Curtis & Elayna + 8 Part 2
Our paths crossed rather unexpectedly.
I design marching band shows. Elayna became my boss. This woman knocked-my-socks-off as the visual coordinator (marching band terminology).
100’s of hours brainstorming, tweaking, and perfecting.
Those 100’s of hours turned into life-changing conversation. I saw that fierce devotion to her family I wrote about in Part 1.
I wanted her secrets, her motivation. Her “How-to” Mom Book.
During our conversation on how to be that fiercely devoted mother, she shared 5 words with me.
These 5 words changed me.
Always be at the crossroads. – Ezra Taft Benson
(Can you feel their Joy seeping through the screen? SO fabulous!)
Take time to always be at the crossroads when your children are either coming or going–when they leave and return from school–when they leave and return from dates–when they bring friends home. Be there at the crossroads… – Ezra Taft Benson
This resonated so deeply with me. I am not yet into the full-time life of carpools, sports practices, and music rehearsals, but there are crossroads in my life.
How I try to “…be at the crossroads”:
- I keep specific office hours for my photography business. If I don’t get something done, it has to wait till the next business day.
- From 5-9PM, all forms of technology are off. (iPads, TV’s, iPhone, you name it. The only exception: BYU football games…)
- When Miss M walks in the door from school I really try to observe her. How is she behaving, does she seem sad, lonely, happy, motivated.
- When Dr. G walks in, no matter the hour, I try to stop what I’m doing, and greet him with a hug and smooch.
I cannot thank you enough for that life-altering conversation we had at your kitchen table on being a mom. It has richly blessed my life, and my family. In the cliche words from Wicked “Because I knew you, I have been changed for good.” You are an exceptional example of vibrance, loyalty, and fierce dedication to what is most important. Thank you for letting snag a peek of how Joyful a life like that can become.
All my love,