Thursday, January 8, 2015


Thank you to all of you sweet friends who congratulated us on our exciting news!
We are seriously thrilled (and in total disbelief that there's really a tiny human inside me)!

Realizing I am pregnant was such a surreal thing.
First, I didn't believe it.
And I stared at that faint little test line until I went cross eyed,
and I took another.
And another.
And yes, the test was right!
So I laughed and cried and went to bed without telling Jason because I wanted to tell him in the morning so he could have a good night's sleep.
He had a great night's sleep, and I had a great night awake,
day dreaming about this little baby.
It was a special night for me.

At 5 AM the next morning, I told Jason and we laughed and cried some more.

Fast forward a few weeks and we tell our families at Christmas,
and I have my first ultrasound soon after.
I see the baby move for the first time, and laugh/cry a little more because it's unbelievable that this little thing is just growing away in there and before I know it my life will be changed forever.

^^ I love this photo!
Jason was out of town for my first appointment, and his friend secretly took this of him looking at the photo I sent from the ultrasound!

I know this isn't an experience that every woman gets to have,
and I am deeply grateful that so far my body has cooperated with a new roommate.
So if you're reading this and feeling discouraged and worrying that you might not get to have an experience like what I'm describing, please know that I am praying for you.
Because every time I give thanks for this baby, I think about all the women who would do, and are doing every single thing they can to have children. I admire you.

Saturday, December 6, 2014


The world would tell us that the best feeling in the entire world comes from:
buying the newest model of your dream car,
finding the "missing piece" to your wardrobe,
or spending an entire day pampering yourself.

Those things are nice, but there are things that can bring us much greater joy than that!
One of those things is the feeling you get when you follow a prompting.
Now that is one of the greatest things I have ever felt.

Following promptings gives you the feeling that you're in a good place, that you're receptive to the spirit, and that you're willing to put your plans on hold - or throw them out all together.

I've had a few experiences in my life where following promptings has changed my life dramatically:
*interning in Washington, D.C.
*living with certain roommates
*choosing my major

I've also had experiences where following promptings didn't change my life dramatically,
but it sure did make some things easier!

Take this week for example...

Yesterday, I had a feeling to clean out my purse.
I did, and found my temple recommend in a very strange spot.
I envisioned myself trying to get into a temple sealing for a loved one, only to look in my wallet and not see my recommend.
I am so grateful for that little prompting!

Two days ago, I had a specific phrase pop into my head.
It took me by surprise, and I had the feeling to text that phrase to my husband.
I brushed it off and told myself I would do it later.
A few minutes later I was eating my lunch and had the impression again to text my husband,
so I put down my fork and sent him the text.
That evening, he told me that text was the answer to a question he had prayed about the night before.

A few days before that, I was looking for something I had lost and it was driving me insane.
Finally, I knelt in prayer and asked the Lord for help.
I stood up, walked directly to a small bag behind the couch, put my hand in and pulled out exactly what I had been looking for.

I don't write about these things to tell you how many promptings I've received lately,
I write this to remind you and me that we are constantly being prompted to do good!

I heard someone say once that they had never truly received revelation.
I thought about this, and asked myself if I had ever received real revelation?
Well let's break down the world revelation.
I'm pretty sure reveal is the root of it.
So has anything ever been revealed to me?
Yes. Yes. Yes.
The location of my keys, the needs of a loved one, the truth of someone's words.
Revelation and promptings go hand in hand.

And one more thing I've learned about revelation:
Revelation seems to come easier and more quickly when it's used to serve someone else

Try it out! I promise it works.
Pray to know who you can help today, and have a pen and paper ready to write down the ideas that come to you.
Then go do them!

For an inspiring devotional on revelation read THIS

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Getting into the Christmas Spirit!

Am I the only one who wishes Thanksgiving was like two weeks earlier?!
I feel like I'm in a mad dash to feel all Christmasy before the season is done!

So, to help me really soak in the next four-ish weeks of Christmas,
here's what I've been doing:

watching It's a Wonderful Life (for the first time!)
listening to my three favorite Christmas albums:
Amy Grant, 98 degrees, & The Nutcracker Suite
lathering my body with Christmas-scented lotion
and putting up my favorite Christmas decoration we brought to
(and took home from)
a white elephant party last year:

*Many thanks to my girl Lizzy for our first homemade ornament!
(Lizzy called herself the unicycle when we were dating, because she said it was like we were on a tandem and she was riding along with us on a unicycle - ha!)

All these Christmas smells and sounds have also got me thinking about Christmas traditions!
What kind of Christmas people are we going to be?
Are we going to go all out and do that radio station thing where the christmas lights on your house dance to the beat?
Are we going to have inflatable snow globes in our front yard?
Are we going to dress up in olden time outfits and go caroling?
Are we going to provide gifts and necessities for families in need?
Are we all going to open matching pajamas on Christmas eve?
(my family never did that one… which explains why most of my pajamas are hideous and mismatched.)

I don't really know all the answers to these questions
(except for one above tradition we started last year that I love!)
but I'm sure time will tell.

I would, though, like to keep a Christ-centered Christmas,
which for me means things like:
amp up my scripture reading
spend minimal time on social media
and wake up early to accomplish what I need to so I can focus more on others

I know those things don't sound like your typical festivities...
but hey, if I can do them I think the Christmas spirit will take care of itself!

And one more thing to help with the Christmas spirit...

The Mesa LDS Temple is one of the few temples that goes all out with their Christmas lights!
As part of the Christmas lights, every night at 7:00 PM on the north side of the visitors center is a concert, and I am so honored to be the hostess for a few of the Christmas concerts this year.

 I hope to see you there!