Thursday, February 21, 2008

Valentines Day!

Okay, so I know this post is a week late, but at our house we celebrate Valentines Day for an entire week! Doesn't everyone? Okay, just a joke! But I hope you guys all had a great day.

Jada has a play group once a week, and this week happened to be my week to watch the girly girls.



So we had a V-day party. Shane called me up and asked me how things were going, and I said, any day that I get to put up streamers in my house, is a GREAT day for me! (and that's not a joke!) We made pink cupcakes, played dress ups and danced to music.

Later we had a yummy family dinner. It just wouldn't be V-day without heart shaped food now would it? Yes, I know very cheesy... but doesn't steak look even more appetizing in the shape of a heart?



Jada waiting for her Daddy to come home from work.... all dressed up as a Princess.


For Valentines Day we all made each other some sweet cards. We gave Jada some little princess candies, and I gave Shane a song (I started a tradition of learning to play one of Shane's favorite songs on the piano for V-day.) This year's is 100 Years, by Five for Fighting... okay true confession... with 3 back to back vacations I haven't finished it yet... but maybe I'll post a video clip when I do. {btw- Shane and I are going to Cabo in a few weeks! Yes we just got back from a vacation. Kind of a fluke that we're going and I'll explain later!} Shane's gift to me was SOOOO sweet! He bought me an engraved iPod Nano with a sensor that I stick in my running shoe. It tracks my mileage, pace, etc! It's awesome. He's so sweet and so supportive!

Well, I have to say, I feel like the luckiest gal in the world. I love these guys so much!!

Breaking Barriers: Aaron Fotheringham

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Hawaii!!

I put together a musical slide show of our trip.



Hope you like it!

video

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Storms

We've gotten a few panicked phone calls this morning, due to the Tennessee Tornado storms! So I just wanted to make a post real quick to let everyone know that we're okay and our house is still intact. Fortunately we had plenty of warning that a big storm was coming through, so I prepared a little camp-out in our basement!

It ended up being pretty fun little camp out. Early that day, I brought down a crock-pot of taco soup, fruit and drinks, and set up some blow-up mattresses and bedding. Later, we cuddled up with popcorn and movies, and slept down there through the night. Our exercise equipment is also down there, so I also had plenty of time to get my run in! I decided to do my long run and went for 7 miles (half-way to my goal)! It was pretty crazy outside, but fortunately we were very safe.

Storms here can be pretty scary, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families who've had their homes and businesses destroyed last night. We're hoping there is something we can do to help them out.

Thanks to all for your concern for us!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Tribute to our Beloved Prophet



Many of my friends and family will recognize this picture of this wonderful man. But for those of you who don't, this is Gordon B. Hinckley who is the 15th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which is the church that I belong to. Last Sunday, he passed away quietly in his apartment with his family at his side, at the ripe old age of 97. Church leaders said that he was in is office working hard, up until a few days before he passed away.

I guess news travels fast in our church, because 1 hour after he passed away, I got the news from my brother (and we were in Hawaii at the time!) At first, I really surprised myself, I didn't have much reaction to the news. I just felt happy that he would now be with is dear sweet wife, Marjorie. My mother was able to attend his viewing and his funeral. My mom said that he even had a little smile on his face. As I imagined him lying in his casket, with his smile on his face, it finally sank in. Later that evening, I broke down and cried, not so much out of sadness... but more out of the love I felt for him and the profound impact that this marvelous man truly had on my life.

President Hinckley led by example, and truly inspired others as he led his life full of self-less love towards others. He emanated sincere gratitude, a firm testimony of Jesus Christ, love for those of all nation, religion, and ethnicity. Most say that he always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. His countenance radiated a sense of true happiness that was contagious. All the way up until his death, he had a resounding energy, clear faculties, and a charming witt! He never stopped working or serving others until the very end of his life.

During his time as President, some estimate he gave over 2000 speeches and traveled half-million miles as he met and served with church members as well as others not of our faith, and dedicated chapels and temples throughout the world. Before he became president, there were 47 operating temples. Now we have 124, and 14 more that have been announced and under construction.

I can see why President Hinckley went out with a smile on his face. He lived a very humble life. He was never concerned with money, possessions, or popularity. But his life was filled with that which matters most. He taught matters most is usually intangible, but of an eternal nature, such as spending time with family and serving others. The love, service, and testimony that he has shared, will impact generations upon generations to come.

His example has effected my life tremendously. I have often felt an overwhelming and powerful spiritual feeling when I listen to him speak, and it has touched my life greatly. I hope to live with the same fiery determination, love, and humility that he has shown. If I do that, I'm sure I'll be able to go out with a smile on my face as well!