Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tender Mercies

Lately I have been trying to focus on all the great things that I have in my life. I try to turn the T.V. off, stop cleaning, and get off the computer, and spend more time on the floor with my daughter, snuggling with my husband and studying the many sources of the gospel.

I recently came across a talk given by Elder David A. Bednar "The Tender Mercies of the Lord". This is an amazing talk. I wanted to included my "favorite" part of the talk, but I honestly couldn't pick one part. In this talk Elder Bednar tells us what a "tender mercy" is and that everyone has an opportunity to receive them. He also explains that not everyone will recognize it as a tender mercy, but if we are faithful we will be able to recognize them for what they are worth and they will be able to touch our lives.

While Olivia has been napping I have been reflecting on the my tender mercies...A phone call from a loving parent to tell me that I am loved just when I need to hear those words, a priesthood blessing and hug from a worthy husband, a kiss and a smile from a beautiful daughter, or a kind word from a friend. I feel so very blessed to know that my Heavenly Father is aware of me and that He has a hand in my life.

On a lighter note, here are some pictures of one of my favorite tender mercies...
I have no idea why she is naked in most of these

She is the most "tender" when she is sleeping

Future Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Blessings Amid Despair

Many of you may not know that about a month ago Dallin and I found out that we were pregnant. We were very excited. However, about a week ago we found out that we had miscarried. Dallin and I have felt great despair as well as feeling very blessed. Physically and emotionally this experience has been very very difficult for me. I am happy to say that at this point I feel very at peace with the whole situation.

Looking back I now see some signs that it wasn't a viable pregnancy. For one I felt great. For those of you who knew me during my first pregnancy knows how sick I got. This time that never happened. I chalked it up to maybe it possibly being a boy, and decided just to be grateful for an easier pregnancy.

Dallin and I have prayed and thought a lot over the last week or so and have felt great comfort. We both know that we have a loving Heavenly Father who is aware of our sorrow and our sacrifice. We both feel that this was just part of the plan and that we will be blessed soon with other children.

This last weekend we were able to listen to modern day Prophets of the Lord. As I sat in our living room with our small family all I could think about was how blessed we really are. We have a beautiful baby girl who has brought so much happiness into our lives. Dallin has a job that allows us to pay our bills and put food on the table, all while I am able to stay home and raise our daughter. We both have loving families that have felt our sadness and comforted us during this time. We also have had friends who helped and supported us in all the ways that they could.

However, what I felt most of all was the arms of my Heavenly Father wrapped around me. I know that I am a daughter of God and I know that He is very aware of me and my life.

Dallin and I are both doing great and hope to have more children soon. Until then we are more than happy to enjoy the lives that we have.

On a happier note, here is a cute picture.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

What does a sheep say? - Aaa

Olivia loves animals so last weekend we decided to take a trip to the Oakland zoo. We had such a fun time that we decided to get a year pass.

They had a petting zoo area where we were able to pet some goats and kitty cats. When you ask O what a goat, donkey or sheep says her answer is "Aaaa". She also will say "booofff" for dogs and cows. (we are working on it)

 She couldn't decide if she was beyond happy or scared to death, but in the end she didn't want to leave, because she couldn't get enough them.

 I think all of our favorites by far were the spider monkeys. They were definitely in the mood to entertain and were putting on a great show.
 We rode the sky ride and were able to get a birds eye view of some of the park.

 By the end we were all happy and tired. Some more so than others.
I think we will be heading back tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Grandpa Visit

Two weeks ago my Dad had to come out to California for business. Since his appointment was only 30 minutes away from us he decided to stay and make a weekend visit of it. We were so happy to have him here and had a blast.

Olivia's new favorite word is now Bam-pa (grandpa). If she sees a picture of him or if the phone rings she will say his name over and over. She now associates the computer, because of skype, with Grandma and Grandpa and every time we open the laptop she thinks it should be time to skype and see them.

While Grandpa was here we decided to do some sight-seeing.

On Friday night we headed to the Oakland Temple. Just like most LDS temple the grounds are beautiful and the Oakland temple is no exception. It has beautiful fountains, a stream and amazing flowers. You are also able to walk on the roof at this temple and see the gorgeous view. We walked around and then wandered into the visitors center. There we were able to see the Christus (large statue of Christ) and a touching presentation about families.

On Saturday we started with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Dallins company built the building and does projects on it every now and then so we were able to get some free tickets.

Later that day we headed to Pebble Beach to see the golf course and the beautiful drive. We were able to walk down the the 18th hole and Olivia had a blast just running as fast as she could.

We then headed to San Francisco City and did some shopping, some sight seeing, and some eating.

The next day we headed to church and then sent Grandpa on his way. We had an amazing time and can't wait to see all the grandparents in October.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Trip across the country

On Thursday, July 7th, we loaded everything we owned into the moving truck. Thanks to all that helped, we would have been in a lot of trouble if we hadn't had your help. Special thanks to my dad who loaded the truck like a pro! There wasn't an inch of free space. The door to the truck was closed as the rain started coming down. We sent Olivia home with my parents while we did some last minute errands and then head to my parents to spend the night. That is when the trouble began.

We didn't get back to my parents until pretty late that night and planned to leave early the next morning. We decided, even though it was dark and raining, that we needed to get the car loaded on the the tow dolly that night so we could leave the next morning without the worry of loading it up. However, when I went to pull the rope over the front tire I felt the radial of the tire. There wasn't much we could do about it right then so we choose to worry about it when we got to California.

We woke early the next morning and headed out. After a word of prayer and a goodbye to family we were on the road.

The first day was long but went great. Olivia did wonderful and almost never complained. Our plan was to drive that whole day stay in a hotel and then drive a little longer to spend some time with my grandparents in TX. We were ready to leave the hotel when Dallin went out to check the truck and the car to find what he thought were two flat front tires on the focus. Since it was a short day and we didn't want to risk it we took the car in first thing that morning to get the tires changed. It was a time and money set back that didn't make us very happy (however, it turned out to be multiple blessings in disguise). In the end we had to replace 3 of the four tires. Once that was done we were on the way again. We spent time with my grandparents, whom Olivia had never met, and were back on the road the next day to continue our journey.

Olivia spent most the the car ride hanging on to her dad's arm. We tired moms since dad drove most of the time and needed his arm free, but moms arm was not good enough and was thrown to the side right away.

The next day was long, but uneventful. Our last day on the road was the longest, most stressful. After getting gas and getting on the road we discovered that the gas gage on the truck was acting a bit funny. We had just filled up and after being on the road for a short time the gage would drop all the way down. Dallin pulled over turned the truck off, turned it back on and the gage jumped back up and was fine until we stopped for gas again. The next time we filled up we were not so lucky. The same thing happened and we decided to watch our miles. We started to get a little low on gas and decided to stop at the next exit. That, however, didn't happen when we ran out of gas in the middle of the California dessert about 5-10 miles before the next exit. We pulled over and made the decision to unload the focus (now with new tires that would make it to the next exit) and Dallin would go get some gas. Olivia and I waited in the heat with the truck. Dallin pulled up to the next gas station to find that it was shut down and he would have to drive roughly another 20 miles to the next gas station. In the end we were safe and watch over, but it was scary and not fun to be dealing with this situation.

We finally pulled into our hotel that we would be staying in until found a place to live around 11pm (18 hours of driving). We felt blessed to have made it there safe and sound.


During all the vacations and parties we found out that we would be moving across the country to Fremont, CA. We had about two weeks from the day we found out to get everything packed and leave. Before that though we were trying to spend time with my little brother Austin. He would be leaving for two years to serve the people of the Philippines two days before we were going to leave Florida.

Here we are at the airport saying goodbye at 5 in the morning.
My mom and I have started a blog here that will follow him along the way.

He is currently in the Missionary Training Center (MTC) where he is learning the language and how to best teach and serve those he will be coming in contact with. We love him and are so proud of him.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

1 Year Old

While Dallin's family was still in town and we had some family friends visiting, we decided to celebrate Olivia's birthday. We had a BBQ, went swimming, opened presents, and ate cake. I had a hard time editing the amount of pictures to put on here so beware...

Before the party even began, Olivia and her cute cousin Max found their own little party. They spent 20 minutes playing in this puddle. I guess they didn't know we were just about to go swimming.

 I have no idea what they were all looking at, but it must have been interesting.

 Olivia sure loved having her cousin Max around. Every once and a while she would go up to him and just lay her head on him (her way of giving hugs).

 Here is Mr. Max, he thought this was the funniest thing.
 Here is Olivia and her uncle Austin. He is now in the MTC in Provo, UT, preparing to serve the people in the Philippines.

 Abi and Teresa were visiting for Austin's farewell. We were so glad they were here to celebrate with us.

It was then time for presents and cake.

 Olivia wasn't a huge fan of the cake. Max tried to show her how it was done.

Thank you everyone who celebrated with us and bought gifts for Olivia. She is one lucky little girl to have you all in her life.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

We're back, but not back in Florida

So the last two months have been some of the busiest, most stressful, most emotinal, exciting couple of months of my life. I'll start at the beginning.

At the beginning of June my family did a small family vacation. We all wanted to get in one last vacation as a family before we all went our seperate ways. We drove up to north Florida. First we went para sailing (which I don't have any pictures of since they somehow disappeard from my camera). The next day we all did a ropes course.We then headed home and went rock climbing.Inbetween we went swimming, out to dinner, played games, and mainly just had a blast!

As soon as we got back, our second "vacation" started when Dallin's family came into town. We had a great time hanging out, going to dinner, the beach and the water park.

Olivia and her cute cousin Max. We had the most fun just watching them run around and play with each other.

More to come