June 30, 2014

The Book of Mormon

I don’t know about you, but I love setting goals. One of my goals for the year was to read The Book of Mormon again. I am proud to say that I accomplished my goal on April 30th. I feel like each time I read The Book of Mormon I learn something new. This book really contains a wealth of knowledge and is something I consider to be a “pearl of great price.” Any time life gets hard and I don’t know what to do, I can find peace, comfort, and answers to my problems by studying this book. I am so grateful for the scriptures and the joy they bring to my life.

If you have never read The Book of Mormon before I encourage you to read it. Find out for yourself whether this book is true. If you don’t have a copy of The Book of Mormon and would like one, let me know and I will mail you one. =)

June 27, 2014

A Date To Texas Roadhouse

On Friday April 25th Andy and I went on a date to Texas Roadhouse. Whenever we go to Texas Roadhouse we call ahead so that we can be seated faster, usually we still end up waiting quite awhile though. On this particular trip to Texas Roadhouse we were seated very quickly.

As soon as we were seated our waitress came up and started talking with us almost instantly, she told us that it was her first week on the job and took our orders. She noticed my wedding ring and came back to chat with us every time she had a spare moment.

Whenever Andy and I go out to eat, we sit next to each other. The waitress would sit down across from us and she started asking how we met, started dating, and she wanted to know how we knew that it was right to get married. She was shocked as we told her our story, it’s a little crazy.

As the night went on, I told Andy that we needed to ask her what her story was. I told him that she wasn’t just asking these questions to be friendly. Eventually we asked her what her story was and she told us that she had been dating a guy for about 10 months and he has a ring and wants to get married but she wasn’t sure if it was the right thing. She told us a few things about him and said that her family didn’t like him because of the things she had previously shared with us. This sweet beautiful waitress also told us that she is 23 and she is ready to move on to the next stage of life.

I reassured her that she is beautiful and she still has her whole life ahead and her. I told her not to rush into anything. I asked her to think about the things her boyfriend had done (most of these are bad habit type of things) and to think about how those things made her feel. I asked her if she wanted to live with those things the rest of her life. I told her to consider the things her family was saying about her boyfriend. I explained that when we are dating someone, we can only see the good things in that person and we overlook the bad but our families can see the big picture. I explained that when I was younger and dating that there were times when I wish I would have listened to my family’s advice. I told her her family loved and cared about her and only had her best interest at heart. The whole time we were at Texas Roadhouse it felt as if we were meant to be seated in that particular section, with that particular waitress, and that we were supposed to have the conversation we had with her.

I don’t remember our waitress’s name but I hope she made the best decision that she could for herself.

June 23, 2014

Easter Weekend

On Saturday April 19th, we drove out to Andy’s parents for the Easter weekend. We wanted to make one last trip out there before we move. Shortly after we arrived at the house, a neighbor knocked on the door and informed us that the field next to the house was on fire.

Earlier in the week Andy’s family had purposely burned the land. The fire started out as a controlled burn but quickly got out of hand and ended up burning over 300 acres. At one points Andy’s grandpa (who was in a tractor) was completely surrounded by the flames. He ended up driving the tractor through the flames in an attempt to save his own life. He was very lucky that the tractor didn’t catch on fire and he survived.

Once we were told that field was on fire, we all hopped in a truck and headed down to the field with gloves and shovels—we didn’t want to repeat what happened earlier in the week. The first wasn’t too big and we were able to put it out pretty quickly. Then Andy’s dad drove us around the property to show us everything that had burned two days before. It was pretty bad, not sure how many years it will take for everything to grow back.

Later that night we tried shooting Andy’s little brother Shaun’s bow and arrow. Andy and I both lack in archery skills.

Shaun practicing shooting with his bow.

Andy trying his hand at shooting.

The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing and playing games.