Friday, December 24, 2010


I have wanted to make a gingerbread house for a long time. So this year I decided to buy one. I didn't know it when I bought it but the kit was pre-assembled except for the tree, so all I had to do was put the decorations on it. I have a good friend who I have been providing service for over the past couple of weeks. She was accidently run over by her car (long story) and has needed help driving to doctors appts and help taking care of her 7 week old daughter. She also has a three year old son. I went over to her house and had her son help me decorate it. I had a blast. It might not be perfect as its shown on the box but I don't care. The picture is the final result. Oh and thats what my kitchen table looks like.

In this season of giving I am so very greatful for the opportunity I have had to help this dear friend of mine. Im also greatful for the service I have been able to give to my husband and his guys at work by taking a meal and goodies. I hope all of you appreciate all the hard working individuals who make it possible for you to get your gifts sent ontime. I know I have a new appreciation. They work VERY long hours and have a very stressful job. John just told me he felt bad today that he hasn't had time to do anything for Christmas. This year Im more excited to be able to spend the day with him and have him open the gifts I have gotten for him. My only wish is that my entire family was here to celebrate with us. I love you all very much.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Im so greatful for my Savior who made all this possible for us. My wish is for all of is to Remember the Reason for the Season.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Where to Begin.

My mom requested that I finally update my blog. I have been meaning to do this for a while but life has been crazy. First off John and I really enjoyed having my mom here for a couple of weeks. She helped me get our yard ready for winter. This was quite a project because John had not been able to work on the yard for reasons many of you know for a couple of years. Now that a lot of the work was done I feel like we will have a head start next spring.
Shortly after she left I was put into the Relief Society Presidency as the First Counselor. In my ward it was decided that "since Im the creative one" I should be in charge of Relief Society night. This new calling has come with many challenges and has definitly been a growing experience and I have learned a lot. So far Heavenly Father has quided me in what activities we should do as a ward relief society. Im now working on comming up with a theme for January and so far have no ideas but I'm working on it.I am blessed to be able to work with a couple of amazing sisters who have been very helpful.
Johns mom and I decided that we would share the cooking duties and actully cook Thanksgiving dinner. In the past it has been a family tradition to go out to dinner at one of the casinos. As my family will tell you I have been a bit homesick missing family so it was important to me that we do this. I was super excited about it. I made a pumpkin and apple raisen pie and was working on the sweet potatoes when I forgot the all important rule of tucking my fingers in while chopping. This is what my finger looked like after I had 9 stitches put in at the Urgent Care. Yes that is my finger and not a part of the male anatomy. I got my stitches out yesterday and while my finer looks much better I have a lot of healing to do.

This week I have had the opportunity to serve one of the sisters in my ward who is also a pretty good friend. She was run over by her car after her son started it. She sustained a couple of pretty serious injuries which have made it difficult to care for her 6 week old baby. Its been a joy to help her out and came as a help when we lost a dear friend who was older. Im apart of a group of ladies who go to movies each Tuesday and this dear sister had become like a grandmother. I was there along with another sister and her son as she collapsed, and subsequently later passed away, while we were entering the movie theater.
Life is so short and one thing I have learned is that we should take nothing for granted. Love each other and take the time to spend it with the ones we love because we never know how much time we have left on this earth.