Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hunting Season

Well hunting season is upon us, and among all the other crazy things going on in our lives, we manage to go hunting, and it's great! I love hiking around and I especially love seeing elk! Kade did get a shot the other day but it was REALLY far away, but I still got it on video, and it was fun to watch :) 
After all the action died down we decided to play a game of golf.....I won :) 
I LOVE the flowers, can't get over how pretty they are! 
And the sunsets and sunrises in this valley......stunning! We are very BLESSED! 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Our summer so far

 I have been a terrible blogger lately.....I don't have much time these days, and now that girls camp is over things will die down a bit.  But even though things are always busy, summer has been awesome!  I want it to slow down a little bit.  Here are some pics to show what we've been up too :)  Of course lots of horse riding, my life would not be complete without that!
 Daisy has her first litter of pups!  5 beautiful healthy little doggies! :) I just love them!  I love to hold them and snuggle them.  The day they were born was quite the day, we thought we only had 3 but 3 turned into 5! and we thought we had a dead one!  NOPE it was alive! Daisy has been such a good mom!

 We got to go to the Payson temple open house, which I loved!  It is one beautiful temple with exquisite detail! I can't wait to go now that's its dedicated!
 Kades boy trip to the boulder
 We got to kick off the summer parades at Scandinavian Days! Lots of fun, lots of people! Lots of otter pops from Power Plus!

 Got to go see the first test ride ever on Brandons boat that he's been working on with Bo.  Runs like a champ! :)
 I'm going to miss Dallas so much now that he's gone! :(  He just loved coming to see the puppies! He even had us bring 2 puppies up to their house the night before he went into the MTC so he could hold them :)
 We got to do lots of fun things with Dallas before he left.  And we got to go to Lagoon with Power Plus and the family!  It was fun, its been so long since I've been to Lagoon!
 I loved Wicked, well I guess it kinda freaked me out acutally!  :)  We just missed the new ride by a few days, but wicked was pretty awesome.
 So......lots of crazy weather these days!  When I was coming home from youth conference I basically had to slow down to about 30 mph or less because the road was a sheet of ice from hail.  There has been a lot of hail this season! I wondered a few times if my windshield was going to shatter!
 These 3 are the property welcome greeters!  They're quite the trio
The puppies are HUGE! I love their little faces!
 Whitney has been my little summer buddy! We have been doing 4-H together and she is doing so well!  Her skill is improving a lot.  She is catching onto things fast.  She's so fun to have around, she makes my life so much better!
 We've been working hard on horse knowledge and she took 1st place on her test!
 Sarah has also been joining the horse fun! she stared to come with Whitney to her horse lessons so she could learn too.
 I took Whitney to her first horse show and she did awesome! :)  It was so fun to watch her.  I was having flashbacks of when I was a kid!
 Those faces........

We finally moved this little buddy (Ombre) over to the property so we can continue his training more often and so the girls can work with him.  We'll that's our summer so far in a nutshell! :)

Happy Anniversary!

 Our anniversary was on June 4th. Crazy how fast 10 years can go by! It feels like yesterday and it feels like I've been with Kade forever!  Life is good!  With all of the business going on, we managed to take a little time and get away for a couple days.  We went up to Daniels Summit lodge.  It is up in between Heber and Strawberry reservoir. What a beautiful place!  The mountains are gorgeous right now with all the foliage.  The lodge was a perfect get away because it has a restaurant that does breakfast lunch and dinner, so we didn't have to go find a place to eat, we just stayed at the lodge the whole time and then drove to the lake the next day..... but then again, this is our kind of vacation........a place where there are NO people :)
 
As I've mentioned in posts before, I'm so grateful for Kade, he is my rock. I don't know what I'd do without him. Life is a roller coaster but the cool thing about roller coasters is they go up and they go down and the momentum all along the way is what keeps it interesting and exciting!  You've got to go down to be able to go up, and you've got to go up to be able to go down! :)  Its awesome to be married to someone who is amazing through both the ups and the downs.  Someone who puts their Heavenly Father first and loves the gospel.  That's what life is all about!  I'm grateful for this life I get to live, and all the joy and sorrow I get to feel!  Its wonderful! :)





Wednesday, April 22, 2015

4-H

Meet the the Fairview 4-H club. I'm so excited to be helping assist with the new Fairview horse 4-H club! I remember doing horse 4-h for 7 years and I can say that it changed my life. It taught me how to train my horse, connect with others and have loads of fun on horse back! It also teaches you the value of hard work, persistence,  and doing your very best.  For the horse lover, you can't quite get enough of these beautiful animals and it become a slight addiction :) I'm excited to be able to help kids have this awesome connection and experience with a horse! 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Welcome Spring!

Spring is my absolute favorite time of the year, I love it even more than the fall, hard to believe I know, but I do! The reason I love it so much is because of all the "New" things in life that are coming. The new grass the new baby horses the beginning of a long happy season of sunshine! And one of my other favorite things is the spring flower buds, on the trees. Just beautiful. I kinda relate it to life too, spring is a new beginning, and new beginnings are wonderful! There's so much joy around us, we just have to see it! 

So being spring time, I have been wanting to make a new door hanging that is bright and cheery. I had found this old ugly frame at a yard sale for $1.00,  knowing I would do something with it. Well, this is what it ended up being! I still need to tack down the welcome sign and hang it on the door! Happy Spring time! 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Reflections of 2014

As I look back on 2014, I have to say it was a crazy year. It was a year full of the greatest excitement we've ever known and also the greatest disappointment and sorrow we've yet felt in our married lives together. It was also a year of the refiners fire for me, I've always had a testimony and I would say it's always been continually growing but there have been moments that have felt as though time has stood still.....moments that have taught me so much.

 I have learned a greater compassion for others and have connected with those who have suffered great heartache. I'm truly grateful for the knowledge that we gain from experience, it's unique and individual to each one of us....because our paths of life are all very different.

This year I've also become more attuned to those in life who are victims of circumstance. I feel more often than not, we go through things that will just happen to us completely out of our control. People like foster children who had no say in why they are where they are in their lives, war veterans who were summoned to duty and now live with the repercussions and trauma, people with illnesses or handicaps who had nothing to do with the cause of their health, people who lose dear loved ones and are left to pick up the pieces once again, the list goes on and on! And the thing that I witness the most is often times they continue on with life with smiles on their faces! It's inspiring!

I've also learned the power of HOPE. Sometimes we don't want to "get our hopes up" because dreams may just be shattered in the end anyways(I'm guilty of this).....but there is a spiritual excitement in each one of us that longs to hope, it's healthy and causes joy in our souls! It also sparks the natural desire in us to fight for what we HOPE for.

There's a whole new meaning to me, to the phrase "WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE". Our ultimate dreams are possible through Him because He is a God of miracles, but it's also possible to accept His will if that is something different than yours. It's possible to be completely happy despite our challenges. It's possible to HOPE for the righteous desires of your heart and accept the outcome and will of our Father. This life is a tiny speck in the eternities, but oh how important this tiny speck is, and how it can change the outcome of our eternal lives.

We are excited to see what 2015 will bring! We are so lucky to live in this time where the gospel is spreading throughout the earth and so many wonderful new things are taking place!  We hope that all of you will experience bounteous blessings this upcoming year! HAPPY NEW YEAR! :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

It will all work out

 Man I love this man!  :)  I was just thinking today, how grateful I am for Kade in my life.  He is such a rock and strength to me each day.  He is so calm.....ALWAYS, and he never gets upset.  He's got faith that I've never seen before.  His phrase to me is always, "It will all work out".  Which always reassures me that things will always and forever, be ok.  He amazes me with his patience, and his love of the gospel.  I love our discussions about the gospel, and about our Sunday lessons. Sometimes we will give our lessons to each other before we give them to the class, just to maybe bring out some other thoughts that hadn't come to the surface yet. 
This past year has been a tough year for us, but we have grown together, even though its been hard.  I think about all the hard times in our lives and how, those times are usually when we learn and grow the most and how lessons are learned that our Father in heaven wants us to learn.  And then, when you think you've learned a lesson, he gives you another lesson to learn.  And it continues throughout life.  Our experiences are what make us the individuals that our Father in Heaven wants us to become. We learn to be submissive and humble, teachable.  Sometimes when things are going so good, I think its harder to be humbled.  I think so many times, we picture our lives a certain way, and then when we are faced with things that we didn't "picture" in our plan, we have to learn a new way of thinking.  We may have to adapt to a new plan, but somehow, it all works, and fits into what was meant to be.  As I teach my young women each week, I look into their faces and hope that they grasp this gospel with all their hearts, because if they don't have strong testimonies when they go out into this world, the trials that come their way may break them.  Its such a critical time for them right now. We learn all of these principals when we grow up, but when we actually have to put them to practice in our lives, its a whole different ball game. The gospel is what we can rely on for that constant peace that we are searching for.  One thing I've had to learn, is to trust God. I've had to just turn my life over to Him and have faith.  I've had to trust that he knows me, and He has a plan for us and that He loves us so much, more than we can understand and He gives us hard things BECAUSE He loves us! 
We truly could not comprehend anything in this life without trials.  There would be no way to have even a glimpse of what the atonement is all about without trials.  Its how the Lord connects with us.  Its how He asks us to get to know Him better and to know our Savior, and sometimes we still don't accept this invitation because we often let bitterness and anger stand in our way of this beautiful gift!  I'm so grateful for my Savior, for loving me enough to grant me this opportunity to live life, and to experience the joys and sorrows that give me the understanding that I need, to become who He wants me to become.  Its never an easy thing and so many times I feel like I'm failing, but thank goodness we get that chance! 
Life is good.........enjoy the journey......even the tough times.