“True love is not so much a matter of romance as it is a matter of anxious concern for the well being of one’s companion”
-President Hinckley

Monday, May 28, 2012

I went running today

And now I remember why I never run. Seriously, never. But, I've hit a stale mate with the weight loss, so I needed to change something. My dear husband, being the great man that he is, has made me a work out schedule, and I am going to try my best to stick to it. If I don't die first. My muscles and joints are so sore already that I'm not sure how I'm going to walk tomorrow.

Happy memorial day! We went to a ward picnic that was a lot of fun, but was also really, really hot. It's so muggy and humid here that it feels like you're wearing a heating blanket around you when you step outside. So gross. Other than that, it was great. The food was Yummy and the company was excellent.

Today I am thankful for air conditioning. I'm such a wuss when it comes to heat, so I know I would never have survived as a pioneer. I am so happy that I can blast the ac in my car as soon as I get in it, and that my house it always a cool and comfortable temperature.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

day 5

Today I am thankful for my house, even though is consistently a mess. It's nice to have the space for evie to roam and play, and for me to get away when I need to. We have been so incredibly blessed financially, its ridiculous. Being able to afford rent for this beautiful house is just one of many ways we are seeing the blessings from Tithing. So, I guess today I am actually thankful for Tithing. I know when you keep the commandments, the lord does bless you, and that is evident in my life daily.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I'm terrible at this

So, I made a challenge for myself and than promptly failed at said challenge. I'm not sure what, exactly, that says about me. Nothing good, I'm sure. I suppose I could ignore the fact that I've missed like four days in a row and just keep on truckin anyway. Actually, that sounds pretty good; I'm going to do that.

Today I am thankful for Dan. That sounds mundane, I know, but hear me out. Today when he got home he gave me a big kiss and hug, took evie away from being attached to my leg, and entertained her while I cooked. Then, he proceeded to wait to eat until I had finished feeding evie so that he could eat with me. After some more play time, we gave eves a bath and Dan protected me from the viscious water monster that got him completely soaked. Then, he put her to bed and helped me with the dishes. I am so spoiled. He is so amazing and I am thankful every single day for all the small acts of kindness that he does to show how much he loves me. Someone must have raised him right.

On a side note, know what I am not thankful for? That Dang bird that won't stop tapping on the door in our bedroom. It is driving me insane. Every single morning and every time I'm trying to take a nap, there's this tap, tap, tapping on the glass of that door. Ergh. I don't usually feel violent toward animals, alligators excluded, but I would like to throttle that bird. Why is he so stupid?

dang bird

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Friday, May 18, 2012

challenge: day 4

Yesterday I was thankful for technology. I'm so thankful that we have the technology now that allows me to sit on my couch and talk to my sister all day long, even though we are in different states. Love you Nan!

Also, having a smart phone ensured that I was able to record this little gem of a moment, which I would have been depressed to have missed.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

challenge: day 3

So, I missed a few days already. Oops. I'll try to do better.

Today was a pretty ordinary and uneventful day. Evelyn and I played and giggled the day away and then I made dinner and we waited for Dan to come home. Pretty exciting. And then it came time to put evie to bed for the night, and she decided she was over this whole sleeping thing, and fussed and cried for an hour. During that hour I just kept thinking, "do I really want another kid?". As of this moment, I'm not totally sure about my answer to that, but since this is a challenge to recognize the miracles/blessings in my life, I will think of something to be thankful for out of this experience. I guess I am thankful for trials. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I am. Without trials we would never get any stronger and would just stay the same, and maybe even digress. I'm thankful that during times of great adversity, we can feel our heavenly father's love and support for us, if we want it. The couple months after evie was born were the hardest of my life, and I am thankful for that trial now because it puts nights like tonight into perspective, and I know without a doubt that I can handle it, because she's been worse. So, I guess today I feel blessed that heavenly father still feels the need to challenge me so that I can constantly be improving. How is that for silver lining?

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Monday, May 14, 2012

blog challenge: day 2/ Mother's Day

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.  ~Abraham Lincoln
Mother's Day is such a great day because it gives us the opportunity to lavish our mothers with affection and gifts. I have so much to be thankful for on a day like today. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to be a mother. What a great gift and a great responsibility. I take comfort in knowing that heavenly father would not have sent Evelyn to me if he didn't think I could take care of her the way she deserves. I think he has more faith in me than I do, though. I am thankful for my wonderful husband who made me dinner so that I wouldn't have to, and also did the dishes. Be still my heart! He can only cook a handful of things, and one of those things is steak, so I got an enormous steak for mother's day. I swear, it was as big as my head. I am thankful for our sweet stake president who is so in tune with the spirit that he always seems to know exactly what I need to hear at that moment to lift me up and make me feel special. I am so, so thankful for our ward and the wonderful people in it. This ward really goes all out for mother's day. We each got a giant symphony chocolate bar, which are my absolute favorite, and had all the young women and elder's quorum take care of all the classes so we could go to Sunday school and Relief Society. It was great. During Relief Society, the bishop and stake president gave talks about how amazing we are, then they fed us all kinds of yummy treats. I certainly felt special and loved, so mission accomplished. I loved mother's day this year and I feel so loved and appreciated.


Saturday, May 12, 2012

challenge: day 1

 Today was a great day and I have so much to be thankful for. First and foremost for my husband, of course, for giving me a day to myself to just relax and do whatever my little heart desired.

Second, here was a small blessing; a lady almost backed into my car today because she wasn't paying attention, and I barely got out of the way in time by scooting as far forward as I could. Something really small and inconsequential, but I was so thankful that she didn't hit my car, because who wants that headache?

Also today, I am thankful for pajamas. I bought these new jammies for Evie today and I almost died because she was so cute in them. So. Cute.

One last thing. A tender mercy from today; Evie only woke up once at 5am, and then slept until 7:30. In case you didn't know, this is a big deal. Good job, Eves. You made mom a very happy girl.

Friday, May 11, 2012

blog challenge

Lately I have been feeling a little lost and off course, so as a way of trying to get myself feeling a bit better, I've decided to undergo a blog challenge. It's fairly simple really. I am going to look for one specific thing each day that I am thankful for or some little blessing/miracle that happens, and then blog about it. I'm going to try and do this everyday so I can start having an attitude of gratitude. I find when you're grateful and humble, you're much happier. So, I am going to look for heavenly father's hand in my daily life, and then tell you about it. Wish me luck! 

The picture isn't relevant, but is she cute or what?

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Monday, May 7, 2012

stake conference

We had our stake conference yesterday, which is usually pretty great, but this one was made exceptional by one Russell M. Nelson presiding over the meeting. I was so excited to see him and get a good seat that I made us leave a full two hours before we needed to. Lucky I did too, because that house was packed to capacity. We were only four rows away from that amazing apostle and I was thrilled. Over joyed. That is the closest I have ever been to a general authority. The spirit and the love you can feel coming from that man was astounding. He was all smiles and kind words. At the beginning of his talk he had all the children stand where they were and sing the hymn, "I am a child of god". It was breathtaking. He then went on the instruct us on how to raise our children in the gospel and how to be better parents. What an amazing talk, and at a time I needed it the most. That is an experience I am sure I will never forget.

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