Sunday, September 26, 2010

buddy walk, etc

danny and i had a pretty fun weekend. except for the whole byu losing deal.

exhibit a: texas alumni byu BLUEBELL party! i put on my boots and plaid shirt and danny sucked his oklahoma pride up to accompany me to a texas pride party. but really, it was all for the bluebell. i would gladly be bluebell-induced overweight for the rest of my life.

exhibit b: the buddy walk! i work with children who have developmental delays and disabilities and their families. the buddy walk is an event sponsored by the national down syndrome society and utah down syndrome foundation. my work was asked to supply a few volunteers, so me and some girls i work with offered to organize a few little booths of events. we were under the impression that our activities would be among the only things to do there, but (thankfully) they weren't. what i love most about my job was exemplified here: mothers and fathers who have a deep love for their children, because of and in spite of the way they were born. parents and families who have had to deal with the grief that comes when one is given a child that is not exactly what they expected turn around to become the child's greatest advocate. i loved seeing a few moms from our program who were clearly, on some level, in charge of this event. they invest so much time in securing a good present and future for their children. their sweet kids may not understand for a long time how much their mothers and fathers and grandparents and extended family love them-but who of us can? i love, love, love the mothers who reject society's message that a family is not the most important unit in society, that they should not sacrifice their bodies for the creation of children, that they can feel more satisfied in working outside instead of inside the home. these mothers know that their children and their family are truly worthy of their time and effort. they know that "no success can compensate for failure in the home," (david o mckay) and i can't wait to be among them.

exhibit c: byu/nevada game. pretty much sucked. nuff said.

exhibit d: getting to play with our brothers for a few hours! i love family.

exhibit e: church and the general relief society broadcast. today, a speaker said "even though we don't have it all, we have everything." i love that thought. it really made me think. and i'm definitely going to heed president monson's talk and check myself on quick judgments of others.

"The noblest office for a woman is the sacred work of building eternal families, ideally in partnership with her husband." sister silvia h allred.

soon to come: haircuts (i'm chopping it off!!), figuring this dumb tooth out, byu/usu, danny's first test of the year, and, my favorite, general conference.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

best parts of the summer

in no specific order

the marriage of two good friends
vegas for a late honeymoon
our fish who lived for like a week and a half. and left us with a tank, filter, and black pebbles. awesome.
st george, ut. zion's! next time, angel's landing.
the bird i frisbee-killed, who minutes later regained his strength and was the star of a chase/stefan video. more found here
a fun dino!
lovely weekend trips with camping, carbonated springs, hot springs, four-man tubes, and geysers.
neat parks
lake trips with the busb, chase, and stefan. frisbee, hamburger grilling, sunburns, and dead/living birds.
random hikes
having my momma here basically every other month :) and chase and haley moving back up here!
discovering interesting (read:WEIRD) places in slc. ie, gilgal gardens.
watching chase interact with an older brother(-in-law)
dear summer 2010:
you were wonderful. thank you
for helping me fall more in love with my busb and
learn just a fraction of what marriage means,
giving me a tan,
helping me learn how to camp and
weddings become more beautiful,
giving me cool nights for campfires and hikes,
bleaching my 11-inch-long roots a tiny bit,
strengthening my testimony and
as elder holland said, digging my reservoir of faith deeper
so that in times of trial, i know i can reach a little deeper,
making beautiful days for temple-going,
helping us check off a few more
(SLC, Oquirrh, Timp, Vegas, St George, Draper, and soon to be Jordan River),
strengthening our marriage,
and helping us get closer to a year anniversary.

why we are excited for fall:
football games! (please, let's be better)
the colors
having control of our heating :)
cuddling while it snows outside our window
going to colorado for thanksgiving (i think we're invited?)
hikes in the cool weather (timp, squaw, more maybe?)
making new friends,
and loving life.