… and welcome to My Upside Down Umbrella! I’m Aretta and I’m so happy to meet you. I believe our ultimate purpose is to find JOY in our lives. I believe that joy is not something we find, but something we create. And that we add to that joy daily – one little drop at a time. This is my little corner of the world where I share about the things that bring me joy in my life.

I find my greatest joy in knowing that I am a daughter of God,  being a wife, and a mom to five beautiful children (including one little angel.) I am a business owner and a planner at heart who adores creating all kinds of things. I’m passionate about healthy eating, quality family time, simple gospel teaching and an organized life. Those are just a few of the drops of joy I share here.

The Story Behind My Upside Down Umbrella

When my kids were younger one of our favorite books was the Farmyard Tales Alphabet Book by Usborne Books. Seriously – we love to read and have read dozens of ABC books. This book, though, was the one my kids would come back to again and again. Each letter is presented with adorable artwork and the cutest sentences full of the corresponding letter. When we would come to the letter U we would read – Upside down umbrellas are useless in the rain. I realize that the letter U has limited words to work with but for some reason this one sentence always gave me pause. Is that cute little umbrella really useless? I love to be resourceful and generally feel nothing is really “useless.” We only need to find it’s purpose and a way to bring out the best in it!

Years later, at the 2014 Women’s session of General Conference, President Utchdorf shared an analogy about how God rains blessings down on us, and yet in our doubts and fears we block out His blessings – like holding up an umbrella to block us from the rain. My mind immediately went back to our adorable little alphabet book with it’s useless umbrella, turned upside down, gathering a puddle of water. And suddenly I realized – that’s it! It’s really not useless after all! Instead of holding up an umbrella of fear and doubt, blocking God’s joy, I could simply turn it upside down and let those blessings rain down on me. And I could use that upside down umbrella to gather all those blessings up and create more joy in my life. And in the life of others.

I believe those joys come drop by drop in the little moments. When we take a little time out to connect with those we love. When we simplify and focus on the things that are most important in life. When we serve and uplift others.

So, come and join me in turning your umbrella upside-down. Let’s gather up all those drops of joy that life is sending our way!

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