Thursday, November 26, 2015

I am grateful for an email that challenges me to reflect...

Day 26: I am grateful for an email from a sister missionary that gave us the following challenge, "Thanksgiving is coming up and I encourage us all to write down ALL the things we are grateful for. Dedicate a journal entry to it." I accepted that challenge and dedicated a journal entry to it. I have so much to be grateful for in my life. My heart is full!!!! ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎gratefultobealive‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart‬ ‪#‎siostrakuchar‬ ‪#‎happythankgiving

I love my bff!!

I love my sweet little bff. She brings so much fun and laughter in my life. She is one of the most compassionate 8 year old little girls that I have ever met. She loves and cares for everyone. I you Brylie!! ‪#‎gratefultobealive‬ ‪#‎lovethisgirl

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I am grateful for this friend...

Day 25: I am grateful for this amazing friend. She wakes up EARLY to be my buddy at the gym and accommodates my crazy schedule to do my hair. I love her laughter and her zest for life. She is just amazingly crazy and I adore her. Love you friend. ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart‬ ‪#‎wokeupbrightandearlytodomyhair‬ ‪#‎workoutbuddy‬ ‪#‎amazingfriend‬ ‪#‎crazycosmetologist

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I am grateful for my calling.

Day 24: I am grateful for my calling I the church. I LOVE my young women. They truly are beautiful daughters of God. Aw... I LOVE all of the young women that have been in my life. They truly are a blessing and fill my heart with so much happiness. They have taught me what is important in life. They have taught me to turn to our Heavenly Father and seek His guidance. I am so grateful for their incredible examples. I AM TRULY BLESSED. ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart‬ ‪#‎my‬isfull ‪#‎myyoungwomenarethebest

Monday, November 23, 2015

I am grateful for Missionary Mondays.

Day 23: I am grateful for Missionary Mondays. Every Monday, I absolutely love clicking on my inbox and seeing the emails as they populate on my screen. Aw...isn't technology amazing? It is so fun to read emails that are generated in Poland, the Philippines, Korea, Virginia , Arizona, New England and the list goes on and on. These sweet missionaries are sacrificing their time and energy to serve the Lord. I love reading about their adventures and watching their powerful testimonies grow stronger and stronger. I am so proud of each one of them. They truly are a blessing in my life and a wonderful example. ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart‬ ‪#‎missionarymondays

Sunday, November 22, 2015

I am grateful for these women...

Day 22: I am grateful for these beautiful ladies that are in my life. I have the privilege of serving with them and learning from them. They are spiritual giants with incredible hearts. They go the extra mile with everything they do and would basically do anything for anyone. Their testimonies are strong and immovable. Aw...their examples of faith, charity and hope are indescribable. I am truly blessed to have them in my life. I absolutely love them. ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart‬ ‪#‎youngwomenleaders

Saturday, November 21, 2015

I am grateful for two amazing guys...

Day 21:  I am grateful for an amazing dad and an incredible brother that are truly talented. My dad cut and my brother & I assembled 24 frames for an upcoming young women activity. I am so grateful for the time and energy that they spent on helping create something special for some young women that I love dearly!!! Aw...I am so grateful them. Thanks Dad and Shad. ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart‬ ‪#‎family

Friday, November 20, 2015

I am grateful for playlists, earphones and bottled watter.

Day 20: I am grateful for playlists, earphones and bottled water. It is too early to be awake. OK...let's do this!!! ‪#‎morningworkout‬ ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎gratefultobealive‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart‬

Thursday, November 19, 2015

I am grateful for these moments...

Day 19: Do you ever have those moments when a little black rain cloud is hovering overhead making you feel that you should be doing more but by the end of the day, time has ran out and there is still so much to do and you just feel like you have completely failed? I have those moments more than I want to admit.

Tonight, after checking a few things off my "to do" list, I realized that there was so much to do...visit this person, write a note to that person, call this person, drop YW stuff off to this person, finish this project, clean this and that, and list goes on and on and feelings of failure become stronger and stronger...Then, a tender mercy happens. My phone chirps and I look over at it. I read the message that has been sent and tears fill my eyes and my heart. I AM GRATEFUL FOR THESE MOMENTS....these moments where I realize that maybe I am not failing and what I am doing might be enough. I am grateful for these moments where the Spirit touches my heart and I feel peace. I am truly blessed to receive such a beautiful note tonight. Truly blessed. ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart‬ ‪#‎ilovemycalling‬ ‪#‎iamtrulyblessed‬ ‪#‎iamsoproudofkenzie

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I am grateful for sleep.

Day 18: I am grateful for sleep. I do not get a lot of it but when I do sleep...I am grateful for it. I have a difficult time turning off my thoughts to fall into a deep sleep. I guess, there are too many file folders that are opened and ready to be explored. ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart‬ ‪#‎sleep

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I am grateful for the atonement.

Day 17: I am grateful for a testimony of the Atonement. This past week, I had the opportunity to help my niece write her farewell talk on missionary work and the atonement. It was so much fun to sit with her, share quotes, thoughts, experiences and most of all, my testimony. ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart‬ ‪#‎missionarywork

Soon to be Sister Gren...

In less than 24 hours, this darling niece of mine will enter the Provo MTC to begin her full-time service as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The people in Ohio are lucky to have her for the next 18 months. Love you Kaylie!! You are going to be an amazing missionary.

Monday, November 16, 2015

I am grateful for my space heater...

Day 16: I am grateful for my space heater that resides under my desk. It's definitely one of those simple pleasures in my life right now. It keeps me from freezing too death. For some reason, I cannot stay warm. Ugh...It seems like I am freezing All of the time. ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart‬ ‪#‎simplepleasures‬ ‪#‎idontlikethecold

Sunday, November 15, 2015

I am grateful for the sound of rain.

Day 15: I am grateful for the sound of rain. I have been sitting by my window listening to the pitter patter of raindrops. Aw...I love it! It is so peaceful. ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart‬ ‪#‎iloverain‬ ‪#‎pitterpatter

Saturday, November 14, 2015

I am grateful for lightbulbs.

Day 14: I am grateful for lightbulbs.  I am not fond of the dark so when I enter a room, the lights are immediately turned on. If it was economical, I would have every light in my house on ALL of the time. I will admit that I do have a light that stays on all of the time... in my bedroom. One might say it is a night light but to is comfort. So.. yes, I am grateful for lightbulbs.  ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart‬ ‪#‎lightbulbs

Friday, November 13, 2015


Day 13: I am grateful that I am a happy person (most of the time). Of course, there are times when life brings obstacles, trials and challenges that can bring the little black rain cloud to appear but through those moments, I TRY to find the positive in it and move forward. I know that I am not perfect at it but I am trying! ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart

Thursday, November 12, 2015

I am grateful for the change of seasons.

Day 12: I am grateful for the change of seasons. I love when one season ends and another begins. To me, it is refreshing and exciting. It is a way to start all over and begin again. Refreshed and renewed. Ending a chapter in life and starting a new one.

This tree is in my parent's front yard. I have always loved watching it change from season to season. This morning, as I pulled into my parent's driveway, I was mesmerized at the great abundance of leaves falling from it's branches. Fall is ending and winter is beginning. I am so grateful for the changing of seasons. 🌳 ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎changeofseasons‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I love making cards!!

I love creating cards especially when I create them with my amazing friends!! ‪#‎ctmh

I am grateful for promptings from the Spirit.

Day 11: I am grateful for promptings from the Spirit. I try my hardest to act on each prompting that I receive. Most of the time these promptings take me out of my comfortable way of life and thinking but with the peacefulness of the Spirit, I am able to be an instrument for our Lord. Last night, in the middle of the night, I received a powerful whisper from the Spirit that woke me up from a deep sleep. I won't go into details but I am VERY grateful for that whisper. My heart is full and I am grateful. Promptings are powerful for our own being but for those that are in need. ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart‬ ‪#‎my‬isfull


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I am grateful for timeouts.

Day 10: I am grateful for timeouts. I have been in one of those sassy-not-feeling-and- being-the-nicest moods for the past 48 hours. I realized tonight that I just needed to put myself in timeout. Remove myself from the world. So...for the next little I am going into timeout. Sweats, blankets and a Hallmark movie and I am set. I am indeed grateful for my timeout because I am looking forward to a new outlook on life or maybe just a new mood. Goodnight friends!! I come! ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart‬ ‪#‎timeout

My new friend...

I left my desk for a few minutes and when I arrived back, this is what was greeting me.  Apparently, it is going to be my new friend. Does anyone know what kind of plant this is and how to care for it? ‪#‎iloveplants‬ ‪#‎notsurehowtotakecareofit


Monday, November 9, 2015

I am grateful for conference talks.

Day 9: I am grateful for amazing conference talks that bring little packets of light into our lives to help us become better people. I LOVE the challenge to "ponderize" and I am so grateful for it. I love focusing on one scripture all week. I truly feel accepting this challenge has become a blessing in my life. ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart‬ ‪#‎ponderize‬ ‪#‎littlepacketsoflight


Sunday, November 8, 2015

I am grateful for my grandma!!!

Day 8: I am grateful for this beautiful woman, my sweet grandma. She passed on to the next life 10 years ago and I miss her often. She was an amazing woman. She didn't speak and hear like most people do. She spoke with her hands. She had been deaf since she was 6 months old so speaking with her hands is what she did to communicate with people. I loved talking with my grandma. I loved holding her fragile hands. I love her sweetness. I miss her.
Today, we were wat...ching Brylie's Primary program. The primary sang "I Know My Savior Loves Me" in sign language. As I watched Brylie sign this beautiful song, the most amazing comfort filled my heart. I was in the perfect place. I was sitting with my dear family, in church, watching Miss Brylie (Grandma's namesake) sign one of the most beautiful songs. Comfort and peace filled my entire body as I felt Grandma with us...and even closer, our Savior's love for all of us. ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart‬ ‪#‎ilovemyfamily‬ ‪#‎grandma‬ ‪#‎oursaviorslove


Saturday, November 7, 2015

I am grateful to be an aunt...especially to this little girl!!

Day 7: I am SO grateful for this girl in my life. I have loved her before I was able to hold her. I remember looking through the nursey window growing with excitement and anticipation to hold, hug and kiss her. Since that day, she has been a huge part in my life. I love that she tells me that I am her BFF. I love to listen to her giggle. I love her hugs and tender kisses. I love when she calls and before she hangs up, she says "I love you". I love our little conversations. She just makes me smile!! Thank you Shad and Jess for sharing your sweet daughter with me. I LOVE being her aunt!! #ilovemyniece #gratitude2015 #agratefulheartisahappyheart


Friday, November 6, 2015

I am grateful for hoodies, sweats and socks!

Day #6: I am grateful for hoodies, sweats and socks. On nights that are so cold that I can't seem to get warm. I am grateful for hoodies, sweat pants and socks. I am thankful to finally get warm. I don't think I am ready for winter. BRRR!! #Chilledtothebone #gratitude2015 #agratefulheartisahappyheart


Thursday, November 5, 2015

I am grateful for music!!

Day 5: I am grateful for music. I heard somewhere that music is the gateway to the soul. I feel that is so true. Music is definitely my gateway from reality. When I hear a song that touches my heart in some way or another, I download it on every device that I have and listen to it over and over. I rarely get tired of listening to the same songs—they become a part of me. They become my world.... I love how music can change my mood. It can calm my heart or change the way that I feel in just a few moments. I noticed today while I was at work, my brain was on overload and there was noise everywhere, I was trying to focus and it was not happening. I knew that I needed to escape for a few moments. I grabbed my earphones, clicked on one of my playlists and the world around me disappeared. I am indeed grateful for music. #gratitude2015 #music #agratefulheartisahappyheart


Provo City Center Temple...cannot wait for this temple to open.

I am so excited for this temple to open. It is so breathtaking. Aw...I cannot wait to go inside. ‪#‎ldstemple‬ ‪#‎provocitycentertemple‬ ‪#‎breathtaking


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

I am grateful for having a strong testimy of the power of prayer & priesthood blessings.

Day 4: I am grateful for having a strong testimony of the power of prayer and priesthood blessings. Three weeks ago, I had an MRI that found a mass on my liver/pancreas. My world turned upside down. Deep inside, I felt hopeless, frustrated, confused, scared and most of all, a huge amount of sadness. I tried so hard to keep all of those feelings inside not wanting to show the actual feelings of fear that was taking over my mind and heart. I wanted to be strong. If this wa...s the end, I wanted to be strong. I have had many friends and family members praying in my behalf. I have felt those prayers and comfort that I needed to have to get through this chapter in my life. I received powerful priesthood blessings and latest one said that “everything is in the Lord’s hands and that through my faith, I will be healed.” I knew that I would be healed but I wasn’t sure what that all meant. I have been trying to rely a lot on that blessing and trying to increase my faith each day. This morning at exactly 10:48 am, I was sitting in my office when I received a phone call from the office of one of my specialists. The mass that has been making me so sick is GONE! He said that it is “no longer there”. Scientifically, there is no reason why it is gone but spiritually, I know why it has disappeared. It is the Father’s will. Thank you so much for your prayers. Thank you for the amazing words of encouragement. I have needed all of them. I am blessed to have amazing people in my life. My heart is full!!! I am blessed!!! Truly blessed. ‪#‎gratefultobealive‬ ‪#‎gratitude2015‬ ‪#‎powerofprayer‬ ‪#‎priesthoodblessings‬ ‪#‎agratefulheartisahappyheart‬


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

I am grateful for temples!

Day 3: I am grateful for temples. I love that this is my place of refuge, a place where I go be taken out of the world and to bring comfort to my heart and soul. I am grateful for the peace that it brings in my life. #gratitude2015 #agratefulheartisahappyheart #provotemple


Monday, November 2, 2015

I am grateful for my bed and warm blankets.

 Day 2: I am grateful for my bed and warm blankets. My bed is a place that I know that as soon as I pull down my covers, place all my zillion pillows on the chair, I get to snuggle in my warm blankets and drift off to dreamland. It is definitely a treasured time of the day.  #goodnight #gratitude2015  #agratefulheartisahappyheart


Sunday, November 1, 2015

I can show gratitude each and every day...I am grateful for my parents.

I have been missing in action on my this lovely blog of mine.  Lots has happened over the last several months and I am sure that sooner or later, I will share my story but for right now, I am going to start with what is happening now.  I was challenged by a friend to share through social media the things that I am grateful for during the month of November.  The challenge also included that every single day had to be something different. 

I accepted the challenge...

Day 1: I am grateful for loving parents. They are the type of people that would drop anything and everything to serve someone in need even if it is not convenient at the time. I am grateful that I have the type of relationship with them that I am able to call them anytime of day to share something that I just learned, to share a happy thought or to have them listen as I pour out my heart. I love them dearly and I am grateful to have them as my parents.