Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!!

Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays.  I am not excited about dressing up.  I am not excited about going to haunted houses and getting scared.  I am not fond of scary things or scary people.  I don’t like to go to the stores during the Halloween season because I am not sure what people are dressed up in costume or if that is really how they dress and act.  If HALLOWEEN was all about cute pumpkins and doing things for other people, I would totally love it…but it isn’t.  I only saw a few cute costumes when I opened the door to hand out candy tonight.  In fact, I happened to see a lot of “dead” things.  Dead Prom Queens.  Dead cheerleaders. Dead husband, wife and baby.  Yes, I opened the door to a guy and his pregnant wife who told me that they were dead.  He said, “I am a dead husband, this is my dead wife and pointing to her very pregnant tummy-this is my dead baby.”  Serious?  Why would someone think of that?  So, when I opened to door to the cutest little Minnie Mouse, my heart was filled with plenty of joy.  She was so adorable that I invited her in for some ice cream.  HA HA!!!  Miss Brylie was the most adorable little Minnie Mouse that I have ever seen.

 brylie-mickey mouseHappy Halloween!!!


Monday, October 28, 2013

She is home!!!


My mom came home from the hospital (again-for the fourth time since June).  We are starting to really love the nurses and aides that are on the 4th floor of the hospital.  I feel like that they are becoming family.  The tend to my Mom’s needs so carefully.  They even check up on my Dad and I.  It is nice to know that people care…even when we aren’t the patients.  :)  We will get to see them again after Mom endures a 60-day IV antibiotic treatment and is ready for surgery (again).  Anyway, I decided to take dinner to Mom and Dad tonight.  I couldn’t think of what to make and plus, I did not have any energy to create something so I decided that Brick Oven Chicken Noodle Soup and breadsticks would hit the spot tonight.  (I know that my mom’s soup is the best but I think that Brick Oven’s comes in a close second). Doesn’t  Chicken Noodle Soup warm the soul and make everything better?  I think it does. 

As I entered my parent’s home this evening, I felt an amazing peace.  I am so grateful that my mom is home and is on her way to recovery.  I know that is has been an extremely long four months and we have a couple of months to endure but tonight I am so grateful that she is home sitting in her favorite recliner.  As I think about it, tears well up in my life.   It definitely has been an emotional year.  I am so grateful for my mom and I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to serve her. I am so grateful that she is home.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Hold fast…


I visited a ward today to support one of my favorite little friends. Sister Natalia has been called to serve an LDS mission to Mexico City. I am thankful for being a part of her life. She is full of love and shares it freely. I know that those that she comes in contact with will feel of that same love that I feel. Aw…she is going to be amazing,

Anyway, after listening to her powerful talk, I decided to stay for Sunday school and Relief Society. I really wasn’t planning on it but decided to stay. I am so glad that I did. The Sunday school teacher shared a quote that pricked my heart. One of those good pricks when your heart is filled with peace. The quote that she shared was by Elder Holland.

"Hold fast to what you already know and stand strong until additional knowledge comes.”

I have thought a lot about this quote today and the impression that keeps coming back is to HOLD FAST—hold fast to what I already know. Right now in my life, I need to focus on holding tight to those things that I know. Right now, it isn’t important for me to find out the answers that I do not know but to focus on what I do know.

I am so grateful for this sweet little quote because it brought some peace into my heart and mind.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Love this…

I needed to smile today.  I saw this

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Friday, October 25, 2013

A sweet moment.

562299_10201644335323043_495745057_nI took Brylie to see Mimi (that is the name that Brylie has always called my mom).  She loves her grandma so much and has been so worried about her.  As soon as we walked into Mom’s hospital room, Brylie went over to her and gave her hugs and kisses.  She then started  asking her a bazillion questions.  Brylie has the biggest heart.  She is so tender and compassionate. 

What a tender and sweet moment!


Thursday, October 24, 2013

I am trying so hard to not doubt…

imagesCA76DDGXI have had a lot of faith in the many years that I have been alive. I believe in many things. I believe in things that I cannot see. I know a lot of things and a lot of those things, I cannot see. Lately, I have been worried about my faith. I have struggled with so many things that it has caused a lot of doubt. When I feel those doubts coming on, I try and turn my thoughts to those things that I know are true. I know that the blessings given  to us through the priesthood are powerful and special are gifts from our Heavenly Father. I know this but lately I have had a lot of doubt enter my mind. So, I quickly turn to those powerful experiences that I have had or that I have been told about.

The first one is the miracle of my birth. I was a very sick newborn with only a few hours on this earth when I received my first priesthood blessing which commanded me to stay on this earth and I was blessed that I had many missions to accomplish.

The second one happened when I was seven years old. I went to sleep one night and didn’t wake up the next morning. I was in a coma and remained that way for some time. I was given a powerful blessing. During that blessing, I awoke, sat up in bed, told my parents that I loved them but that it was my time to die. As the Stake President returned his hands to the top of my head, he pleaded with the Lord and commanded me to stay because I had many missions to accomplish.

In August of this year, I received a powerful gift from our Heavenly Father through the power of the priesthood. I was given life. I had cancer taken from my body and I was given life. Through a powerful priesthood blessing, I was told that this gift was given to me by our Heavenly Father because I had much still to accomplish and that my time on earth was not over. As I think of these three incredible experiences, I do not have any doubt but when I think of some of the priesthood blessings that have not came to pass, my heart is filled with doubt.

The first doubt is the doubt of three priesthood blessings that were given to me at the beginning of three consecutive callings in the church. In each blessing, I was given a certain promise. If I served diligently and with all my heart, I would be given a special blessing and that this promise would take me from the calling that I was serving in. I first served as a ward young women’s president. I was released and immediately (on the same day) I was called to serve as the second counselor in the Stake YW Presidency. Following the releasing of that calling (on the same day), I was called to serve as the Stake YW President. I knew that each time as I heard that same phrase in my blessing, I knew that it would be delivered. I never doubted it. I worked hard and served with all of my heart. I was promised it and I knew that it would come to pass. I was released from serving as Stake YW President at the beginning of August and the blessing that been given to me did not come to pass. My faith doubts but as I have tried to work through it, I have to go back to those three special blessings given to me that commanded me to stay upon this earth.

I am trying so hard not to doubt.

So…my sweet mom has been in and out of the hospital since June 25th. She had a hip replacement on that day. On July 20th, she had emergency surgery due to an infection. They took out the components of the hip and replaced them. She went through a 42-day IV treatment. On September 12th, she went back into surgery due to a staph infection and the hip replacement was taken out. It was replaced with an antibiotic spacer. She stayed in the hospital for 30 days and received antibiotics. We brought her home a week and half ago and she went for surgery again today to receive her new hip. She had a powerful blessing on Monday that promised her that the surgery would be successful and that she would be healed. She was promised that all would go well. As they opened her up today, they found infection in her hip joint and another antibiotic spacer was placed in her hip. She did not receive a new hip but instead he is fighting another infection. I know that through our faith she will be healed. As we heard the news today, our hearts were broken. She has gone through so much since June—we all have gone through so much.

I had all the faith that I could muster in the words that were spoken and the feelings that were felt the night of her blessing. I knew that everything was going to be ok and that we were going be on the road to recovery. I knew it.  I knew that the surgery would be successful.  I just knew it.   When the doctor shared with us the news of what went on in surgery, I received heaviness in my heart and tears filled my eyes.  I looked at my dad and I saw so much sadness.  We have been praying so hard. 

My faith is struggling. Why are we promised so many things but they don’t come to pass…especially when they are so specific? My heart and soul is heavy. I feel lost and empty. 

I am trying so hard not to doubt.


Saturday, October 19, 2013

She’s getting married!!

When I first met Hannah, she was this sweet little girl who was unsure about everything and everyone. We became instant friends that started out with a lot of teasing. Several years later, she has grown up into a beautiful young woman.


Today I had the opportunity to attend her bridal shower. I cannot believe that she is getting married in a few weeks. I am so excited for her. WOW!! It was only last year when we were sitting in my living room talking about how frustrated she was because she knew that she was NEVER going to get married. I remember telling her to be patient because he will come a long.

He did.

He swept her off his feet.

Aw…I just love that girl.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thursday’s quote…Facebook vs. Faith Books.

How often do you check Facebook? Is it the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night? What about your scriptures—do you read, study, ponder and feast from them every morning and every evening?  These have been some of my thoughts as of late so, I decided to make a goal to check my Facebook account only a few times a week and spend more time feasting from the scriptures. I have realized that Facebook is not as enticing to me anymore. I love that feeling. So…when I came across this quote, I books

Hmm…something to think about.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

It is party time!!!


Hello! For this week, I am throwing a Half-Off Jewelry Party for some fabulous Park Lane jewelry. For this week only, you can get anything in the Park Lane catalogue for half off. If you’d like to take advantage of this awesome offer, I’d love for you to do so! Especially with the holidays coming up – these beautiful jewels make for a great Christmas gifts! Please get me your order by Tuesday, October 22, 2013 so that I can place the order in time.

Some great-to-know stuff – Park Lane has a lifetime guarantee on all of their jewelry, so should it break, you’ll get to exchange it with no problems, and if you just don’t like it, you can exchange that as well. There are some great jewels, something that everyone can find!
And, if you’d like to learn how to get some free jewelry, and have a fabulous night with friends, I’d love to have you host a party! Hosting a party gets the hostess so many benefits – I hope you’ll take advantage of this!

If you want to take a look at all of the options, visit

Sunday, October 13, 2013

A jar of pickles…

picklesToday I had the privilege and opportunity to teach Relief Society. It has been such a long time since I have even been in Relief Society and thought of teaching freaked me out. I am so used to teaching young women and leaders but Relief Society sisters…SCARY!! Well, let me just say something…I LOVED IT!!! I had so much fun. It was an incredible experience. I love how when you are prepared to the best of your ability, the Spirit makes up the difference and carries you along. I felt that I was walking hand in hand with the Spirit. It was incredible. One part of the lesson, I recounted Elder Holland’s talk, The Laborers in the Vineyard and focused on the following quote:

Brothers and sisters, there are going to be times in our lives when someone else gets an unexpected blessing or receives some special recognition. May I plead with us not to be hurt—and certainly not to feel envious—when good fortune comes to another person? We are not diminished when someone else is added upon. We are not in a race against each other to see who is the wealthiest or the most talented or the most beautiful or even the most blessed. The race we are really in is the race against sin, and surely envy is one of the most universal of those.
Furthermore, envy is a mistake that just keeps on giving. Obviously we suffer a little when some misfortune befalls us, but envy requires us to suffer all good fortune that befalls everyone we know! What a bright prospect that is—downing another quart of pickle juice every time anyone around you has a happy moment! To say nothing of the chagrin in the end, when we find that God really is both just and merciful, giving to all who stand with Him “that entire he hath,” as the scripture says. So lesson number one from the Lord’s vineyard: coveting, pouting, or tearing others down does not elevate your standing, nor does demeaning someone else improve your self-image. So be kind, and be grateful that God is kind. It is a happy way to live.

I brought a quart of pickle juice and asked if anyone would like to partake of it. It was a powerful object lesson. I am so grateful for the Spirit being so strong and pricking the hearts of so many sisters who shared so many wonderful comments. It was awesome. There weren’t any silent moments, hands were being raised and powerful comments were being shared. I loved it. In fact, when I looked at the clock, we were out of time. I said out loud (yes, I cannot believe that I did say it out loud) “Seriously, we are out of time…I am having so much fun!” It was awesome.

I am so grateful for this opportunity. For the past little while, I have felt somewhat lost. Lost in thoughts and definitely lost in many other aspects in my life but today…today, I feel blessed. Today, I am grateful for a jar of pickles that helped bring happiness to my heart. What a great day!!


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Slipper Socks!!

Tonight when I arrived home from my parents, I went to plug my phone into the charger when I noticed a picture on my screen. It was of a stripped foot. On further investigation, I found several pictures of a striped foot. It made me smile. Brylie had been so excited to show me her stripped slipper socks today when she was visiting my parents that apparently she needed to take some pictures of them. Maybe…to help me remember that she had them.


I didn’t realize that she had taken pictures of her socks. She is such a crazy girl. Aw…I just love her.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mini Bundt cakes and stamping cards…I lovely evening!

YAHOO!!!  It is Stamp & Chat night!!  I love to create with my friends and family!!!  I love to send out cards in the mail.  HOORAY!! Three more cards to send out!! I just love it!!!  Tonight, we had a lot of fun.  We laughed, chatted, stamped, laughed, chatted, and stamped some more!!!  Janille brought the most delicious mini Bundt cakes.  Aw…they were so delicious!!!

Look at our creations tonight…Cards-October

(picture by Vieve)

Aw…I just love stamping with my friends!!