“People often believe only what they choose to believe, not what may be unbelievable but true.” – Janis Heaphy Durham
Do YOU believe in life after death? Stay with me here, I know it’s an off-putting question to ask on a random Thursday, but let’s talk about it for a bit.
I’ve always believed in life after death, primarily because I’m a Mormon and one of the main tenets of my religion is that there was life before this one, and another after we die. It doesn’t seem strange to me at all to think of the state of life as fluid, moving from one sphere to the next.
But I absolutely understand that it’s a strange concept for a lot of people; I get it. It’s one of those feel-y, faith-y things, and plenty of people think the idea of life after death is completely bananas. In fact, the author of the new book, The Hand On The Mirror, Janis Heaphy Durham, was one of them. Durham was a journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning publisher of the newspaper the Sacramento Bee, a fact-based professional if there ever was one, whose notion of the whole thing was flipped … >> find out more...
Maui is my favorite Hawaiian island. Frankly my dear, I would not be opposed to retiring on the island of Maui. I already envision myself at sunset, strolling along the shore with my husband, with the water lapping at our toes. I glance around the area and smile as I see my daughters, with their children enjoying the last rays of the sun. I can feel the warm breeze, and hear the comforting crush of the waves, and I feel at peace.
When I saw that Trip Advisor had named Maui number two in the world, of the top 10 islands for 2015, I was pleased, but not surprised. I raised a shaka sign, and smiled.
In April, our family of four went home to Maui for about ten days. I say home, because as soon as my feet touch the ground in Hawaii, and I breathe in, I’m home. In all our travels, there isn’t another place that has felt like that to me.
Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian islands, and the third most populated, following O’ahu and the Big Island. For us the Big Island is wild, and arid. O’ahu is busy, … >> find out more...
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Motherhood has been the theme of my life. The purpose of my being. A few weeks ago I shared a piece I wrote about Motherhood and its central role for me, and before and since I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it, this grand title of mother and what it all means.
The love of children, of infants and babies, of other souls and their quirks and singular humanness is maybe the only part of mothering … >> find out more...
I’m loving this new inspiring series on Petit Elefant, the Petit Elefant Quote of the Week. It’s been a fun way to pass on and share a little inspiration and hope with the world. Some will be silly, some majorly serious, others basic tenets of living a happy life. I just love quotes and love sharing the good ones with other people I love, which means you guys. I hope you enjoy!
This week’s quote by Maya Angelou below.
Petit Elefant Quote of the Week
Success is liking yourself,
liking what you do,
– Maya Angelou –
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**CONGRATULATIONS to Lindsay, comment #4, and Lori #9, the winners of our giveaway! Thank you to everyone who participated, and thank you to Mamagama!
So, friends, I am almost 30 weeks pregnant, in my third trimester (yay!) and REALLY struggling to find a cute outfit to wear everyday. It’s hard work to find something stylish, comfortable, and flattering to that ever-growing bump. Am I right ladies?
That’s where Mamagama Maternity comes in. You guys, these are the most comfortable and soft t-shirts I have found, maternity or otherwise! And BONUS- they are totally cute. Like, really really cute. Ruffles? Graphics? Totally on trend, feminine but not fussy. Dress them up, or not, it all works.
Mamagama Maternity is so awesome that they are giving away TWO adorable t-shirts to TWO lucky readers of Petit Elefant! They are giving away this Captian American t-shirt that is perfect for the 4th of July and this purple beach ball t-shirt that is one of my favorites. All of their other t-shirts are pretty adorable too. How cute is The Peek A Boo Chicken t-shirt? It’s just hilarious. And I loved wearing the blue “Flirty” t-shirt! So feminine and pretty.
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One of my all-time favorite movie scenes is the final three minutes of Love Actually. Do you know the one I’m talking about? It’s where travelers are greeted by family and loved ones as they exit the privy part of the airport that only those with boarding passes can enter. I do have a thing for airports, but I think what draws me to the scene is the value of a tender, excited greeting to the weary traveler. I’ve been on that side many times, a long journey that ends with someone glad to see you. It brings rest to the tired soul.
I recently went on an insanity trip. I live in S. Africa, and I went to the states for a week. To be exact, I was in country for 6 days. Do you know how many days I spent getting there and back? Three…one day to get to Texas, six days in Texas, and two days to get home. Told you I was insane.
As I sat in Heathrow Terminal 5, a place that has become all too familiar since living in S. Africa, my eyes happened upon people trying to sleep in uncomfortable plastic chairs, frantic … >> find out more...
Do you love poetry? I have just the book for a cozy moment of repose. I realize that summer is upon us, and lately the sun has been smiling ear to ear for most people – but sometimes, and especially during those thick summer months, you want a rainy space to curl up in. It doesn’t have to be a real rainy day to get that cozy and damp feeling, though.
It is so important to find a place to pause and think and feel, to take a break from the constant buzzing of May, June, July and just listen. It is so nice to take a break from the sunscreen and the chlorine and remember sweaters and cinnamon-flavored things. A little bit of poetry is just the thing for a mental respite, a little boost for your soul.
I find a rainy and reflective space every time I open my Mary Oliver book of poetry, A Thousand Mornings. It was given to me as aChristmas gift and then stored on my shelf until a flight to San Francisco. I read it a total of 5 times on the flight because my pencil found something new to mark every time.… >> find out more...
Last week I started a new series on Petit Elefant, Petit Elefant Quote of the Week as a way to pass on and share a little inspiration and hope with the world. Some will be silly, some majorly serious, others basic tenets of living a happy life. I just love quotes and love sharing the good ones with other people I love, which means you guys. I hope you enjoy!
This week’s quote below.
Petit Elefant Quote of the Week
If you have a bad thought
tell it to go to
because that is exactly
where it came from.
– Brigham Young –
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Do you remember the post I shared with you a couple weeks ago with a title like that of a Dr. Seuss book: Amazing Women Are Absolutely Everywhere? I was pretty touched by those of you who reached out in comments, emails, and on Instagram about how inspired you were by the SCA all-girl sailing team and their journey across the globe. In fact my 15-year-old daughter read the post and asked, “How can I get involved? I want to do this! Who are these women and how can I be one of them?”.
If you’re involved with young girls of any kind you’ll understand why that reaction from my own girl was so powerful. To my teenage daughter the strong, smart, empowered women comprising the SCA sailing team are way better than any rock star or celebrity, and for that I’m eternally grateful. What better role models can a mother ask for than strong women unapologetically pursuing difficult, but fulfilling passions?
My daughter isn’t the only one who looks up to smart women. I’m constantly in awe of the women in my life who light it up in political arenas, boardrooms, school PTA’s, churches, and as … >> find out more...