Friday, July 1, 2011

Technical difficulty

Last night I was going to post our 3 days in Island Park so they would show up in order and our internet decided to freak out after the day 3 post. :( I'm at work this morning, so the others will be up later. :)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Island Park Day 3

The last day we had a slow morning and enjoyed breakfast burritos. Andrew made several smaller ones and lovingly referred to them as "Mini 'hos" (mini Idaho burritos). Haha! We went to Big Springs and fed the fish, birds, and some sort of little creature. It rained pretty hard while we were there but it was still really fun. Everyone got into their tye dye for a group picture before we left.

How many people does it take to get a shirt on Ty? ;) Steven and Lynn got it on eventually. Plus you can see a couple of the awesome (but sadly pink) tye dye shirts.

Andrew attacking Stacey. Haha :)

Ty feeding the cool little animal at Big Springs..not really sure what it was but it LOVED bread!

It was raining pretty hard!

I was trying to get pictures of him to show the rain on his face...isn't this one adorable?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

"Remember This: Kindness Begins with Me"

I was reading this talk from the 2011 General Young Women Meeting. It is so wonderful! I just want to share it with you!

This is how the talk starts. "A few weeks ago I learned an important lesson from a Laurel who was the youth speaker in my ward. I was touched as she confidently taught and testified of Jesus Christ. She concluded her remarks with this statement: 'When I make Jesus Christ the center of my life, my day goes better, I’m kinder to my loved ones, and I am filled with joy.' I have observed this young woman from a distance over the past few months. She greets everyone with sparkling eyes and a quick smile. I’ve watched her rejoice in the success of other youth. Two Mia Maids recently reported to me of this young woman’s decision to forfeit her ticket to a movie when she realized that it was not going to be an experience that was “virtuous and lovely.” 1 She’s loving, kind, and obedient. She comes from a single-parent home, and her life has not been without challenges, so I’ve wondered how she maintains her happy, kind spirit. When this young woman testified, 'I center my life on Jesus Christ,' I had the answer."

Don't you want to meet that girl? And be just like her?

Another thing I LOVED:

"President Thomas S. Monson taught us how to interact with our peers and everyone we meet when he told the young women of the Church, 'My precious young sisters, I plead with you to have the courage to refrain from judging and criticizing those around you, as well as the courage to make certain everyone is included and feels loved and valued.'"

Courage. Don't you love that?!

Have the courage to refrain from judging and criticizing those around you, as well as the courage to make certain everyone is included and feels loved and valued.

I LOVE IT. I want to post it somewhere in my house...

One more. "President Monson...has always had a special place in his heart for the elderly. He recognizes the value of a short visit, a ready smile, or a squeeze of a well-worn, wrinkled hand. Such simple acts of charity bring color into a life the sometimes is made up of long, lonely, gray days. I would invite each of you to be mindful of your grandparents and the elderly. Look around at church tomorrow and identify those who could use your shade of color added to their life. It doesn't take much: greet them by name, engage them in a short conversation, be available to assist them....'Remember this: kindness begins with me.'"


Now, I'm giving you an assignment. Ready?


Read the rest of this talk. Pretty please? You will LOVE it!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Happy birthday Doug!

Doug's birthday was last week. Here's a little info about him. :)

He is ridiculously handsome (evidence above!)
He is SO patient.
He loves kids, and they love him.
He is such a hard worker.
He never gets mad.
He doesn't complain.
He is going to school to be a graphic designer.
He makes me laugh.
He is my favorite!

I'll post more about his day after the gift from my parents come. :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

"Calling All Angels" 2

This is Doug's sweet cousin Angie and her husband Neal. She went into preterm labor and they only had a few hours with their little Jayden. They are AMAZING people. This is the second year they are doing this service project in memory of him.

Can you make time to help?

I'm more than happy to collect blankets from you if you don't want to ship them. Let me know! Send me an email at