Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Be a Collector of Beautiful Moments

Rainyday

Lately its been a challenge to figure out where to spend my time. I feel like I have been wearing too many hats lately and trying to balance them all isn't working. Being a mom of three has already been a big change, but I feel like I've been adding more to my plate and it keeps getting fuller to where other areas in my life have been falling short.
I've been listening to a lot of talks from the LDS General Conference whenever I have a spare moment to help me keep everything in perspective... and I'm trying my best to learn how to say 'No' to requests and to weed out things that are unnecessary.

One thing I have gleaned from trying to prioritize my time is to be a collector of beautiful moments. I want to look back on my life and see that I was grateful for those small, simply moments. Whether it was that 10 minutes of quiet time in the car, or the little tug on my leg from Tayte asking if  "I would hold you", or singing my boys to sleep at night, watching a polly polly (roly poly) curl up on itself, relishing a meaningful conversation with a friend, making new friends, or holding hands with Brandon.

These thoughts have really helped me recently when I'm feeling a little stressed, or behind in areas of my life. And I'm hoping to find even more balance in this life that can sometimes get a little bit crazy. What about you? How do you feel like you find more balance and peace?

Rainyday Rainyday

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Happy Birthday Shae

Today is my oldest sisters birthday and I felt impressed to write my feelings down about her.  I will be honest when I was growing up there where times it was really, really tough. Times when she wanted to pull my hair out and I was a main target, because I had the longest hair. Times when I didn't understand why she was throwing a tantrum and had to be patience as she threw things, kicked me and even lock me outside the house. But that being said she is an angel and always has been for me. She is the valiant spirit that said, 'Yes I will go to earth and have those limitations, but I will be happy through it. I will be a light to others. '

And she is just that. Through out my whole life she had been an example of love. She's taught me how to love the neglected, the downhearted and the outcast. When I am with her she quickly teaches me what really is important in life. Shae's life has been anything but perfect but through her setbacks, and her limitations she finds joy in the sweetest and simplest things.

I am grateful to have a perfect example to look up to, and I am grateful for her guidance as an older sister that has made my life that much sweeter.

I've posted this video before, but I wanted to post it again because its a memory that I will always look back on and cherish.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

8 in 1 complete curling wand

Dont laugh... but I've had the same hair curler since high school. High school! Thats 10+ years of an hair curler dying a slow death. I've been wanting to invest in a new wand for quite sometime and haven't found one that I really have loved. About a month ago I discovered the 8 in 1 curling wand by Irresistible Me and really loved what I saw so I decided to give it a whirl.

The verdict? Its amazing. It heats up to 400 degrees in seconds and has 8 different options to style my hair. The wand curls my hair insanely fast and leaves it looking healthy and shiny, completely opposite than my old curler. I never knew there could be such a difference in the way a wand could curl hair. And I also find that my hair has more volume and the curl last much longer.

Brandon has also loved the curler because its soooo efficient (saves me a lot of time) and he had a fun time shooting some pictures with me. I am slightly nervous to post these pictures because I'm not use to posting pictures of myself alone, but either way if you see my hair curled in pictures from now on you will know its from my 8 in 1 curling wand! 8 in 1 wand Irresistible Me 8 in 1 wand Irresistible Me 8 in 1 wand Irresistible Me 8 in 1 wand Irresistible Me 8 in 1 wand Irresistible Me
^^ Different style with a bigger curl^^
8 in 1 wand Irresistible Me 8 in 1 wand Irresistible Me

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

He Lives
Last Sunday we had an elderly lady come and hand us a card. The front was a beautiful design and on the back were the simple words "He Lives!" As I stared at the card I was touched deeply by her simple but profound testimony.  She wanted to let others know she had a testimony that Jesus Christ was resurrected and during this Easter time we get to celebrate him and that we are victorious because Jesus Christ made it possible. It made me think about how I want others to know that I know that He Lives. That because of His sacrifice, His perfect life and His atonement we can live forever and be resurrected again. I know that we can be forgiven of sins and that we can turn to him whenever we have sorrows, joys or trails, because he experienced it all. I know that God loves you. He knows you. He created you.

I know that for those who might not have that knowledge or testimony yet, what I just wrote can be a lot to understand or take in. But I encourage you to think more about the Savior, who He is and what He did. Brandon was able to be apart of the #becausehelives campaign and the widget on the left column explains more about what we believe about Jesus Christ. Click on it and relish on the thoughts and feelings you get as you watch the video.

"Today we celebrate the gift of victory over every fall we've ever experienced, every sorrow we've ever known, every discouragement we've ever had, and every fear we've ever faced, to say nothing of resurrection from death and forgiveness for our sins" -Elder Holland

Monday, March 23, 2015

Scootering with Calvin

The last two weeks have been filled with family time. My sister Cassidy, flew in from out of state on a whim and surprised my family by staying for 2 weeks. It was so much fun to have her and cute kiddos around and being able to spend as much time as we could with them. And my boys and her boy are the best of friends, even though they may fight every once in awhile they really do get along. We did all sorts of fun things, sleepover, hiking, movies, popcorn, scootering, tickling, jumping, playing toy story and the list goes on. But I am just grateful for my sisters and the bond that I have with them. And man I wish family didn't have to live all in different states. But I guess it makes the reunion that much sweeter.