Our ward of 500+ members split. The split was hard for me...I am not an individual who embraces change well, and I was worried about how the primary children in our ward would be affected by the change too. I prayed for peace and comfort not only for me, but for them; I felt an overwhelming sense of the spirit as I asked my Heavenly Father to bless each of them with my love.
Less than a week later Shane and I were called to meet with the Bishop where I received a new calling in our newly split ward. The spirit was felt so strongly in that little room as I was asked to serve as the new Primary President. I knew that the feelings I had felt throughout the week for those cute children were from my Savior, and I felt so blessed to be able to serve them. Since I was called, I have been overwhelmed at the way the spirit has guided my thoughts and actions to serve... my counselors and secretary are such amazing women who uplift and support me every day, and have already worked countless hours dealing with the changes that happened in Primary from the split.
If any of you have been in Primary before, you know that December is the BUSIEST month of the year! So many changes need to be made and put into effect; theme boards need to be updated, new ideas for the upcoming year need to be planned, classrooms need to be decided, TEACHERS need to be decided (which was incredibly difficult...since I have become the President 14 new individuals have needed to be called), teacher training, nursery training, new binders, Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, etc etc etc. It has not been easy. Because of the ward split so many changes had to be made to primary...instead of 2 sharing times, now we only have one. But because of that, we had to be sure we had enough classrooms, and how would the children react to being in one sharing time together? They've never had to do that before... How would we do our opening exercises being combined? Oh yes, and I forgot to add that my sweet husband was realeased as the Young Men's Secretary to be our new... SCOUTMASTER. Yes - I cried when he received the calling, however, I couldn't think of anyone better for the job...I just need to prepare to see him even less than I already do!
The amazing part of all of this is that through all the hustle and bustle to get everything ready for 2012, I have felt my love for each of the children in our ward grow every day. The Lord truly works in mysterious ways, and I feel so blessed that I have so many children to make my life feel a little more complete. They bring SO much joy to my heart! I pray that they will always know of my love for them, and that I can be an influence for the better in each of their lives.
to EXPRESS, MOVE, & CREATE
I wasn't ready to be a dog owner. I never expected to be a dog owner. I was already overly concerned about smells and extra hair in my house. However, Shane and I have known Dundee ever since he was a puppy, and as much as I may not have realized it, even I had secured a special place in my heart for him. Because of certain circumstances, Dundee wasn't happy in his home anymore. Both my family and Shane's family worked together to find what home would best suit this almost 2 year old sheltie...it boiled down to either my Mom and Dad, or us. Shane and I immediately knew what we needed to do, and we haven't viewed our decision with one ounce of regret since that day.
We were worried however; how would Duke react? How would I train this dog to stay off of my sofas? Could I handle the smell? Here's how things are:
*Duke and Dundee have surprisingly become friends - no kidding. Just today I caught them sleeping RIGHT next to each other. They easily respect each other's privacy and don't become jealous for attention. Who ever knew a 2 year old cat and 2 year old dog could get along so well?
*Dundee is NOT a smelly dog. I didn't think this was possible! Plus I have scentsys, candles, and oil burners to make a meat market smell GREAT so as far as I know, the smell hasn't been a problem.
*My sweet sister made the transition much easier by surprising us with all of our very favorite treats, including goods for our kitty-cat. I LOVE MY SIS. She is the most thoughtful person I know.
So, if you ever feel like visiting a farm (without the smell and mess that is...) you are more than welcome to our home! We may not have human children in our home just yet, but our animal babies give us fantastic company... oh how we LOVE that!
And we sure love this puppy of ours...
I have made my way into the basement more than once to carry upstairs that one measly, halfway filled box of fall decorations that I own, only to find that I just haven't had the mental strength to do it. This could be because I have no desire for decorating my house season by season, or because I am just NOT ready to LET SUMMER GO. The signs of autumn are in no doubt already approaching, and with them my hot summer, sunny filled days are slipping through my fingers. I have found my mood a little less than optimistic as I feel the cool morning air, or watching as the dim sun climbs into bed earlier than usual. I just didn't get enough of days packed with swimming, walks with Shane in shorts and flip flops, sun-kissed skin, popsickles on Sunday afternoons, and barbeques outdoors in the late evening.
When Shane and I were dating I asked him what his favorite season was. He thought for several minutes as he stared up into the cold winter sky...finally he replied, "I can't pick just one.". I pried and prodded, feeling slightly annoyed that he couldn't make this decision. He went on to explain to me what he enjoyed about each and every season, down to the miniscule details. When he asked me the same question, of course I stubborly responded, "SUMMER. hands down. no question.".
My sweet husband still just can't find it in him to 'number' the seasons from favorite to least... and that's exactly what I LOVE about HIM. Yes, I might always have a sweet spot in my heart for summer, but what's so wrong about autumn, or even winter? If Shane can love it, so can I... and to be completely honest, no matter what the temperature is outside, days spent with my love always feel warm.
I adore that.
fall in love. believe in magic. LAUGH EVERYDAY. find a passion and PURSUE it. look with optimism to the future. learn more. create. never GIVE UP. give someone a reason to SMILE. spend time with family. be HAPPY. FORGIVE even when it's hard. smile often. try new things. work hard. follow your dreams. tell stories. ADMIRE someone. make TIME to enjoy the SIMPLE things in LIFE. embrace change. be NICE to EVERYONE. TRUST in yourself. LIVE in the MOMENT...live for today. be understanding. keep your PROMISES. share. think of OTHERS before YOURSELF. listen to your parents. say I love you. be your BEST SELF. say please and thank you. DREAM BIG. eat great food. be thankful, be grateful. DANCE often.
Shane...my MR. INCREDIBLE
Oh yes, I had to prove to Shane that no matter how hard he tried to get me off...
I STAYED ON THAT TUBE!!
Really it was just that I was terrified of the tiger muskies eating me alive... but hey, it worked! ;)
It was gorgeous! About halfway through we came to a jungle. HUGE ferns were growing everywhere (most of them taller than ME), and the trail could hardly be seen!
Eventually, despite our unpreparedness, we all decided that the hike would only be worth it if we could go all the way up to the radar towers. This picture is showing the last tiny bit of the hike UP (it seemed straight up) to get up to the trail leading to the towers.
Made it! (Cory, Me, & Griswold)
I can now say that I have hiked up to Francis Peak and all the way back down! It was a challenge, but it feels so darn good that I did it!