Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

Well 2010 has been full of so many different adventures. From student teaching, to graduating, to moving to Texas, moving from Texas, living with friends and being jobless, to being settled back in, and enjoying the last hours of the year with wonderful people.  Taking the example of a friend I would just like to share some of the highlights 2010.
January:  Starting my student teaching and going from full time at work to barely working 5 hours a week.

February: Being more busy than I thought humanly possible.  Juggling student teaching and classes.....really fun though.

March: finishing student teaching and really realizing just how hard Aaron had worked to make sure I was able to do my student teaching without having to worry so much about working.

April: Enjoyed the sunshine as we celebrated me taking me finishing school after a long hard journey I had finally done it.

May: Graduation!  It was done....the job hunt begins.....Trip to Colorado...definitely interesting....

June:  Still no teaching job....back to working full time. Was such a great time that we had enjoying the summer sun.

July:  Still no job offers until the middle of the month.  We were offered a job in Ponder TX.  Having to pack up our lives, quit our jobs, and moving 1300 miles from home....well that was quite an experience.

August:  I started teaching and coaching at Ponder High School....which ended up being one of the most difficult and awful times of our lives....however in retrospect....we learned so much about trusting the Lord and listing to the promptings of the Spirit.  We celebrated our 2 year anniversary and despite having so much going against us it was so great to be able to depend on the Lord and each other as we grew closer and stronger.

September: One of the most difficult decisions of our we decided to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost, I quit my job and we moved back to Utah.....Started our difficult journeys of trusting that we had made the right decision.  When we arrived we were received with open arms and are so thankful for the generosity and love of friends We were also able to celebrate Aaron's birthday which was extremely fun.

October:  I found a job....we enjoyed the warm weather and really the company of each other.  I got called as the Activities Coordinator at Church and was able to plan a rockin' Halloween party in less than a month.

November: Aaron found work and we finally were able to move to our new apartment.  We were reunited with our "sons" (cats) after two long months of them staying with Anson. 

December:  Snow! Blah! Christmas was especially special this year as it was just the two of us. I made a full on Christmas dinner which was great for us to share together....just to get rid of that turkey......Last day of the year one of Aaron's mission companions came to visit from Brazil, and is currently staying with us for a while.  We spent the last few hours of 2010 on temple square freezing and then came home and spent time reminicissing and being in good company

We look forward to 2011 with great hope and faith.  Heavenly Father, despite all the trials he has given us, has blessed us beyond belief.  I am so thankful for the gospel in my life and so thankful that he has sent me the wost wonderful man on this earth to me to be my eternal companion. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

New Blog

So I've decided to blog in Spanish as well.  If any of you would like to read the blog in Spanish...this is the link....

Monday, September 6, 2010

It was a short and crazy ride

Who would have thought that our time here in Texas would have been so short lived.  After much praying and fasting, we've decided to pack it up and go home.  I was misled in the job description and became ill and very depressed and worn out rather quickly after being told I would be coaching and teaching (not too big of a deal) however when I got here I was told I would be coaching Junior High as well.  What?!  So after giving it all I had for 5 weeks and only being paid a measly 1000 dollars, we decided to put it into Heavenly Father's hands...not fully prepared for what we would be guided to do. After much prayer and fasting we honestly felt as if we should talk to the athletic director here and tell him that I could no longer do the teaching part of the job and that I would love to stay and teach but I just couldn't do the coaching.  The coaching was taking away from my energy, my husband, and my spirituality.  This was not the easiest thing in the world to was probably one of the hardest things to do in my entire life.  We hoped that their hearts would be softened and they would relieve me of my coaching duties, but Heavenly Father had other plans for us.  We were left without jobs and no source of out of our minds, we once again put prayer and fasting to work and decided to put things all in Heavenly Father's hands again.  We feel like although this was a great learning experience for us and we have really learned to appreciate the things that we have, friends, family, and the Chruch so close...

It is hard not to be angry at everything that has happened, but after talking to my wonderful Mother in law....she helped me realize that Heavenly Father never ever EVER fails on His promises.  As long as we keep our end of the deal, He will always keep His end of the bargain.  So what now?  We remain faithful, do what He has commanded and trust that He will take care of us.  Thanks Mare.....I am so thankful for faithful examples in my life that help me realize that spiritual blessings are far more important than temporal ones.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Somedays are harder

Some days are so much harder than others.  I am really 99% sure that I will not be teaching for this school district next year.  Why?  There is no way on this green earth that I will EVER coach in Texas again.....I absolutely despise it.  Also today was the last straw....when they tell you that your sign on bonus is going to be twice what it actually is.....that's just plain mean....that was really the tip of the iceburg and we are only in the second week....i really hope that the next 9 months aren't this bad.....please help me be thankful for something today folks....please.....

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday, a Day to be grateful!

Today I am extremely thankful for a Heavenly Father who knows me personally and knows exactly what I need to hear.  In Sunday school today, we had a lesson about Job and how although he passed through huge tribulations in his life he still remained faithful.  He still never gave up.  My trials are small compared to Job's but are still important to me and Heavenly Father knows that I am struggling, however He has given me this trial so that I can learn something and be a better daughter to bring about His work.  How thankful I am that my elder brother Jesus Christ atoned for me and that although I feel at times that no one understands how I feel, He does.  HE suffered all so He would know how to comfort me!  How thankful I am.  As I look forward to my first day in the classroom and as I get another task on top of in Jesus Christ and trust in Him will guide me through.  I pray that I have the strength to remain strong and faithful so that I may gain my reward :)
I came across this poem the other day and I think it is appropriate for this situation:

Your Dimension Of Greatness

No one can know the potential,
Of a life that is committed to win;
With courage - the challenge it faces,
To achieve great success in the end!

So, explore the Dimension of Greatness,
And believe that the world CAN be won;
By a mind that is fully committed,
KNOWING the task can be done!

Your world has no place for the skeptic,
No room for the DOUBTER to stand;
To weaken your firm resolution
That you CAN EXCEL in this land!

We must have VISION TO SEE our potential,
And FAITH TO BELIEVE that we can;
Then COURAGE TO ACT with conviction,
To become what GOD MEANT us to be!

So, possess the strength and the courage,
To conquer WHATEVER you choose;
That is destined FOREVER to lose!

~ Author Unknown ~

Friday, August 20, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Today I give thanks for....

an understanding principal and athletic director who are working to help me...