Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Birthday to my guy!

Happy Birthday to my favorite person in the world! You are my Rock, my cheerleader and my very best friend! I Love you FOREVER!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Anchor Moment (Women's Conference Choir)


What an honor to be a part of history in the making as the first group of women ages 8 and up to participate in women conference.



 (On our long drives we had great Mother daughter bonding time. On one drive My daughter told me all about her dream first date. It consists of sushi, sodalicious, a drive-in movie and her date must have a mustache) 




Several months ago I had the opportunity of participating in the choir that performed at the General Women’s Conference held in Salt Lake City back in March 2014. This was a groundbreaking year as the Eight year old girls were officially invited to attend. There were over 12,000 applications sent in for a choir of only 364 sisters. The church was unsure how they would go through that many applications, so they knelt in prayer asking that their fingers be led to those who are in need of this experience. This meeting was broadcast across the world and much preparation and time went into every detail.  From our clothing to our lipstick color, everything was closely inspected with care. Each Sunday, for six weeks my daughter Winnter and I drove to Centerville for choir rehearsals. Those long drives became a time of giggling and bonding for us both. We were privileged to meet and visit with each member of the Primary, Young Women and Relief Society general presidencies. During one particular choir practice we were rehearsing a song entitled “Daughters in His Kingdom.”  This song was broken up into three parts. First part was sung by the primary aged girls, second part sung by the young women and the third part, sung by the relief society sisters.  

     


 At this point in time we had been rehearsing for weeks and the young women were still struggling with their part in this particular song. I recall Sister Wadley, our choir director, asking the girls to “Give it all they’ve got.”  Despite her effort they continued to struggle. They knew the lyrics but they were struggling to sing with conviction. After twenty minutes of the girls struggling, Sister Wadley, clearly frustrated stood firm and strong. She asked the young women to please stand. They did. She then asked them to recite the young women theme: We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him. We will “stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places as we strive to live the Young Women values, which are: Faith • Divine Nature • Individual Worth • Knowledge • Choice and Accountability • Good Works • Integrity • and Virtue We believe as we come to accept and act upon these values, we will be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.”

(You might recognize Sister Wadley from 17 miracles.  she was absolutely incredible to work with. I love her energy) 



Sister Oscarson
Young Women General President

By the time the girls finished reciting the young women theme the spirit had completely flooded the room.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the chapel. Sister Wadley, then again asked the Young Women to stand and sing. When they opened their mouths it was as if there were hundreds of angles singing with them. They stood tall and strong, singing with heart and conviction, knowing in that moment exactly who they are and what they stand for. This experience caused me to think....  As a mother, am I encouraging my children to “Give it all they’ve got.” Am I cheering them on. My goal as a Mother is to help my kids know that they are spirit children of  God with divine attributes and eternal possibilities. Ultimately, I want them to know they are ENOUGH!

This experience was one of those Anchor moments. Those moments that strengthen you as a person. As I look back over my life I'm in awe of all the little anchor moments that have made my testimony what it is today. 
A little video that we are in HERE
 You can watch Women's Conference HERE
Read about it HERE



Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mom's Living Happy



This last Fall I received a phone call from a friend asking my opinion on a project she was considering starting.  Within a couple minutes of our conversation I was completely intrigued.  Her idea was to create a site where mothers from all across the world can come together and share ways they are living happy. A place where mothers can uplift and inspire one another through their stories. Not only was she completely inspired to do this......she MADE it happen! Within the first day of launching MOM'S LIVING HAPPY they were featured on the THE TODAY SHOW'S  twitter page. I was asked to share a little about myself with Mom's living happy. We did a quick little interview in my basement. Learn more about MOM'S LIVING HAPPY and see my interview here: MOM'S LIVING HAPPY .  As they post more and more stories you'll be inspired with each one. As I travel around singing and speaking to different groups of women, old and young I've realized the one thing we have in common is we all have our "Stuff" not one of us is perfect. Being a mother is one of life's greatest blessing but with that comes the struggle of  raising happy, healthy people. We find ourselves asking the question.....Am I doing this right? Could I have done that better? The answer: Yes and yes. We are all doing the best we can with what we have. When you become a mother, guilt is a feeling you will feel often. It's all apart of a mothers journey and it's okay! I can't tell you how many times Ive asked forgiveness from my children over different things. We are all learning together. I can't imagine a more worthy goal than raising a little family.
 Dieter F. Uchtdorf--- “The happiest people I know are not those who find their golden ticket; they are those who, while in pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments.”  




Wednesday, May 21, 2014

"HAPPY"



I headed into the studio a couple weeks ago to record a version of Pharrell Williams Happy with Jhonny K and Jason Jones I hope you enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed making it. We had a great time. You get to see a side of me that only those closest to me usually see. For the record my kids like this  side of me best......Thank you to everyone who submitted videos. I love them all. You can watch the video HERE  You can view all my videos under the "Video" section at jodileemusic.com
 Enjoy! and remember to be HAPPY! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Date Night "Photo Shoot"

I was in need of some new promo photo's so I asked the AMAZING and INCREDIBLE Morgan Slade if she'd do me the honor. I wanted something fun, edgy and completely different. I asked her if she'd meet me downtown Provo. She agreed. It was Friday night and for those who know me well, know my husband and I never miss date night. Why not make my photo shoot into our date night, right?! My husband and Morgan hopped in our car driving around as if they were the paparazzi.  Morgan hanging out the sunroof snapping pictures left and right ( Wish I had a photo of the entire thing). SO MUCH FUN! At one point during the photo shoot Morgan captured some photos of me and my husband. I'm grateful she did. True candid photos! I don't think you can plan something like this, not without losing the authenticity. We ended the night by taking Morgan to our favorite Soda Shop SODALICIOUS for a dirty diet coke and sugar cookie.Thank you Morgan! These are photo's we will always treasure. It was the best "date night paparazzi photo shoot" ever!




                  You can view more of the Photo Shoot HERE

Friday, March 7, 2014

Beautiful Craig part 2

Here is a follow up from THIS POST about Craig.
First of all Craig want's to thank all of you who have helped him so far. He was a little apprehensive about taking a picture (as you can imagine) but he really wanted to do it, to let you all know how grateful he is. He is amazed, shocked and humbled that so many of you would be willing to help a stranger. What Craig doesn't understand is that he's really not a stranger at all,  he is our brother.


          My husband and I were a little uncomfortable about posting Craig's situation. We could have easily taken care of it on our own. (Like I mentioned in the previous post my husband comes across these situations often and takes care of those he can. Most times I don't find out about it until much later ) We have felt very strong that this particular situation isn't about our little family and our ability to help but something much bigger. We hope and pray that many of you have felt the spirit of love, brotherhood and service through this experience. It's been a beautiful sight to see so many of you come together to support Craig. I have watched my husband run errands with Craig taking him grocery shopping, gathering aluminum and wherever else Craig may need to go. I've watched this beautiful friendship take place between these two men.


     Several weeks ago  I watched my husband get up early Saturday morning to take Craig grocery shopping. He promised Craig he'd be there and he always keeps his word. I thought for sure he wouldn't go. You see two days prior my husbands Mother passed away. It  was somewhat of a traumatic experience as my husband  tried to  revive his mother with CPR. Surely he was mourning his mother. He got up early Saturday morning helped Craig, accomplished the task at hand and never said a word to anyone about it. (I want to be Lance Nicholes when I grow up) Lance, if you are reading this I know you are mad I posted these things about you. I can't help it. The world needs more men like you in it. 143!

Craig still needs our love and support
Craig was hired to work at Zion's National Park.  His start date was scheduled to start his job on March 19th but in his review of the hiring document his start date was postponed until April 2, 2014.
With the generous donations made in Craig's behalf he has been able to live in a warm home for the past month and purchase groceries.  With Craig's diligent collection of cans and recycling daily he has been able to help himself as well.
Craig's goal is to collect 500 cans per day or roughly $10 per day. We have run the math; 500 cans per day/ 30 cans per pound * $.65 per pound is roughly equal to $10.00 per day.
We know that Craig struggles to collect 500 cans per day especially with bad weather and being 66 years old.
Craig will be living in Provo Canyon for the next 21 days beginning this Monday as he has no money to pay rent.  He did tell us yesterday that he went up Provo canyon to check on his tent and some animals have torn up his tent and camp.  He said he would sleep on the ground and he could possibly make it until  he leaves town for the Zion's job
WE NEED CANS!!!!! If you have any you can donate please let us know. Also, you can make cash donations HERE

A special thank you to.......Bodine family, Mark Allen, Fran Nicholes, Lance Nicholes family, Burbidge boys, Daniel Williams, Doman family, Stay family, Susan Jones, Eric Nicholes family, Karen Matthews, Laura Belnap, Jeremy Stocks, Winston Williams family, and KC Smalley!

Craig receives $0.65 per pound of cans he collects. It's about 30-35 cans per pound






















Saturday, March 1, 2014

Suicide, Let's talk about it


What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a suicidal person?
Have you lost someone to suicide or know someone who has?
After losing my sister to suicide just over a year ago, my idea of what a suicidal person is has completely changed. Honestly, before my sister’s death suicide is not something I knew much about. It has completely rocked our world. Never did I think someone I love so dearly would fall victim to suicide, anxiety, depression or whatever you want to call it. It's all the same and creeps into ones thoughts and heart convincing them that they are no good and of no worth and that those around them are better off without them. The reality is that these untruths become the victim’s truth.

Each situation is unique and different, but I truly believe with the right help most suicides are preventable.
My sister was in the center of "The perfect storm" She had major back surgery months before her death taking a toll on her physically and mentally. She had separated from her husband and was still trying to support her family financially. It was a combination of many things. There are so many layers to a situation like this.  I find myself wanting to shut down and not talk about it. I want to run and hide under the covers and pretend it didn't happen. There is a stigma that comes with suicide and because of this we find it uncomfortable to talk about, and that's the problem. It's hush hush..... And as awkward and uncomfortable as it is for me to share and talk about I'm pushing myself outside my comfort zone. Without going into great detail, let’s just say I've had some tender mercies that have inspired me and given me the strength to pull the covers back and talk about suicide. We need to break free of our comfort zone, stop the stigma and talk about it.

   
 My Sister teaching my youngest to walk


I have joined forces with other musician's to help prevent suicide learn more at arisewithus and follow us HERE

We at arise gathered together in the studio to record a version of Katy Perry's "Unconditional"
It was an emotional day. It was November 5th, my sisters birthday and a week shy of the year mark of her death. After we finished recording the song I was just leaving when the camera man asked if he could do a quick interview with me. I agreed. My interview ended up being the video. This was completely unexpected and unplanned. For the first time I've been able to watch the entire video all the way through. It's real emotion and a little uncomfortable for me to watch. You can watch the video HERE

(Celebrating my Sisters on her birthday by sending her balloons and notes)


Here are a few statistics found at Jason Foundation

Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. (2010 CDC WISQARS)

  • Suicide is the THIRD leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18. (2010 CDC WISQARS)
  • More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
  • Each day in our nation there are an average of over 5,400 attempts by young people grades 7-12.
  • Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs
  • The Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System (YRBS) is a survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that includes national, state, and local school-based representative samples of 9th through 12th grade students. The purpose is to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth in the United States.
  • The surveys are conducted every two years to determine the prevalence of these health risk behaviors. Behaviors that contribute to unhealthy lifestyles and those that indicate possible depression and/or suicidal ideation are included. Click here for the full report
  • I miss my sister everyday but see and feel her all around me.