July 9, 2018

Food For Thought

This morning when I woke up there was a message on my phone from a friend I hadn't spoken to in quite some time. Her message was incredibly sweet and it made my day.  She thanked me for a blog post I had written and shared and she thanked me for being a good example. Almost instantly I started thinking about those people who have been good examples to  me over the years and the words of wisdom they have imparted to me.

I'd like to share with you one of the best pieces of advice I have ever received. But first a little background...

I had recently gone through what I thought was a terrible breakup, I dropped out of school, moved home and started working for a former employer. As I was driving 12+ hours back to Washington listening to a Spice Girls album on repeat, I had the distinct impression that I would not be returning to the college campus I had just left.

A few months after returning home my parents sold our home and decided that they were going to be moving to the same small college town I had just left.

My life at this moment in time felt like it had been turned upside down. I didn't know where I was supposed to be or what I was supposed to be doing. Should I find a place to live temporarily? What would I do for a car? The car I was driving at this point in time belonged to my parents. Should I move to small town Utah where the oil industry was booming and I could make a lot of money doing just about anything for work? Should I go to Provo and wait for school to start back up in January? If so, how would I get there and what would I do to ensure I had enough money to survive? My mind swirled. So many paths to choose from, which path was the right one for me?

It was during this time that I had a heart to heart with one of my favorite Sunday School teachers and she shared the following piece of wisdom with me:

"The Lord gives us puzzles and it is our job to put the pieces together."

For me this meant that I needed to make a decision about what I wanted to do, attempt to do everything I could to make that decision come to fruition, and trust that ultimately, things would work out the way the Lord intended them to.

It was an incredibly stressful time in my life, but things worked out the way the Lord intended them to. A family in my home ward let me move in with them, my parents let me use the car for a few months, someone else shipped my stuff to school for me and I managed to save enough money to pay for school.

This quote has been put to the test in my life over and over again. I have come to learn to trust in the Lord, you can't go wrong when He is own your side and when you are on His.

July 6, 2018

Highlights From May

We decided that the month of May was going to be dedicated to yard work. We figured if we got the yard work done now, we could play the rest of the summer. Andy did a majority of the work, I helped out as much as I could despite my morning sickness.




This is one of my favorite pictures of Bubba. We had gone out to eat before heading to the hardware store and he decided it would be fun to pour water all over himself, the only thing we had in the car to dress him in was a onesie.




July 5, 2018

April Highlights

We watched my niece Hazel for 8 days at the beginning of April while my younger sister was in China. Watching and caring for two toddlers who haven't spent much time together was not an easy task. I think at some point all of us with the exception of Andy cried tears of frustration. I am glad  my sister was able to go on this once in a lifetime trip and that we were able to get to know Hazel better. (Note: It was while Hazel was here that my morning sickness started, not good timing).


Hazel.


















The other big thing that happened this month was that the front of our house got a facelift. The former homeowners had taken out all the vegetation and put in a bunch of river rock because their cat liked to poop in the flower beds. The rock was ugly and our house was in desperate need of some curb appeal.

Before.



Our neighbor was going to take all of the rock but never got around to it. We ended up shoveling as much of it as would could each week into our garbage can until it was all gone. We laid down a weed barrier, brought in top soil, Andy dug over 30 holes in the clay and shale, we put down a bunch of dark beauty bark and planted some grass seed. We are so pleased with the results.

During.












After.


The other big highlight was Bubba participated in his first Easter egg hunt. It was so fun to watch him run and drop each egg in his little basket, I'm so glad we took him! (Note: Andy made that basket in his underwater basket weaving class in college, Bubba uses it almost everyday to collect our chickens eggs).