Monday, October 19, 2009

Spiritual Sunday

High: Being able to prepare and deliver a lesson about the testimonies of the Prophet Joseph Smith. I also read through a good portion of my mission journal entries.

Low: Still feeling pretty lousy from a physical standpoint.

Brittny - 18 October 2009

Low: Eric and I have decided to go back to being more adamant that Sam sleeps in his playpen and not in our bed (since he's kicked Eric out of bed - literally - every night this week). I have a feeling tonight is going to be a loong night.

Highs: My lesson in Relief Society went fairly well. I had a lot less material than I had thought so I was sort of panicking as we raced right through the first two sections. And I didn't feel like my thoughts were coming across very cohesively. Luckily, Eric had a video clip that he was using in his lesson that he let me play from his laptop for my lesson. It was from Elder Holland's talk in our most recent conference. It pulled together my lesson very nicely and filled out the rest of my time perfectly. Phew!

This evening we got to take a family nap after lunch, Sunday naps are the best! (and yes, I do mean nap, get your mind out of the gutters people!)

We had family home evening tonight! It wasn't anything fancy or elaborate, but it was good to be able to spend time together as a family and getting our lives in order and talking about the gospel. It's been difficult to FHE since Eric's been working nights, but we've finally found a good time that we can do it!

Speaking of working nights... my real high is *drumroll please*.... THEY FOUND SOMEONE TO REPLACE ERIC ON THE NIGHT SHIFT!! The new girl won't take over the shift for another 2 months since she has to go through training, but it's SO nice to know that the end is in sight :)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Highes and Lows...

Highs- Being able to watch Sam today at church as Brittny and Eric both had to teach in their auxiliaries today. Also finding out that The ESPN college gameday crew is coming to Provo this weekend for the TCU vs. BYU game. Also another high is being able to be with my wife this weekend and to spend just us time. I love it, also do not tell Taylor this but as I was holding Sam while he was sleeping I could not stop thinking about being a father. Is the time right now that I should be a father no, but I am looking forward to that day.

Low- Seeing Taylor not feeling well, please keep her in your prayers. Also having tomorrow being Monday, not that excited to wake tomorrow at 5am as Taylor and I are training for a marathon in April.

Friday, October 16, 2009

High and sickness...

High- Being able to spend more time with Taylor at home today, and learning yesterday that I received employee of the month at work.
Low- With being able to spend time with Taylor means I am sick...not that fun being sick. So for Cody and Jayson who are both recovering we know how you feel a little bit.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Gettin' buff

High: I got to go on a gym date with my wife and take a nap with her in the afternoon.

Low: Still feeling a bit tired, and I'm super busy with work.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

11 October 2009

High: Stake conference is over for the year.

Low: Realizing the Ward Conferences are just around the corner.

11 October 2009

High: I was a lot more consistent in developing my Christ-like attribute of the week as well as prayers and scripture study.

Low: Lack of sleep from a busy schedule and me not getting to finish my side projects.

Covenants and neighbors

High: On Wednesday I had the privilege of acting as escort as Martha Blackmer and her husband received their Temple Endowment. It was really wonderful to see how excited they were. She made comments about how beautiful the ceremonies were.
Higher: The Bishop asked for ward members to join us that evening for a ward temple trip. Nearly everyone on the session was from our ward. When the Blackmers walked into the celestial room they were greeted by about 50 ward members. Way cool.
Even Higher: On Saturday I again acted as escort to Martha as she and her husband went back to the Temple with their children to be sealed. I can't even type this without starting to cry. I got to drive down in the car with them. Emily kept saying, " I can't wait to be sealed." The whole family was soooo excited. I think Dean might have even been a tiny bit excited but he is way too cool to show it. When we reached the 405 split, Emily looked out the window and saw all the signs and asked, "Are we going to Disneyland?"m
Let me first say that my own children's sealing ceremonies were obviously a way cooler experience but this was definitely a close 2nd. There were young brides also preparing to be sealed that day and it was interesting to see the difference between them and Martha. They were concerned about bridesmaids and flowers. Martha, who had already been married for 20 years instead was focused on the wonderful opportunity to be able to be finally be sealed for eternity to her spouse and her children who she loved so much.
President Brimhall officiated at the ceremony and Beau Belnap and Breck Laing, the missionaries who taught them the gospel, acted as the witnesses. I can't find words to describe the ceremony, let's just say it was awesome and I used a few kleenexes.
Highest: After Martha and Keith were sealed the Temple workers brought in their children. To see their three children all dressed in white kneeling at the altar together was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Again I just can't find the words.
It has been one of the most exciting experiences of my life to be able to work with the Blackmers and help to teach them as they have progressed in the Gospel.
Low: That I don't work more diligently to teach the gospel to more of my neighbors. The reward is so incredible. I wish I would find more ways to be more diligent in helping my friends and neighbors have the opportunity to embrace the covenants of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Sunday October 11,2009

High- Being able to spend time with Brittny, Eric, Samuel and Taylor this weekend and watch BYU blow out UNLV. I know it is not a very big win as far as the AP poll but it was a good win.
Low-Is Brittny and myself the only ones doing this anymore? Any way other then that no lows as life is great at the moment.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Brittny - 10 October 2009

I've meant to post highs and lows a few times this week but hadn't gotten around to it. So these will be for the whole week -

Low: Sleep. I think our whole family needs to sleep more consistently. We need to teach Sam to sleep through the night, and Eric to work normal daytime hours. And by teach Eric to work normal hours I mean teach Omniture to finally let him work the normal daytime hours since they're not using him at night anyways (not that I'm bitter about that or anything :P)

Highs: On Thursday Eric pulled out his violin and practiced some and played for me and Sam. He thought he was rusty but I *loved* listening to him play. It's not a coincidence that I agreed to marry him after seeing him play for the first time (ok, yes it is, but it sure didn't hurt anything ;) ). Whenever I see him play I am always left feeling in awe that I am the wife of such an incredible man. It's hard to explain exactly what it is, but it always reminds me what a smart, passionate, dedicated man he is and how lucky I am to be married to him.

On Friday we had a really fun day. Eric's friend Vance found this place in Provo that has authentic Taiwanese food so we all went there for lunch. It's called the Cooking Taste Right Cafe and the food was really good. Definite high! Then that evening Eric and I went with our good friends the Criddles to Trafalga. Sam stayed at our place with Taylor and Ryan and apparently wasn't a big fan of being left behind, but we had a fun night out with just the two of us, which doesn't happen very often.

Today I went to our Quarterly Relief Society meeting. I ended up not signing up for any of the crafts because I had a hard time deciding on one to do that would be within my skill level without having it be no more difficult than putting stickers on something (sorry, I like the vinyl things that people do, but I have a difficult time considering it a craft) and something that I would actually want. So I spent my morning making a soup for the lunch and just going for that portion of the meeting. I'm really glad that I did! I got to talk with a sister in our ward who has two high-functioning autistic kids and is struggling with a degenerative disorder that is causing her to lose motor function. She needs some help in the evenings and Sam and I need to get out of the house and do something useful. Win win! I'm really excited to have made a new friend in our ward and to finally have something worthwhile to do with my time.

So, I guess that pretty well covers me! Happy Weekend :)