Sunday, October 7, 2012

I'm Mormon, I know it, I live it, I love it!

I was raised in an LDS family, and growing up the whole family attended church regularly. However, over time the majority of my immediate family no longer would consider themselves "Mormon". Because of this, I often found myself in situations agreeing with them or not standing up for what I believe. Not because I was ashamed, but because I didn't want to have to defend myself against anything they might say. I bet that if you ask my family or some of my friends to describe me they might use the words "goody-goody", "safe", or "churchy".  I'm okay with that, there are much worse words that people could use to describe me.

I go to church every Sunday, and I enjoy it. I like learning about the gospel, and I like the principles that are taught. As mormons, we are expected to keep high standards, and I like keeping these standards. I'm not saying that I haven't ever broken a rule or two, but nobody is perfect. When I do something that isn't within church standards I don't feel guilty because I was taught not to do it. I feel guilty because it isn't aligned with who I am and who I want to be. 

I wake up every day and make a conscious decision to live my life the way that I want to live it. I don't live this way because I think I am better than anyone else or because I want people to think that I am just a really great person. I choose to live this way because this is who I am. I wouldn't feel comfortable living the way some of my family members are. I don't look down on the decisions my family has made and the way they conduct there life. It just isn't who I am. I know who I am and what I stand for. I think that is more than a lot of people can say. 

I am grateful for the influence that the church has had in my life. I have a testimony of the gospel and I am grateful for the understanding that it has given me. I know that Families can be together forever. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that by following the standards outlined for members of the church I am becoming the person that I want to be. 

I'm Mormon, I know it, I live it, I love it.  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

School... a thing of the past.

I graduated on August 10th, 2012. It's crazy to think that I don't have to straight from work to school every day. I have enjoyed the past couple of months being able to hang out and not have to worry about tests coming up or homework that is due.

Almost my whole family came to my graduation. It was great having everyone together in one place. I am so blessed to have both my husband's family and my family be so supportive of me. I love you all!

Jason, Me, Jocelynn(baby Rayne in her belly)
Mom and Me

Connor, Bella, Anna, Me Chase, Dad, Cat

Steve, Heidi, Dean, Lori, Me, Scott

Monday, October 1, 2012

One year down (plus 2 months), forever to go

So what if this blog post is a little late. Scott and I celebrated our one year anniversary back at the beginning of August. I still can't believe that it has already been a year and we are a couple months past the one year mark.

When we got married everyone said that it would be a big adjustment getting used to being married. For me and Scott it was pretty easy because we NEVER saw each other. You think I'm kidding, but there were weeks that we didn't see each other outside of me saying bye in the morning when I left for work and him waking me up to say he was home from work. I worked from 2am - 10am 5 days a week, and then went straight to school. He went to school and then he worked 2pm - 10pm. Which meant that I was in bed before he got home, and he was asleep when I left for work. Occasionally we got to study in the library together or one of us would have the day off. It all worked out though, we're as happy as can be.

What did we do to celebrate the fact that we reached the 1 year mark?

First we went to dinner at Red Lobster. Normally we go to PF Changs, but not this time. I had lobster for the first time, and it wasn't really what it's all cracked up to be. It was good, but I wouldn't say it was amazing or anything. 

Then we went to Fat Cats for a couple rounds of bowling. (Are they rounds when you are referring to bowling?) 
We even got matching shoes
He creamed me the first game so I didn't feel like it was a picture worthy score. I didn't do so bad the second time... 

Yeah, I got three strikes in the last frame, no big deal. 

Then we went home to enjoy a wonderful bit of this...

Frost bitten wedding cake.

 It didn't look as bad once it was cut. 

Scott kept asking if I was serious that we were each going to eat a bite of a year old cake. It was just one bite, and it actually kept pretty well in the freezer. 

August 6th also just so happened to be my last day of classes at BYU, as well as the first day of my normal 8-5 job. No more waking up at 1 in the morning!
Scott is amazing, and I am so happy to be married to him. He is the most patient person ever (he had to be when I was only getting a few hours of sleep at night). He is thoughtful, funny, always willing to help, smart, motivated, attractive, honest, hardworking, respectful, silly, confident, sexy, understanding, considerate, selfless, kissable, and best of all he is MINE. I love him so much and it has been great being married to him. I look forward to spending forever with him.