Monday, October 25, 2010

Loving Life

kind over matter photo

Have I ever told you how much I love this life?

I really do....and I'm grateful for all the experiences big and small that have taught me how amazing, precious, and fragile every moment here is. Think about's beautiful.

The laughing the crying, the trees, the stars, the smiles and precious moments, the friendships, the lessons, the stretching and growing, the bubble gum and fireworks, the childhood games and falling in love, the changes and new days, the opportunities and firsts, the sand in your toes, the leaves crunching under your feet, the classes and learning, the baby skin and kisses, the music...oh the music. The conversations and ah-hahs, the embarrassing moments and hilarious stories, the look in your loves eyes, the wind and trampolines, the Christmas Eves and Thanksgiving dinners, the walks and bike rides, the best friends and cheese cake, the families and love, the difficult times that make you stronger, the way God is in it all.

I seriously love this life and am thankful for every minute I get to spend here, the good and the bad.

The other night I was thinking about it; how this time right here and now is our one chance, our one big shot at life here on earth and how the moments we spend are all we have to spend here. It made me want to really experience it all, take it all in, drink deeply from life and all it has to offer me......and give all I have to offer it as well: )

So I pulled out a notebook and pen (two of my absolute favorite things in this life) and I just started scribbling out a list of things I want to do with the moments in my life. It's not extensive and definitely in no particular order, but it's things I want to experience, things I want to do, ways I want to come to love and appreciate this amazing life even more.

So here it is..... don't judge: )

Have more kiddies
Go to Hawaii with Chad
Get a Masters degree in Counseling or Social Work
Be an EFY speaker
Teach seminary
Learn to jump a wake
Take voice lessons
Practice the guitar and piano at least 30 minutes a day.
Write more music-share it with people
Record a cd
Learn how to dance
Run a half marathon
Watch more Documentaries
Learn more about history
Teach my kids something new about their life and world as often as I can.
Take and make more teaching moments for my kids
Share what I really believe with them often
Go on fun dates every week with Chad
Record the precious, tender, happy, fun, difficult, etc. moments in our life in journal, camcorder, pictures, etc.
Take a picture everyday
Surprise people
Figure out a way to get Chad to stop smacking his lips in his sleep! ha : )
Blog more frequently and inspirationally
Go on a mission with Chad
Ride bikes more
Do something like this
Actually eat my fruits and vegetables everyday
Talk with my family more
Be the favorite Aunt ; )
Be a group leader
See Melissa again
Do this sometime soon
Start a friends reunion every year
Go mud digging with Chad again
Play more sports
Learn how to really help people more
Visit my old room mates from Snow often : )
Lift weights and get toned-actually have muscles : )
Exercise and eat healthy all my life
See my high school friends know who you are and I love you
Deepen and strengthen my testimony of the temple
Some to know my Heavenly Father and Savior even more deeply and personally
Live my life for Them
Bring people to Them
Go back to Snow
Write Emily a song- give it to her family
Make a big difference
Go back through the Manti Temple
See more sunrises....this means I'm going to have to learn to actually go to bed early: )
Laugh with my kids and Chad everyday
Only grow closer and closer to Chad
Have a close, open, fun loving family- Be our own best friends
Be in Young Womens
Do girls camp
Give meaningful gifts
Make people laugh
Make people feel good about being themselves
Go shopping with my girls- have girls night out often
Teach my kids how to love and respect people and stand up for truth and help people out and give people the benefit of the doubt
Be an example of a believer
Help my kids come to know their Heavenly Father and Savior for themselves
Go to another country with Chad
Have slushies and popcorn with the family every Sunday
Record Chad doing one of his goofy dances without him knowing
Go on a service vacation with our kids
Follow the Spirit
Play games with family and friends over and over and over again
Make yummy food
Take more pictures of Chad and I
Spend time outside
Lay under the stars more
Take my Mom to a Parade of Homes show
Take my Dad to a concert he'd love
No matter where I live, find my special spot
Make things
Learn to sew better
Really be there as a sister and sister in law
Tell my kids stories about their great grandparents
Get dirty
Still make my kids laugh, even when they're teenagers
Build something
Take some chances
Go on walks with Chad and the kids every Sunday
Find a way to do something for Chad everyday
Kiss and hug my kids and tell them how much I love them even when their too old or too cool for that : )
Never under appreciate hot water and toilets and all those fantastic "little" things.
Love and love and love

What do you want to do with your moments here?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Random Thoughts as of Late

"I sure wish I'd stop cracking this smile while I'm trying to get serious with Em. It's totally ruining my effectiveness."

"Somedays I can't make lunch fast enough for these kiddies. Today is one of those days."

"Awesome. It's only taken me 5 years to become slightly more efficient at this housekeeping, family running thing. In a few decades I'm bound to be pro."

"I have never wanted to punch a dog in the face more than I have wanted to punch you in the face Mr. huge mean dog that just scared my child to death."

"hmmm....cookies and creme bar, how are you so good every.single.time?"

"Thank you for your killer moves, Jillian. Your 30 day shred kicks my can, in a good way."

"Fall is amazing, isn't it. I will always love the sound of crackling leaves under my feet."

"No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our
education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude, and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our
characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering . . . and
tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven” -Pres. Kimball-
( I know, I know...that thought wasn't my own, but I've been thinking about it) : )

"Man, Heavenly Father is right present in my life. And I love Him for it."

Friday, October 1, 2010

You may have seen this already. I saw it on a facebook link. So glad I took the time to watch it. This message and this woman are amazing on so many levels. I just wanted to share. It strengthens my conviction to my God and to my Savior and to life. I hope it does something for you too. There are two parts.

: )