Sunday, May 27, 2012

The power of a letter, the power of a hug, the power of a friendly smile…

Have you ever been having one of those types of moments in your life where anything and everything is making you…what is the word…melancholy?  Well, I have been having those types of moments. 

Melancholy moments. 

These moments have brought many tears. Aw…my tear ducts are extremely clean. (Wink). It has been interesting to know that people can criticize and be hurtful without thinking about how it is affecting the other person. 

Melancholy moments. 

Tonight, I am really missing my family.  They are out of town. I really wanted someone to talk to…someone to laugh and giggle with…someone to just be with…to feel genuine peace and happiness.  I wanted to be in a place where I wasn’t being criticized for every little thing.  I wanted to be in a place where people only said nice things. I wanted to be in a place filled with happiness.

As I was thinking about how I could get rid of this melancholy moment, I noticed two letters addressed to me from two of my favorite missionaries sitting on the counter.  I grabbed a blanket, curled up on the couch, and carefully opened the first letter.  I felt this amazing peace rush through out my whole body as I read her comforting letter.  She had felt prompted to share things with me that truly touched my heart and soul.  Tears (of happiness) fell from my eyes.  The next letter that I opened brought me much laughter and plenty of giggles as she had shared the story of chasing a pig around a pen, snuggling with a goat and holding a snake.  I am so grateful for these two amazing sister missionaries that are truly blessing my life. 

Aw…tears of happiness. plate of cookies

Not wanting this feeling to go away, I grabbed some frozen (ha ha) cookies out of the freezer, sent a text to turn on the oven to 350 degrees, and headed over to one of my favorite families in my stake.  I knocked on the door.  The door opened and I was greeted with hugs and smiles. For the next little while, I talked, laughed and giggled.   Leaving their home, I reflected back on the events of the day.  I realized the power of a letter, the power of hug, and the power of smile can destroy any type of melancholy moments. 

I am truly blessed to have such amazing people in my life.  I am grateful for their love for me and  for the ability to accept me as a person…even with all my weaknesses.

I am truly blessed. 


Friday, May 25, 2012

Congratulations Carissa!

I love the temple!  I love the sense of peace that fills my entire body and soul when I enter the doors to this sacred building.  2012-05-25 11.10.29This morning, I had the privilege and opportunity to drive 45 minutes to the LDS Draper Temple to attend the wedding sealing of one of my former young women. Carissa looked absolutely beautiful when she entered the room to be sealed to her sweetheart. As I sat and listened to this sacred ceremony, I reflected on the many years that I have known her.  There were many times that we laughed with each other and other times that we cried with each other.  I reflected on the times that I knelt in prayer in her behalf.  The scripture that came to my mind while I was searching all those memories was from Doctrine and Covenants 122:7 “…that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.”  I am proud of Carissa and this new chapter in her life.

After the sealing, I approached the newlyweds and congratulated them.Chris gave me hug and told me “thanks for helping Carissa get to this point in her life.”  The tears started to flow down my cheeks.  I am grateful to be apart of such an amazing experience.  Would I go through everything again…the tears…the laughter…ups & downs?  Yes, to see Carissa in the temple today brought so much peace to my heart.  Congratulations Carissa & Chris.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Aw…it has been a long time!

So…I had a thought this morning. In all actuality, I do think all of the time but the thought I had this morning was concerning my blog. I haven’t written in a long time. I know that you have missed the awesome thoughts that I have to share with you. HA HA! As I look back on the past month, let me share some of those special moments that have touched my heart…

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Brylie turned 5. I love this little girl and I am so grateful that she is apart of my life. It is a miracle that she is with us! I thank our Heavenly Father everyday for her presence in my life. The other day she said, “Michelle, I love you the mostest!”  Aw…this little girl melts my heart.  I love you Brylie!!!

 bobbiMy sister-in-law, Bobbi, graduated from the University of Utah with a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology. I am so proud of her. 

2012-05-29 12.11.19-2 I received a special little gift from my dear friend, Gerb-alicious. It came on the most perfect day and has been a constant reminder of the instrument that she is in our Heavenly Father’s plan.  I know that she was acting on was exactly what I needed. I love it. 

2012-05-29 12.15.00 This precious jar contains many thoughts and quotes from the April’s General Conference.  Thanks Gerb!  Seriously, thanks!  I love it!

2012-04-08 15.43.21 On Mother’s day while the world was celebrating mothers, I had the opportunity to spend it one of the most incredible ladies in my life…my MOM! I love her dearly and I am so grateful for her patience, love and compassion. I am so grateful that she is apart of my everyday life. I love you Mom!

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That evening, shortly after I arrived home from the Mother’s Day festivities, there was a knock at my door. Standing on my porch with a bouquet of flowers, a cupcake and a card was one of the sweetest girls that I know. I can’t even describe the feelings that I felt when I read the card.  She is so sweet and kind.  I am grateful that I have the privilege to know her.  She truly is a special young woman…someone who is dear to my heart and who I love very much.

Finally, each year during the month of May, I have a project due at work.  It isn’t anything fun and exciting.  It makes my insides grumble.  It creates many sleepless nights.  My thoughts are constantly on it.  It makes me irritable and let’s just say…NOT FUN!  Well, in order to be compliant, I have to score at least 75% on this project.  Last year, I scored 99.8% and even though I was excited…there were still those those missing point two percentage points. This year…after many sleepless nights…I scored…

100 percents

Yes…100%.  Aw…what a great feeling!!!

Life is entertaining.  I am grateful that I took a moment to reflect on the amazing things that happened this past month.  I am grateful for those in my life that have inspired me to be a better person.