Chase has asked me to marry him and I, of course, said yes :) Here is a picture of the good looking stud! We are getting married August 3rd, in the Logan, Utah temple!
I thought I would also share a picture of these beautiful flowers. My future Mother-in-law (thats weird to say) sent them to me yesterday! I am excited to get started on wedding plans (not that I havent already started or anything :)). Hopefully, I will be better about blogging...
Well, I got a new car! That is probably the most exciting thing that has happened. This post will just a be a quick update of what I have been up to!
Ok! To start off, at the beginning of November I set my Friend, Megan, up on a date with Chase's roommate. We made home-made pizza and went bowling. It was a super fun date and we got some pretty sweet pictures!
I then spent Thanksgiving in Utah with my mother! It was a really good break and it was much needed. I dont have any pictures, but you should just trust me! My mother and I decorated the house for Christmas in two days and it was actually fun! We also celebrated my birthday that weekend. I also got my new CAR that weekend too!! Isn't she so cute?!?
So I am really into making crafts for some reason. This is the Christmas wreath I made with one of my mother's old (like 15 years old) garlands that I wrapped around a wreath frame. I then stuck some decorations in it, and here you have it!
Chase and I went to Utah to get my old car, so that I can sell it (which I did!!). This is a picture of us at Gardner's Village in Utah. It was a fun weekend!!
My friend Bobbi also just left on a mission for Chicago. She is so much fun and I thought I would make these cupcakes for her! I got the idea off pinterest, the link is below the pictures for the girls blog that created them. Chase and I had a ton of fun decorating them. We also got to drive to Jackson area for her farewell. I am sure going to miss her!
Bobbi is the one in the red sweater!
One of my co-workers decided to buy me a sugar cookie mix for my birthday. I have been wanting to decorate sugar cookies and now we could! So these are some of our creations! The good, the bad and the ugly!
James Bond and his girlfriend
This is Chase with his star wearing his party pants!
This is me with my morbid cookie. This head had a little something wrong with it, so I just went with it and put all the little details of his accident!
That about sums up what has been going on with me! Chase left this morning for his Christmas break with his family, this is probably why I am finding the time to blog! I was also able to get all of my Christmas shopping done. I will be going down to Utah on wednesday for my Christmas break. My mother has organized an amazing week for us and I am so excited to see most of my family again! I have been very lucky to see my family within the past few months. Hopefully, I will find some time sooner rather than later to blog again. See you all soon!
I had the opportunity to take a week off work and head over to Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana to see my sister and her family, Nauvoo, and my brother and his family! I had a blast and here are a few pictures that I love! Hope you enjoy!
the weather there was amazing and so were the fall colors
mom, bridget, and finley with the Nauvoo temple in the background
finley with the flowers on the temple grounds
me with the robert wadlow statue...this guy was really this tall!! tallest man in history i think
finley in her awesome get-up at the wadlow statue
ryan and iain giving grandma her birthday cards
ryan and finley
finley and I
Sorry for all the finley pictures. I was with her the whole trip and she is pretty dang cute!
Chase and I in front of the Salt Lake City Temple right after conference!
I had the opportunity to go to General Conference this past weekend and it was AMAZING!! Chase ended up getting tickets from his cousin, Tanner. We were able to sit pretty close and we went to the Sunday afternoon session. Anyways, this post was not supposed to be an opportunity for me to brag about an awesome weekend (and it was). The purpose of this post is to discuss some things I learned during Conference. President Monson seemed to focus on the ever increasing gap that exists between the followers of Christ and those individuals of the world. I was a little hesitant about writing this blog because things that I feel passionate about are hard for me to talk about. I fear being rejected because of my views, especially when it is something I truly believe in. I was pinning (on pinterest...very addicting!) and I found a pin that connected me to another blog, The Redheaded Hostess. I was reading her blog and she featured Alex Boye (he sings in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and was in a boy band in Europe before he joined the church) in one of her entries. I am going to quote him because I feel like he gets the point across much better then I ever could.
Good Music in the Home and The Proclamation in our HeartsBy Alex Boye
So I tried this experiment recently and it freaked me out a little, ok alot. I want you to try it and see if you get the same results.
I listened to top 40 mainstream radio for 1 hour, switching stations every 2-3 minutes. I had a notebook with me and wrote down a list of all the subjects I picked up on. Are you ready for this?
COUNTERFEIT LOVE, FLIRTY GIRLS, ANGRY BOYS, DRUGS, SEX WITH NO CONSEQUENCES, BINGE DRINKING, SLEEPING WITH MULTIPLE PARTNERS, SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE, ROCKS, DIAMONDS, BACKBITING, ICE, BLING-BLING, IMMODEST CLOTHING, WAR, HATE, 30 INCH RIMS, ASSULT, RAPE, DEATH, VANITY, PRIDE, JEALOUSY, ENVY, CRYSTAL, CHAMPAGNE, PLATINUM RINGS, LYRICAL PORNOGRAPHY, MARIJUANA, ADULTERY, SMOKING TO LOOK COOL, DISRESPECTING WOMEN AND GIRLS, USE OF GUNS AND GANGS, PROSTITUTION, LUST, MURDER, MASTURBATION, SUICIDE, HATERS OF PEOPLE WHO DO GOOD, LOVERS OF PLEASURES, PRIDE, BLASPHEMY
(Phew, I said all that without breathing!)
Remember, this is just mainstream radio which targets children as young as 14 and that goes out to the whole world!
A popular music producer who has been saying for years that children are at risk from pop music was quoted as saying, "Welcome to the world you helped to create. You wanted a secular society without the Lord and His word. Now you've got it."
Innocent hearts are being damaged and the world is suffering as a result of all the subjects I mentioned above.
There is a scripture in Proverbs 23:7 that says "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." To me, that means we pretty much become what we think about most of the time.
A friend recently made a comment that has stuck with me. He said "In my opinion, families will never be together forever if we try to think the way that the world thinks, and try to live the way the world lives." To me, that sums up what the family proclamation represents. It is a call to the world to stand up and be counted, and for us to live closer to the laws of God than we ever have before, which will ultimately result in incredibly fulfilled lives and unparalleled joy, purpose and meaning.
N. Eldon Tanner was once quoted as saying, "We cannot serve God and mammon (The world). We will grow to love one and hate the other. Whose side are we on?"
I think more and more people in the world are coming to the realization that the world is falling, fast! I also believe that more and more people in the world are seeing the great blessings in their lives that derive from keeping Gods laws. They are going back to they're roots, back to the God who created them. I love it! It's true!
We do have a long way to go to influence the people who are responsible for shaping this world and how it is today for good. I am certainly no expert, but even I know how this can be done thanks to Gods unfailing principles of success found in scriptures and modern day prophets. One thing I do know is that adherence to the family proclamation is needed now more than ever. The last part of the proclamation says "We warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets." Well, it's happening. The world may continue to mock everything that is good, wholesome and true, but as for me and my house, we will follow the Lord.
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"As we draw nearer to the lord, we will have "the courage to stand strong and firm in righteousness, to 'stand...in holy places, and be not moved" President Thomas S. Monson
Standing strong is going to be a challenge for me, but I am going to at least try. I know I can, I just need to do it!
PS go listen/read conference if you haven't! It was amazing! I really liked Uchtdorf's talk during the Relief Society Session!!