12.08.2012

My life according to my phone

So, I probably should have added pictures a long time ago, but here is my life since the last time I posted a bunch of photos. Enjoy.
Gluten-free pizza from Malawi's Pizza

Lights at Happy Valley Farmer's Market

Dragonfly I found on my porch

Sunset in Logan

Mall ridiculousness with my sisters

Kristen and I doing college marching band together
Kristen joined the USU Army ROTC

Tyler and I at Charlie's Icecream for a date
Brigham City Temple Openhouse


Basketball in the Spectrum

Voting day


Working my new job on campus
Walking home from campus
First snow day in Logan

Tyler fixing my camera
Tyler let me put up happy lights

Zoo trip with the Fam!
Jonathan loves black beans
Tyler got rear ended and though it doesn't look that bad the car was totaled :(
Jonathan likes to steal my hat and wear it
Jonathan decided he wanted to learn how to drive 
Kicking butt in my map making class



The Gift of Grace

This is probably something I have needed to do for awhile, not for anyone except myself.
I have a testimony of my Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that He died for me, to save me, an extremely imperfect child. I have questioned my belief and knowledge of God several times, and I always come back to the answer that He is there for me. No matter what I am going through God and Jesus always listen and they always comfort through the power of the Holy Ghost. I know that no matter what each of you are going through, God will be there for you. He loves you in a way that no one here on earth can understand perfectly.
Without a Savior, there is no happy ending, but we have a Savior. Jesus Christ understands each of us very intimately. He feels our sorrows and our joys, and more than anything He wants each of us to return to Him. I am so grateful to have a relationship with Him. He is the older brother that I've always wanted. He is protective of me, He gives me advice when I need it, He listens when I need to vent, He is my friend when I feel I have no where else to turn.
Jesus Christ has paid the price 100%, because of that I can return to Him, we all can if that is what we choose. The work that we do is to come closer to Him. The closer we become with Christ the better we can understand how perfect and wonderful the gift of grace is. When we continuously repent and we have a godly sorrow for the sins we have committed, it is part of coming closer to Christ. We can only have the gift of grace if we accept it in a sincere way.
I think that perhaps one of the most wondrous things is that God promises us such great blessings, because God knows us better than we know ourselves those promises can be a reality. We still must do everything we can to be a Christlike people, and to be better tomorrow than we were today, but I believe that everyone who accepts Christ into their hearts can return to a Celestial place.

A Little Bit

I've been thinking about writing a post for some time now, but just haven't brought myself to do it. I'm sure some of you know how it is, you really want to write and sound smart and witty, but then you actually sit down to write and you have no idea what to start typing. Every time I get in front of my computer to start blogging this is how it generally goes, but I'm here and I'm typing.
The husband and I have been really blessed.
We are still struggling and trying to stay happy amidst our trials, but it is truly amazing how doing the right things in life help immensely. We have really made more of an effort than we ever have before to pray together. I have never been a huge fan of praying out loud, even when other people are with me. I'm always saying prayers silently in my head and my heart where ever I am, so you would think that praying out loud wouldn't be that big of a deal, but for some reason it is for me. We are definitely in no way perfect, and we do forget to pray sometimes, but we are getting better and we have noticed a difference. We have also started reading our scriptures more. I think we are maybe remembering to do this once a week, but it is a lot better than when we maybe only did it once a month.
I am so grateful to see the Lord's hand in our life together. Lately  I have been able to say that although life is hard, it is so good at the same time. Without the gospel in my life I wouldn't be able to say that.

10.31.2012

Baby steps

I have had quite a few realizations this semester that have definitely made my life better. One in particular has changed my daily perspective and makes me smile on a daily basis. Everyone has the light of Christ, the level varies person to person, yet everyone still has it. Knowing that the light of Christ resides in everyone makes it easier to see the good within them, it makes it easier to love them, and it makes it easier to be their friend. Through this understanding, I can begin to see people how God sees them, not on the same level as God, but I can begin to see why and how God loves everyone. I am not perfect at loving everyone, but since I am still human I only have to worry about taking baby steps.

5.29.2012

Thoughts

I have been thinking a lot lately. More than I usually do. I think about where I've been and where I want to go. I think about how blessed I am to have the husbands support in everything I do. I think about nature and the eternities and where I fit into that. My life is so good right now and I am happy.
I am laying under a tree right now, feeling so at peace and feeling a bliss in just enjoying what the outdoors have to offer.
Don't get me wrong, I couldn't live without technology, but I couldn't live without nature either. There is nothing like feeling the grass under my feet, the wind against my face, the sun burning my skin. Nothing can replace the smell of dirt and pine. I love the sounds of the rivers, the hum of insects, and the chirps of birds.
Without the combination of technology and nature, I wouldn't be who I am. I like who I am and the goals I am working towards.
While I am no where near the perfection I am striving for I am happier than I have ever been.

4.04.2012

Promise

It's hard to post when I feel such a lack of creative juices and when I would rather wallow in my lack of motivation. It is so easy to just get comfortable watching endless hours of TV, or playing video games, or even just sleeping. But I have decided it's for the best to step out of my comfort zone, which is a difficult thing to do. I have started to put myself out there and it's paying off. Soon, there will be more to come. Promise.

1.19.2012

When it rains...

...it pours. At least, that's what they say. But I think for the most part I am in agreeance (I'm not sure if this is a word, but I just made it one) with that statement. I won't go into the details because, the reality is no one likes to listen to a whiner. At least I don't. So, why would I submit you into reading all about my woes.
This week has been a testament to me that there are good people out there and that people can change. I really appreciate the love and support I have received from my many friends this past week, and whether you know it or not, a lot of you have helped me stay on the positive side of things.
Also, I really want to emphasize that God loves. I think that sometimes we get so caught up in the politics or who's right and who's wrong that we forget the things that really matter. It is not our place to judge the decisions of other people. I try really hard to be a loving person. To really try to get to know everyone I meet. Which I believe is the way God wants us to be.
So what, if she's fat and your not. So what, if he's gay and you're straight. So what, if they drink and you don't. So what, if you attend church regularly and your neighbor doesn't. So what, if they have piercings and tattoos and you are clean shaven. So what, if you believe in God and they don't. So what, if they're democrat and you're republican. So what, if you're poor and they are rich. Seriously, so what? Tell me, tell me right now and I'll back off. Regardless of where we are in life, we don't have the right to judge or hate anyone based on their actions. We are commanded to love. And God loves everyone despite the little things. I know good people in all shapes, colors, forms, sizes, religions, sexual orientations, political parties, etc. And you know what, God knows them too and He loves them. I know I keep repeating that, but I know that it is truth. God is not capable of hate.
Come what may, God will always love everyone.

1.01.2012

Pushing past my worries

I am probably one of the worlds biggest people pleasers. If I can't please, I avoid. It's an extremely bad habit, one I am trying my darndest to break. I haven't been blogging because I worry about what people think about what goes up on my page. So, of course, I have been avoiding the blogging scene for some time now.
I have come to the realization though, that this blog is mine and I can use it to help me get through life in general. Since I have been gone for awhile, let me catch you up on our life in little ol' Logan.
The husband found out that he has diabetes. If you know the husband, you know he loves him some soda. Especially the sugary kind:) When it was diagnosed his blood sugar was above 300 and his A1C was 11. In reality I don't really know what that means, but it's bad. We have done our best to cut back on sugar and find him a diet drink that he likes. He really likes Pepsi Max (I think it tastes gross!). I am proud to say that his sugar is now on average 120, which for a diabetic is good, and his A1C is 5, also really good. Snaps for the husband :)
And for those of you who don't know, 2011 was a rough year for my health. Back in April I was hospitalized due to abdominal pain. At the time the doctors told me that it was just an ovarian cyst. Well, eight months, a handful of tests, biopsies, CT scans, HIDA scans, lots of pain and low energy, and countless vials of blood later, the doctors have found a diagnosis! Hallelujah! Celiac Sprue.
Normally I wouldn't be so excited. I actually was afraid that this would be the diagnosis. And after my endoscopy the doctor was 97% sure that it was what I would end up having. Thankfully the doctor said he wouldn't require me to go gluten free until after the biopsies returned and after Christmas was over. December 27, I got the call saying I needed to change my diet and rid myself of the gluten diet that I so thoroughly enjoy. I was surprisingly okay with the diagnosis and even the fact that I would need to change the types of food I eat. Gluten is not an easy thing to avoid, especially in this world we live in. The gluten protein is found in wheat, barley, and rye. When people hear that they normally think, "What can you eat then? Pretty much nothing." But in the past few days I have tried to focus on the delicious things I can eat instead of what I can't eat and the discovery has been eye opening. I am amazed at what is out there, and also with the how the restaurant world is starting to accommodate for people like me. The husband and I went to Wendy's for a late night snack, which had me a little worried, but the results were awesome. They kept my salad separate from the husband's burger. They used all fresh ingredients for my food to ensure no cross contaminations. I was very impressed, and I was able to enjoy a really good salad. Mostly I have just been eating food that is naturally gluten free, but last night for my New Year's Eve party I wanted pizza, which is one of my favorite foods in the whole world. The husband and I picked up some gluten free pizza crust mix to try and it was phenomenal!
It was literally the best pizza I have ever had. The husband loved it, the guests loved it, and I will definitely be getting more of this mix. The mix made two 12" pizzas so the slices were small, but it was surprisingly filling. After two pieces everyone was satisfied. It was easy and quick to make and it is high on my recommendation list.
If you do end up trying this mix, know that it is a sticky dough and that it's normal. My other suggestion would be to use less water then it actually calls for to reduce the stickiness of the dough, but I haven't tried that yet so when I do I will let you know how it turns out.
It's only been six days, but gluten free hasn't been so bad and I am already starting to feel better. This feeling in my bones is telling me that 2012 is going to be a good year.