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Lenaya Andersen

Lenaya Andersen
Author of, The Pathways Home: A Memoir of Sisters on Both Sides of Addiction, Lenaya Andersen is a Northern Nevada Native who cherishes swimming out to the buoys at Sand Harbor with her children. She and her husband have a “yours, mine and ours” family including three daughters and one son. When she isn’t chasing her children around or driving carpool, she is likely grading papers for her dream-job as an English professor at TMCC. Lenaya lives a life full of adventure in ways she once thought impossible. Married to an outdoorsman, her children benefit from the combination of a roller-coaster-junkie-mom and a dare-devil-dad. Passionate, enthusiastic, and short fused, she has learned that motherhood is her greatest privilege and most grueling trial. The relentless demands of her four kids are always accompanied by love and lessons only children can offer. Regardless of the curve balls, she has a “pinch me” life exceeding her wildest imagination.

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Family Vacation to Yellowstone

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This summer, we had my family reunion in one of the most beautiful locations around, Yellowstone National Park. We had a fabulous time visiting with family, watching wildlife and standing beside the ever-impressive geysers as they erupted. Everything we saw inspired awe. It is a magical area of wilderness, mostly …

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Go Forth and #Light the World

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For the last few years, my family has followed the LDS #LightTheWorld service calendar during the holidays. The calendar has acts of service for each day in December accompanied by short videos. Some suggestions require a little more effort than others. Most are things that can be done very easily, like “love …

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The Seasons of Motherhood

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Lately I’ve been feeling more acutely the seasons of motherhood.  It’s incredibly cliché to say, “Oh enjoy this season, it goes so fast.” In fact, when other people (usually elderly women) said that to me when I had newborns, I shifted between feelings of, ‘yes, it’s amazing,’ to feelings of, …

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