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As I was getting ready to start writing and work on a blog post this afternoon my daughter sat next to me on the sofa with a book. 

She hasn’t been feeling well the last couple of days and hasn’t wanted to really eat much or play. 

It was nice to see her want to engage in something. She grabbed a book and started to flip through the pages. 

We love to read. Each of us look at books throughout the day. Many ideas and conversations we have are from what we read about. 

I didn’t think of reading the book to her because when I was going to finish typing up what I was working on, we were going to head over to a reserve near our home to fish. 

She sat next to me and out of the corner of my eye I could see her innocence and eagerness to look at the book. 

My mind stopped what I was focusing on and my heart leaped out of my chest to connect with her.

I felt an overwhelming feeling to connect with her by reading the book.

I could feel the spirit impress upon me to read it and make sure that I am taking time to value my relationship and time with each of my children. 

My eyes filled with tears because of the love I have for my daughter and the connection I have with her.

I looked at her and asked if I could read her the book.

She was excited that I stopped what I was doing to read it to her. My son then stopped what he was playing with to come over and listen to me read the book also. 

It was a very powerful experience for me. 

I felt so much love for my children, family, and the spirit. 

Following this experience, my thoughts turned to how I want to connect with my children.

I have asked myself many times and thought of how I want to connect with my children.

I used to think that to connect with them that I had to play all the games they wanted and do what they wanted. It wasn’t ever about me, it was about them.

I would play with my children for so long and would become exhausted. 

I love the early ages of them playing and their excitement for life but some things I would feel overwhelmed.

I still play things now that aren’t my favorite but I do it now with a different mindset. I will either give myself a time limit or I will choose to see the excitement of it. 

A lot of connections with children come from what we are DOING with them. 

My brain witnessed the connections I saw with them throughout our day following reading the book to my children.

Each member of our family has their own activities and passions that they want to experience. 

We all love to be with each other so we also like to involve ourselves in these activities. 

Some activities provide a different perspective in the other that we love. We are able to connect and have an understanding on how to see what that person enjoys.

First, we went fishing, which is something that my husband loves to do.

I like to fish but not as often as he does. It was nice to watch each of us fish, be in nature, spot the turtles in the lake, and talk about what we were viewing. 

We then came home to play games as a family.

As our kids are getting older we have been showing them more board and card games to play. 

We bought the game, “Go Fish.” Dom and I haven’t played that game in a long time. It was nice to try something new together. 

As we try new things, it connects us even more because we are learning if we like to do it as a family or not. 

We did something familiar to end our day that we ALL love to do…”dance party dark!”

We go into a dark room and turn up the music and dance our crazy moves. 

This activity we didn’t want to end. We laughed and applauded at all our unique and exciting moves.

Our dancing then turned into more family games. 

We then ended our day with reading and connecting through scripture study.

I pondered on the many wonderful activities and experiences my family and I experienced. 

I reflected how we were all doing something at one point that was favored more by one than another. We gave what we could or chose to involve ourselves so we could connect and see through one’s perspective. 

How we play or experience things is what connects us and I love it. 

We all have so much going on. I understand that we can feel or become too busy with all the things we desire to get done. I believe that when we take the time to connect and enjoy our relationships in our family we will feel more fulfilled and experience more joy.

Find that connection and play you hope to have in your family.

It’s unique to you and that is what makes your family beautiful! 

Doctrine and Covenants 11:13

13. Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy;

About Author

My name is Brianna Marshall. I was born in Dayton, Ohio into a Air Force family. We moved to Colorado Springs, CO when I was 5 years old and lived there till I moved off to College to Orem, Utah in 2007. I was raised into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm still actively practicing the same faith today. I graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelors in Communications. I was married to my husband Dom in 2010 in the San Diego Temple. Dom and I have two children, one a boy, named Ronen, and a girl, named Ryen. I have been in and out of teaching physical fitness for over 10 years. I love to run and weight lift most days of the week. I also love to do yoga at night to calm me down before bed. I have always had a love for baked goods. My mom made a great dessert every Sunday and made them upon request growing up. I have always been really well at expressing my thoughts and feelings. I love to express a lot of my spiritual feelings with friends and family. As a young girl, I worked really hard to have a great relationship with my Father in Heaven. I have felt His presence from the time I was 8 and currently still feel his love and desire for me to become closer to Him. I desire to be a missionary as well as help others understand His love for all of His children. I find that being friendly, understanding and being compassionate to everyone is the best example of His son, Jesus Christ. I strive to follow His teachings. I also stumble with all of it. I'm so grateful for the atonement and repentance when I'm in need of change of heart and a compassionate spirit. I find life to be so beautiful and I'm grateful everyday for the experiences I have. I am a wife, mother, daughter of God, writer, runner, baker, and an imperfect being striving to be the best me.

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