Thursday, May 26, 2011


Yesterday as I was driving home from school I had a cool experience.
I was stopped at a light and right next to me was a
lady standing there holding a sign.
Immediately I had my usual reaction to
homeless people holding signs on the street.
Now, my opinion and attitude towards homeless people
asking for money is probably too harsh.
I always have had a kind of heartless attitude
towards homeless people.
I know that sounds HORRIBLE,
but its because of their own decisions that
they are in that position.
So if they really wanted money for other reasons than
drug addictions, they would get A JOB!!
Obviously situations are different for every homeless person
but in general I am not too sympathetic.
Anyway, back to my story...
I was trying not to look at the lady because
then it just becomes awkward, but I wanted to read her sign.
She had an unusual set-up because she had a stroller,
baby food, and other random objects all laid out.
One sign said
"Desperate mother of three. Rent is due, I am willing
to any odd jobs available."
Then her other sign said,
"Will trade any of these things for money."
I sat there staring for a little bit,
then the next thing I know I was rolling down my window
to hand her some money.
It wasn't much but she was so appreciative and for
some reason I felt like she was really sincere.
The light turned and I drove away.
I got thinking, first of all about how blessed I am.
And secondly, about how small of an action that
was and how good it made me feel.
I am not saying this to toot my own horn in anyway,
but mostly because I had been praying for opportunities to serve those
around me, and sure enough, there was my opportunity.
I hope there are many more to come!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sunshine Getaway

Since it has been SO rainy here the last couple weeks,
we decided we needed some sunshine...
So we went down to St. George with some friends
of ours, Preston and Lane.
It was a really quick trip, but it was still a nice
weekend getaway!

We got there Friday night so and left Sunday morning,
so really we only had Saturday to do stuff.
We went hiking, played tennis, played at the pool, went bowling,
ate tons of treats, more treats,
and had a lot of fun!!

The crew bowling- old school style
(the bowling alley was a little outdated)

Me and Lane at the Pool
(For some reason I didn't get any pictures of me and Rob at the pool)

(Look more at the scenery than us)

Monday, May 9, 2011

My Angel Mother

Sorry it's late,
but I wanted to wish my amazing mother a
Happy Mothers Day!

Because there is too much to be said about
this amazing lady, and nobody wants to hear me ramble.
I will keep it short and simple

"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my Angel Mother."
-Abraham Lincoln

This quote sums it up for me,
I love you Mom!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Carl Bloch

For my art class we have to write an art criticism paper
and my teacher assigned it early so that we could go to the Carl Bloch
exhibit at BYU if we wanted, since it ends on Saturday.
I hadn't been to it yet and had heard so much hype about it,
so I was excited to see what it was all about.
I got there and they told me they weren't
handing out standby tickets because it was too crowded so
I would have to wait an hour.
So I thought to myself
"is it worth it? I could just find a painting downstairs and be done
by the time I would even get to go in."
But because I knew this was a rare opportunity, I waited patiently.
And boy it was worth it.
Holy cow he is AMAZING.
Now I am not some art guru that stares at paintings forever
"appreciating their beauty,"
but I actually did that.
It helps that they were all pictures of the Savior and
had such meaningful and beautiful messages.
I couldn't couldn't help but sit and stare at a couple paintings.
They were all pictures that I had seen somewhere
or that looked familiar but I didn't realize they were all the same artist.

Here are some of my favorites...

This is when Christ heals the sick at the Pool of Bethesda.
This picture has many messages, but
one that stood out to me was how we have to come to Christ for help
and healing, not seek for help from the world.
Notice they guy in the red hat?
The one who heals all is standing right by him, yet he seeks
worldly help.

Christ invites us all to be like children.

I love that the Savior is the light peeking in through the door,
at that time of sorrow. He is the light of the world.

This painting really stood out to me, and this is the one I ended up
writing my paper on. Christ with outstretched arms says a million words.
I had a really strong impression of the Savior's love for me and
for all of us. The people surrounding Him are faced with all sorts
of tribulations and imperfections.
Yet, he is there to offer comfort, heal the sick,
and forgive the sinners.
The Savior said "come unto me."

"God helps me, that is what I think and then I am calm."
- Carl Bloch-

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

It all began

One year ago!

This picture was taken on our "second first date,"
and was the start of something good.
We call it the second first date because this is the date
that was the turning point of our relationship.
We had actually been on many dates before this one,
but for some reason they weren't doing the trick.
Our real first date was almost 6 months before this and we
had a total blast together but I guess the sparks weren't flyin'.
For 6 months we would go on occasional dates or get together
with our groups of friends
and send texts or Facebook messages.
But we just couldn't get it together,
He would like me
but I was dating someone else.
Then I would like him
but he was dating someone else,
and so on.

Then finally, the timing was right.
Last May we became "official,"
and after about two weeks of dating I went to Bear Lake with
his family. Which was actually a good move,
we had tons of time to talk and get to know each other.
Then we spent everyday together doing
some kind of fun activity since neither of us were working,
and school didn't seem all that important at the time.
Our summer fling
quickly turned into much more.

Anyway, its crazy how fast time flies!
It feel like it was just a couple months ago that
we were in this dating stage,
now we have been married for 4, almost 5 months!
I can't wait for what this summer has in store for us!