Monday, April 5, 2010

Influence of a Mother...

"There is No greater good in all the world then Motherhood. The influence of a Mother in the lives of her children is beyond Calculation."
--James E. Faust
I found Justin last year, through his 30 Strangers project, 2009. About three weeks ago, I was so thrilled and beyond excited when I received an email from Justin, telling me that I had been chosen to participate and to be involved in Justin Hackworth’s 30 Strangers project for this year, 2010!!
The timing of my Mom being in town was Impeccable & Justin was absolutely accommodating.

I was so anxious to meet Justin. The time for us to go and meet him, finally came on this last Saturday afternoon - Finally, we would be strangers no longer. I was filled with excited nerves.
Justin was amazing! He has the kindest eyes. Right away; he set us at ease and made us feel like we were never Strangers at all, but lifetime friends. Even as we walked into the building and headed up the stairs, we were welcomed by a welcome sign, with our names, printed right on it!! How fun is that!? Small detail, but Very fun! (I now wish that we would have asked to keep it)

While in Justin's studio, We told jokes, giggled, and felt beautiful!

It didn't take me very long, to get emotional as i watched Justin at work, trying his very hardest, through his camera lense, to find & capture what was most beautiful about the special ladies that accompanied me that day. My heart just swelled! As Justin snapped away, i found myself not only fighting back tears... (didn't wanna mess up my make-up!) Ü but also fighting the urge to tell him every last detail of how each of them were so beautiful on the Inside too, and why I loved them each so very much! As I watched, I realized that this was just more than a fun day of getting our pictures taken by someone neat! Most of all, Justin has recorded a "new beginning" for me in my life. A new phase. I get to be a 'Mom', in a new and little bit different way then I have been the past 12 1/2 years. I have found Happiness this past year that I have never known. This happiness certainly comes with its own challenges, but finally having the family of my dreams, makes it all worth it. Justin has, in a sense, recorded the beginning for me and i am SO looking forward to what the next bazillion years will bring. I am excited to watch these two amazing and BEAUTIFUL daughters of mine, grow and develop and I just can't wait to see what they become.
And I have a Mom that i will always admire and be Thankful for.

I LOVE the calling that i have been given to be a Mother. I am very thankful for the blessing that my Heavenly Father has given me to be a Mother. This awesome responsibility also at times, has me overwhelmed and scared to death. The thought of having charge over four of Heavenly Father's most precious spirits, scares the pants right off me sometimes. I will only do my best, love them with all my might, and pray constantly for guidance and protection over them.

This last weekend was also General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.

It was a full two days if spiritual enlightenment. My soul has been filled, and I feel renewed.

I was especially touched by the talk Mothers - Elder Bradly D. Foster He spoke directly to me. I hope that you all take 10 minutes to listen to his words.

Mom, I love you & thank you for all that you have taught me; so that i can hopefully be a better Mother.


  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this picture. What an exciting opportunity! YOu will cherish this one forever!!

  2. OH how lovely! Conference was truly uplifting and strengthening! One of my favorite talks was by Elder Uchtdorf. So many talks focused on family and strengthening them. However we do it, it must be done now. Have a wonderful week Jodi!


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