Monday, April 25, 2011

3 things: making me happy

1. Cletus the gnome
2. A hand drawn Easter card
3. Easter basket with a bunny and plant and of course candy.
(All from a certain someone!)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sunday Will Come

I think Elder Wirthlin says it perfectly: "Each of us will have our own Fridays, those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered upon us in pieces. We will all experience those broken times, when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays, but I testify in the name of the one who conquered death- Sunday will come."

"No matter how dark our Friday, Sunday will come."

Happy Easter from me to you.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sunday thought on a Thursday

"Our women are not incredible because they have managed to avoid the difficulties of life- quite the opposite. They are incredible because of the way they face the trials of life. Despite the challenges and tests life has to offer- from marriage or lack of marriage, children's choices, poor health, lack of opportunities, and many other problems- they remain remarkably strong and immovable and true to the faith. Our sisters throughout the Church consistently 'succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees.'"
Quentin L. Cook "LDS Women Are Incredible!"

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spring Weekend

This past weekend was an absolute favorite of mine.

On Friday night our branch had the opportunity to travel to a town an hour and a half away to spend the weekend away from city life as we listened to General Conference.

It was so relaxing to be completely away from the hustle and bustle of city life. No cell phone, no internet connection to worry about, just time to enjoy nature and the company of others in my branch.

This weekend we:

took hikes in hills found signs of Spring climbed trees like monkeys jumped from trees

listened to General Conference (which was so wonderful!)

smiled took pictures of Rosie dog and her nose and Molly dog observed the beauty of nature played croquet

slept in cabins got to know each other better

watched as children played with Molly played with Rosie and Molly ourselves played with glow sticks took pictures of (and held) a cute baby (I'm leaving this one un-cropped to show the background of the log cabin) I believe that Heavenly Father gives us Spring to remind us that new beginnings and fresh starts are possible. This weekend was a perfect example of that...

The people were great, General conference was wonderful (as always), nature was perfect. I loved being able to see the stars so clearly in the night sky and the big puffy clouds during the day.

A treasured weekend indeed.

How grateful I am for the blessings in my life!

Year of Yes

I wish I had said Yes!
When you asked me out to walk
among the leaves
the turning leaves
You were offering me
the sound of dreams,
And I turned you down

Not today, I smiled
Maybe, tomorrow?

But I wish I had said Yes!
I wish we had shared this light.

Next time don't ask
Just take me!
Order me to dress!

I am going to need your help
To begin the Year of Yes.

by Shaista Tayabali
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