Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Our Greatest Gift and Greatest Joy

"Your personal knowledge of God is not only the greatest gift you will ever give, but it will bring you the greatest joy you will ever have."

--Elder Robert D. Hales

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fun at the Zoo

New baby elephant and mommyHomemade bread (by Janel) to starve off starvation during our zoo escapades

Liza's favorite animal
Liza's favorite mommy

Corey wants to marry me why? :)
Sage busting out dance moves for Eliza ... and the porcupine ... ?
the best part about the zoo
a closer look
(I told Sage to look scared)
lookalike contest?
Sage and large gorilla friend

gorilla fun, with crazy child on my left
(click to enlarge, I promise it'll be worth it)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

"My beloved brothers and sisters, I testify of angels, both the heavenly and the mortal kind. In doing so I am testifying that God never leaves us alone, never leaves us unaided in the challenges that we face. '[N]or will he, so long as time shall last, or the earth shall stand, or there shall be one man [or woman or child] upon the face thereof to be saved.' On occasions, global or personal, we may feel we are distanced from God, shut out from heaven, lost, alone in dark and dreary places. Often enough that distress can be of our own making, but even then the Father of us all is watching and assisting. And always there are those angels who come and go all around us, seen and unseen, known and unknown, mortal and immortal."

Elder Holland's full talk

The Ride

Some days he climbs. It's hard work, but he makes considerable progress, feels satisfaction, that he has something to show.

Some days he coasts. These days are easy. Envied and sorely desired in the midst of the climb. But, ultimately, boring.

Other days he goes off-roading, intentionally. Days like this don't happen very often.

Still other days he careens down the road, all the world a wobbly blur around him. Forgotten faces, bubble sheets, golden trees on fire, phone calls - all demand attention amongst the whirpool of colors, noises, and smells threatening to engulf him. And the steering wheel has taken a holiday.

Monday, October 12, 2009


-Although the engagement photos may suggest otherwise, I do in fact need a haircut.

-Said haircut needs to be in the next week or two so it doesn't look like I got butchered the day before the wedding.

-I don't have a ton of money to spend on a haircut. ( ie, $30 seems like a lot.)

-However, I think I am willing to spend a little more than usual on a haircut in order to eliminate worry or self-consciousness on Nov. 20th.

-But: I haven't been completely satisfied with the past few haircuts I have gotten in different salons. (mostly because I'm not willing to spend a fortune on product or an hour fixing the hair itself)

-Thus, I am not willing to spend $30 if it is going to be disappointing again.

-So...I'm asking for your help. (many of you have offered to help, here I am cashing in.) If you know of anyone who cuts hair well, isn't too expensive, can get me in quick, will help me get a style that doesn't require a pound of product, is in the Provo/Orem area, and with whom I won't be risking my life - or wedding pictures - with, please let me know. Grazie.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

I have a BOMBDIGGITY support system! Boo ya.

We've found a temple, a date, a place to live, a wedding dress, engagement photos, colors, and now bridesmaids' dresses. Huzzah! And, thanks to Aunt Ruth, we'll have a quilt for our bed. Now for a bed itself... :)

Next up: Choose my favorite photo for the invites (verrry hard), select invitation style, compile guest lists, get addresses, finalize photographer, decide on flowers, figure out insurance details, and pick pictures and music for wedding video.

And, try not to fail 16 credits worth of classes while I'm at it. And make time for personal enrichment and time with the Lord. And prepare for the temple. And be a good roommate. And a good fiance. And sister. And friend. And daughter. And visiting teacher. And cousin. And employee (I'm getting pressure at work to put in more hours). And stranger. Oh, and sleep occasionally and maybe even exercise every once in a blue moon.

It seems as if November 20th is barreling toward me, yet crawling at the same time. To all of you whose plates I have let crash to the ground during this slightly insane time of my life, please accept my apology. I certainly am trying! And I am (and will continue to be) so grateful to all who have helped, are helping, will help, and have simply offered to help. And to those of you who don't hold grudges. :)

ps, If you'd like an invite and I haven't pestered you for your address already, please leave it in a comment or call me or send it to me in an email! Love to all! :)

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Too Many Choices

We have approximately 337 pictures to choose from for our invitations. Mom is such a pro photographer that she was able to make us look (deceivingly) good in not only one photo but many! Thanks so much, Mom!! (even though it makes our - my - job exceptionally difficult...) Here's a sneak preview to what you may be receiving in the mail in a few weeks.

Cast your votes on your favorite (taking into account that lighting and sunspots and such can be adjusted):

#10 (after 3 hours of posing...)
(ok, not really... but the photographer deserves to make it in at least one photo :)

Quite the photo shoot, no? And a heartfelt thanks to Tahitian Noni and Provo Canyon (near Squaw Peak) for providing the beautiful backdrop scenery!