Friday, March 26, 2010

Start your engines!

Last Saturday night was our ward Pinewood Derby. It made for a couple of busy weeks for me since our activity committee was in charge. Combining that with March of tax season (even working no more than 40 hours per week) was a little crazy;-) But it was a big success and I had a good time too! The silver car in the top picture was made out of metal and weighed 6 1/2 pounds! (It was in our "Anything Goes" category.)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mini high-school reunion

hey all- last weekend was full of memories and much so that a group at the restaurant sitting next to us asked to be moved. My friend (since kindergarten) Amee Walker was in Boise and so we got together with Ali Dougal Haskell (Carson- I think you know her husband Chris?) and Kris(sy) Powell Jensen that live in town and took a trip down memory lane that included playing wonderwoman on our swingset, slumber parties, toilet-papering cute boys' houses, Saturday night dances and catching up on each other's lives since we got out of high school WAY back in 92 (can't believe I'm that old).

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I know my Redeemer Lives

This is my all time favorite Hymn. Every time I hear this song I am touch by the Holy Ghost. I couldn't be more grateful for our redeemer and his sacrifice for me. I feel his love when I hear this song. I am so grateful to  have his love and guidance in my life. There are times when I have felt alone or forgotten and then I realize it was me that forgot to pray or lean on him. When I have reached out for his hand in my life he has always blessed me. It hasn't always been the way I would choose but it has been the right way. And in this I know that my redeemer lives and loves and blesses my life and the lives of my family.
I needed this post today and I am going to be a little personal. So for me to vent and as a testimony of what I believe.  I feel like I should share. We have had a very hard year with so many ups and downs I am sometimes sick(not literally, I am fine!).  Through this whole process of applying for fellowship and feeling over and over the comforter letting us know we are doing what we are suppose to.  Giving us the confidence to move forward. We actually felt strongly that Chris would get into a great program. With much frustration from some of the Attendings at Wake Forest things weren't working out. Still leaning on the faith that we would be taken care of we kept pursuing a strong fellowship. With great work and faith great things came to be. I know it is not by works alone that we are going to be able to experience this time at UCLA. We are working hard in making this move but seem to be a little overwhelming at the moment. I know that we will be watched over. I feel his love and hand in our life. There have been days that I have woken up and felt inspired to clean my house and then get a phone call that someone wants to see our home that morning.  There is no doubt in my mind that my Savior is watching out for me and my family. Our housing at UCLA isn't working out but it will wether we get to move into the housing UCLA offers or somewhere else it will be where we are suppose to be. I love my savior and know that he lives. That he cares about each one of us. It is so calming to know that I have a redeemer who lives and is there for me. Love ya all, thanks for letting me be personal.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Power of Music - a challenge!

A while back we had a sacrament meeting where people were asked to come up and talk briefly about their favorite hymn and then the congregation sang one verse of the hymn. It was one of the most powerful meetings I have attended.
They asked the ward leaders to come prepared in case there were few volunteers, so Gavin put together a list. There were plenty of volunteers (we could have gone for an hour at least!) so Gavin didn't go up but I thought I would share his list with you.
  • Because I Have Been Given Much
  • Do What Is Right
  • Count Your Blessings
  • Come Follow Mee
  • How Gentle God's Commands
  • Joy to the World (You knew there would be a Christmas song!)
  • I heard the Bells on Christmas Day (or two!)
  • I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go
  • Families Can Be Together For Ever

There are some of my favorites on this list.

Now, the challenge. Post a hymn/hymns (or other piece of music) that has had power in your life and, if you are comfortable, share why.

I would love to know what some of your favorites are.


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Life Lately

Cinnamon and Sugar, Brookie's rabbits.

The Kids Putting on an incredible play!

Hiking the M-Trail

Eating Otter Pops on the M. M is for University of Montana

Riding the chair at Discovery. This chair is the learners chairs and goes at a very slow pace.

Getting ready to hit the slopes at Discovery. What a striking resemblance to the US Ski Team.