Friday, March 29, 2013

Daily Goals

Lately I have been thinking in short term an awful lot. I think it is mostly because I leave in a mere 19 days. Every day counts. Every day is a memory of family and friends that I can take with me. And every day I should be doing something to make someone's life better.

There is a quote from Margaret Peters that says, "Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters." What a statement! If only we were always in a situation that we understood limited time. We would be more sincere, less quick to be offended, faster to love, more willing to share, and more empathetic towards others feelings. But knowing that you are on borrowed time is also a burden. Every little thing means something, every moment counts, and it has begun to wear on my emotions. I need to work harder to be less frustrated with myself and more apt to finding ways to serve.

Jimmy Valvano has, as of late, been a hot topic in our house. He was a man who just when his life was beginning to take off and become something amazing, was diagnosed with, what would be, a fatal bout of cancer. But it didn't stop him from realizing the importance of things like his family and friends, and not letting the really hard times get you down. He gave this speech at the Espy's and here is just a little clip of it...

I love his three daily needs. We should always remember to laugh, think, and cry a little everyday to help live life to the fullest. I know that as I am preparing to go on a mission that I will have days where all I want to do is cry, definitely not laugh! But the Lord has a sense of humor and if I keep a positive outlook in life then I will be able to accomplish so much more in my life. 

I know that the Lord loves each and every one of us. He did not send us here to suffer, he sent us here to learn. Sometimes learning and becoming better requires a little bit of growing pain. But as a wise teacher told me, "The plan of salvation is not just about getting somewhere. It is about becoming someone." I hope that I can make my Heavenly Parents, as well as my Earthly family proud of the person that I am trying to become. 

So I am going to work a little harder each day to make sure that I laugh a little, spend some time in thought, and allow my emotions to be moved to tears. I love this gospel and I love life, I love my family, and am excited and already own a great love for the Norwegian people. As my dad always says, "The Lord loves you and so do I."

Copyright: Vintage Photography

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Leaving Loved Ones

 Perhaps one of the hardest things that I am having to deal with is leaving my family for a year and a half. I know that I am doing it for the right reasons, but it doesn't make it any easier. These people are amazing, they love me for me, they know how to make me laugh, and they know when I need to just be left alone to read a book. I love each and every one of them. And I will miss them.

This is my beautiful big sister Kaitlyn, who has always been my teacher and example.
My goofy little sister Brenna, who reminds me to relax and enjoy life.
My amazing mother who never ceases to amaze me and keeps us all laughing.
My little brother Porter, who is the most dedicated person I know. And who will probably leave on his mission before I get home. 
My fantastic father, who loves us each so much and who would do anything for us.
My beautiful great-grandmother who is battling Alzheimer's and who taught me to do embroidery when I was nine years old. 
My great-aunt, who is probably the most creative person I know, and who you can't help but laugh around.

This one is for my brother-in-law who has made my sister so very happy and  for that, I cannot thank him enough.
This is My cousin Kycen, he is one of my favorite people in the whole world! I'm really gonna miss this kid. 
This is my Grandma Linda, she has been one of the most supportive people in my life and has always been there for me.

This is certainly not everyone that I am going to miss, but they are a few. And I thank them for their influence in my life.