Monday, October 24, 2011

Catch up from the Summer!

This isn't a part of my weekly blog for my class, but I thought I'd share some pictures with the family to catch up from the summer. Dayne and I had such a fun summer with many memories! We feel so blessed for the summer of a lifetime! Lots of pictures-enjoy!

Had so much fun at Alpine-family reunion!

 The summer was full of lot of fun-bridge jumping...ahhh

 So blessed to have such wonderful friends!
At the "Willvie" Family reunion

Chillin at the lake.

Shooting...yes, I shot a gun...


Love you great grandma Johnson!

Cruise to Mexico!


Life is like a tandum bike...haha. Catalina Island

The cruise of a lifetime!

Crabbing at Camano Island, washington!

The Proposal

Today in class, Brother Williams brought up the question “Does the ‘proposal’ part of marriage matter?” This made me reflect back to a little over a year ago when Dayne popped the question. Although the proposal didn’t end up being the surprise that he had planned, what mattered to me was that he respected me and my family enough to ask for my dad’s permission. It was the right time, we were doing the right thing, and we were doing things the right way; those reasons alone mattered most to me in relation to our proposal.
It all started towards the end of September when Dayne and I started looking at rings. I found the ring of my dreams and basically told him that he could “choose” any ring that he wanted, my I loved a certain ring with all my heart. Because we were in school, life was crazy and we decided to go down to Utah one weekend so that he could ask my dad’s permission to marry me. My mom had expressed the desire to be there after he proposed; so basically I knew that I would be getting engaged that weekend. However, Dayne still wanted the engagement to be a surprise so he told me that the ring he bought wouldn’t be ready in time for him to propose that weekend. He told me not to get my hopes up because he wasn’t going to propose. I “believed” him and didn’t say another word.
Well, as we were on our way down to Utah, we were discussing what time we needed to head back the following Sunday. Dayne paused a moment and said, “Well, we will probably want to leave kind of early because my parents will want to see us after we get engaged.” He paused as a look of dread came over him, yep he blew it. However, I felt bad so I pretended I didn’t really catch on. After a few minutes of dead silence Dayne piped up with a stupid comment like, “because you know, it’s kind of like we are engaged so my parents want to say hi to us.” Hahaha, it was SO hard not to laugh. But I kept my cool and pretended I was really stupid.
The next day, Saturday, for some reason, I was in such a bad mood. However, I had to pretend that I was fine because I knew Dayne would be proposing that night. We started out the night by going out to eat dinner. We then drove around to all of the different places that were full of wonderful memories. Our whole date was a trip down memory lane. At the end of the night, Dayne suggested that we stopped by temple square because the temple looked so pretty. I knew what was going to happen and wanted to make things a little difficult so I replied, “well, it’s pretty late, let’s just go home.” So after arguing about going to temple square, we ended up going.
 Because I am a girl, I am very in tune with things- I knew that the ring was in his jacket pocket in the back seat. He then got out of the car and grabbed his jacket. It was a warm night and I made some “smart” comment like “Dayne, it’s so warm outside, leave your jacket in the car.” By then I think he caught on that I knew what was going on. However, once we got to the reflection pool by the temple, everything fell into place. He talked about how all of the places we had stopped at during our date had been full of wonderful memories. He then stopped and said that there was one more memory he hoped to always remember. He then knelt down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. It was so sweet. I said yes and as we were hugging, I could hear his heart beating louder and faster than I had ever heard a heart beating before. It was adorableJ  There was a crowd of older women who were in the background watching the whole thing and as I said “yes” they all started applauding. It was prefect and everything I had ever hoped for.
The night was not over, there was a carriage awaiting us that took us all around down town Salt Lake. As we were driving, we heard a lady yell our names. As we looked, we saw my aunt and told her the good news. She started screaming and jumping up and down. It was quite the night.
I love Dayne so much and feel so grateful that he asked me to be his wife. Although the “surprise” element wasn’t really involved with our proposal, it was one of the best days of my life.
This picture is from the night we were engaged-September 2010.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Once upon a time...

Once upon a time in the land of Rexburg, there lived a young man named Dayne. Not only was Dayne a dashing young man, but had such a good and pure heart. In that same land of Rexburg lived a young lady named Meagan. Now Meagan and Dayne had similar interests and attended the same Anatomy and Physiology class. The first time the two young lads saw each other was not “love at first sight.” In fact, Meagan was dating another gent and didn’t think much of the meeting. However, she did find Dayne quite handsome. A few weeks passed and the newly single Meagan thought, “hmmm I want to get to know this Dayne fellow.” However, Dayne was a chicken and wouldn’t talk to Meagan unless she approached him first. However, Meagan, being the brilliant young lady she was, caught on to his cowardly ways and decided to take the initiative. Meagan started walking “slowly” after class hoping that Dayne would catch up with her to talk to her.
One day, the two went to an extra credit forum on campus. It just so happened that the two young lovers sat by each other. They talked the entire time and made fun of the speaker. To this day neither remembers what the forum was about. This inspired Meagan to ask Dayne a very important question; Meagan had to babysit her four little cousins that coming Friday and wanted to “test” Dayne’s children skills. However, she didn’t want to sound too forward. She knew that she needed to disguise her plan to make Dayne come babysit with her. She came up with a brilliant way to phrase the question. She then proceeded to ask Dayne if he wanted to go on an “adventure” with her that following weekend. This then prompted Dayne to get her phone number. So of course, Meagan attributes her cunning ways to the start of their wonderful journey together.
Friday came quickly and the two young college students headed down to Idaho Falls to babysit Meagan’s cousins. Meagan began to fall quickly as she watched Dayne interact with her family. He was so sweet, and SO great with the kids. The night was so much fun and went by very quickly. Meagan and Dayne could talk so easily with each other and there was never an awkward silence. The conversation never seemed forced, and the two enjoyed each other’s company. After that date, the two spent every single day together. Their relationship progressed fast and by the end of the week, they had a “DTR” that went something like this:
“Do you think we should date?”
“Do you?”
“Ya, let’s date.”
Although things progressed rather smoothly, their first kiss was anything but smooth. The love birds were talking and Dayne went in for a kiss. Right before he was going to touch Meagan’s lips to his, he chickened out and turned his head brushing his lips along her cheek. So of course, Meagan replied to this situation by calling him a “chicken.” This made for an awkward situation. Now Dayne felt obligated to kiss Meagan, but the moment had passed. The couple spent the next hour discussing whether or not they should kiss. Romantic, eh?
Although these two young lovers were quick to start “dating,” their courtship continued for many months. Feelings of love came quickly but there were still some things that needed to be figured out. Dayne prayed and felt like Meagan was one day going to be his wife; however, Meagan’s answer came a lot slower. However, Meagan came to the realization one day that she wasn’t receiving her answer, whether or not to marry Dayne, because she hadn’t made the decision in her mind. Meagan then decided that she wanted to be with her best friend the rest of her life; she couldn’t stand the thought of not having him by her side. As soon as the decision was made, the Spirit confirmed in her heart that Dayne was to be her husband.
In September 2010, Dayne asked Meagan to be his wife. This made Meagan the happiest girl in the entire kingdom. On December 28, 2010, Meagan and Dayne were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City temple.  Meagan and Dayne will always remember the feelings that accompanied that special day: gratitude, love, happiness, and pure joy. Dayne and Meagan’s love continue to grow every single day. Dayne and Meagan know that keeping the marriage covenants they made together and with their Heavenly Father will bless their lives through the eternities.
The End

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Boys VS Girls

Boys and girls are SO different. The longer I've been married, the more I have realized and learned to value the many differences between sexes. This week, I really enjoyed discussing these differences; however, I understand that these descriptions apply to society in general. Males: very task oriented, focus on skills, more aggressive, mature 2-3 years later than women, one track mind. Females: over analyze, detail oriented, place high value on relationships, able to multitask.
I feel that the gender differences apparent in my marriage reflect many of these characteristics. When Dayne is focused on something, it is very hard to get his attention. The other night, he was reading his book and jokingly I turned to him and said, “When you’re reading it’s like I don’t even exist.” No comment on Dayne’s end. He honestly did not even hear me and I had to tell him about this incident later. This is a perfect example of the way the typical male mind works. On the other hand, girls are very good at doing many things at once. I commonly find myself doing homework in other classes while still being able to listen and understand the class lecture.
Boys typically bond through activities. Dayne and his buddies often “grow closer” through video games and sports. When my friends and I get together we do what most girls do: talk. I feel that my relationships grow when I can talk and be understood by the people around me.
Although I will never be able to understand the way the male mind works, I feel so blessed that I have the opportunity to learn how to value these many differences.         

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Through Heavenly Father's Eyes

Oh my goodness, General Conference was wonderful. I enjoyed hearing from our Prophet and wonderful church leaders. It was crazy to me just how much “family” was talked about. It more fully testified to me of the importance of an eternal family. Keeping and maintaining good family relations is not always easy, but I have a testimony that it is worth it in the end. I feel so blessed that Heavenly Father organized us into little support groups, families, to help us get through life! Our reward: being able to maintain those relationships forever, even after death. I can’t think of anything more wonderful; living and being surrounded forever by my loved ones.

This week in class, we watched a video “Tammy’s story” that really made me grateful for all of the numerous blessings I have in my life. This video talks about “class” and focuses on how society commonly judges others according to which “class” they are in. Classes are often based on income, education, language, occupation, associates, race, family lines, gender, hobbies, etc. Discussing society’s judging patterns made me come to a realization; we are all in an even “class” to our Heavenly Father. Thinking about society this way has made me realize that I need to pray every day so that I can see others the way that Heavenly Father sees mankind.  It doesn’t matter what we look like, our job, car, the shoes we wear, whether or not we have designer jeans, etc. What matters to our Heavenly Father is that we are all striving to become more like Him; we are all children of God. It is so important for all of us to try to look at others and see them through our Heavenly Father’s eyes.
Check out  Tammy's Story