Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Building Relationships

This week I have come to realized the importance of building relationships. In class we have been talking about parenting and different parenting styles; to say the least, these lectures have made me so scared (and excited) to be a parent some day. We have discussed the importance of maintaining good relationships with our family members-with our future children. Despite my feelings of insecurity, the thought occurred to me that Heavenly Father won't leave me by myself to raise my children. When we keep close to him, He keeps close to us and helps us with every part of our lives.  In order to build our relationship with others, we need to first build our relationship with our Heavenly Father. When we have Heavenly Father on our side and put Him first, He will help us through life.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


What an amazing week! Dayne had an interview for PA school at George Washington University so I tagged along to explore the amazing city of DC! It was such a cool city and best of all, we got to see Dayne's sister Natalie and her adorable family! It was so amazing seeing many historical sights and spending time with family! Thanks for the wonderful time Cook Family!

Arlington Cemetery

Me and Jaida

Dayne in Arlington Cemetery. Such a cool place!

The changing of the guard

The cute Cook family! Dayne, Jaida, Garret, Kasen, Kamden

World War Two Memorial

Kamden loves his uncle Dayne

Vietnam Memorial

Our beautiful nation's capital

Kamden-Smithsoneom Museum

For all of you TLC DC Cupcake Fans!

The originals

Thanks for the wonderful time Cook family! Natalie, Jaida, Garret, Kamden, Kasen

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tithing Works!

Paying tithing has been such a blessing in my life! I am so grateful to have grown up in a home where my parents showed me such a wonderful example of paying their tithing. Because of their teachings, it has helped build my testimony. I have such a testimony of all of the wonderful blessings that come from tithing. Although a lot of times it may feel like a large sacrifice when I pay my tithing, the blessings are SO worth it! At the beginning of the semester Dayne found out that he wouldn't be able to work because of his crazy school schedule. This caused me a lot of stress wondering how we would be financially secure. I decided to take a leap of faith, continue to pay our tithing and fast offerings, and rely on our Heavenly Father that everything would work out-and it has! I know that this blessing has come about because of the wonderful opportunity we have to pay tithing.

 I am also grateful for the opportunity to pay fast offerings. Before I went to college, I didn't really think much about paying fast offerings. However, one Sunday the Bishop in my studnet ward gave such a wonderful talk concerning fast offerings-he promised us blessings and a testimony on fast offerings if we would sacrifice that money. He then advised us that our fast offerings should be a sacrifice; in other words, the amount that we pay should "hurt a little." This talk has stuck with me. I have such a strong testimony that when we sacrifice on behalf of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, we are truly blessed in this life and the next.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Thankful Heart

As Thanksgiving approaches, I can't help but feel so grateful for so many things! After catching a nasty flu bug earlier this week, I became more and more grateful for good health. Thinking a bath would feel good on my achy body, I didn't realize that just hopping in the shower would take so much of my energy. Laying in bed with wet hair, I had no energy to even blow dry my hair. My husband stood by my bedside and blow dried and combed my hair for me; now that is love. I'm so grateful for a sweetheart of a husband! He is so good to me! I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to be in the nursing program. At times it can cause a lot of stress in my life, but I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to one day be a nurse; I am grateful for my Heavenly Father and his helping hand through the schooling process.I am so grateful to be blessed with the friends and influential people in my life. Most importantly I'm so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am so grateful for my family and for the opportunity I have to be with them forever.

This week as we discussed different roles and responsibilities of parents in the home, I realized how truly blessed I am to have grown up with a stay at home mother. She was not just a "stay at home mom." Growing up, I guess I didn't quite understand just how lucky I was to have a stay at home mom. I know that not all family circumstances allow mothers to stay at home; however, I am so grateful for the many blessings I experienced as a child because I had a stay at home mother. I loved having my mom home when I got home from school each day; it always made my day so much better when I could share my day with someone. Every single day, my mom took the time to spend time individually with each of us sisters. We LOVED having time alone with our mom! Every single day, we would have "school and playtime." We would first spend time on our homework with our mom. After that was over with, we could pick anything we wanted to play, and my mom would play it with us! I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful mother!!! I hope that I can one day I can be just like my momma!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Family Rocks!

Trials, stressors, and hard times visit everyone. This week in class, it was so interesting learning about family crisis. I don't think that there is a family who escapes dealing with hard times. Discussing this subject in class made me so grateful for my supportive family. Although no family is perfect, I feel that because of the hard times that my family has experienced, we have grown closer together and have become more supportive. I feel so blessed that I feel that I can turn to my family during hard times. Not only was I raised in a very supportive family, but I am  very blessed to marry into such a wonderful and loving family. It doesn't matter what the situation is, both families are always there; baby blessings, baptisms, birthdays, trials, good times, etc. I feel so blessed that Heavenly Father sent me into such a loving family. I have such a strong testimony concerning families. I know that the structure of "The Family" is divinely created by our Heavenly Father. I have a strong testimony that by living righteously and striving to be better every day that we can be with our family forever; I can't imagine a more amazing blessing-being with your support system forever.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Communication is key

My thoughts are short and simple this week. As we have been discussing the transition into marriage and various marriage subjects in Family Relations, it has really dawned on me that communication is key in a relationship. I have noticed in my own marriage that most disagreements result from a lack of proper communication. I have also noticed that Dayne and I are happiest when we communicate about everything and we are both on the same page. Communication between couples is important, but so is communication with our Heavenly Father. I have found that when Dayne and I take the time to have prayer together as well as our individual prayer, that the spirit’s influence is more apparent in our lives. This helps us grow closer to each other as well as our Heavenly Father. In my life, I have noticed that good communication helps avoid many potential marital problems. So in short, communication is key.