Thursday, November 7, 2013

Day #7- "All the Better to See You With My Dear..."

I am thankful for my 


These orbs are amazing little things. 
And I am so glad they work and help me create memories

My Dad has green eyes and my Mom has blue 
I have the happy combination of the two 
It reminds me of the different characteristics I see mirrored in myself from my lovely parents. 
Sometimes I am more like my Mom and other times more like my Dad. 
Regardless I am so happy for the things I see. 
Family, friends, good, bad... I'm so thankful these lenses work

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Day #5- Education


I am so thankful I get to go to school 
and I graduate in December!!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Day #4: Parents...

...Mine specifically

I love this picture. 
It's a little old and I am suuuuuper fat in it 

(35 weeks pregnant with the Bird... don't judge my pregnant-face too harshly!)

My parents are the most fantabulistic people on this here planet Earth. 

And I love them so much. 
They show me what love and work really mean
Especially the amazing results you get when both are combined.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Day 3: Faith

Thankful November Continues...

I am thankful for my Faith

I am a Christian. A believer and follower of Christ. 
I love Jesus Christ and work daily to increase my understanding and relationship with Him. I love the Savior and know He suffered and died for me, allowing me to be saved through the Atonement. Jesus knows me and my fears and my struggles and my happiness. 

My favorite quote about the Atonement:
(it is long but worth the time to read)
"Well, my dear sisters, the gospel is the good news that can free us from guilt. We know that Jesus experienced the totality of mortal existence in Gethsemane. It's our faith that he experienced everything- absolutely everything. Sometimes we don't think through the implications of that belief. We talk in great generalities about the sins of all humankind, about the suffering of the entire human family. But we don't experience pain in generalities. We experience it individually. That means he knows what it felt like when your mother died of cancer- how it was for your mother, how it still is for you. He knows what it felt like to lose the student body election. He knows that moment when the brakes locked and the car started to skid. He experienced the slave ship sailing from Ghana toward Virginia. He experienced the gas chambers at Dachau. He experienced Napalm in Vietnam. He knows about drug addiction and alcoholism.
Let me go further. There is nothing you have experienced as a woman that he does not also know and recognize. On a profound level, he understands the hunger to hold your baby that sustains you through pregnancy. He understands both the physical pain of giving birth and the immense joy. He knows about PMS and cramps and menopause. He understands about rape and infertility and abortion. His last recorded words to his disciples were, "And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." (Matthew 28:20) He understands your mother-pain when your five-year-old leaves for kindergarten, when a bully picks on your fifth-grader, when your daughter calls to say that the new baby has Down syndrome. He knows your mother-rage when a trusted babysitter sexually abuses your two-year-old, when someone gives your thirteen-year-old drugs, when someone seduces your seventeen-year-old. He knows the pain you live with when you come home to a quiet apartment where the only children are visitors, when you hear that your former husband and his new wife were sealed in the temple last week, when your fiftieth wedding anniversary rolls around and your husband has been dead for two years. He knows all that. He's been there. He's been lower than all that. He's not waiting for us to be perfect. Perfect people don't need a Savior. He came to save his people in their imperfections. He is the Lord of the living, and the living make mistakes. He's not embarrassed by us, angry at us, or shocked. He wants us in our brokenness, in our unhappiness, in our guilt and our grief.
You know that people who live above a certain latitude and experience very long winter nights can become depressed and even suicidal, because something in our bodies requires whole spectrum light for a certain number of hours a day. Our spiritual requirement for light is just as desperate and as deep as our physical need for light. Jesus is the light of the world. We know that this world is a dark place sometimes, but we need not walk in darkness. The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, and the people who walk in darkness can have a bright companion. We need him, and He is ready to come to us, if we'll open the door and let him."
 Chieko N. Okazaki, Lighten Up, Preface, p. 174

 My Heavenly Father has a plan for me. 
Through His son, Jesus Christ, I will be able to reach that potential. 
One of my favorite documents from the LDS church is the
I have found so many answers in this short, one paged document. 
I have learned who I am, where I am going and how God wants me to get there. 
"All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose."

 The Holy Ghost can be my constant companion:
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
John 14:26

I am never perfect. 
At the end of each day I go to bed knowing I could have done better, I could have done more. But I know what matters is that God knows I am trying. I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to wake up each morning and try again. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Two by Two

November continues... 
and so does my list

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My children-
Sunshine and the Bird

Friday, November 1, 2013

Counting, One by One

It's November

I am going to join the masses and document things I am thankful for this month. 

Click here to read the rest of the month
Day #1

the Mister

the Mister
This guy is my number 1 and I love him, like a whole lot of lots. 
Joey loves me 
Joey loves our kids 
and most importantly he loves Jesus 

I'm so blessed to share my life together with Joey
I love him.