November 23, 2009

God Bless America

I don't know these people, but I feel like this is a fantastic idea and feel like we should all unite and do this. It takes so little effort.


My wife and I are firmly convinced that our elected politicians are incapable of representing the will of the American people and incapable of adhering to the Constitution of the United States of America which they took a solemn oath to uphold and defend.

We are among the millions of U.S. Citizens who are at our wits end sending e-mails, faxes, telephoning, meeting with elected officials, demonstrating, rallying and hoping that those representatives will do the will of the people. They have failed. Have we, as well?

The United States of America is a choice land, a nation that was founded by our forefathers who were divinely inspired by God the Father Almighty.

This choice nation has been the defender of freedom throughout its relatively short history. We have led in the fight for freedom against many tyrants and dictators who have plundered and pilfered their citizens and have subjected them to great sufferings through blood and horror.

The people of those nations who suffered such great injustice knew that they could always depend upon the goodness, power and righteousness of the United States of America to extract them from their plights, and it was done many times over. It was not done without expense -- the expense of the blood and sacrifice of the members of our armed forces and the suffering of their families.

As the year 2009 soon comes to a close, we the citizens of the United States of America find ourselves facing many of the challenges those nations suffered at the hands of their political leaders. We are being attacked from within!

Who do we turn to? To which great nation can we turn to help us keep and maintain our freedom? We do not have the same hope of those nations to whom we were benefactors.

We MUST turn to our Savior. If we are a righteous people, we will be deserving of, and receive of His blessings as He has promised. He suffered and died for us; He atoned for our sins --each of us, individually.

We know that, as a nation, we can once again be the choicest of lands. However, we cannot achieve that blessing without our willingness to please our Lord and Savior.

We are asking that all who read this message, who have faith in Christ, designate Sunday, December 6, 2009 as a day of fasting and prayer for America.

You do not have to march on the nation's Capitol or attend a tea-bag rally. From the comfort of your home, you can get on bended knee, and with broken heart and contrite spirit, petition the Lord to bless this nation generously according to His will. Then keep the fast for that day. Make that Christlike commitment to our Heavenly Father. He will listen, He will answer. That has been promised.

"And whatsoever ye shall ask the father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you." (3 Nephi 18-20) "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." (Matthew 21:22)

Joe and Janice Hagen, St. George, UT."

November 20, 2009

10 Reasons Why Today is a Good Day

1. We're OUTTA HERE!

2. Family

3. Turkey. . . oh Turkey.

4. No work for a WEEK. HALLELUJAH!

5. Family

6. Turkey

7. Pumpkin Pie

8. Skiing

9. Stuffing


We're so excited for our week off to play and laugh and eat and eat and see lots and lots of family! Goodbye Rexburg, Hello Ellensburg and Pasco!!

November 10, 2009

"Love, it seems like only yesterday, you were just a child at play. . ."

Anyone who can name that song and what movie it is on will get 10 points. :) I'll give ya a hint. It's a Disney animated movie. I almost made that too easy. Oh well! Good luck!

So, Dallin and I decided on Sunday that we wanted to take a drive up to Mesa Falls. It's about 45 minutes from here and is where he proposed to me last fall. September 20, to be exact. It was really neat to go back up there, just me and him, and think about that day. It was such an exciting day. A day that will forever be burned into my memory. I remember thinking that I was the luckiest girl in the world that day. I still think I am the luckiest girl in the world today. And I am pretty sure I will always feel that way.

Here is my favorite picture of us on the day we got engaged.

Do we look different now? I kind of feel like we do. Not REALLY different, just. . . a little different, I guess. :) (Wow Ash, way to stun em with your eloquence!) Needless to say, I feel a lot different, on the inside, from that day. I have learned a lot. I have faced a lot. And I have grown a lot. We're coming up on our first year of marriage, and I have to admit, it's been a pretty dang good ride. We've had our moments that were hard, most definitely, but it has been such an awesome experience that I would not trade for anything.

Now, here are our pictures from this trip. We didn't have anyone there to take pictures of us this time, except each other, so we just worked with it. :)

This next picture was from last year at the lower falls, and when we were there Sunday, there were guys who were kayaking off of that! It was insane! We watched two guys go down the falls and, thankfully, resurface a couple seconds later. It was totally insane. I have made little markers to show you how/where they went down the falls. Just click on the image and it will enlarge, then you can see everything better.

Pretty crazy, eh? We thought so!

November 1, 2009

Things I've Learned About Me. . .

. . . In the past 22 years of my life. Two days ago, I turned 22. For some reason, that little fact is exceedingly weird to me. I don't know why. I just don't feel 22. 22 is supposed to be a mature age, right? Not so. At least in my case. Maybe when I am 30? Maybe. I'll let you know in 8 years. Anyhow, although I don't feel oh so mature, like I thought I might when I turned 22, I do feel that I have learned a few valuable lessons in my life. Some of them very recently.

1. Life is fun. There are twists and turns and craziness and days where I want to pull my hair out, but it's exciting. You just gotta roll with the punches.

2. Life is also just life. Things happen. Circumstances come about and it can be hard, but you live and you learn and you rely on the Lord. You REALLY rely on the Lord. And He helps you. Every time. Thank goodness.

3. Baking/cooking may be my calling in life. Just ask Dallin. I LOVE to be in the kitchen creating, discovering, trying out new recipes. I get so much satisfaction out of hearing a compliment on my cooking/baking. Makes my day!!

4. Having said that, I am such a meat and potatoes kinda girl. I was born to eat meat. I believe it is safe to say that I will never be a vegetarian. Ever.

5. I love my rose colored glasses. Things may not be ideal in the world, but I will always look at it with my rose colored glasses. I am my Father's daughter. I am an optimist.

6. I'll always be a kid at heart. I love the excitement of Christmas and Santa Claus, I love Halloween and costumes and dress up and Disney Movies. I love make believe and the endless possibilities that a child's perspective holds.

7. I was born to be a mother. I have a mothering instinct for just about anyone I meet. Which probably explains why I love to cook so much. I relate cooking to mothering and showing love to those I care most about. I love children. I cannot wait for little ones to be running around our home.

8. I am the most independent dependent person you will ever meet. Oxy-moron? Yes. I can be stubbornly independent and do things on my own, but when it comes right down to it, at the end of the day, I love that I have my husband to protect and love me. He will always be the one who I am completely and hopelessly dependent on. And I am 100% ok with that. :)

9. I am totally and completely in love with my husband. He is amazing. He spoils me and loves me and would do anything for me. And I feel the same way about him. I will spoil him and love him and do anything and EVERYTHING for him and be 100% happy about it. He's my help meet, my azer cnegdo(Hebrew, I'll explain it later), my corresponding opposite. And I love him.

10. Family is all that really matters in life. That little tid bit didn't hit me fully until I went through the temple for the first time. I walked into the celestial room, and every single member of my immediate family was there, radiant and beautiful. I was overwhelmed by the sight and by the feelings that coursed through my body. I had never felt so loved and so whole in my entire life. And then I turned and looked at my husband-to-be and REALLY felt loved and whole. After that moment, I knew that family (and those amazing friends who pretty much are family) was all that mattered in life. Loving and serving and doing all that we can to return to live with them in the here-after. That's what it's all about.

So, that's what I've learned, in a nutshell. There's more, obviously, but those are the things that really stick out to me. I am so grateful for all that I have been given. For my amazing family, for Dallin's amazing family, for Dallin, for the Church. I am so blessed. And so, so lucky.

Here are a few pictures of the cake and me with the cake and me with my husband and the cake. Please, enjoy. :)

The side view

Top view (yes, it was devilishly delicious.) Ooohh, say that five times fast!

The Birthday girl with her birthday cake

Showin off the birthday cake!

Aawww, ain't we cute?? :)

P.S. for those of you who want this recipe, hop on over to this lovely lady's blog! It's delicious. And super healthy. . . hah! SIKE! :)