I Love My Family

I am so so lucky! I have the greatest family in the entire world! I just wanted to say a few things about each member of my family and how much they mean to me.

To my sweet wife Ashley-

I love your patience with me. I love that we can talk for hours. I love that we love being together. I love that you push me to be my best. I love that you keep all of your covenants. I love that you love to learn. I love that you are slow to frustration. I love that you rely upon our Savior Jesus Christ. I love that you serve everyone that you meet. I love that you are a friend to all. I love that you think the same way that I do. I love that you are so gorgeous. I love that you are spontaneous. I love that you love me. I love that we have the same goals. I love your sacrifice to make me happy. I love your charity for everyone.

Grandma and Grandpa Day-

I love your tenacity for each other. I love your spunk and your great love for me. I love your friendly conversations. I love your happiness and joy. I love your optimism and peace. I love your devotion to each other.

Grandma and Grandpa Corsini-

I love your resourcefulness. I love your generosity. I love your support. I love your willingness to sacrifice. I love your attention to detail. I love your familial focus. I love your sticktoitiveness.

Dad-

I love your teachings of hard work and charity. I love your service. I have never seen a man fulfill his calling better than you do. You sustain your leaders. I love your decisions for our family. I love your protection. I love your faith. I love your testimony of the gospel. I love your sacrifice for us as your children. I love your consistency. I love your patience. I love your diligence.

Mom-

I love your smile. I love your beauty. I love your preparedness. I love your planning. I love your faith. I love your testimony of Jesus Christ. I love your excitement to serve. I love your finish at all costs mentality. I love your willingness to raise us! I love your waffles. I love your devotion to your calling. I love your faithfulness in scripture study. I love your motherliness.

James-

I love your diligence. I remember when I was younger and you would stay up late into the night reading Preach My Gospel. I took note of that. I love that you are like a scripture hero to me. I love that you are willing to teach. I love that you are willing to correct. I love that you are such a great example to me. I love that you work so hard. I love the testimony you have built.

Stacey-

I love your friendliness. I love your get back up attitude. I love your faith. I love your strength. I love your stories. I love your kindness. I love your patience. I love your faithfulness. I love your optical advice. I love your friendship.

Weston-

I love your cuteness. I love your passion for life. I love that you’re becoming a little man.

Robert-

I love your passion for things. I love how invested you are into everything that you do. I love your ability to learn. I love how smart you are. I love how you can make anything awesome. I love your humor. I love your patience and optimism. I love your persistence. I love your willingness to help a brother out.

Brandi-

I love your love for Myla. I love your problem solving abilities. I love your quick wit. I love your patience. I love your love for Robert. I love your abilities to make anything a hobby. I love your introductions to fun new things.

Myla-

I love your cute smile. I love your joy. I love your individuality. I love your creativity.

Emmali-

I love your ability to be kind. I love your pondering heart and mind. I love your faithful service. I love your sweet clothes. I love your willingness to understand. I love your patience. I love your charity. I love your zeal for gospel learning. I love your continuation of your mission. I love your faith. I love your smile and joy. I love your personality. I love your ability to feel what others feel.

Eldon-

I love your willingness to help. I love your patience. I love your willingness to laugh. I love your faithful serving. I love your kindness to me. I love your love for your children. I love your understanding. I love your dedication to those around you. I love your happiness.

Shelley-

I love your kindness and love. I love your cute projects. I love your strength and positivity. I love your service and your charity. I love your teaching and fulfillment of God’s plan. I love your ability to complete any task. I love your caring and loving personality

McKay-

I love your zeal for life. I love your positivity. I love your excitement about everything new. I love your service to me and your love of sports. I love your willingness to have fun in every situation. I love your faith that the Lord will direct you in every way you should go.

Spencer-

I love your faith. I love your persistence. I love your example to me to serve and have joy. I love your hard work. I love your grilling. I love your pathway to righteousness. I love your humility.

Wade-

I love your sense of humor. I love your intelligence. I love your happiness. I love your friendliness. I love your optimism and ability to make everything fun. I love your dedication and improvement in running. I love your smile.

Rachel-

I love your cuteness. I love your happiness. I love your commitment to the gospel. I love your ability to find things that you are good at and your ability to do those things. I love your love for your family. I love your kindness to me. I love your lessons on gospel things.

Grandma and Grandpa Gooch-

I love your willingness to support. I love your willingness to serve. I love your kindness and generosity. I love your strong will and your happiness.

Grandpa Palmer-

I love your amazing memory. I love your poems. I love your faith. I love your love for Grandma. I love your stories. I love your example.

I love my family and I love Jesus Christ and how through His power it is made eternal!!

He lives! Happy Easter!

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Caucused

Yesterday, Thomas and I made our way to our local caucus to make our voice heard & cast our vote for the next President of the United States. It was exciting to be apart of! I couldn’t believe the turn out & felt (using the words of the famous anthem)..I was proud to be an American!

  The last time there was a Presidential election, I was in the MTC & didn’t have the chance to vote. However, as I’ve followed the presidential candidates on mediums such as The New York Times, CNN, The Today Show & The Deseret News I was excited to join the hundreds of thousands of other Americans and cast my vote.

Never attending a caucus before, I was a little confused how it all worked. I was surprised that there weren’t more clear instructions online as to how caucuses worked and what I should expect.

For those of you who are new at this, like I was, here is how caucuses work:

  1. Before going, register online at least a week before to vote so you can skip the crazy lines! (speaking of crazy lines, get there early so you can miss the mob/zoo of people!)
  2. When you arrive, find your precinct. (Assigned according to your address) There are large maps that can help you locate what precinct you are in when you arrive in the lobby.
  3. Go to your precinct’s location and find your name on the registered voters list, organized by last name. If you weren’t able/forgot to register online, you can fill out a little paper that you can register on site. (This isn’t recommended because of the lines!)
  4. At this point, you can do one of two things. You can vote for the presidential candidate of your choice, and then leave OR you can vote for the presidential candidate of your choice, and enter the caucus room. Each precinct then has a meeting that chooses delegates that will vote for the president later this year.

As I mentioned earlier it was great to see how many people came out to make their voice heard! Your vote matters.

#LDSFACE2FACE

Last Tuesday, Elder Holland, Elder Hallstrom, and Sister Stephens participated in a live event on lds.org. Did you see it?

As Thomas and I were finishing up washing the dishes at our little house, my brother texted us to see if we were watching. For some reason, we had not realized that it was that very night, (funny how that happens) and so we grabbed our laptop and ran to our front room, which is conveniently 7 steps away from our kitchen.

We connected to the free Brick Oven WiFi & started watching. It was absolutely wonderful! Not only was my dear friend from high school Levi Williams the moderator (single ladies, I’ll set you up! )

…but it was so refreshing and wonderful to hear from our leaders as they spoke candidly, didn’t try and skirt past the tough issues like the political leaders of today, & shared their powerful testimonies.

If you missed it– whether you’re married, single, unsure of your faith, need a boost of confidence, or just want to feel evidence of God’s love, head over to lds.org and watch this broadcast.

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I received answers to questions I hadn’t realized I had. Afterwards Elder Holland continued to answer questions on his Facebook page.

The prophets of today know us. They listen to the Lord and help us to understand how the Lord cares for and is constantly directing us.

 

Do you want to build a snowman?

If you speak a foreign language, whether it be you learned it in high school, on a mission or just out of pure desire, watching some of your favorite movies in another language can be a fun way to review or even learn different aspects of the language you didn’t know.

A little bit ago, a dear friend (and former Hong Kong mission companion) shared this adorable video with me & not only is the little voice just the CUTEST, I loved being reminded of how much I love Cantonese and want to SYL more.

So no matter what other languages you speak, or even if you don’t, I’m certain foreign language Disney can bring a smile to your face.

The 7th Sister

Going from a steady diet of yogurt and wheat thin crackers to being married and wanting to be sure I made edible meals that my male counterpart would enjoy seemed like an incredible feat 6 months ago.

However, my mom introduced me to the world of the Six Sisters Stuff & it helped me change the way I looked at cooking! Full of easy, quick and above all DELICIOUS recipes they have literally saved me in my kitchen. Since I am borderline obsessed with all their recipes Thomas frequently refers to me as the 7th sister.

(check out some of my favorites here and here and here and here)

But this happy eating after story doesn’t end there. You see, the Six Sisters have made my life even easier and have come out with a program where they email you a weekly menu plan every week with 6 main dishes, 2 side dishes & 2 desserts (complete with a shopping list)  every week for only $5 a month! When I found out, I thought it had to be too good to be true! But i’ve been using it for a month now and while I don’t use every recipe they send out, it does give me lots of good ideas for planning the meals for the following week.

Give it a try/check it out here.

You won’t regret it.