Wednesday, September 29, 2010

State Fair

New Year...New Friends
We all went to the State Fair in Salt Lake
I have this thing for pigs...
don't know when it started...
don't know why I do...
but I just love them.
So this was obviously a picture I couldn't pass up.
I want this BBQ when I grow up.
~Wilber~
I felt a special connection with him :)
Then we saw the rabbits.
Made me miss my two little ones I used to have,
"dots" and "fluffy"
Fun night, fun friends, and a fun fair.

Monday, September 20, 2010

23/100

Today is my 23rd Birthday
Yeah!
Ya know how some people ask if you're having a good birthday,
and you say 'yeah' when maybe it felt just like a normal day?
Well, that wasn't today. It totally felt like my birthday!
It was so great.

Today I...
1) Let myself sleep-in till 8:00
2) Woke up to Ty's phone call saying he wanted to be
the first one to wish me a Happy Birthday.
3) Walked out my door to a heart attack. All the hearts said things like: purple, costco chocolate milk, long blonde hair, glitter nails, Africa/Peru/India, steak salad, psychology, salt, singing, greatest laugh, running, etc. All things I love. Mostly I just love them. (And the missing balloon popped and scared me to death early this morning).
4) Went for a long run with just me and my ipod. 12 MILES!
5) Hung out at the mall with Kaitlin and Brooke.
6) Opened mama and daddy's birthday package. Woo hoo!
7) Had friends come over, piled in the car, then followed Call and Whit up the canyon for a birthday BBQ. Call and Whit planned everything!
All I had to do was invite whoever I wanted, then show up. He had lots of chips, drinks, burgers, and Marie Calendar's chocolate pie complete with candles. He manned the grill the whole time while we girls just talked and ate and laughed.
Kylie, Sally, Tori and I (past roommates)
Jenny, Brooke, Me and Kaitlin (my girls)
8) Came home to Trevor (Kate's boyfriend) carrying an amazing chocolate ice cream cake to the door. YUM! Sugar high for sure.
{and in my defense, for my birthday I got a new camera which needed to be charged, so...the pictures today are with my old one. bummer.}
9) Chilled with friends.
One of the most fun birthdays while away from home.
Didn't have to go to work, got to do anything I wanted during the day, was with friends all day, and didn't have to plan my own party. So blessed. This 23rd year is going to be great I can just feel it :)
23/100 was for my 23rd birthday and my 100th post!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Setting out a Fleece

Oh great God, be small enough to hear me now.
There were times when I was crying from the dark of Daniel's den,
and I have asked you once or twice if you would part the seas again.
But tonight I do not need a fiery pillar in the sky,
just need to know you're ganna hold me if I start to cry.
Oh great God, be small enough to hear me now.

Oh great God, be close enough to feel you now.
Oh great God, be close to me.
There have been moments when I could not face Goliath on my own,
and how could I forget we marched around our share of Jericho.
But I will not be setting out a fleece for you tonight,
just want to know that everything will be all right.
Oh great God, be close enough to feel you now.

All praise and all the honor be
to the God of ancient mysteries.
Whose every sign and wonder turned the pages of our history.
But tonight my heart is heavy and I cannot keep from whispering this prayer,
Are you there?

And I know you could leave writing on the wall that's just for me.
Or send wisdom while I'm sleeping like in Solomon's sweet dreams.
But I don't need the strength of Sampson, or a chariot in the air.
Just want to know that you still know how many hairs are on my head.
Oh great God, are you small enough?
Be small enough to hear me now.
~Mindy Gledhill~
Tonight I took a walk up to the temple.
Listened to this song and it stuck with me.
Particularly,
"But I will not be setting out a fleece for you tonight"

This is a reference to Judges 6:36-40,
the story of Gideon who was a leader who delivered Israel from the Midionites.
We are counseled to not be a sign seeking people, as this story is of seeking a sign...but I think there is wisdom in remembering that our Father is a God of miracles.
Elder Boyd K. Packer:
If you are helpless, he is not.
If you are lost, he is not.
If you don't know what to do next, he knows.
It would take a miracle you say?
Well, if it takes a miracle, why not?

Sometimes we may need the strength that comes from setting out our fleece and seeing the hand of the Lord create a miracle. But most times, I think that our miracles can and do come through the miracle of prayer. We are children of a God. He has given us our intelligence and minds to think and act for ourselves. Further, he has not left us comfortless. He has given us the gift of the Holy Ghost to guide us in our feelings and decisions.

He is not helpless, lost, or unknowing of what to do next.
And He is a God of miracles.
But for those times we aren't setting out our fleece...
remember He is small enough to hear us.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Encore

Grandma and Grandpa, before they knew about their surprise party, went to a bit of effort to schedule a breakfast so they could see as many grandkids as they could while they were in Utah. So, just a few days after the party, a small group of us got together as a little encore to a few evenings before. We met for breakfast at Magleby's and we all had bottomless french toast. That was a joke since anyone who can finish one whole plate, (and I'm pretty sure cousin Matt did), would be crazy to go back for seconds. However, the buttermilk syrup is perfection so it's tempting.
Afterwards, I took this photo with my grandma...
and was kinda shocked when I looked at it. I have never before noticed how very much I look like her. At least I think I do.
Our smiles are like identical,
our coloring is similar,
and I really like it!

~Yeah for family~

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Happy Anniversary

My Uncle Rick & Aunt Debi threw my grandparents a surprise Anniversary party tonight in Springville, Utah at the new Magleby's Restaurant.
Grandma thought it was their 61st.
Grandpa thought it was their 62nd.
I said, "Well, once you hit 60, the numbers get kinda fuzzy."
He said, "Anne, at my age, a lot of things get kinda fuzzy!"
~Love them~
Before dinner we just sort of hung out together.
We had the whole basement to ourselves for our little family party.
Cousin Grant with his niece, Ava.
She was 'washing' her toy dogs in the fountain.
Cousin Karin, recently returned from Philadelphia where her
new husband BEN
was interning for the summer.
SO glad she is back...and yes, we already picked up on our three year(+) tradition of Tuesday night ice cream this past Tuesday.

Then, Grandpa made the rounds in conversation with the family members.
Ann (wife of cousin Jamin)
Cousin Rob, grandpa, my brother Call, and cousin Ganon.
Cousin Grant with his daughter, Monet
Karin and Ben Meyers
Karin got a free cake with a bow on it because her dish was the last to come out and the manager felt bad. I offered to give her my half eaten dish of pasta and said I would wait for the late food (and free cake) but apparently she wasn't interested in the trade.
Jamin and Ann
Cousin Lyn and I
(She recently changed her hair to an Auburn and it's so pretty)
Then Grandpa stood up and said he wanted to give a 'speech.'
It was sweet and we were laughing, then they got tender and I realized I should be recording it. So here's the last little snippet...
video
What a blessing to be a part of such a family and heritage.
We had 19 in total:
Uncle Rick
Aunt Debi
Cousin Rob
His daughter Ava
Cousin Ganon
Cousin Grant
His wife Hayley
His daughter Monet
Cousin Matt
Cousin Lyn
Cousin Jamin
His wife Ann
Cousin Chase
Me
Cousin Call
Cousin Karin
Her husband Ben
Grandma
Grandpa
...and the rest of the family in spirit.
We missed you all!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY