Thursday, November 19, 2009

…I am ready for sleep…seriously!!

lane_regency_platform_bed Once again, the 3:30 am world brought me wide awake…I wish I could solve this strange mystery.  I am not sure what it is but…I do not like it one bit.  I wish that I could fall fast asleep and stay asleep until my alarm actually wakes me up!!  How grand would that be?  But, instead, I awake, open up my scriptures…read for awhile, walk around the house, get a drink of water, look outside…when will I have a normal goodnight’s sleep?  I am ready for it!!  I am really!!!  Seriously!!

I hope you are having a great night’s sleep.  I am jealous of you…if you are!


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

…an attitude of happiness


"Cultivate an attitude of happiness. Cultivate a spirit of optimism. Walk with faith, rejoicing in the beauties of nature, in the goodness of those you love, in the testimony which you carry in your heart concerning things divine."
Gordon B. Hinckley


I love this quote…it is true.  We should cultivate an attitude of happiness.

Happy Day!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

..the icing on the cake

If you know anything about me…you know that I LOVE to read.  Lately, I feel like I have should be doing other things than sitting down with a good book.  But, tonight, I decided it was time for me to just be by myself and read.  Oh my goodness…it was exactly what I needed.  I just finished reading this amazing book:


Oh my…it was hilarious!!  I started laughing at the beginning and did not stop laughing until the end!  It was great!!  I totally could relate to this girl!!!  Thanks Lena and Kylie for recommending it to me!!  You two new what I needed!!  I am glad that I ignored the rest of my world to curl up with a fun book!!

Happy reading!


Monday, November 16, 2009

…how many tylenols?

jmdicarl.tylenol I woke up this morning…or was it late in the night…anyhow..I woke up with a migraine!!!  I hate them more than I hate mushrooms!!!  So, how many Tylenol and Advil should one take to relieve the pain  before surrendering to pain pills?  I will never tell.  Let’s just say…I slept and slept and slept.  Maybe next time…I should be a tad bit more responsible.

In all seriousness…I dread these types of days.  I am careful with how many pills I take…but, sometimes, I wish that taking only a couple would relieve the pounding of an exploding migraine!!!  Oh…well..I am starting to feel better…FINALLY!!


Sunday, November 15, 2009

“It all works out, don’t worry!”

I came across this quote today.  It was one of moments in time that came at the right time and in the right place.  I am thankful for my Heavenly Father’s hand in my life!  I am truly blessed.


"Things work out, it isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out, don't worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. If you do your best, it will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in him, if we will pray to him, if we will live worthy of his blessings, he will hear our prayers."
Gordon B. Hinckley

Things do work out…we need not worry!


Saturday, November 14, 2009

..just turn it off!

ln-s8281d-82--lcd-tv Have you ever started watching a movie, found that it was stupid but…could not turn it off until your find out what happened?  Well, this happened to me tonight.  I was watching a movie with one my dear friends, Lena.  As the movie progressed, we just started laughing.  It was so dumb.  I mean everything about it was plain dumb.  I can not describe it.  BUT…we could not turn it off because we wanted to see the end of it.  I am sure that a lot of people would have just turned it off.   I know that we should have turned it off or switched to a different movie. 

Maybe it is my curious nature…I had to know how it ended…or is it that I was hoping that it would get better.  BUT…tonight…it was just plain dumb!!  It started out that way…and it ended that way!  Oh, well, I did have fun spending time with Lena!! 

Oh, well…there was plenty of laughter ---that is what is important!!


Friday, November 13, 2009

…no nagging thoughts of failure…

It was kind of a rough day today…just needed this quote to help me get through the rest of it!


"I feel to invite women everywhere to rise to the great potential within you. I do not ask that you reach beyond your capacity. I hope you will not nag yourselves with thoughts of failure. I hope you will not try to set goals far beyond your capacity to achieve. I hope you will simply do what you can do in the best way you know. If you do so, you will witness miracles come to pass."
Gordon B. Hinckley

Hope you are having a happy day!


Thursday, November 12, 2009

…how do you RSVP?

rsvp Each month in my home, I teach a card class.  I love making cards BUT…most of all I love teaching friends how to make cards.  It is a passion that I have had for a very long time.  I get all excited about it.  Anyway, I send out an email each month—letting those who are interested the date and time.  I, usually, get responses back of some sort.  But, this time, I received an RSVP from my sweet friend, Vieve. 

She has been attending my card clubs for a few months and she makes everyone laugh.  She tries her darndest and is getting a hang of stamping and gluing.  I love watching people get excited over creating their own little treasures.

Anyway, her return email made me laugh and I chose to share it with all of you:

(Oh…Vieve, I hope you don’t mind me sharing the most creative RSVP I have ever received)

I would like to RSVP to this event, pending a horrific car accident that would sideline me.  Even in the event of a car accident, I would try to make it, but I just wanted to cover myself just in case.  I mean, we can plan for any scenario, you know, but everything is always out of out hands, its not like I have control over everything all the time, that’s just silly.  So yes, I will make it , unless I have died.  Or contracted the swine flu.  Or maybe I’ll get mumps.  There are really loads of disease out there that I could get, and to list them all here just would be ludicrous.  I mean, who has time to read that?  Certainly not me, and I know you have limited time in the day, you’re so busy, so I just wanted to send a small note doing an RSVP.  I’m not one of those people who always needs to write, or to tell everyone everything that’s going on, straight to the point, that’s me.  Who needs to prattle on and on and on like everyone has all the time in the world to read their emails?  Sheesh those people are selfish.  But hopefully nothing out of the ordinary will happen.

Hope to see you there.

Thanks Vieve for being so creative and making me giggle!!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

…enjoy it!!

Every time I walk into my living room, I no19784736_15a0c23941tice a plaque that is on my entertainment center. 

It reads,

"Life is to be enjoyed, not endured"
Gordon B. Hinckley

I love this quote!!  I am grateful for this reminder every single day!!  I love life!!  Life is suppose to be enjoyed!!!  Find things to brighten your day today…I know that I will!



Tuesday, November 10, 2009

..the new love of my life—it is definitely a keeper!

Oh…I forgot that that I have not shared the new love of my life…


…this is it!!  I love my new car!!  I love everything about it.  I feel completely 100% spoiled when driving it!!!  Yep!!  I love it!!


Monday, November 9, 2009 is exactly what I needed!

lds_scriptures Yesterday was such an amazing day!  Today lacked that amazement!!  In fact, it was a struggle.  All day long, I was wishing that I could feel what I felt yesterday.  It just was not happening.  I was frustrated with a few things.  You know those type of days when you feel that you can not get a grasp on things?

I arrived home from work with only a few minutes before I had to be in Salt Lake.  I walked upstairs to my room and noticed my scriptures laying on my floor.  I picked them and tossed them on my bed.  When I did, they flipped open. I glanced over at them and a scripture caught my eye.

…ye shall be patient in long-suffering and afflictions, that ye may show forth good examples  unto them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls.”

Alma 17:11

I had the most incredible experience…an experience that I had been wanting all day long.  This scripture was for me.  I need to be patient in everything and be the best example that I can be…to be an instrument in His hands. 

But, my experience did not stop there.  I looked up and there was a book that I have been wanting to read.  I opened it up…to a page that I needed to read.

The gospel of Jesus Christ has the answer to every conflict in our lives, our families, and even our nations.  His truth heals hears and bridge cultures. 

An they also inspire courage.  The courage to stand a lone.  The courage to open our mouths when prompted.  The courage to prepare the greatest generation of missionaries, mentor the greatest generation of youth, and share the gospel in any setting. Unflinching moral courage.

“Every time we exercise our faith in the face of fear or discover a doctrinal insight in the scriptures or the temple, we are better able to build the kingdom of God.  Every time we discard a sing or a self-serving motive, every time we keep a trust or gain another glimpse of who we really are or speak truth, we are better able to build the kingdom of God.  Every time we help someone else strengthen faith or resolve, we build the kingdom of God.  In short, every small step we take to develop our God-given attributes of faith, knowledge, obedience, purity, integrity, identity, and courage makes us better able to build up the kingdom of God. “ (No One Can Take Your Place by Sheri Dew)

It was amazing…the very thing that I needed to feel and experience happened at the right time and in the right place.  Oh, how grateful I am for my relationship with our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ.

I can do it!!!  I can do hard things!


Sunday, November 8, 2009

…the right time

clocksR Don’t you just love it when you have one of those days that you KNOW that you are in the right place at the right time?  Have you ever had one of those spiritual uplifting days that you wanted to share with everyone and anyone who would listen?  Well, I had one of those today.  It was amazing!!!  I can not even express the gratitude that I felt today---especially, after having a rotten few days. 

It started out with speaking in Sacrament Meeting in one of our wards.  My topic was the atonement.  Oh, I learned so much and the spirit was so strong!!.  Then, I had the privilege of teaching the young women in two of our wards.  Being with the youth of the church is one of my most favorite things.  I love each one of them so much!  They bring such a great light into my life. 

Could the day get any better?  YES!!  We had the most incredible Young Women Fireside.  It was the incredible and so uplifting!  I am so grateful for my calling in the church.  I am thankful for the great examples of the young women in our stake.  They are strong!!! 

This day was incredible!!! It seemed as if everything fit into place.  I love these moments…the  moments when I know that I am in the right place at the right time!!

Have a great day!


Saturday, November 7, 2009

…just keep swimming!

Have you ever had those days that you were not really sure that you wanted to wake up?  The more the days goes on…you know that you should have not even gotten out of bed?  Well, this was my day!!  Nothing seemed to go right.  Everything I touched broke or ended up in a disaster.  I was upset at the world but…most of all…I was upset with myself. I felt like I was literally sinking.   That I could not keep my head above water.  It was an awful feeling…  A feeling that I do not like.  A feeling that literally scares me. 

Then, all of a sudden, the scene from Finding Nemo came into my mind…”just keep swimming, just keep swimming!”  Oh, how I love that movie.  Then, I realized…I don’t have to be Grumpy Gills today, I only have to take one step at a time.  I don’t have to conquer the world—the entire world—right this  very minute.  I don’t have to solve everyone’s problems…I can’t.  I can be there for them and I can help them…but, I don’t have to do it all in a day.    I only have to take one step at a time and “just keep swimming”! 


Friday, November 6, 2009

But OH!!

Dear friends that dropped by,

Thanks so much for dropping by to visit.  Thanks for the yummy delicious cookies.  But, most of all thanks for the sweet quote:

“But Oh!  The blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearless on any subject; with whom one’s deepest as well as one’s most foolish thought come out simply and safely.  Oh the comfort—the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person—having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together certain that a faithful hand will take an sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with breath of kindness blow the rest away.”  Dinah Maria Mulock Craik,

Thanks for brightening my day!!  I really needed it!!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

farming…not for me

Dairy_Cows_2004 It has been a long work week and we still have one more day to go. We have had some of our clients in town for our annual conference. It has been just a tad bit crazy. Stress levels have reached their ultimate peak but…we continue to try our hardest to have smiles on our faces.

We were able to visit a dairy today that uses our software. It was quite interesting and entertaining. Interesting meaning how it operates; entertaining for me—I am definitely not a farm girl. I have only been on a dairy one other time in my life and that was when I was in Hawaii--experience that I will never forget. Hmm…maybe I will share it sometime.

The dairy that we visited today is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As we sat through a presentation earlier this morning of how the dairy operates and how it blesses the lives of people throughout the world, I was amazed at how the Spirit filled the room. The presenter shared a video clip of how this dairy is used in humanitarian efforts. As I looked around the room, I saw many tear-filled eyes. It was incredible—not the tear-filled eyes but how the Spirit was touching those that sat in the room. I love it when this happens. It was so peaceful.

Happy Cows!!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009


One thing that I love to do is bake.  I love to try new recipes.  I love recipes!  I love to look through cookbooks.  I love to read blogs about baking.  One of my most favorite cooking sites is Bakerella.  Have you visited her site?  It is incredible. 

yes Anyway, it has been a few weeks since I last visited so….tonight I caught up on her fun and sweet ideas.  But, tonight…one of her entries made me giggle with excitement for a person I don’t even know.  Check it out—it is too fun!!  I think that it awesome!!!  Plus, I think these cute little cake lollipops are so cute!!!  HMMM…maybe I shall experiment!!! 

Happy day to all of you!


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

did you vote today?

vote_button-300x297  Did you vote today?  I did.  When I voted today,  there was something different about it.  Why?  Well, this time, my friend, Melanie, was able to vote for the very first time.  She became a US citizen earlier this year.  Since she found about the elections, she has been talking about her excitement to vote!  Asking questions…What is it like?  How do you do it?  Anyway, she was excited about this great privilege. 

So, bright and early (yes, before the polls opened) we drove to Amelia Earhart Elementary and stood in line.  Melanie was the first one in line to vote.  She was excited.  WOW!!!  I have never been excited…nor not excited to vote…I just voted.  BUT, today… it was kind of exciting.  It is definitely a great privilege. 

I am glad I voted!!!

Happy Voting day!!


Monday, November 2, 2009

…just thinking…


Last night, I was visiting with a dear friend of mine.  There were moments when it was silent..nothing being spoken at all…just silence.  I started thinking about how quiet it is around my home.  Sometimes it is a welcomed event but, other times…I really do not like it.  But, last night, it was a welcomed event.  My thoughts have been running around in circles in my jumbled head for the past couple of months.  There are so many flying everywhere.

So, as I was trying to place thoughts in their proper order and in the right place, I was wondering if there was room for all of them to fit.  All those thoughts have to fit somewhere…don’t they?  Do I file them in alphabetical order or do I color code them?  Where should I put all of those thoughts?  I really have a difficult time turning off my thoughts. 

But, tonight, there was something peaceful about my thoughts…it was a welcomed silence!



Sunday, November 1, 2009

got movies?


So…as of late…I have been going through a movie frenzy.  I am not sure what it is but, I have been watching movies…lots of them.  It has been great!!!  I am not sure what it is…maybe it has to do with the lack of sleep.  I find myself  in the wee hours of the morning , going through the stack of DVD’s waiting to be watched (which I find is growing as my desire to watch grows) , locating one, loading the DVD player, curling up with my pillows and blankets and waiting…waiting for the entertainment to begin.  Slowly, the zillions of thoughts that are plaguing my mind…disappear-at least for a couple of hours! 

Even though, I love watching movies in the wee hours of the morning, my most favorite time to watch movies is when friends frequent my home and enjoy them with me.  It has been a fun past couple of months where I have been entertained by the screen in my living room and sharing the excitement with my friends!!  I am not sure what is my all-time favorite….the list keeps on growing and growing!!!    I just can not choose one favorite!

What is listed among your favorites?  Oh, I would love to know.

Keep watching!!!


P.S.  It is National Blog Month!!!