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. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Trek

 For most people, Trek in Wyoming at Martins Cove is a once in a lifetime opportunity if it even presents itself.  I am SO THANKFUL that I was able to go on trek, and consider it a complete privilege to have been on such hallowed ground.  Our first day of trek, June 30th, we left Fairview in the morning and arrived in Wyoming around 6 pm.  We set up camp(at 6th crossing, sweetwater campground) and had a wonderful dinner and devotional. 
 July 1st.  We did a day trip to Martins Cove.  That day we walked 7 miles.  Martins Cove was AWESOME!  We got to do a river crossing and go up into the Cove.  The missionaries were great, they brought the spirit with them.  I loved the statues representing the men who carried the pioneer women and children across the sweetwater river.  Martins Cove is definitely a sacred place. 
 July 2nd We walked 10 miles that day.  We were able to go to the Willie meadow, where the willie rescue happened.  We were able to pull our handcarts on the actual trail that the pioneers were on.  As we were on the trail, Kade leaned over to pick something up. It was a handmade nail.  We think it was one that came from a handcart or something from back in the day. We also got to do 3 river crossings where we got to play and swim in the 3rd river.  (pictured above are my beautiful young women!  I love them so much!  I'm so lucky to get to spend so much time with them!  They make my testimony grow because of their goodness.  This picture was after we completed the womens pull.  I love how the pioneer stories compare directly to our everyday lives.  The womens pull taught me that we can do hard things!  And we will be required to do many hard things throughout our lives. Ours are just different from the pioneers but we can draw strength from them.)
 My nephew Trevon was able to come on the trek with us.  I'm SO glad he made that choice to come.  He is a tough kid!  He pulled the handcart almost the entire 32 miles of the trek! We grew so close to him as we were on trek.  
 July 3rd was our last day in Wyoming.  We walked 15 miles that day. We got up at 4:30 in the morning to clean up camp to be ready to leave by 6.  It was a long long day.  The last mile and a half, the wind was blowing so hard, directly in our faces, the dust was so thick that you couldn't see 50 feet in front of you.  we tried not to talk to each other because our mouths would fill with dirt.  It was interesting how that happened the last mile and a half of our trek.  Again, it compares directly to our lives.  When we are almost there, but we feel like its just getting too hard, often the Lord wants us to just endure a little longer, and he will reward us. There is something he wants us to learn. And maybe we endure to the end of our mortal lives before we get what we seek, but always for a greater purpose.  So often we just need to keep pushing through the hard times and we'll make it....and it will be more than worth it!
I have so many pictures and so many experiences that I could share, but there are just too many, so I'll keep it short and sweet.  When we reach Rock Creek Hollow, which was the end of our 15 miles, the end of our 32 mile trek, I could definitely feel the spirit.  We had some dinner, sat down for  a bit to get refreshed from our long walk, and then we headed over to where we would have our testimony meeting.  We were tired, we were dirty, we were humble, ready to be taught.  Rock Creek Hollow was where I really felt the spirit.  So many people died in that very place.  People who wanted so badly to make it to the Salt Lake Valley but just could go no more.  Little Bodel was a little girl whos family sent her to come to the Salt Lake Valley alone because they didn't have enough money to all go together. Going to Salt Lake was a privledge to them even if you had to go alone.  They sent her first, with plans to come later on.  She never made it to Salt Lake.  She is burried there in Rock Creek Hollow. She was the little girl who was frozen, sitting by a wagon wheel with an armful of sagebrush ready to make a fire.  If you have ever seen the movie 17 Miracles, she is in it.  The testimony meeting was indescribable.  I have never felt the spirit like that in any other testimony in my life.  It was powerful.  I have reflected on that so many times since the trek happened, and have decided upon a few things.  When we go on trek(in our modern day) we often go with sort of an attitude of "this is going to be so hard, I wish I could shower, I can't wait to get home, why am I here, I'm so tired".  Its because we have it so good, we've never had to face hard times like these.  When the pioneers came across the plains, all they cared about was getting to the Salt Lake Valley so they could go to the temple to receive their covenants.  That's all they thought about.  They knew it would be hard, but that was not their focus, they just had to reach the valley so they could enjoy those blessings of the temple.  I also feel when we go on trek today, and make our modern day sacrifices to be there, sacrifices of driving 7 hrs, not being able to shower or have our nice conviences, turning off all of our technology, I feel like the pioneers recognize our efforts and appreciate that we have come and taken time to learn more about them and what they did for us.  THAT IS WHY THE TESIMONY MEETING WAS SO STRONG.  The pioneers visited us in spirit because we gave of our time to honor them.  I will never forget that experience, I will treasure it forever.