Sunday, July 24, 2011

"The courage to live my dream..."

Scarlett and Me enjoying some Penn State Creamery ice cream after the conference.
The writing workshop that I taught at Youth Conference on Friday was a neat experience for me.  I think the next time around, I'll have a much better idea of how to formulate my thoughts and how to present to teenagers.  I'm so used to talking to other women that I take for granted that we have all of these shared Mommy experiences.  It wasn't that long ago that I was where they are now, so I think it worked out.  They did love my streaking story though.  That sure livened them up!

One of the most memorable aspects of the conference was meeting a woman who was familiar with my blog and receiving this message from her afterward.  She said:

"At youth conference this week you mentioned your blog. I rushed home and found that I was already a follower. As I listened to you on Friday and read your blog today, I feel inspired to share my own story and conversion to being a stay at home mom back in 1988. It will never get published, it will not be professionally written, but it will hopefully be passed on to my descendants. 

"I want them to know that, as a convert of 3 months, I followed the counsel of Pres. Ezra T. Benson to stay at home if at all possible. After 12 years of working in the corporate world, I found the courage to live my dream and be a stay-at-home mom.

Thank you, Jocelyn, for being an inspiration to me and for reminding me why I had the courage to live the dream that I had dreamed."

I thought her comments were so inspiring, that I just had to share them.

Thank you, Debbie!  Thank you for inspiring all of us!
I can't wait to read what you write!


  1. OH, she is amazing. I am always inspired at the courage of those around me.

  2. That is TOTALLY awesome! :D I love that Debbie's "dream" was to be a stay at home mom! Way to go Debbie!
    Corine :D

  3. enjoyed reading your streaking story. i remember when there were actually streakers in the 1960s. Several times one of them managed to run across stage during a dance performance and stop everything...not funny!

  4. What a cute picture and sweet story! :) ... off to check out the streaking story ;)

  5. Must admit that your streaking story gave me both a chuckle and that feeling of being a kid again.



  6. I'm sure the youth loved you! I teach the youth, and it is strange to me sometimes to realize that even though I am really not that much older than they are, there are whole slew of experiences separating us, like college and motherhood, that make us understand things differently. It makes it a challenge to teach but still fun!

  7. I dream of the day I can do cool things like that at youth conferences and girls camps! You are so very lucky. And, by the way, you are very pretty too. Such a fun picture.