Sunday, April 29, 2012

Love is the essence of life

Gordon B. Hinckley“Love is the very essence of life. It is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Yet it is not found only at the end of the rainbow. Love is at the beginning also, and from it springs the beauty that arched across the sky on a stormy day. Love is the security for which children weep, the yearning of youth, the adhesive that binds marriage, and the lubricant that prevents devastating friction in the home; it is the peace of old age, the sunlight of hope shining through death. How rich are those who enjoy it in their associations with family, friends, and neighbors! Love, like faith, is a gift of God. It is also the most enduring and most powerful virtue.” 

 Gordon B. Hinckley Standing for Something: Ten Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes 

Just a little thought about love. I want my husband and family and friends to know I love you with all my heart! Enjoy your Sunday, everybody! Love, me! :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Celebrating Life :)

Seeing death as the end of life
is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean.
-David Searls

The bitterest tears shed over graves
are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
-Harriet Beecher Stowe

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
-George S. Patton, Jr. 

Today we discovered our first-grade class pet, "Spikers," had passed on. He was a carnivorous plant, and whenever we would try to feed him worms, he would not eat. I told the students the moral of the story is that if you don't eat your food you are in TROUBLE! haha. This is what he looked like when he was alive:

The kids decided that we should have a funeral for Spikers. So, we went out to the field of the school, and found a little place by the fence to place him. We didn't even really have to dig a hole, because he just kind of "blends in" -- he's a plant. :) So I just kinda stuck him somewhere, put some grass on him, and some dandelions so he would have "flowers." We sang him "You are my sunshine," said goodbye, and then played on the playground for 5 min. Before they played on the playground I told the kids: "We need to celebrate that Spikers has had a great life instead of being sad that he died. So go play!" They loved it. :)

So there's our fun moment for the day. Moral of the story: enjoy life, every minute, don't have regrets, and celebrate. :) Have an AMAZING day! Love, me! :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Home :)

I love being home. I love being with family. It's the best thing ever. Although the word "home" is beginning to have a new meaning. "Home" used to be in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. where I grew up. Now "home" is wherever my sweetheart is. So, according to that definition, I'm actually away from home, missing my sweetheart, back in the place where I grew up. My husband is finishing final exams, therefore he could not come with me on my spring break adventure.

So if we need to go somewhere new, I will be ready. Even if it's scary or unfamiliar, it will still be "home," because it's where we are together. I love you, Josh. :) Thanks for being my "home." :)

"Where thou art - that - is Home."  ~Emily Dickinson

Sunday, April 8, 2012

He Lives!

He lives! I know that My Redeemer Lives! I feel so blessed to have this knowledge that He loves us and He sacrificed everything for us. I want to become more like Him every day in my word and deed. I am thankful for all that He has given us. I am thankful for our prophet that leads and guides us to become more like Him. Jesus Christ Lives. I know that He lives. I am so thankful today. Happy Easter everyone!