mom,'” he says.

“Mothers go missing in movies because leaving them in the lives of characters in crisis makes sustaining conflict difficult. Mothers listen and resolve problems. They are selfless and love without conditions. You want to stir up trouble and make it believable? Better keep mom out of it.”

Mothers do everything Kieth describes, and more. The subject of motherhood is a tender one that evokes some of our greatest joys and heartaches. This has been so from the beginning. Eve was “glad” after the Fall, realizing she otherwise would not have had children. And yet, imagine her anguish over Cain and Abel.

Some mothers experience pain because of their children; others feel pain because they don’t have children; and yet others live with the nagging feeling that they could or should have done better with their children. As women, we can be hard on ourselves.

I found myself thinking about this wide range of emotions last week as I addressed the American Mothers Convention in Salt Lake City. It was inspiring to meet women from different cultures and backgrounds, all united as champions of motherhood.

That night the 2011 Mother of the Year was named: Ernestine Allen, a beautiful woman representing the District of Columbia.

Ernestine is an educator, a counselor, and, with her husband, an Elder in The Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church. When the Allens’ youngest son fell victim to a violent crime, they responded by establishing the Bereaved Parent Support Group.

Ernestine’s oldest son Ronald said that his mother, the tenth child of eighteen, learned early how to share.

“That is where we get our giving personality,” he says. “My mother has done it all her life because she loves to encourage and empower others. And through our toughest time, the passing of my brother, she was the glue that held us and our faith together.”

This son’s tribute says it all.

I have had the joy of working with women and their families on almost every continent. From one culture to another, I have seen exactly what he described: When mothers are strong, their children — regardless of the challenges they face — tend to be strong. When they’re resilient and filled with faith, their children are likely to be resilient and filled with faith.

It was no doubt curious to those at the American Mothers Convention that an unmarried woman without children would be invited to address them. But I care deeply about motherhood precisely because of my life experience. The doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which I am a member, are clear: that the family is ordained of God and that there is no pursuit for a woman more ennobling than motherhood. Period.

My faith means everything to me. So as the years have marched by and my hopes and prayers for marriage and motherhood have as yet to be answered, I have wrestled with what motherhood means for all women.

Why do I feel deeply about mothers? Because I know exactly how it feels to NOT have the privilege of fulfilling the foundational aspect of a woman’s divine nature–which is bearing and nurturing children. For a woman of faith, nothing fills the void of not having children. Nothing.

So as a tribute to the highest, noblest calling a woman may receive, I share five truths about mothers.

Truth #1: Motherhood is a sacred trust from God.

The destiny of mankind is in the hands of mothers. This is not hyperbole. The proverb, “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6) is more than a formula; it is reality. Mothers not only perpetuate the human race, they raise up the next generation.

Elder Neal A. Maxwell, who served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said, “When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and in neighborhoods? Will what happens in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses?” (Ensign, May 1978, 10-11)

God has placed the well-being of His children in the hands of mothers.

Truth #2: We tend to define motherhood as maternity, but the word “mother” has layers of meaning.

Eve was called “the mother of all living” before she ever bore a child. Mother is the word that best describes the essence of who we are as women. It defines our identity, our divine nature and the gifts with which we have been endowed.

In reality, all women are mothers. We all need the nurturing touch of the mother who bore us and the “mothers” who bear with us. One of the greatest blessings of my life has been the privilege of learning from marvelous women — beginning with my mother and grandmother, but including others who have taught me things I would have never grasped on my own. They have made all the difference.

Truth #3: Mothers can do more than any others to cure the problems that exist in our society.

While serving in the General Presidency of the Relief Society, the women’s organization of the LDS Church, we hosted Mrs. Jehan Sedat, the widow of Egyptian president Anwar Sedat, at a luncheon not long after a mass shooting in a U.S. high school. During the luncheon, the conversation turned to this horrifying event, and one man opined that the problem was with the failure of law enforcement agencies.

Mrs. Sedat immediately countered him: “No, the problem is with our homes. Too many mothers have abdicated responsibility for teaching their children what is right. What happens in society all begins with mothers.”

There is no better place to teach integrity or compassion or the virtue of virtue. Perhaps that is why President Gordon B. Hinckley called women the “one bright shining hope in a world that is marching toward self-destruction” (One Bright Shining Hope, Deseret Book, 1)

Truth #4: Satan is real, and he has declared war on women.

The adversary understands full well that those who rock the cradle are strategically positioned to rock his diabolical empire. Thus, today his destructive myths about women and mothers abound. Here are just three:

Myth #1: Men are more important and have all the power, so if women want to have influence they should be more like men.

Myth #2: A woman’s value is based solely on size and shape.

Myth #3: The only worthwhile validation comes from outside the home, and thus, motherhood is a waste of any talented woman’s time.

Too many women have bought these lies. Our culture is disintegrating at the speed of light, and regrettably, the female gender is doing its share of the damage. Sleazy women who flaunt their indiscretions jam the airwaves and monopolize magazine covers.

Other distortions are equally troubling. One prominent magazine annually publishes its “100 Most Powerful Women” cover story. Almost every woman mentioned is a politician, entertainer or CEO. I mean no disrespect to any of these women. What I dispute is the distortion that in order to have influence, a woman must have money, fame or a title. That is a lie!

External validation has short-term value at best. It’s difficult to hug an award. No one from the office will call on Mothers Day to thank you for changing their life. There world’s praise pales when compared to the joy of family.

Truth #5: Mothers have more influence than they realize.

Women are the leaders of leaders. Who has more influence on a man than his wife? Or on children than their mother? The word that best describes leadership by a woman is mother. Is there any influence more enduring than a mother’s shepherding of her children along the path towards exaltation?

One of my sisters just finished chemotherapy. Two days after her final treatment, while still battling nausea, she insisted on running a 5k with her two daughters and son-in-law. I thought she was crazy, but she not only ran the race but won a medal in her age category. (We like to tell her it’s because there wasn’t anyone else in her age category.)

Within hours, both daughters had posted Facebook tributes to their mother. Imagine what she taught them that day about courage and about running the race of life.

Mothers are always teaching, often in simple ways. As a youth, it was not uncommon for Mother to wake me in the middle of the night and say, “Sheri, take your pillow and go downstairs.”

We lived in Kansas, in “tornado alley” (think Dorothy and Oz), and that meant a tornado was nearby. It was scary, but mother always calmly reassured me, “Everything will be okay.”

I learned early to listen for her voice. To this day, when the pressure becomes too intense, I call home to hear mother say, “Everything will be okay.”

After 9/11, First Lady Laura Bush described something similar: “I called my own children immediately to reassure them,” she said, “and then I called my own mother, just for the comfort of her voice.” (WashingonPost.com, 21 September 2001)

A mother’s voice is unlike any other because a mother’s influence is endless.

On this Mother’s Day, I pay tribute to my mother and to the other “mothers” in my life whose collective influence has been life-altering. And I thank Heavenly Father for giving his daughters the most ennobling gift of all: the privilege of motherhood.

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Sheri Dew is the President and CEO of Deseret Book Company, a member of the Deseret News Editorial Advisory Board, and the author of “Are We Not All Mothers.”

What kind of blog is this anyway?

I get a fair amount of spam comments on this blog.  In fact, I probably get more spam than I get real comments.  Let me check. Yep, totally.   28,956 vs. 6,872.  Wow.  (WordPress has an awesome spam filter.) A couple have jumped out at me lately.  Besides the fact that most of them are ridiculously-translated, nonsensical comments trying to redirect me and my readers to their trashy website, sometimes I wonder how they ever expected anyone to click on their link anyway.  Check out a couple of my favorite recent spam comments:

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In the beginning just remember it was darked and then someone smiled! try this:You’re just jealous because the voices are talking to me and not you! :)

Um, wow.  What inviting comments.  Can’t wait to “meet” those folks. <—sarcasm

Then there are things that “regular” people are looking for.  These are things that actual people have typed into Google or other search engines that have somehow landed them on my blog.  While it’s sometimes hilarious to see what people are looking for, it’s slightly unnerving to realize that something about my blog and its content has selected it as an answer to their search.  And they clicked on it.  I can only wonder how helpful or disappointing their visit was.  I mean, seriously, look at this list.  What does this say about me?

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Apparently, I’m not nearly as classy as I thought I was.

What are some of the funniest comments or searches you’ve seen come across your blog?

And p.s…. Any volunteers for Find-A-Friend Friday this week?  I haven’t heard back from my randomly selected guest, so I need a back up.  First come first, first serve.  Thanks!

GCBC Week 6: “LDS Women Are Incredible!” by Elder Quentin L. Cook

Happy Mother’s Day!  It’s a day to be honored for doing honorable work.  One breakfast in bed or homemade card is not enough to thank mothers for all the work they do day in and day out, but it’s a lovely gesture that helps us know our work doesn’t go unnoticed.  So while the talks at church (and this talk here) gush about all the great things that women and mothers do, suppress the urge to feel guilty about what you wish you did better (No, really.  Stop it.), and celebrate all the amazing things you do.  Celebrate your remarkable role as a woman and mother in the kingdom of God.  You really are incredible.

“LDS Women Are Incredible!” by Elder Quentin L. Cook

Share your thoughts in the comments below.  If you’re new to GCBC, check out the club here.

Find-A-Friend Friday: Meet Alyssa

I love it when I can introduce you to someone I’ve actually met in real life because I can confirm that they really are as cool as they seem “on paper.”  (That comment in no way implies that people I have not met are less cool than they seem.  That would be a really dumb thing to say.  Just the law of witnesses here.  Anyway…)  I happen to know that Alyssa is a bonafide in-the-trenches mother because several attempts to have lunch together have been thwarted by things like fevers, plumbing disasters, kids who peed their pants at preschool, etc. . . . you know, real life stuff.  I turned on my sarcasm radar, but it was inconclusive about her real feelings about this survey.  Decide for yourself.  Also known as “Wonder Woman” on her blog, and rightly so, here’s Alyssa:

Hi!  My name’s Alyssa, but around the blogosphere I go by Wonder Woman.  My husband, “Superman” and I have been married for almost 8 years.  We’ve got 3 kids: two boys, 5 & 6, and a little girl who just turned one.  We live in the heart of Happy Valley (a place I thought I’d never be happy living) and lead a life full of rainbows and unicorns and bubbles.  And the occasional tantrum, dirty diaper, chaotic FHE, and bag of chocolate.  Ours truly is a blessed life

My husband I grew up in Kansas where we met and fell in love. He was the first boy I ever dated and despite looking really hard while I attended BYU-Idaho, I could never find his equal. We married, moved to Utah, and started having children.  How original, right?

What’s your favorite part of motherhood?  Spontaneous hugs and kisses and “I love you’s.” Without question.  I also love being surprised by my children and what they can do.  (Mimicking, mastering technology, learning to read, and the like.  I don’t particularly like being surprised by toilet paper unraveled and dirty underwear hidden under the bed, but motherhood’s about taking the good with the bad, right?)

What part of motherhood would you subcontract out if you could?  Dealing with tantrums.   The whole discipline aspect.  I’m not as good at it as I thought I was.  I think I’m too concerned with my children being happy and not worried enough about them being obedient.  I would also subcontract the dishes.  I LOATHE the dishes.

Name 2 or 3 items on your “bucket list.”  (Some things you’d like to do before you die.)  Visit Europe. The good parts, not the scary or impoverished parts. Be rich enough to pay for someone else’s groceries at random.  I don’t really need to be rich I just want the power to grant and crush other people’s dreams. Also, be cast in a telenovella.

Brag for a minute.  Do it.  What are a few things that you’re pretty good at?   I am musical.  I love singing and playing the piano and listening to all kinds of good music.  I’m pretty good with little kids. I’m also excellent at responding to questionnaires about myself. Keep reading and see for yourself.

What are you loving lately?  Big Bang Theory, Parenthood, and the gorgeous weather.  And I’m really, loving this survey.  Its clever and inclusive.  Gives me a chance to self reflect and dig deep.

Do you have a favorite scripture or quote?  Why? “Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn’t handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other.”  Elder Marvin J. Ashton said this.  This is my favorite quote because . . . . . . . it speaks to my soul.

What’s something you don’t usually want people to know about you, but that they need to know if they’re going to be your friend?  If you’re going to be my friend, you can trust me to be dependable.  If I say I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it.  I will probably be about ten minutes late, but I will be there.  (Or in this case, I had the survey completed, but I sent it to Steph pretty late on the deadline day.) Also, I really {heart} pop-culture. I can name the last people booted off American Idol and Dancing with the Stars, tell you about Steve Carell’s last episode, and what fashion faux pas Helena Bonham Carter has committed lately.

Desert Island Question.  If you were stranded on a desert island (most moms would actually crave this) and could only take 3 items with you, what would they be?  Chocolate, sunscreen, and a laptop with wifi.  So that I could fill out more surveys.

If you were awarded an “honorary degree” in something, what should it be and why?  Blogging, with a minor in filling out surveys.  Tell me I’m wrong.

Let’s say you’re dying in your sleep tonight.  What would you eat for your last meal? Anything from the Olive Garden, with a Diet Dr. Pepper. Also, I’d order a glass of water from the Fountain of Youth.

What homemaking job/task gives you the most satisfaction?  Vacuuming.  Without question, vacuuming is the most satisfying activity for me. The floor is so clean when I’m done!  But really, it’s probably because before vacuuming I have to wipe the counters and table, sweep, pick up dirty laundry, toys, shoes and scrape soggy cereal off the floor.  By the time I’m done vacuuming, I’ve actually cleaned most of the house.   So now that I think about it, I actually HATE vacuuming because there’s so much prep work.  Thanks, Stephanie.  Now I despise the only chore that gave me a sense of satisfaction.

If your life had a theme song, what would it be and why?  Bruno Mars “Amazing.”  Because, DUH.  I’m aMayzing.

Tell us about your blog:

The aMayzing Wonder Woman  It’s about me.  Mostly random, occasionally profound, and often sarcastic.  But always aMayzing.

Thanks, Alyssa!  I’m thinking next week we just ought to continue the interview since she’s clearly so attached to this survey.  What do you think?