Monday, August 26, 2013
This is my amazing little brother. His name is Nicholas, aka "Elder Gubler." He is a missionary in the Alpine Mission, which means he lives, serves, and works (his tail off) in quite a lovely corner of this world.
I wrote him an email last night because, being family, we can communicate with our missionary once a week. This is what I had to say:
Note the last part. Note the typos. Yes, last week was rough. I found myself crying real tears three different times, three days in a row, because mothering can be so amazingly hard! No better way to say that.

I've learned that I can't mother alone, and by that I mean I can't mother without some solid spiritual strength. So I'm cleansing right now - my mind of negative thoughts, my body of stress, and my spirit of poor nourishment. And I'm rejuvenating - through true optimism, sweet exercise and sleep, quality spiritual meals, and true prayer.

I have hope that I'll feel "on top" again, because over the last 1.65 years, I've watched Elder Gubler "rejuvenate," too. His work is also so demanding, and so often he doesn't get results from his best efforts, either. Yet despite the real and the hard stuff, I've never known a brighter, more peaceful, and more confident Nick. He is faithful and happy. He has kept going, ever with a smile, and blast - I will do the same!

Here's a portion of this morning's rejuvenating spiritual feast. It was delicious to me:

"Our daily contributions of nurturing  teaching, and caring for others may seem...diminished, difficult, and demeaning at times, and yet as we remember that first line in the Young Women theme - 'We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us' - it will make all the difference in our relationships and our responses." - Elaine S. Dalton

Come what may. All will be well! Elder Gubler has lit the way. 


  1. oh i loved and needed this whole post! thanks jen! xo

  2. Bless your heart. I'll be joining the ranks quickly. Thanks goodness there are examples like you forging the way ahead of me.

    Thought you might enjoy this post by a writer I LOVE to follow. She hits on the same principle as you :-) Great minds think alike, eh?

    1. Katie - xoxox. I'm SO excited for you to be a mother and to show the world how it's done. Laxed and composed, yet fun and enthusiastic, you+mothering are such a fit.

      And wow. That post! Thanks for sharing it with me. "Reset" - that's the word. I absolutely loved reading that.

      P.S. I found that baby products post you asked for the other day in the archives of this blog versus my old one. Here's the URL. Ahh you're getting closer!

    2. PERFECT! Amazon, here I come!

      Thank you, thank you!


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