Adoption: Q&A from an Adoptee

On May 18, 1964, I was born in the Provo Hospital (now Utah Valley Medical Center). Two days later — if legend is true — my parents' lawyer picked me up from my birth mother, who said, “Tell her I hope she has a wonderful life.” (I was there, but my memory...

Trailer Travel

When we were kids we went camping every year. It was a highlight of the summer that we looked forward to with great anticipation. After all these years, I still see the two years we camped in Kamas, Utah, as some of the best vacations every. Our folks found a...

Simulated Love

Mom: Boys, your sister is bringing a friend over after their date to watch a movie tonight. So please be polite and no teasing. OK? Samson (11): Like not saying things like “boyfriend” or “marriage”? Mom: Yes. Caleb (8): Or what about whistling...

A Time and Season for Family History

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Before I had children, I spent a lot of time working on my family history. I also served for many years in the Family History Center (now called FamilySearch Center) and...

Raising Someone Else’s Children

I'm one of those old fashioned people. I believe in raising your own kids. Now, I don't care if it's the mom or the dad — or some kind of mixture of the two. Do what works for your family. But if you can't admit that having someone else — no matter how qualified —...