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Sunday, November 24, 2013

A New Adventure

I'm dreading this post. I hate exposing my insecurities to the world. But as I briefly discussed in my last post, Carissa and I have decided to stop feeling icky and take on a healthier lifestyle. Let me warn you, this WILL NOT become your typical diet/weight loss blogs, because I'm not a fan of them myself.  For the most part, they annoy me.  And I feel like the just point fingers at all those who aren't into that lifestyle. However, I will from time to time share my progress, maybe a easy new recipe I have discovered, a fun new workout I have found, etc. this basically is my accountability post, to hopefully keep me on the right track. So I'm linking up with Sarah, to hopefully find other fun tips to help me become healthier. Here goes nothing.....

Best Friends

It's amazing how young girls begin using the term "best friend." Lately, I have heard girls as young as 2, mine included, say "want to be my best friend?" Or when they're not getting what they want, " You're not my best friend anymore" Seriously, where do they get this stuff. My daughter is 2 going on 16 I swear. They get sassy younger and younger these days.  In order to deter any unwanted tears or tantrums we always explain that we don't have best friends everybody should just be friends with everybody.  We teach the girls that there really are no best friends and while I agree with the theory that everybody should love everybody and we should be everybody's friend, I feel a little different about the best friend theory.

I hope when Kenz is older that she does have a best friend, or multiple best friends. I don't know where I would be in this life without my best friends.  They have got me through heartbreak, times when I thought I could never go on, loneliness, when I thought I didn't have any friends, joy, when I just wanted to scream from the rooftops, and many other things.  Milestones are always more fun when shared with a friend. I'm so thankful that I've had a friend to share life with. And as I met with my best friend last week and we discussed our current life trials, joys and disappointments, I'm excited to be sharing a new journey with her. Stay tuned to the blog for more details! Also check out Carissa at TisforTownsend!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Ramblings of the past few weeks...

If you have been following me on IG and/or Facebook you are probably pretty caught up on the past few weeks, but there are some things I feel like I need to write for journaling purposes.  There are a lot of lessons I have learned in the past few weeks and I feel it important to record them in case I ever    forget them. :)

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The day I went into labor with our beautiful baby Tate, my husband lost his job.  Yes, he lost his job.  Let me tell you, that was one of the most emotional days of my life.  Here I am ready to bring a baby into this world at any second, and my husband no longer has a job.  What are we going to do I thought?   How are we going to survive on no income for 6 weeks and then just my income after that?  How are we going to afford all the things a baby needs along with the other necessities of a family?  I tried not to think of it too much an just focus on the sweet baby we brought into this world.

"We can do hard things."

Of course this has not been the first hard thing I have ever done in my life, but it definitely was a reminder that we can do hard things. We tried to have faith that Heavenly Father had a different plan in mind for us.  And we are still waiting to see exactly what He has planned for us. Kenny has applied and made it past many rounds of the Tempe Police recruit program.  We are praying that this may be the new plan for us.  *cross your fingers* But if not, we will continue to have faith that Heavenly Father has a different plan for us.  And that hopefully He will continue to provide a way for us to survive until we figure out what's next for us.

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I am blessed with the most amazing husband ever. No but seriously I am.  Through all of this he has worked his butt off finding odd jobs, handyman jobs, anything and everything he can to bring money in.  I am truly grateful for his wilingness to work. I am grateful for his knowledge of almost anything and everything handy.  If there is something he doesn't know then he looks it up and learns it.  I will forever be grateful for him and his willingness to work and do almost anything to support us.  He never complains about the long hours and odd jobs.  He just does it while continuing to help with the kids.  He is a great example of sacrifice and I can't imagine where we would be without him.

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Missionary sacrifice blesses everyone around.  It is no secret that my brother left for his mission a little over a week ago.  







Let me tell you, my family has already seen he blessing of his sacrifice.  As I said previously, Kenny has applied for the Tempe Police Department.  There were over 700 applicants and Kenny made it to the first set of call backs. He passed the physical, written and made it to the panel interview round.  We are now waiting to hear back to see if he passed that.  I know that The Lord had a hand in getting him that far (not that my husband couldn't do it), but to make it through over 700 applicants, that is amazing to me.








Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I Hope They Call Me on a Mission...

I hope they call me on a mission
when I have grown a foot or two.
I hope by then I will be ready
to teach and preach and work as missionaries do.
 
I hope that I can share the gospel
with those who want to know the truth.
I want to be a missionary
and serve and help the Lord while I am in my youth.
 
 
 
 
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In our Faith, the majority of young men, and quite a few young women, and married or retired couples choose to leave the comfort of their homes, and serve the Lord in a foreign environment for 18 months to 2 years.  To learn more about a mission click here.
 
From a young age, children of our faith are taught of their chance to serve the Lord sharing the gospel to everyone who wants to hear it.  My family was no exception.  We have been taught what a great thing missionary work is, and why not share something that you love so much.  When the time came my brother Chris put in his papers and waited to see where he would be called. You can read about the experience of taking him to the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in this post and see pictures in this post.
 
Chris served the people of Hungary for two years and enjoyed it.  It was not easy seeing him off, but there is comfort in knowing the Lord will be protecting him while he is away, and that the wonderful people of Hungary would be benefiting from his great spirit and fun personality.
 
Now it is my brother Skyler's turn. He turned in his papers and we patiently impatiently waited for his call.  When his call came we gathered all his friends and family to the house so he could open it with everyone around.  It was such a neat moment and I am so glad that we got it on video.
 
 
 
 

Texas, Dallas Spanish Speaking.  How cool.  He is to report Sept 18th to the MTC in MEXICO, say what? In Mexico, another cool thing.  We are all so excited for him.  I feel like the time between him opening his call and his report date just flew by.  I cannot believe in just a few days he will be on his way to Mexico.  I cannot believe that my little brother is already old enough for a mission. Saying "see ya later" to a loved one is never easy, especially when it is for 2 years.  But I know that the time will fly by as well, and his service will be greatly appreciated by the people of Texas. The hardest part is going to have to be trying to explain to my 2 year old, Kenzi, why uncle Sky is no longer around.  She LOVES her uncle Sky and follows him around whenever she is with him.  She is already constantly asking for him.  How do you explain a mission to a two year old?  If anyone has any pointers I would love to hear them.  But his example will be great once she gets older, she will be grateful that he took the time to go on a mission and serve.
 
 
So to you Sky I say good luck, even though you won't need it.  You're amazing personality and love for others will shine.  You have always had a kind heart and accepted everyone, I know these gifts will be a huge asset to you on your mission. 
 




We are very proud of the decision you have made to serve the Lord and cannot wait to hear about the experiences you encounter in this next journey in your life.  We love you and I promise by the time you are back Kenz and Tate will both be ASU fans! :) Now go and serve and show the people of Texas why we love you so much!

Tate's Blessing Day

We blessed baby Tate on Sunday, Sept 1, 2013.  We were so blessed to have so many family members there. The support we felt was overwhelming and we are thankful for all those who were able to come.  Here are a few pics from that day.