A Lesson From Mom –

Mom never had it easy. But, She knew what mattered most, and how things work out despite life’s obstacles.

Mom got married when she was only eighteen, and about nine months later had her first baby. About every two years after that her family grew by another child, till she had eight. That’s a lot of mouths to feed and diapers to change! A lot for one person, especially when your spouse is working twelve hours a day trying to provide for it all.

Mom didn’t have a life of leisure. She worked hard ALL THE TIME: cleaning, preparing meals for our huge family, and helping to make ends-meet. But she loved us enough to keep going with a smile on her face every day. She always had a hot breakfast welcoming us each morning, and fresh cookies coming out of the oven after school!

She was a good example… I remember looking for my mom one day. As I started to open her bedroom door, I saw her on her knees praying beside her bed. I always felt like my mom was a prophet or something… And when I asked to do something with friends She’d often say, “I don’t feel good about it.” That always made me cringe because she knew too much of what I wasn’t saying. I knew my mom was “tight” with the Lord, and that He answered her prayers, especially her prayers for us.

Growing up in a house with eight siblings was often loud and chaotic, but we always had what we needed, and life was good.

Then It Was My Turn

Years later, I was a young mom and struggling with my own little family. I called my mom and vented my worries to her. She’s always had a good listening ear! After telling her my woes, she knowingly said,


“Put the Lord first, and do what’s right. And everything will work out. He will bless it to all work out.”

She was right. And THAT has been a blessing to my family and I ever since!

Over the years I’ve sincerely tried to put the Lord first, and do what’s right. Don’t get me wrong, I make mistakes along the way just like everyone else. But my ultimate intention has always been to do what’s right. And just like my Mother said, everything has worked out. Life isn’t perfect, it gets messy and stressful at times, but life is GOOD!

Love, Juliea

Who Is He?

He is my (and your) big brother. My only big brother. My perfect big brother. My LOYAL big brother! He loves me (and you) fiercely; even that he would die to save me (and you). He wants us to succeed, and is always willing and wanting to help when we sincerely ask. He completely understands us and how we feel. He knows the things we go through, and he has experienced it all. He knows it all, and understands it all…. And lucky for me, and for you, He has power over it all!

Making it Personal

Think of a father, son, brother, mother, spouse, or friend; someone who you LOVE with your whole heart and soul. Think about your feelings for them. How much you love them. How you hurt when they hurt. That is how much you love your big (eldest) brother and Savior Jesus Christ. You just don’t remember. 

Now think of Christ with those feelings of that person you love with your whole heart and soul. Think of Christ as that person you love suffering your sorrows, illnesses, and taking the excruciating punishments because of the things you did wrong (your sins). See in your mind that person you love so much being beat, slapped, spit in the face, made fun of, tied & whipped till they hung with flesh ripped open. Forced to carry a cross, and falling down because they are so worn out from the punishment. Then stripped of their clothing and nailed to the cross. And all this happened to that special person to save you. How would you feel? You felt the same feelings when our savior suffered those things that way for you… You just don’t remember. 

He is your biggest, strongest, wisest, kindest, smartest, brother… Your hero, your example. You love him more than you know, and he loves you more then you can imagine. He suffered these things, this way, to save you and me from the consequences of our sins and from death. 

Jesus Christ is our perfect Big Brother. He is stronger than anyone or anything. He knows everything about you and me and LOVES us still! He is LOYAL and reliable. He is a protective Big Brother, and will protect us perfectly without forcing our minds. He is loving, caring, and kind. He is perfectly obedient, and has perfect self control! He’s completely understanding because he has experienced it too. He gives of himself, taking time for each one of us. He is (or wants to be) involved in our lives! He is eager to help & bless us. He is just waiting for our invitation! Waiting for us to seek Him & ask. “Ask and ye shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto you.”

Merry Christmas

My Story

Hey, I’m Juliea Huffaker

I am a wife, mother of six, REALTOR®, home designer, blogger, aspiring gardner, a dreamer, and a Believer!

There have been a LOT of people, and experiences, that have influenced my life. However, one of the most profound happened way back when I was a teenager.

It’s taken me years to be able to talk about this without getting too emotional. After losing someone you love too soon, the feelings remain raw for years.

When U2 music plays, as I’m driving alone, I think about Rachel – my closest sister. Rachel was about 18 months older than me, and my childhood bestie. She died three days before her eighteenth birthday in a car accident right in front of me. But I didn’t know for hours.

Rachel Ann Perry 1976-1994

Rachel Perry 1976-1994

I was too interested in my friends to see what was happening. I wish I wouldn’t of fought with her minutes before, or treated her badly. I wish I would have been paying attention to her, like a good sister would. I wish I would of seen her cars headlights as they rolled off the road into the desert. I wish I ran to her and told her that I was sorry, and that I loved her one more time.

I will never forget a few days after Rachel died, I had a dream… But, it wasn’t just a dream. Rachel came to me as I was sleeping in my bed and gave me a really GOOD hug. It was one of those hugs that feels sooo good and comforting. She was looking at me, and without moving her mouth, she told me that she loved me and that she wasn’t mad at me. I know that Rachels spirit is alive, and that she understands my feelings. I know she is close at times and watches us – her family.

I think of what she would say if she could. I think about what she KNOWS now, and how she must feel.

I was only sixteen years old.

I had a deep longing to know if our (Rachels and my) sins could really be forgiven through Jesus Christs Atonement. I really wanted to know if we would actually be resurrected, and live in our bodies, after we die. Was that kind of miracle really possible? Rachel died too soon, she was too young, and it wasn’t fair. She didn’t get to grow up, move out, get married, have kids, or even get braces! I really wanted to know if Rachel would actually be resurrected and live in her body again. I wanted to know if she would be able to enjoy all the living that she missed out on.

Easter Morning – Yucca Valley, CA April 5th 1995

Rachel died in November and about five months later, Easter was coming. Saturday night (the night before Easter) I prayed asking all those questions. I didn’t get an answer that night. I woke up on Easter Sunday morning… April 6th 1995, in the hot Yucca Valley California desert. The house was quieter than normal. I could see the light of the sun shining through my blinds. It seemed brighter than normal, so I opened them. To my complete astonishment, the entire desert was bright WHITE…

EVERY rock and cactus was completely COVERED in several inches of bright white snow. (Unlike the picture I found above.) Then the words came into my mind, “Though thy sins be as scarlet, they shall be WHITE as snow.” And I KNEW! I knew that Jesus Christ has the power to, and willingly, FORGIVES our sins. That wasn’t all… I KNEW that God is a God of MIRACLES! He can make it snow, out of nowhere, in the middle of the hot mojave desert IN APRIL. And if he can make it snow on Easter morning in hot Yucca Valley, He can do anything! I knew He can bring the dead back to life – Resurrection. Heavenly father loving answered my sincere prayer on that Easter morning after Rachel died.

Despite the miraculous answer to my prayers, I was still struggling with what kind of life I wanted to live, and who I wanted to be.

Left to Right: Juliea Perry, April Talbot, Janess Perry in Placerville Ca. 1997

After high school I went to live in BEAUTIFUL Placerville California. This place always felt like HOME to me. When I was about nine years old we lived here in my Grandma and Grandpa Perry’s house while they were on a mission. Even the road made me feel home, “Perry Hill Dr.” This was where my Dad grew up. Where my Grandpa taught high school english, and where Grandma and Grandpa raised TEN kids. This is where all the stories we heard about Dads childhood happened. This was where we went whenever we could go on vacation, and for holidays. When Grandma Perry died, my Aunt Kathy and Uncle Harold bought their house. And it still feels like home.

One night, when I was staying at my Aunt Kathy’s and Uncle Harold house in Placerville, I had an intense and troubling dream. I dreamt that Rachel was desperately trying to talk to me through fuzz. (Like the fuzz on an old black and white TV, before cable or satellite came along.) I could barely make out her face, and that she wanted me to do something FOR HER. I was trying really hard to see through the fuzz and then I woke up.

For several days I felt like I was in the twilight zone. I felt sad for Rachel, and felt like there was something she really wanted me to do for her. BUT, for that entire week I couldn’t understand what it was. I didn’t think I could do ANYTHING for her… She was dead. It was consuming my thoughts in every spare moment. I was feeling sad and hopeless because in the Book of Mormon we learn that “this life is the time to prepare to meet God.” I knew her life was over and there was nothing else she could do.

That Saturday I had the day off work, and I went out onto the trampoline in the backyard by myself. I was thinking about that dream, and what Rachel would want me to do for her. The thought came into my mind, “The only thing You can do for Rachel is to live a good life, and choose the right.” If I lived a good life and choose the right, I could be with her again. I could do that for her!

About a year later, Janess (my younger sister) and I were eating at our favorite Greek restaurant. I was talking to her about a guy (not a very good guy) who I was spending a lot of time with. Janess started crying and getting upset. I got embarrassed because everyone in that restaurant could see her crying, and they were looking at us. Then she said, “Then it’s like Rachel died for nothing!” That was something I really needed to hear. It was enough to bring me back to reality. The reality that Rachels’ death brought me to God, and I wanted (and needed) to live my life in a way so I would be worthy to be with her again.

So, that week I talked to my Bishop, left all my friends, quit my job, and moved home to Yucca Valley. I knew that there was NO ONE in Yucca Valley (or surrounding areas) that I would want to date or hang out with. I knew I was giving up all my friends and all the fun. I was going to be lonely. I decided to go to the community college and get ready to serve a mission.

A few months later Dad was inspired, in the Las Vegas Temple, to tell Darin that he needed to meet his daughter. (And That’s Another Story!)

I’ve Had Many Hard Experiences Since & They Have Strengthened Me.

I know that Jesus Christ still performs miracles, heals the sick, delivers us from spiritual and temporal bondage, changes our hearts and nurtures, answers our prayers, strengthens us, blesses us with angels in this world (and in spirit) to help and strengthen us. He protects us spiritually and physically. And when we stay close to Him, He inspires us and increases our understandings through his Holy Spirit.

I know these things because he has done them all, at different times in my life, FOR ME!

He has answered my prayers in the moment. HE has HEALED my heart, physically and emotionally, when life was excruciatingly stressful and there was no other help. He has blessed us to be able to pay off debts and delivered us from BONDAGE.

Over the years, HE has changed my heart and MY nature. HE answers MY prayers, and He will answer yours! HE strengthens me everyday to physically be healthy, and take care of all my responsibilities (which are many). HE strengthens me to LOVE those who rub me the wrong way. HE strengthens me to FORGIVE those who offend me. HE blesses me with Angels in this world who are the best of friends and help bear my burdens. He makes my burdens light and my life easier.

HE has blessed me with Angels from the spirit world who have protected me and my family in car accidents, and from animal attacks. He has blessed me to feel Rachel and Grandparents who have passed on. I am protected and blessed daily as I stay close to Him by keeping His commandments and my promise; Remembering Jesus Christ and trying to follow HIS perfect example (even though I always fall short).

I KNOW that Jesus Christ is NO ORDINARY man. In fact, I know that he is the living SON of GOD our Heavenly Father. He is our PERFECT eldest Brother in our Heavenly Fathers family. He is our BROTHER who LOVES us perfectly AS WE ARE. He KNOWS us perfectly, and better than we know ourselves. He has all POWER to help us as we come unto him… For he has said, “Come unto me all ye that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly of heart: and Ye shall find REST unto your souls!”

I know He gives peace to our hearts and minds in the most troubled times, and blesses our lives in so many ways. In fact, I believe that all good comes from, through, and because of Him.

He was, and is, the ONLY man on this earth with the ability to pay for our sins, and overcome death FOR US because he was the LITERAL Son of God. He has the POWER to FORGIVE our sins and mistakes! Because He is the living Son of God, and has PAID the price for our sins, (no matter how bad) He has overcome all sin, addiction, death, and weaknesses for us! Because He is our PERFECT Big Brother, and because we couldn’t do it for ourselves. It had to be done by someone PERFECT… The Son of God. It had to be DIVINE and eternal sacrifice.

Because He has risen from death and lives now, He has OVERCOME DEATH for every person who has ever (and will ever) lived! That is so exciting to me! I will live after I die, so will Rachel, and so will You!

Even though our mistakes may be as dark as scarlet red blood, they can be as white and SOFT and COVERED by HIS perfection and power like a deep white SNOW covering. And because he is the literal Son of God, He had the POWER to give his life and take it up again! He willingly, and literally, GAVE his life to GIVE everyone LIFE in the flesh AFTER we die.

It breaks my heart when anyone makes a comment to discredit OUR Savior. Im heartbroken when I see my family breaking their promise to always remember Him, keep His commandments and follow His example.

We are all God’s children. Although we do not remember life before we were born, Jesus Christ IS our oldest Brother. And like the PERFECT big brother that He is, HE LOVES us dearly! That is WHY He suffered more than man can suffer. But he didn’t just suffer and die for our sins… He suffered our sicknesses, sorrows, and our weaknesses so that He would know how to SUCCOR us (Help Us).

I feel a BIG responsibility to open my mouth, and share my experiences with you. I know Rachel would want me to.

“One LOVE, one BLOOD, One LIFE, You got to do what you should. One life with each other Sisters, brothers. One life, but we’re not the same. We get to carry each other, carry each other. One.” (U2 – One)

LOVE, Juliea Huffaker

The Year 20/20

This year has been a Whirlwind

With COVID-19, the kids being home for school, a new baby, business, and my TWO oldest getting married… I feel like: “the time passed away with us, and also our lives passed away like as it were unto us a dream” (Jacob 7:26)

BUT this year has also been VERY good! COVID-19 forced us to consider our own, and our families, mortality and readiness to meet our maker. We’ve learned “Come what may and love it!” Meaning, we’ve come to terms with the fact that it’s OK to just live life the best way we can, and leave the rest in God’s hands.

We had the rare opportunity to spend lots of quality time with our families! (Which we’ve always wanted to do, but somehow the business of life got in the way.)

Call me odd, but i really do LOVE having my kids home. I love hearing them play and work happily together. Easton, our second son, took the opportunity to learn new skills and started a little go-cart business… He did so well that Timber joined him too! Our new baby hasn’t been lonely because all his siblings have been home with him, which we both LOVE!

Baby Benton isn’t really a baby anymore either; he is almost 2, and he’s growing and developing SO fast. Darin has been home from work, which is awesome for all of us, and he gets to HUNT without the restraints or work. Boden, the man who made me a mother for the first time, married the LOVE of his LIFE. They are beautiful, responsible and good… I have total confidence in them! And my sweet Dixie girl has grown into the most beautiful soul, she’s closer to the Lord then ever before. She is such a good example to me. Dixie and Shane have the highest goals, they’re working so hard and learning so much.

My heart is full.

As a mother of 6 I often find myself inadequate. When the baby (or another child) need more of me, I have less for everyone else. I can’t give the same amount of time, energy, prayers, hugs, words, or worry to all of them. Some of them have to get less of me sometimes, and I feel bad about it. But, I’m learning to give it (caring for the ones that don’t get as much of me) to the Lord to make up the difference. That’s what He does, and He does a better job than I do anyways.

I feel blessed

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