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Where do I begin? I guess At the beginning! I live in beautiful Tasmania, Australia with my wonderful hubby, Matthew and our four angels (part time devils) Isaac, Reuben, Isabella, and Charlotte. Currently I'm a stay-at-home mum and I absolutely love that. Nothing else compares. I'm also studying the Master of Teaching part-time and I'm serving as the relief society president of our ward. I love being outside, especially in summer. I love big windows & lots of light. I love swimming, running and mowing the lawn! my favourite vegetable is carrots (or potatoes if mum's baked them) and I love fresh fruit salad. My most favourite thing to do is spend time with my precious family.

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Earlier this year I resolved to do more blogging.  I haven't done it and my excuse is rather lame.  I'm just busy and I guess it's not a priority.  I have, however, been very vigilant at keeping a written journal.  I find something very therapeutic about the old fashioned skill of writing words on paper with a pen.  Still, I did make a resolve so I will endeavour to do be better.

I've had a pretty full year thus far between being a mother and wife, relief society president and uni student.  Some how it all seems to work out.  I have been getting great results at uni - better than expected - which is fabulous because I just want to pass all my units and not have to repeat anything.  I know Heavenly Father is blessing me as much as he can and for that I am so grateful.  I know that things aren't really just working out somehow, I know that I am reaping what I sow.  Before I was called as RS president I had an experience, as many do, which led me to believe I would be getting the call from Bishop.  I was vacuuming the living room and it suddenly hit me, I burst into tears!  I knew what was coming and I had an overwhelming feeling that this was right for me and that Heavenly Father needed me in that calling.  I got a distinct impression that despite how under-qualified I felt, the Lord would qualify me.  I love this calling (most of the time).  It is by far the most demanding calling I've ever had and certainly the one which drains the most from me in every way but at the same time it is also the one that has enabled the most personal growth and development, the one which has taught me the most and opened my spiritual ears and eyes the most.  My testimony has grown far deeper roots than ever before.  When I was set apart I was blessed with good health and an ability to fulfill all of my responsibilities as a wife, mother, relief society president and in any other personal pursuits I should take upon myself.  I am reaping the fruits of that blessing on a daily basis.  Don't get me wrong, my life isn't always plain sailing with everything going right all the time.  The last few years have seen me go through some difficult and painful times, probably the hardest times of my life have occurred during this time and some are still ongoing but Heavenly Father never fails to bless me with the understanding and clarity of mind that I need to be able to keep on keeping on.  In a recent meeting with the Stake President he said something which struck a chord with me; If we consistently do what we know we should, if we strive to do all that we can, if our priorities are right we will be prepared for whatever comes our way, be that a calling, an assignment, an experience, a job, whatever.  If we are fulfilling our responsibilities as Latter-day Saints, to the best of our ability, the Lord will bless us with whatever we need at the time so that things will work out.  The spirit gently whispered 'that's true' and I can see it happening in my life more and more.  I'm unable to find the words to describe how thankful I am to have the Gospel as the central part of my life.  What would I be doing right now if I didn't? who knows? I don't want to know!  I'm happy with my life.  I love my husband, he's great.  I love my kids, they're pretty nice most of the time so I'll keep them around for a while, uni is stimulating and good for keeping me young(ish), my calling is kinda awesome.  What more could I ask for?  Hmmmm....that will be my next post!


Nettie's Blog said...

welcome back SUPER WOMAN...we sure missed you...looking forward to seeing waht your next challenge is...or just catching up...love Nettie XXXXXX

Rebecca said...

Love your post Blanche. Its so strange hey how the most difficult of times can be balanced out by an increase from Heaven.

Bride said...

awesome post! loved it, love you xxx

Aimee said...

it seems in life we're sometimes bombarded with challenges, but you obviously understand the bigger picture and have strong faith. You are an awesome example and inspiration to me, blanche. x