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Focus On Family. What Matters Most.

  • Of Things That Matter Most... "...Regarding the things that matter most, we learn over and over again the importance of four key relationships: with our God, with our families, with our fellowman, and with ourselves. The eyes of our understanding will be opened, and we will recognize what needs to be done to purify our heart and refocus our life. If life and its rushed pace and many stresses have made it difficult for you to feel like rejoicing, then perhaps now is a good time to REFOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS MOST. Strength comes not from frantic activity but from being settled on a firm foundation of truth and light... It comes from paying attention to the divine things that matter most. Let us simplify our lives a little. Let us make the changes necessary to refocus our lives on the sublime beauty of the simple, humble path of Christian discipleship—the path that leads always toward a life of meaning, gladness, and peace." DIETER F UCHTDORF


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A humorous romp into my dysfunctional psyche... Modern Mommy:mom-my [mom-ee] -noun; plural -mies. informal. Grocery carts, laundry baskets and diaper pails. The pursuit of self in a selfless role. -verb; Rocking the PTA, Girl Scouts and Ward potlucks! To wipe noses, kiss boo-boo's and read stories. To make the world a better place one kid at a time through the cunning use of juice boxes and finger paint. It was all just killing time until motherhood! Follow the misadventures of this devoted Mormon, photog obsessed and abnormally happy divorced Mommy through the ups and downs of maple syrup in the hair to Play-Doh in the carpet and every great and frustrating moment in between!

Meet our little family... Modern Mommy grew up in California - northern to be exact, the other granola eating, sandal wearing residents would want me to be precise. She had maybe the best, most epic childhood ever. Modern Mommy's parents (who taught her to speak in 3rd person) are the original designers of her awesomeness and should be thanked shamelessly. No family could have loved more, laughed more or made someone feel more safe. Everyone should start life with such merciless approval and deafening encouragement. They are loved beyond sane reason. Aside from the coolest parents ever who are currently rocking their 7th and 8th decades on the planet by leasing a red, two seat sports car - we are just at the beginning of the story. MM would be remiss if she didn't shout out to the first most spectacular little women in her life... The nieces. At a later date, we will get to how it's possible on a coolness scale that MM's big crazy brother can actually be genetically linked to such prodigies. Suffice it to say, we're all confused. There is one niece in particular who is the most like MM. Much to the collective relief, she is doing something about it so much sooner and will more than likely turn out quite normal.

MM's faith came a little later, round about high school when she stumbled upon the missing piece. Van Morrison. Just kidding. But seriously. Van Morrison is awesome. Now a proud literal card carrying Latter Day Saint life just kept getting more interesting. After an attempt at college (to be continued...) and a brief 3 year stint in Utah (we're all required to put in our time on the mother ship), MM landed a job in the midwest.

Fast forward to our present day. The Not So New Adventures Of The Old Modern Mommy is in it's 7th year of annoying a small but distinguished audience - made up mostly of people with which MM can be genetically linked. Now divorced, happily exhausted by motherhood and grateful for a sweet life in small town Missouri. Cute little house, minivan (which has - wait for it - a TV w/ a working VCR. Don't even try to hide how jealous you are) and is still dancing in the kitchen to Van Morrison.

The Modern toddler and Modern preschooler of MM's early blogging days are now (sniffle, gulp, sob) in fact Modern 2nd grader and Modern 4th grader. They put their poor momma to shame with their brilliant humor, their beautiful kindness and their ability to eat their weight in Mac and Cheese. Now intimately acquainted with Disney Channel, various flavors of yogurt tubes and the comforting truth that playdates are much more for the general sanity of the mommies - MM is happy. Content. Tired.

In the first of two small business adventures, Jumping Bean Child Care was born in 2010. Every day since then, MM proudly changes diapers and kisses sticky faces for a living. Did we mention MM gets paid to play? True story. It's kind of totally awesome. Following that would be this crazy and terrifying ride of semi-professional photography. In 2012 MM took the leap and started Mind's Eye Photography KC - Faith and Family Photography. For years, she had been annoyingly shoving camera lenses in the faces of everyone - including livestock, butterflies (who never smile) and basically any human who would sit still long enough. MM could be found staring off in the distance dreaming of pretty cameras and the coolness required to operate them... it was finally time to get serious about it.

MM has seen so many sweet wishes of the heart come true. Our devoted community of Saints humbly saw dreams realized and heartfelt prayers answered in the building and dedication of the Kansas City, MO LDS Temple. Blessings flowed. Only the righteous joy that is motherhood could share the top of this list and tie for first. Nothing could be more rewarding, more frightening and frustrating, more joyful. Just plain joyful. Every. Single. Day.

Now armed with the love of two abnormally awesome daughters, a trusty temple reco and an old Canon - we charge fearlessly ahead into the next great family adventure... Puberty.

Good grief. Boy, are we gonna need the Van Morrison.


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