some recent thoughts & snip-its from my life. – january 9th, 2014

(I realize most of these are on Facebook as well, but I wanted to have them on my blog, just for good measure.) 😉

1. I have a dilemma. I try to smile at everyone I pass by and such, to be nice. But, when I go to the gym, there are often creepers. When I make eye contact with someone I just naturally smile, so sometimes I’ll end up smiling at them, and then they look so creepy and pleased. So, I don’t want them to think I’m like flirting with them or anything, but I want to be nice. Dilemma.

2. Let the games begin! (New school semester). And may the odds be ever in my favor.

Ugh. Not too excited to be back in school. I’m doing online classes through Utah State, so that’s nice, because I can do the work on my own time. But there are still deadlines and I still stress out like no other. Also, I swear I end up doing WAY more work for online classes than I EVER did when I would go to class each day. I would just show up to class, take notes, do the homework, etc. But with this online jazz, I have class discussions for just about every class each week, along with assignments and quizzes due each week. UGH! Oh, and I have to actually read the textbook, haha. I know that sounds like a no-brainer, but I swear I’ve never had to do this much reading for other classes. Oh, and online lectures each week. Yikes. Sorry to complain! haha

3. Me: “Ahh, my hair smells like a guardian angel! …and by that, I mean it smells really good.”

Dad: “I’m glad you clarified that.”

Love my family.
4. Fear is the opposite of Faith.
5. Whenever I don’t feel in the mood to exercise, I just think about my little heart that works all day, every day, pumping to keep me alive. And I’m gonna work that little fella out!
6. I was watching the film “Seven Pounds” the other night (I was in the mood for a good cry), and I was reminded that Will Smith is definitely one of my favorite actors, ever. So talented.

7. Dear movie “Inception”: I love and hate you.

The ending kills me. I NEED CLOSURE!!

8. So, I’m pretty sure this handsome man at the gym was getting off the treadmill to come talk to me as I left, but he tripped on his foot and then just kept walking. I’m flattered.

I’ve been proud of myself. I’ve been going to the gym each day since the beginning of the new year.

9. I watched the movie “Brave” for the first time. Cutest movie!! It made me happy.

I’m not afraid to admit that I teared up while watching this.

10. I used FaceTime for the first time the other night! I will never go back to normal phone calls. Haha, it was so fun.

11. The song “I See Fire” that plays at the end of the movie “The Hobbit,” is INCREDIBLE. Go listen to it. It’s by Ed Sheeran.

live in such a way… – december 22nd, 2013

Just love this quote. I love to put quotes like these all over my bedroom, mirror, etc. so I can constantly be reminded of them.

“Live in such a way that people who know you, but don’t know Christ, will want to know Christ because they know you.”
(Author unknown.)

If anyone even reads my blog, know this: I love you all. I hope that something I say along the way will change a life, or help someone in need. That’s all I want. 🙂

your absolutely beautiful song – june 8th, 2013

So, I’m really not one to listen to country music, but I am now in love with the lyrics to the song “Why” by Rascal Flatts.

This morning as I was getting ready for work, my mom told me she had heard a song by Rascal Flatts and that it made her think of me. The song is called “Why” and it talks about someone who committed suicide. My mom told me how the song said something about how the person left the ‘stage’ in the middle of the ‘song.’

And then my mom started to tear up as she told me that the last line of the song was that the person left the stage in the middle of their song. Their “absolutely beautiful song”.

I was so touched to see her tear up. I love her so much.

I’ve had, and still do have times, when I feel like I want to take my own life.
I want to escape from all this.
To get away from life; the world.
To be spared the shedding of tear after tear from feeling so alone, sad, pathetic, helpless, hopeless..

I need to keep reminding myself of this song. All our lives are absolutely beautiful songs.

hope: life after death. – may 17th, 2013

Frances B. Monson, wife of Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 64 years, passed away this morning. Frances will be greatly missed, but because Frances and Thomas were married and sealed in the temple for time and all eternity, she will be reunited with her husband, children and other loved ones one day.

I am so grateful to be part of a church that knows we will see our loved ones after death, that we will all be reunited and that we will live for eternity together.

I love that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is so family-based and I love the hope that it gives me. The hope that we can make it through this life, as hard as it is at times. And that we will have infinite happiness one day!


nanny 911 – february 11th, 2013

As of recently, I’ve been doing homework all day, and then rewarding myself by watching a couple episodes of Nanny 911 at night.

My favorite quote from the other night was, “And finally, David stole a wheelchair and took a joyride into a bush.”

Ha! The pleasant British accent only adds to the glory of the things they say.

c.s. lewis was such a champ. – february 4th, 2013

So, I like to hope that in heaven, I’ll get to hang out with all my heroes and be BFFs with them. The Founding Fathers, C.S. Lewis, Victor Hugo, and all the people from history that did incredible things. It seems so magical. 🙂 I’d be content listening to them tell their stories…for eternity. 😉

“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” — C.S. Lewis

children = expensive. my parents = champions. -january 20th, 2013

According to my Parenting and Child Guidance textbook, “It has been estimated that about one-fourth of the total lifetime income of a typical middle-class family in the United States is devoted to meeting the costs of having and raising a child from birth through age 18.”

When I read this to my little sister Christine, she said, “Poor mom and dad had to raise SEVEN of us!” And then, “Mom, you guys would be filthy rich without us!”

My mother, without hesitation, said “We ARE rich! We are overflowing with beautiful children!”

It made me want to cry.
I love my mother. ❤