Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Thoughts...

It's Christmas time and we have so much to be thankful for. While I am a meticulous planner, I have made an effort to put aside the shopping lists and the gift wrap and take time for our Savior. I think of that small baby lying in a manger, so pure and so innocent and I think of my own son. How I cry at the thought of that little boy growing up to make the greatest sacrifice of all, the very sacrifice that gets me through my daily longing for my own little one who passed on. I think of a baby who grew to lead a life dedicated to love and service. And then I think of my own son who brought so much love into my own life, even if it was for a short while. My love for our Savior grows as I put him at the center of my priorities. This baby boy is the reason we celebrate Christmas and I pray that you can take time to remember what He has done for you. Merry Christmas!

"The Christmases I remember best, the Christmases which touched my heart the most, are Christmases filled with love and giving and the Spirit of the Savior. . . . Bringing the Christmas spirit into our hearts and homes takes conscious effort and planning but can surely be accomplished." -Thomas S. Monson

"While it’s true that we can find materialism and anxiety in Christmas, it is also true that if we have eyes to see, we can experience the powerful message of the birth of the Son of God and feel the hope and peace He brings to the world." -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Life Lately...

Life has slowed down a little with being out of school, but somehow we have managed to stay busy. I graduated in May with my bachelor's in Child Development and for a graduation trip we went to Cabo San Lucas with friends. We've had a fun summer and we are looking forward to a relaxing Labor Day up at our family cabin. Enjoy the pics! 

Snorkeling with a motor so you don't have to swim, it just takes you around.
 I love this guy and his smile
 Time for a nap in the sun, Land's End rock where the Sea of Cortez ends and the Pacific Ocean begins.    
 Cabo San Lucas Arch, by Lover's Beach
 Our whole group with Cabo Adventures. Great tour!
Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez
 Our Zipline Crew, CRAZY guys!
 Jeff having fun, 1000 feet in the air
 Smiling, on ground finally!
 Jeff being silly.
 Rock climbing wall
 Don't let the smile fool you, I was scared.
It was all worth it for the views we got. 

 Here is our resort- Hola Grand Faro. It was fabulous with five pools and endless Pina Coloda's.

 Volleyball at the pool
  A pic of our balcony
 Snorkeling at Santa Maria
 Santa Maria beach pic with our great friends we went with- Chad and Maricela

 Before the snorkeling adventure
 Jeff tried out Paddle-boarding, it was a little harder than it looks..
 Chad and Maricela with a great sunset
 Dolphin in the tank
 Snorkel time!
  Cute chicanas
Wannbe Mexican Gangsters

Dear Baby...

Here is a very special letter I wrote last year to my baby boy, just as I found out I was pregnant. I found it as I was going through some things today. I will cherish this forever. My Heavenly Father really has blessed me in my earthly journey. I may not have known the outcome of our little boy at the beginning of my pregnancy, but I am so glad that even then I had a strong testimony of eternal families.

January 26, 2011

Dear Baby-

This week has been an emotional one. I found out on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 that I was pregnant. I was late and I had been so tired that I decided to take a pregnancy test after coming home early from work. The test came out positive and just to make sure we went to Kaiser to have them do a test and that one came out positive too! I am overwhelmed with so many emotions, mostly scared because of my health issues. I want you to be healthy! I went to the doctor and found out I am 5 weeks and 5 days along. I want the best for you. I want you to know that I love you already and I am worried I won't be a good mom. I also want you to know that you are a miracle from our Heavenly Father. He has blessed us with you and I have faith that He will watch over us. I have a testimony of faith and prayer and I know that my Redeemer lives. He is comforting me every step of the way during this pregnancy and I am so excited to tell you that our family is eternal. We will be forever, so no matter what happens along the way we will be together forever someday. I love you and I will worry about your well being for every minute for the next nine months. I love you little bubble. See you soon, your mom.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

5 Years!

A lot can happen in five years, and it has for us! Jeff and I have been married five years on March 30th. I can hardly believe it. It has been so good and also so challenging with the obstacles we have been faced with as a couple. I can confidently say that we are stronger together today than the day we got married. We are best friends and have learned so much being together.

It all started with a few dates...

 Hangin' out
 Tahoe Day Trip
 Jeff visiting me in Idaho
YSA Temple Trip  

Then he left me for a family vacation to Colorado...

 Then I left him for a semester of college at BYU-Idaho

Then he couldn't live without me, so he put a ring on it! 

Then I had to go buy a pretty new dress...

Then take engagement photos...

And then, get married...

Then go on a relaxing honeymoon after all the exhausting wedding plans...

Then, reality set in and we've had a lot of fun...

 Tahoe 2007
 Shan's Birthday
 Rick and Nicole's Wedding- 2007
 Snowboarding- 2007
 Cabin Trip 2009
 Jason and Paige's Wedding in Napa- 2009
 NYC 2010
 Hawaii 2011
 Graduation 2011
Cruise 2008
 Being silly for JP's wedding- December 2009
 Seattle 2012
 Cruise 2012
Mexico 2012

And we've had some heartbreaks...

 Pregnant May 2011


Life isn't always grins and giggles but having Jeff by my side has been the most amazing experience ever. He makes life easier and more bearable as the hard times come and go. The love and support he gives me is unexplainable. I am so happy we are eternal companions, five years is nothing compared to what we have left. He is a wonderful husband and father with the most compassion I have ever seen. I am one lucky girl.