Thursday, July 31, 2014

400,000 Miles

On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, my car reached 400,000 miles!! Just a couple fun facts about reaching this many miles:
  • I have been around the earth 16 times.
  • I have been TO the moon, but have 77,710 miles left before I reach earth.
I wish I had a dollar for every mile I have driven in that car! It is a 96' Honda Civic, and it has served me well! My goal is to reach half a million miles! Here's to another 100,000!! ;o)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Powerful Experiences Just For Me!

Just recently I have had a few experiences that have been very powerful. The best part... they were meant just for me. It is hard for me to explain my feelings. Being 34 and single has its moments! Unless you are in this lovely category of "old-maid", you won't understand the feelings of loneliness and frustration. Along with those feelings come other negative words into your mind. Here is what happened to me that has changed my life. I got on my knees one night, feeling really low. I began to pray only to feel alone. Then it happened. I got this impression (I know it was from the Spirit) that I should write ALL the negative words I felt about myself down on a piece of paper. I obeyed. The list was pretty gruesome!! Words like undesirable (because you wonder if THAT is the reason you are still single...), pathetic, unreliable, lame, etc. (the list was pretty long for me). After I made the list I thought, "well, that made me feel better... not!" Then the prompting came to me to write at the top of that list "Satan's Words". I did. Then I was prompted to write on the other side of the paper "God's Words", and write a list of words, words that describe who I really am! Words like compassionate, Christlike, selfless, funny, etc. When I was done, the Spirit whispered to me that I need to make sure that I am always listening to my Heavenly Father's words. And that when I feel the negative words in my life, that those come from Satan. I have to say, that was a very powerful experience for me.

Then I was up camping. It was AWESOME!! On my last night there I became really sad (in my tent). While I was praying, the feeling came over me to not be sad that I have to leave, but be glad that I was able to go up there. Then I was taught that lately I have been looking on the negative side ("glass half-empty" syndrome), and that I want to be a "glass half-full" kind of girl. Since then, I have been more optimistic in my life. I finally feel myself going back up the hill (it's been over a year since I have felt this!) And let me just say... it feels great!

I am adding this picture, because you have to climb to get to the top of something... it takes perseverance!
 Our view from the top of the saddle

Thursday, July 10, 2014


So, reading through my blog, I realize that I have not updated about myself in quite a while. I guess that is because I have nothing interesting going on. Nevertheless, I should probably update my 3 followers!! ;o)

I have been making updates in my house. It is 27 years old, and it has a great need for a make-over. My problem? Moo-la! So, it will take me approximately 10 years to update things the way I would like them. The best part is I am doing this all myself! I LOVE doing things myself instead of paying someone to do it for me! Hence, my fire-pit (I did this back in 2008-2009).

We have chickens! Yep! And not just one or two... we now have 14! That has been fun! It is actually very funny, because when they see me they flock to me (because they think I have food). They have been fun!

So, I met Sister Elaine Dalton. That was really neat! My last presidency was invited to hear her speak to a Ward (which she never does. She usually will only speak to a Stake, but she was happy to come and speak to this one Ward in our Stake, and the leaders were so kind to invite us. Sister Dalton is so nice. She is AMAZING! It was really neat to talk with her and feel loved! ;o)
(L to R: RaNae, Gina, Sister Dalton, Tammy, me)

So, I've been off Facebook for a year now! I know, can you believe it?! I think I am going to get on once a year for a week or two, to catch up with friends. One thing I have noticed (and I don't know if it is because of my age, or because I am off of Facebook), my social life is lame!

My nieces and nephews are so fun! I love when they come over (or when I go see them). We go on "adventures", play all sorts of games (right now they love "Ghost in the Graveyard"), and sometimes we just cuddle and watch a good movie! I love spending time with them. Payton is 12 years old, Austyn is 11, Parker is 9, Abbey is 7, and little Livia is 2. Man time goes by fast! 

I can't think of anything new. I am still working at the Utah Department of Health (just hit my 11 year mark! WOOHOO!). I keep busy with work, school, calling, and family. Oh, and just to update on my calling, they split our stake (see last post). Instead of having 13 Wards, we now have 7! I love the ladies I serve and serve with. I hope we can become more personal with them all now.

Anyway... for your enjoyment, here is a picture of me as a Wee-Rocket! Thanks to my 3 followers!