February 11, 2010

Hymnal Happiness

Lately, this hymn has been in my mind a LOT.

It's one of my most favorites...

"How gentle God's commands, How kind His precepts are,

Come cast your burdens on the Lord and trust His constant care.

Beneath His watchful eye His saints securely dwell.

That hand which bears all nature up shall guard His children well.

Why should this anxious load press down your weary mind?

Haste to your Heavenly Father's throne and sweet refreshment find.

His goodness stands approved, unchanged from day to day.

I'll drop my burden at His feet and bear a song away."

Some of my favorite words in this song are... gentle... constant... watchful... securely... haste... refreshment... approved... unchanged... drop... song.

Isn't it wonderful?

Especially I love the thought, "That hand which bears all nature up shall guard His children well." Especially right now when we're focused on the hope of spring, we can see the miracle of nature all around us. We know that not even a sparrow falls without Him knowing and He tells us to consider the lilies... How much more then will He guard His children.

Love it.

The hymns make me So Happy.

February 1, 2010

June Roses and January Raspberries

So I got a June Rose on January 19th!!
(Or rather a January Raspberry.) It was so so exciting!

I was working, very diligently, I am certain, when my co-worker called me to get up and "Come and Look!" I figured she was going to show me some guy she thought was cute
so I got up with a "Really, Brenda?" look on my face...
When what to my wondering eyes should appear???

President Monson came to the hospital to visit a patient! (No, it wasn't a widow. But it was a man to whom President Monson had been Bishop so many years ago.) It was so so exciting. Everyone was excited. All work pretty much stopped while he was here because we didn't want to miss the chance to shake his hand when he left. And when he left, he stopped and shook our hands and spoke with us and was so so kind. A son of another patient stopped President Monson and asked him to come in and visit his father and President Monson said, "Well, I'd love to say a word to your father." So kind.
It changed the whole day. Really.
I kept thinking, if this were the time of Nephi, he'd be Nephi! If this were Alma's era, he'd be Alma! So exciting. And the truth is - He is Christ's representative on the earth... You could feel that while he was here. I wished a little that it had been Jesus here, but President Monson was really dang close. (Should I use dang in the same paragraph with Jesus and President Monson?)
I'm so grateful for the Prophet. I'm so grateful that he showed up to my work. I wanted so badly to just run to him and say, "Everything will be fine right? Could you just tell me what Heavenly Father wants for me right now?" And then I realized that is exactly what he tells us every six months in General Conference. And through the Spirit we can know those things for ourselves all the days in between those blessed 4 days out of the year.
C'mon. So lucky. So blessed. So happy.

January 27, 2010

We've Proved Him In Days That Are Past

I'm in love with this quote from President Hinckley:

"From where we speak, it is a beautiful April Sabbath morning. The tulips are well out of the ground and will soon be bursting into flowering beauty. In the winter of our doubt there came the hope of spring. We knew it would come. Such was our faith, based on the experiences of earlier years. And so it is with matters of the spirit and soul. As each man or woman walks the way of life there come dark seasons of doubt, of discouragement, of disillusionment. In such circumstances, a few see ahead by the light of faith, but many stumble along in the darkness and even become lost. My call to you this morning is a call to faith, that faith which is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1), as Paul described it."

I am looking forward to Spring. I know it's coming. It has never not come. Every year, without fail, trees and flowers blossom, snow melts and life grows all around. Every year.

"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there within me lay an invincible summer" (Albert Camus).

"So it is with matters of the spirit and soul." Heavenly Father always answers my prayers. He always has. He always will. I've proved Him in days that are past. I don't have to keep proving... I know He's there. He's unchanging. His characteristics are unchanging. His patience and kindness don't run out. He doesn't go away. His love never fails. His forgiveness blossoms anew every time I kneel in the spring of repentance.

"For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee." (Isaiah 54:10) That's true. I know it. I've proved it in days that are past. And I know that if I forget (which we all do at times) that He'll be patient and help me remember and love me patiently every second as I stumble along the way. He has given me the iron rod to cling to for stability. Stability and safety and security, guidance, balance, and reassurance.

I'm a Springer. And that makes me, especially in the wintertime, So Happy.

November 4, 2009

The Best 4th of July Ev.Er

Ok -- even though this was so long ago, it was SUCH a happy day!

First -- An Apron and Breakfast and Serious Patriotism. So fantastic. I loved every second.

Then, the cemetery, slurpees, Jamba Juice, the Pie and a bbq. It was a lot of food.


And THEN! -- Yep...

The Jonas Brothers.
Can't you tell that's what you're looking at?

Stadium of Fire was AWESOME!
It was so last minute -- and a super fun decision!
We were at THE. TOP. of the stadium -- I was occasionally afraid that the jets would hit us or that the fireworks would fall on us (which kind-of did happen - the fireworks not the jet).
We found out what it was like to be 12 again -- we were completely surrounded by screaming girls. We joined right in -even learning some of the words to songs we had never heard- don't worry. So much fun!

This 4th of July made me SO Happy!

Oh My Long Time Bez Posts!

I have so many happy things to catch up on! It's been almost 6 months since I've posted anything and a TON of stuff has happened! I don't know if I should work backwards or start from the beginning... maybe just right in the middle? One happy thing is that I got a new macbook! Love it. Ok -- to the happiness. Maybe I'll do a little preview and then break it down in separate posts. Good idea.

July --

The best trip to Provo Ev.Er.

The best 4th of July Ev.Er.

The best trip to Wyoming Ev.Er.

The best trip to Chicago Ev.Er.

The fastest (and best) trip home Ev.Er.

The best Park City family vacation Ev.Er!

August --

The BEST birthday EV.ER (and I am so not kidding!!)

The best trip to Disneyland Ev.Er!

A really super fun surprise party!

My Favorite Birthday Dinner Ev.Er! (The actual party instead of the week before like someone thought for the surprise party! :))

September --

The best new/old mattress/bed Ev.Er.
And my first try at Second Day Hair. (Be glad there's no picture.)

A very lovely dinner!

October --

The best Black Hills Bacon for General Conference Ev.Er.

The best trip to California for the best first birthday Ev.Er!

The cutest African "Chicken" costume Ev.Er.

Ok -- there was more stuff... But that's a good run down! More details soon! Stay tuned! :)
Let's just say, these last few months I have been So Happy!

June 21, 2009

Your Mom's Face

Yesterday was such a good Saturday!

Can you believe it started with exercise?? Amazing. I never would've gotten out of bed if Carolyn hadn't called and had the discipline to go to the gym early on a Saturday morning when we had been dancing the night away late the night before! I was glad I did it though! Because then I ate like a mad-woman the rest of the day! YUM!

First up... Blue Plate Diner.

This obviously wasn't taken yesterday - or by me at all. Just rain - no snow.

The S.M.A Omelet (spinach, mushroom, and.) Good Food. Good Environment. Great Friends.

And RAIN! It felt so much like Seattle yesterday -- I loved every second. I loved that my hair was all flat and I loved the thunder and the comfort that somehow comes with the rain. So cozy.

Next... Mini's!

We headed straight over and had 85 conversations at once about the city, okra, your mom's face and creamy mashed potatoes.

I love Mini's. And so do Carolyn and Casey. Yum Peanut Butter Fix!

I am a certified Springer. As you can see. Although my brother can fit two hot dogs WITH bun in his mouth at once. Or a can of Coke. Serious.

I had a s'mores please cupcake and got a diva cupcake for my later meal... and Nalene enjoyed Twisted Sister. The cupcake - not the group. Well, maybe the group. Just not yesterday.

I was the only one to make an enormous mess. Oh well.

Last "official" meal of the day -- Thaifoon! Yum again!!! It was Amy's Birthday so we celebrated with some Thai food and great conversation. Carolyn was the Evil Jungle Princess or maybe the Princess of Celestial. And Amy painted her nails at the table. It was awesome.

How lucky am I to have such amazing friends???? The conversation was worth every calorie.

And crumb. Awesome, Andrea!

Round it all off with a review and share of ALL of my mission pics -- how could it get better?

Nothing makes me happy like friends and food! So Happy.