Sunday, April 21, 2013

It's been over a year...

     ...Since this post.  It kinda blows my mind how fast time really has gone.  But at the same time it scares me how fast time has gone and still life is pretty much the same.  Nothing really new.  Still only two and minimal progress. 
        I posted this scene from UP because this is kinda what life is like right now; minus we're not old people and thankfully no one has/had died, and man, it would be awesome to have our own business working together. haha!  But this scene shows exactly the love that is between Chris and I.  We have our challenges and goals but yet I like to think we're trying to enjoy the journey.  Yes, it's still difficult to not know what the future will bring.  Yes it's difficult to go on facebook and see that yet another person is pregnant or someone who was married the same time as you or even after are having their first child or even second.  Yes, I still have difficult days where I have no motivation to do anything and just seem to cry because I feel bad for myself, which is so pathetic. 
        However, I think of my life and how I am one of the most blessed people on this earth.  Seriously, I have an absolutely excellent husband who I am over the moon about.  He always makes sure to check in with me to make sure he's doing his job and supporting me.  Chris is the kind of husband that I don't have to ask to do things... he just does them, like laundry, washing dishes, cleaning the kitchen, you name it!  How blessed I am to know that when that day does come that we have children I know he'll support me 100%.  Even though our weeks are busy and he's gone on Tuesday and Thursday nights with his calling for church and even though I sit "by myself" (not really because I always sit with other people) during most church things and even though it's really really hard to support him when he has to leave me alone at home, I know that this is the Lord helping, teaching, and preparing us for something.  What that something is, I have no idea.  But it's teaching me to support and love my husband no matter what.  It's teaching me to counsel, console, and have compassion on my husband.  That's something I will never regret learning.
        So what... I am at a transition period in my life and have no idea what I want to do.  I work at a job making the least amount I have in my life and doing way more then I ever have done in a job and yet I have a college degree.  I have bounced from wanting to go back to school to be a museum curator, to a college professor, to now currently law school (crazy I know, especially law school, why do I want to hurt myself with that kinda schooling).  But it's so hard to make a decision because I don't know when my #1 desire will happen.  It's just hard to, well, be doing nothing with my life.  
         But I know the Lord is watching over me and knows my needs.  Why?  Because He called me to be in Young Women.  In less than four years I have been in Primary, Relief Society, back to Primary in the Nursery, and now Young Women.  Each of those calls have come at a different learning and growing time in my life.  Now, I am up at the church on Tuesday nights with Chris and don't have to be alone at home.  The Lord knew that I was in search of something to fill my time and life with, especially since I'm done with school.  My Heavenly Father knows me and knows my needs. 
            A lot has changed since that post last February.  I am not running as much as I use to.  I only do 30 minutes of cardio and than weight lifting.  I have new fitness goals in mind to keep me motivated (I want to squat my body weight... which I am 10lbs or so away).  Chris and I are also eating a lot differently.  We eat meat hardly ever.  Chris will have pepperoni on his pizza and whenever we go out to eat he usually eats meat.  The majority of the time I opt for no meat at all but will be willing to still eat chicken and turkey if only offered.  We don't like classifying ourselves as vegetarian or vegan, because we're really neither.  We just like to eat what we think is keeping us healthy and makes us feel good.  We both have felt a difference and we feel great.  Our (mostly mine) eating habits embarresses me and I don't know why, so I'm sorry if you have asked me and I tired to shrug it off and change the subject.  But we both have thus far liked this new arrangement.
             All I know and have learned is that life is a journey and a time to be happy.  Not sad, not depressed, not selfpittiful, but joyous, happy, and uplifting.

So this is what Chris and I are going to do... continue to walk hand in hand during this life on earth.

With lots of kissing.  And apparently old gum on my shoe.  =)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Getting Wet

A few weeks ago Chris and I traveled down to Orlando on the Youth Temple Trip.  SO many youth attended it was so great.  Driving down I-10 you can see the sun was popping out behind the clouds.  This picture doesn't even describe how awesome the sky actual looked.

We arrived at the temple around 12:30 but the session wasn't until about 2p.m. however, thank goodness we got there at that time because there was SOOO many family names to get in order.  All the family file names were from people in the ward and we had over 300 baptisms to get done. 

Now I say WE because well... I got wet myself this time.  There were only 8 young women and only 6 were going to do baptisms, however, there were about 180 or so sister names that needed to get done.  So Sister Delp, Stone, Neely Be'y, and myself all decided to for go doing an endownment session and get wet ourselves.  It was such a wonderful experience.  I couldn't believe how much work we got done.  I forgot how exciting it was. 

Before the session began President and Sister Tilton of the Temple Presidency talked with us and Sister Tilton said something that really stuck with me.  She said that in the temple we are not just helping an individual we are helping to put back families.  I have always known that in the back of my mind... but that's it, in the back of my mind.  How true is that though?  Temple work is not just doing the work for one person but helping that one person to then be sealed for time and all eternity to their family. 

This trip Chris also got wet and was baptized for his father and a few ancestors as well.  It was a wonderful thing to be able to see Chris perform that ordinance for his father.  I am sure his father is very grateful for it too.

Following the session we headed over to our hotel room, checked in, and then went over to our good friends who use to live here in Tallahassee.  It was so great to see them and have dinner and catch up.

The following morning we had breakfast and headed up to the temple again for our shift.  It was a busy day!  We were a little short handed on temple workers but so much work was able to get done.  Chris was in the baptistery and the Thomasville Ward from our stake was there and had over 500 names to do themselves too!

All in All a fabulous weekend with lots of amazing temple work completed.  Many many people on the other side were blessed and happy those days. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

St. Marks Lighthouse

My dad came and visited Chris and I a few weeks back and we decided to take a little trip to the St. Marks Lighthouse.  It was really cool.  A definite place to go while living in the Tallahassee Big Bend Area.  Here are a few pictures from the afternoon.