Friday, April 24, 2009


Yes, I have paid off my loan completely! I'm a free woman. And according to the timeline the bank sets up with the payment, I'm 6 months early. Is that not the best feeling?! I just wish the loan was on my account cause that would've looked good on my credit score.
And along with paying off this loan, I have completed one of my new years resolutions. To pay it off before my trip in July, so I made good time with that. Happiness

Friday, April 17, 2009

100th post!

I know I've slowly worked my way to this post, but it's happened non the less.

So yesterday morning, when it snowed, yup me and Kristen had already planned to go do baptisms at 8:30. So while scrapping off my car in a skirt and flats mind you, the tree I'm under shakes it's snow laden branches and DUMPS snow straight on me.... like it was planning the attack and waiting for me to come around to that side of the car. Woke me straight up.
But it was gorgeous! As much of a rant I had going on in my head when I looked out the window, that drive was beautiful. And you could only see it then because by the time I came home, the trees were all bare and the snow had already melted off of them. So, here are some pictures of our little snow spring break adventure.


i love it
i'm converted

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Thoughts on a Spring Break Day

Slushy rain
White rain?
Slow day to work
Drippy ceiling
Hour left

Friday, April 10, 2009

West Side Story

So tonight I saw West Side Story at A.F. They did a pretty good job. That's an intense show to put on, lots of dancing and fighting scenes. They did a really good job on the fighting choreography, most of the dancing was good, and a few people stole the show with the singing.

It was my first time seeing this show, and I have to say, I don't like it. Yeah, really don't. The guys are always fighting, whether it's with the other gang or themselves, and that gets annoying. And I'm one who likes the different sad stories that need to be appreciated... but this one just didn't appeal to me. So that tainted how I thought A.F. did, but hey, props to them for doing it.

Thursday, April 9, 2009


I love the temple. I love the essence of time, how there is none. I love the cute old men, the one with the gopher-tooth smile who would laugh to himself about the coincidences of life. I love the people you meet, you're all there together waiting so you might as well make some conversation. You don't realize until after that it took two hours to do five confirmations and two baptisms but I love it all the same.
But coming out of the temple, makes you see more clearly the world.
It's fast, you're thrust into schedules the minute you step out. It's chaotic. It's frustrating.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

General Conference

Here are just some of the things I took note of during the Saturday sessions of General Conference

Robert D. Hales
Each temptation is to strengthen us, not destroy us.
Joyfully living within our means.
Do you really want to buy that now? Or do you want to take a dream trip later?
Temporary vs. eternal
I will give away my sins to know thee.
Feast upon that which perisheth not.

Margarest S. Lifferth
Reverence is profound respect with love.
Self mastery is the root of self respect.
Reverence invites revelation

Allan F. Packer
This is a wonderful time to be alive.
We need to apply the gospel principles till they become natural. A habit
Testimony is a personal witness.
Testimony is to know and to feel, conversion is to do and become.
Experiment on the word.

D. Todd Christofferson
Knowing not merely believing.
For when i am weak, then I am strong.
Divine covenants make strong Christians.

Henry B. Eyring
So far Henry B. Eyrings talk is my favorite. I loved it, and I love when he speaks.
Tragedy did not erode their faith...It brought peace.
Trials endured well bring blessings in this life.
Still smiling
I have fought a good fight.

M. Russell Ballard
Learn the lessons of the past
You can walk boldly in the light without stumbling in the darkness by learning the lessons of the past.
You can't txt message faith and you can't google a testimony.

Kevin W. Pearson
Faith is a principle of action.
It requires an understanding and knowledge of our lord Jesus Christ.
Faith is truly a spiritual gift.
Faith requires exact obedience.
Personal righteousness is a choice
There must needs be an opposition in all things.
Fear and faith cannot coexist
We get what we focus on constantly
D's of Destruction
lack of Diligence
In a household of faith, there is no need to fear or doubt

Rafael E. Pino
At times we mourn, but we do not mourn without hope
These are the times to show loyalty to God
How he lived, not how he died.

Friday, April 3, 2009

As Kingfishers catch fire

Gerard Manley Hopkins: As Kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame'

AS kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies dráw fláme;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves—goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying Whát I do is me: for that I came.

Í say móre: the just man justices;
Kéeps gráce: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is—
Chríst—for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.

This poem is kind of tricky to understand at first. I for sure didn't understand it until i had it explained to me. But what it's saying is, just as kingfishers (which are a type of bird) catch fire (the color of the birds when the light hits them is what he's referring to as in 'catch fire') and just as dragonflies draw flame, (how the light plays on their wings) they are different but both beautiful. Each stone has it's own sound, each string on a bow, an instrument as it's own unique sound. 'Each mortal thing does one thing and the same'.
We are all different but then the second stanza is where the meaning comes together. For we all 'act in God's eye what in God's eye he is- which is- Christ. And i think it's so perfect how he describes how we are all children of God. 'For Christ plays in ten thousand places, lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his to the Father through the features of men's faces.'
My seminary teacher showed us this poem and I just loved it. It's so interestingly written, hard to understand but once you get the concept it's so gorgeous. The language is beautiful.


unfinished homework
white board erasing instructions
jolly rancher wrappers
pleas for movement
interesting eating habits of sandwiches
more homework
circled and circled equations
chemistry party
no homework done

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Well I got my new phone and I absolutely love it.
Thank you dad for going and getting it!

Well today after school I'm going to pick up my senior pictures! I'm excited to see them! Pictures of my shoes are up on her blog.. if you want to check them out. I'm not sure when she'll put the other pictures up but hopefully I'll get them up soon on my blog.

Um, there's not much going on... oh weather this morning. Crazy blizzard snow! By the time I go to the school, I was covered in snow. Shake it off before going inside goodness. The road in front of the fire department was pure ice, started sliding a little but no worries, I pumped the brakes. I thought winter was done? Well, hopefully it's getting it's last say in before the warm weather comes in to stay! I'm ready for summer, because once summer is here, so is Europe trip!