August 24, 2012

Beautiful Heartbreak

I love this music video. 
Grab a tissue and enjoy!

"Beautiful Heartbreak" by Hilary Weeks

I can't relate to those featured in the video. I haven't had that kind of heartbreak.
But I do have small heartbreaks. This is a great reminder that heartbreaks can become "beautiful." My small heartbreaks (although seemingly HUGE at the time) have made me who I am today. I am so grateful for the blessings of challenges.

P.S. I also love this video because I am an avid fan of the three main ladies in it. Hilary, Stephanie, and Mariama. What great examples!

August 18, 2012

Cooling Off

We love our ice cream over here. This has been a favorite past time of ours in this Idaho heat. Just chillin on the camp chairs in the back yard with an ice cold treat. Creamies were a favorite! Thanks Nana!

And this kid is always full of personality!

August 17, 2012


Ya know how Sundays are a day of rest? 
Sometimes it sure doesn't feel that way.
And then to add to it...this happened.

Poor little man. He sure is tough though!
The story you ask?
Apparently while I was teaching in Primary, Big T. was throwing a fit. 
So, he ended up on the couch with dad in the foyer.
This said couch had an upholstery tack sticking out of it.
As Tytan slid off of the couch, the tack got him.
He cried for all of 30 seconds, but it's been almost a month and there is still a scar.
Hope that one goes away soon!

August 5, 2012

Thoughts of Spiritual Uplift

I sat down after church today and read an article. This quote literally jumped off of the page at me. I really needed this sweet reminder.
                  "Do your duty, that is best. Leave unto the Lord the rest."
I can only do my best, and the Lord will take care of the rest of it. And ya know what else? I will be blessed for it.
The Lord knows exactly what I am going through. He knows my struggles and insecurities. He also knows how much I can handle. And He will help me through it.

Quote taken from August '12 Ensign "Answering the Call of Duty" President Thomas S. Monson

August 3, 2012

I thought I hated laundry...

I thought I hated doing laundry. And then it happened on this 
" good, very bad day."

The day was going to be great. 
We were going to leave home and head for the mall.
Meet my sister and her kids. Shop. Play.Eat.
Go to a park and play some more. 
But it didn't happen quite like that.

We were off to a good start. The kids were being so good as I got ready, and packed the diaper bag for the day out. T. even ate his eggs, which he had never had before.
So we get in the car and begin our 30 minute drive.We are almost to our exit on the freeway when...Power Barf. Explosion Barfing. Everywhere. Bristol says "Mom, Tytan is throwing up!" It finally stops and T lets out a big sigh. I can't pull over, so I take my exit and park in the parking lot. It's bad. Poor Big T. Those eggs didn't like him.I head to my Mom's house where I pull everything out of the car to clean. It took 1 hour. Why so long? It was everywhere, and to top it off the car seat cover wouldn't come off. Plan B: spray it off with the hose. And what does T do that whole time? Go inside and eat some bread and crackers while playing with my sisters. He is totally fine. I finally finish cleaning and head inside. Take off my shoes, and rest for a minute. I then decide to head to the mall again. But wait! There is dog crap on my shoes! I can't believe it. (Thank you neighbor dog for always pooping in my parent's yard.) So, to get the barf smell out of my nose, I go scrub some crap off of my shoes. I don't know which smells worse.

Well, we make it to the mall. Before heading in I check my face in the mirror. Wow, I already look tired! Wait a minute...I forgot mascara on the bottom lashes of my left eye. Great! That looks good. Oh well!

I buy T a shirt to replace his messy one, and we have a good time. We skip the park, and head home.

Laundry. It's catch up day. Lots to get done. First load washed and headed for the dryer. WHAT? The dryer didn't dry the last load. Argh. After another cycle through the dryer, the clothes still aren't dry. Heating element not heating! So, what happens? The clothes hang dry on the back porch. Thankfully my neighbor doing yard work made sure he wasn't creating  too much dust for my clothes. Haha! A smidget of humor for the day. It only lasted a second until I started hanging my underwear and began feeling humiliated. Don't worry, my mom assured me that nobody would be able to actually tell I was hanging my underwear. Thanks Mom...

So, there you have it. A long day. Grateful to laugh about it now!