easter sunday

Happy Easter! Our Easter Sunday was filled with church going, ham eating, Easter egg hunting, jelly bean eating, and nap taking. It’s so fun to start our own holiday traditions as a little family. It’s also far too easy to get caught up in all of the candy-coated excitement that we forget what Easter is really about.

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My friend Brek shared the following talk with me a few years ago, and I’ve loved it and read it whenever I’m having a tough day ever since. Here’s a short clip:

“I think of how dark that Friday was when Christ was lifted up on the cross… I think that of all the days since the beginning of this world’s history, that Friday was the darkest. But the doom of that day did not endure. The despair did not linger because on Sunday, the resurrected Lord burst the bonds of death. He ascended from the grave and appeared gloriously triumphant as the Savior of all mankind. And in an instant the eyes that had been filled with ever-flowing tears dried

Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays. But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come. No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, Sunday will come. In this life or the next, Sunday will come.”

I’m so grateful for my Savior and His sacrifice, and I love that we get to celebrate what He did for us today. If that celebration includes pastel-colored candy, then I’m okay with that too : )


the Liebster Award

I was pretty excited when MarLyn from Beard, Braids, and Baby messaged me last week to let me know that she had nominated my blog for the Liebster Award. The Liebster Award is a way for lesser-known blogs to be recognized and gain some exposure.

Here’s how it works.
I tell 11 facts about myself, I answer the questions that MarLyn assigned her nominees, then I create 11 questions for the bloggers I nominate.

Ready? Go!

11 Facts about me:

1. I tried to be a redhead for a little over two years, but my super dark hair was too stubborn, so I finally gave up.
2. English is my second language.
3. I’ve had stitches on my face twice.
4. I donated blood once and got a, “Thanks, but no thanks,” letter from the Red Cross a few weeks later.
5. I read the first Twilight book in one day, the same day that I should have been studying for a Statistics final. #priorities
6. On that note, Statistics was the first class I ever failed.
7. I’ve had a college reading level since the sixth grade. I’m only bragging about this because when I first moved to the United States in the fourth grade, I knew no English.
8. Belle is my favorite Disney princess.
9. I don’t know how to swim.
10. I’m lactose intolerant.
11. Before Tyson, the longest relationship I’d ever been in was two months.

1. Why do you blog?

I blog because I want to remember my life. I had started blogs in the past and I always stopped because I felt like my life wasn’t interesting enough to share with the world. When we started planning our move from California to Utah, I thought, “This is something I can write about. I’m going to want to remember this.” Since then, I’ve tried to focus on writing more about our life as it is now, even the mundane details that aren’t all that interesting to anyone else.

2. What are your fears?

I’m scared of cockroaches, heights, needles, but mostly, I’m scared of not doing something great with my life.

3.  What is something that you think is beautiful, but not always appreciated?

I love when blades of grass grow in between cement cracks.

4. What is your favorite kind of weather?

I’ve always loved the rain.

5. What do you do in your spare time?

I watch way too much tv with Tyson.

6. If you had time to learn more about any subject/anything what would it be?

I’d want to study literature and creative writing all over again.

7. What is your favorite color, and do you  like it for any special reason?

Pink has been my favorite color for as long as I can remember, I don’t really know why.

8. Where do you think you will be in 5 years?

There’s so much I want to be and have by the time I’m 27, but mostly I want to be a mom to a cute, chubby baby and I want to have an MFA in creative writing. Since we’re being so ambitious, I will also say that I see myself having red hair by the time I’m 27.

9. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

Paris, France (not Paris, Idaho)

10. What is your favorite book or movie?

Favorite book: East of Eden
Favorite movie: Pride and Prejudice

11. What is something you are passionate about?


I think you’re supposed to nominate 11 blogs, but I don’t follow that many, so here are my nominees:

Cara-Mia at typed-for-miles
Stephanie at the slow jogger
Camille at murph and giull

11 Questions for my Nominees:

1. What inspires you?
2. Describe yourself in three words.
3.  What is your favorite place to shop?
4. Who is one of your heroes?
5. What is your favorite song?
6. What were you like in high school?
7. What is the best part of your day?
8. What would be your dream job?
9. Are you more like your mom or dad?
10. What is one movie that you can quote word for word?
11. What do you think is your best quality?

If you want to see pictures of a really cute baby girl and get some great music suggestions, follow MarLyn’s blog here. Thanks again for nominating me, MarLyn!

the paper anniversary

One year of marriage is a paper anniversary, and I was thinking about what that meant as we drove back from Idaho Falls while eating Jack in the Box. At a year of marriage, we don’t have a whole lot. Our apartment has cinderblock walls and the kind of carpet you would find in a dentist’s office. I get frustrated sometimes because I want more, but then I realize that we’re at the very beginning of something great. When you’re building a house, you don’t start by pouring cement and laying down brick. You put it on paper first. That’s what we have now. We have paper plans and paper dreams. Someday, we will have more, but for now, all we have is paper. And that’s okay.

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” – C.S. Lewis

Imagine your marriage as a living house… We thought we were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.

And it starts with paper. p506110834-6

a weekend away

We celebrated our one year anniversary by going to Idaho Falls for the weekend. When we told Tyson’s grandma that we were going to Idaho Falls, she said, “Idaho Falls.. What’s in Idaho Falls?” Exactly. I guess I thought the falls would be pretty?

We drove through Bear Lake to get to Idaho Falls just so we could say we went to Paris. The Paris tabernacle is amazing. Screen shot 2013-03-19 at 9.13.13 PM

As we were passing through Soda Springs, there were some signs that pointed us to a geyser, so to the geyser we went. My husband’s quite the adventurer.

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We didn’t do a whole lot in Idaho Falls on Friday besides eat and go to Target. Tyson was tired from driving and I was tired from not sleeping in the car. We fell asleep after watching Wreck It Ralph and nobody cried towards the end of that movie. Okay, one of us cried..

On Saturday, we went to the Idaho Falls temple, the sixth temple we’ve gone to together. One day we want to visit every temple, but we’ll stick to the ones in Utah for now 😉

IMG_0077Even though we didn’t get to vacation anywhere exotic for spring break, we had so much fun on our little weekend getaway. We don’t need a lot to be happy. We just need a tank full of gas, a good playlist, and each other.

on airports and flying

Tyson had been trying to convince me to go flying with him for some time, but the weather hadn’t allowed it. Last Monday, the weather betrayed me and there wasn’t one measly cloud in the sky. So, to the airport we went.

This is how I looked before take-off:


Please excuse my bad posture. I was scared, and I kind of had to go to the bathroom.

Heights are at the top of my long list of fears, but I have always loved airports, especially at night. I spent a long time parked outside of the Imperial airport, staring at those blue runway lights through the chain link fence. The night before I left for my junior year of college, I drove to the airport and thought about how so many things had fallen apart that summer. The end of college was in sight, and I was terrified of not knowing where my life would go after that. As I faced the empty airport, I pleaded for some sort of direction. Then those blue lights turned on, and I felt that they were for me– I knew that I wasn’t alone and that I would find my way. It was impossible for me to not think of that moment when I looked down at those blue lights as we went in for landing.

This is what the world looks like when you’re up there:
Screen shot 2013-03-05 at 6.40.44 PMI think I understand why Tyson loves flying so much now.