Sunday, June 29, 2014

Well, would you look at that?

Howdy, folks!

It has been well over a year since I last put my fingers to keys and wrote a blog entry here. And can I just say, a LOT has happened over that time. I have a new baby girl who is the world to me! Before she came, I didn't know that this kind of happiness existed! She has brought so much joy and light into my life at a time when I desperately needed it.

Lately, I have been feeling rather crummy. I am about to embark on a new adventure with my wonderful husband, but I still have to wait a little over a month before that adventure can officially begin. As I sit here waiting for it to start, I have begun to think about all the things I will be missing. Our adventure is moving to somewhere different. My husband got offered a wonderful job opportunity in Provo, Utah, and we took it! As excited as we are, I know that I will miss all my friends and memories here in Rexburg. I mean, this small town has been my home for the last 6-ish years, and I can't believe that it is coming to an end so soon! On the other hand, my dear hubster and I are SO ready for change. We are excited for the opportunity to live somewhere slightly bigger (okay, WAY bigger) than Rexburg. We are excited to be close to members of both our families, and we are excited to start living how WE want to live, instead of him having to spend all his time working on school and making sure not to screw things up. It will be a welcome change to not have to worry about school, I can tell you that.

Things are a-changing, my friends. But for the better, I know it.

Anyways, I graduated April of 2013, and had my daughter in October. I have been able to be a stay-at-home mom since that time, which is something I have ALWAYS wanted to be! When I graduated, I left with a degree in Elementary Education. Every day, I do miss being in the classroom, surrounded by eager minds just waiting to be filled with what I have to teach them. I also miss the sassiness that came with working with young children (they tell it like it is, and I LOVED that). But, I also LOVE LOVE LOVE being able to be home and watch my daughter grow and develop. Over the last 8 months, I have watched as she discovers more of her world, and it is a joy to see! She is showing me how exciting and wonderful and interesting life really is, and I seem to have lost that joy along the way. I am glad having a young child helps to bring that perspective back.

Also, this next month is going to be MONDO busy! July is full of missionaries departing, weddings, graduation, and moving! If you could spare some prayers and good thoughts, that would be wonderful! And I decided to start running/working out on a more general basis. I feel like, if I do some movement and get my body slightly back in shape, I will start to feel better. I will be doing the Couch to 5K, while also doing a 30 day yoga challenge. If you want to join me, or just want more information, don't hesitate to ask! I am more than willing to do this with others!

Well, I just wanted to get you guys caught up slightly. I feel like I need to get blogging back into my life. I need an outlet where I can share my thoughts and feelings, and I feel this can be it. Hope you don't mind my being back! I will be better at this. I promise!

Love ya!


Sunday, March 31, 2013

He is Risen!

Today is Easter Sunday, a day to celebrate the resurrection of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Did you know that I consider Him to be one of the greatest people I have ever known?

Did you know that He has helped me through more pain and sorrow than anyone else?

Did you know that I feel His love, patience, and consideration in my every day life?

Jesus Christ is my Lord, my Savior, my Redeemer.  He is also my Brother, my Friend, and my Comforter.

He was risen on a day much like today, three days after being crucified.  The scriptures share the story of what occurred, and I think that all should take the time to read it today, if any day (Matthew 26-28).

My beliefs tell me that Jesus Christ is alive today, that He is risen, and that He went through all He did in order to save everyone.  Everyone includes me, individually.

I love my Savior and Redeemer, and am SO grateful and humbled for all that He has done, not only for me but for everyone who has walked this Earth, is walking this Earth, and WILL walk this Earth.

The Savior's love is infinite, it is eternal, and it is something that helps me get through every day that may seem difficult.

Don't feel the same way?  That's okay.  This is my belief, my testimony, and I wished to share it with you.

Also, if reading isn't your thing, here are some videos you can watch to remind yourself of the story.

Christ the Lord is Risen Today!  Happy Easter, everyone.

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Yesterday was a rather interesting day for me.  I had a lot of thoughts come into my mind, that really helped me to see that what I was doing... just wasn't working.

I read the book The Missing Piece Meets The Big O yesterday with my darling husband.  He'd never read it before (I was shocked, I tell ya!), so I decided to read it aloud like I would in an elementary classroom.  Student Teaching is taking over my life, but I wouldn't have it any other way. :]  Anyways, as we were reading it, I had a lot of things go through my mind.  This whole book is about being happy with yourself before finding someone else.  Now, it could be placed in many situations, but it spoke loud and clear to me yesterday for one specific situation.

Then, this morning, I read my scriptures.  I read 2 Nephi 4 today, and verses 15-35 REALLY opened my eyes.

Lately, I have been feeling rather alone.  Whether it is my doing or not, it doesn't matter.  Now, not everything is going bad.  My marriage is amazing, I love my family and friends, and Student Teaching is one of the all-time GREATEST experiences of my life so far, but I still feel like I am being left behind, for some strange reason.  But today, as I read my scriptures and thought about the things that I read yesterday, somethings were made absolutely clear.

1)  I need to grow spiritually.  Here is something I read yesterday that points that out to me.  "Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained that God provides us with challenges that are designed to help us grow spiritually: 'Just when all seems to be going right, challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more (see Proverbs 3:11–12). He therefore gives you experiences that stimulate growth, understanding, and compassion which polish you for your everlasting benefit. To get you from where you are to where He wants you to be requires a lot of stretching, and that generally entails discomfort and pain'."  I feel, at this point in my life, that I need to increase my spiritual self, and find out the things that I may not be doing correctly, or where I can improve, in order to be a better wife, friend, sister, helper, and Daughter of God.

2)  I need to place my trust in the Lord.  2 Nephi 4:34 states, "O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm."  I need to place my trust in the Lord, and really, truly believe that His plan is greater than mine, and that the things that are occurring are to HELP me, not HURT me.

3)  I need to learn to be okay with myself.  Just as The Missing Piece needed to find out how to be okay with itself, I, too, need to do that.  I need to learn that it really is okay to not hear from friends every day, or to not have plans with people every day.  I need to learn how to be okay, productive, and loving to myself before pushing for others to come into play.  

Maybe this blog post makes no sense, and maybe this won't affect anyone else, but I am grateful for the inspirations that I have received, and I plan on trying my best to get better.