Monday, November 17, 2008

Quick Trip

This weekend My mom, Cole, and myself went to Salt Lake City to visit with my grandma and great aunt who were in Salt Lake City for a week doing genealogy stuff. Turns out on my mom's side, I'm related to one of the captains who sailed over here and settled Jamestown! And, my grandpa on the Mansfield side has tracked us back to the Mayflower. So, I'm pretty much an American through and through!
Anyways, we had a great time in Salt Lake... I hadn't ever been the Temple Square and so we went over and checked it out-- it's a little creepy. I didn't want to stay for too long. We also went to the capitol building. So, I thought I would include a few pictures of that. It's a pretty impressive building. I wish we had buildings that were made to be beautiful and not just utilitarian.

Monday, November 10, 2008

It's the holiday la la

I'm really excited about the holidays this year. Not because of presents or tasty food (cause chances are I won't have a lot of either!) but because we get to be around our families this year. We have relationship with all of our family now (that seemed like it might never happen) and we have this beautiful, drooling, snot nosed munchkin.
So much has changed in my heart over the last year-- it's been hard! I want to make things about me all the time, but the fact is, life just isn't about me. Yes, I am in life and I am a valuable person, yet, now that I have a little one, I realize that there is so much more to life that hanging out with friends and having time for myself. I not only want to grow Cole into a mature adult, but I want to help those who are in need. I find myself being stretched to the limits on what I think I can handle and what I trust God with-- yet isn't that God-- he takes us just to where we feel we can't do it anymore and then gives us a break. Then the next time, He stretches more! I want to be a loving person in all situations and not be judger (in the Myer's brigs personality test, that's what I am)-- life is not all black and white. I want to be a person who loves like Jesus--someone who loves people through their faults and issues. I know this stuff seems elementary, but for me, the person who always sees right vs. wrong and why can't people just do what's right, this has been huge.
So, what does all of this have to do with Christmas? Well, I have had a hard time loving some of my family with out reservation. Having Hannah with us for almost a month stretched me, and I grew. I know God used that time for good- both with her and with us. And, I know the holidays can been a time of loving family and being in fellowship with each other. Even though I don't agree with everyone's choices (and really, who does!) I can love them. I want to love them. It's far more important that always being "right".
So, here's to Thanksgiving, to Christmas, and to family.
Now, I better go.... Cole's runny nose it probably all over his face. EWWW

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Elections, Birthdays, 10 pounds, and haircuts

Well, I feel like I should say something about Obama being our next president. I think things are going to look like they're getting better, but overall our nation is going to get worse-- like taxes are going to go up, moral issues are going to be challenged, and as I'm thinking about it- Cole might be almost 9 when Obama leaves the presidency. A lot could change, and I could be surprised and maybe he could be the best thing for our Nation- maybe God is taking us to our knees only to draw us closer to Him. I have to remember that God is still in control and I don't have to give into fear or the what ifs of this disapointing election result.

Last night we had Hannah's birthday celebration at our house. I made ribs, potatoes, and grean beans. YUM! I boiled the ribs first and then broiled them. I have to say, this is the way to get juicy, yummy ribs. I highly reccomend it. I even ate mine with out bbq sauce (can't have sugar or vinegar... pretty much can't have any sauces) and it was wonderful. Those that stayed late played games and hung out and it was really great to be with family!

10 pounds. That's how much I've lost doing this cleanse. I feel great, and don't have a tummy anymore (well, I do, but it's not sticking out very much!). Enough said.

I got a hair cut yesterday. I decided that I needed something new and different-- I had let me hair grow and grow and it was getting longish. So, I got about 4 1/2 inches cut off, a few layers, and now I feel cute again! Amazing what a little change and 15 minutes can do! Next week I'm going to get highlights and then I'll post a picture for everyone. \

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