Sunday, October 27, 2013


I finished the book I was telling you about in my last post.  It is a definite good read to all who wish to know more about President Thomas S. Monson.  My testimony of him as our prophet today has increased for sure.

This post is a little recap of all that has happened in the best few months.  Yes, we are starting all the way back to August.

August 1st: Chris's 30th Birthday Western/ Magnificent Seven birthday party,

Complete with yummy taco bar.

 August 3rd:  Attended my brother Parker's masters graduation
 and had quality Eliana and Ben time too.

 August 30th-31st: Mia Maid sleepover.  Complete with crazy make overs with tons of strange looks,
a trip to Wal-mart because Chris had to AC filters; after
of course a stop at Nuberri for Fro-yo.

September 5th-6th: Had new windows and sliding back door installed.  Definitely worth it!

 September 21st:  Cultured trip to Pebble Hill Plantation outside of Thomasville, GA.

 September 27th- 28th:  Went to the Temple on a Friday together and worked our normal 4th Saturday shift the next day.   

October:  Mini apple!

 Similar to August's mini green pepper!

October 4th:  Attended FSU Mens basketball madness.  Which was free and we got free t-shirts,

sat two rows behind their bench and was right in front of the dunk contest.

There's a little recap of the past few months for us.  We have been very blessed and have been on the go for awhile now.  November's calender is lookin' mighty fine with not a lot of things going on and we like that.  

Many people have asked how I'm doing and all I can say for now is I'm coping and moving along and trying to be optimistic for 2014.  Things are looking up and even though this has probably been the toughest year of our marriage with lots of ups and downs, I'm thinking 2014 might have some things in store.  Even though I want to laugh at that thought because I said the same thing this past January.  

If you've made it this far on the recap, congratulations!  I can't promise I'll be a better blogger but I'll keep it up as much as I can.  I'm also wanting to revamp the blog but have no idea how to do so.  Any help would be appreciated.  =)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Truly Inspired

These past few months or should I say this ENTIRE year I have been such a blog moocher. What is a blog moocher you ask? It’s someone who impatiently waits for their devoted blog writers to post a new post to then read and comment on and then sit and wait for the next one. ALL WHILE, totally not contributing to the blogging world by not regularly posting about my thoughts, happenings and so forth. I really can’t give the excuse that I have been busy. I have things I could blog about and plenty of pictures to entertain you with from the past two months. However, sometimes I think, “okay, this weekend I’ve got to post something.” But then come back to reality that my life’s boring. I mean, I don’t have any cute babies to post about their growing stats and learnings and it’s not like I have an interesting job where I’m constantly traveling or working on projects. However, today I am not letting those debbie downer thoughts come to my mind. I am a person, woman, daughter of great worth. So what, I don’t have exciting new things happening in my life but I do have a place in this world and I am constantly realizing my worth. Of course, that's after I have a downer kinda day BUT nonetheless, those inspiring thoughts come.

Recently, I have been reading "To The Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson."  I started reading it sometime last year and then stopped.  About two weeks ago, on a Sunday afternoon, Chris was away and I sat down on the couch and started to read it again.  Needless to say, I have been hooked.  This man truly is a prophet of God.  He emulates the Savior in every action.  His life has constantly been dedicated to service and love.  Reading this book has inspired me to be a better person.  I have been inspired to serve more, share the gospel with others more often, and to strive to pattern my life after The Savior.  I highly recommend reading it.  The writer Heidi S. Swinton writes in a way that keeps you interested and intrigued by his life.  A lot of the stories he has shared in General Conference are in the book along with hundreds of other aw-inspiring stories from his life. 

Following Youth Conference this past July, Chris and I have really thought about the music we listen to and the movies we watch.  So, I have really tried hard to listen to only uplifting things.  Thankfully at work I have pretty much full access to the internet so I normally go on YouTube and listen to past EFY music.  It really helps me to get through the day.  A couple days I have listen to General Conference talks.  We have thrown away movies in our collection that aren't appropriate and try to be careful about what we watch on TV.  I have noticed a difference.  I have been experiencing better days and have felt uplifted. 

Our Relief Society in 1st Ward challenged us to read the The Book of Mormon in 90 days.  The challenge ends this Friday and my testimony has grown tremendously over the past 90 days.  I am so happy I made the decision to take on the challenge.  I remember when President Gordon B. Hinkley gave a similar challenge when I was a youth and I did not do it.  I made excuses and have regretted it ever since.  So when this opportunity came I didn't want to pass it up.  This book is the key stone of the Latter-Day Saint religion.  I know that by reading the Book of Mormon every day, one can come closer to our Heavenly Father and be inspired to be better, to serve more, to have true charity and endure to the end.

So, I guess this is what really has been going on lately.  True growth.  To all my blogger friends out there who read my blog I want you to know that I love you and think about you constantly and pray for your well being.