Friday, January 5, 2018

New Year - Living the Abundant Life by President Thomas S. Monson

On Tuesday night, Zach and I were having a weekly counsel planning out our week and goals. We then ended with reading, Living the Abundant Life, by President Monson. Just what I needed to hear! We went on with our regular bath and bedtime routine with Hudson and James. I went out to the movies with some girlfriends and came home to see the news on KSL that President Monson had passed away. I've loved seeing what my friends and other members of the church have had to say about this influential man. I love his humor, love for sports and his example of service. Thinking of him puts a smile on my face and increases my desire to be a little more service-oriented.

Thanksgiving 2013, Hudson 1 month w Grandma Brown
The other day us visiting Grandma with Mimi.

Then today, my husband's Grandma Brown (our sweet Grandma Brown) passed away, just a little less than a month after her husband's passing in early December. She too was an example of service and love. She came to the hospital to visit us each time we had a baby and would cook us a meal. She came to every birthday party for my kids. Grandpa Brown helped lay down heavy sod in our backyard in the summer of 2016. They always made sure to invite my mom and brothers to family events. They were always there for us and they loved all of their family! I feel honored to be a part of it. I am happy they are reunited together! The definition of sweet and true love. These memories and thinking of them together again puts tears to my eyes. I am so grateful we got to live nearby them and that my boys have memories with them as well. They really became my grandparents too.

In the last 6 months, some important people in our lives have passed and gone to the next life. I don't think it's a coincidence. They must be having some party up there! But I can't help to think there must be some important work up there that needs to be done, so some really valiant people are needed. I hope to live up to their legacy! I am so thankful for the knowledge of this true Gospel and for the Plan of Salvation. There is peace in knowing that families are forever and we will see them all again. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Monday, November 20, 2017

Velvet Hair Bow Tutorial for the Happy Holidays!

 Hey Gals! I thought this velvet hair bow would be so pretty to wear around the holidays so I decided to share a tutorial on it! Making it was fun & only cost me $0.75! I found this velvet fabric at Hobby Lobby! My local JoAnn Fabrics only carried black velvet ribbon that doesn't show so much on my hair, but would be pretty on a blonde! Hobby Lobby carried multiple colors of velvet ribbon for even easier bows, but I also found some velvet ribbon online here! Hope you love!

Below are easier options for a perfect velvet hair bow! I love these because it makes a simple ponytail on-the-go more fun!!

This one is superrrr easy! For the pink ribbon, I just tied a bow and adjusted it how I liked and hot glued it to an alligator clip! This method worked best for this size ribbon. The black ribbon, I just tied around my hair! So easy, right? Adds a little girly-ness! Thanks for stopping by!!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Our Sunday Best 😂

Daylight savings has been nice on Sundays because we get up a little extra early to get ready for church. 9 am church is rough for me, I'm not really a morning person. Quick story, once my brother asked my dad why we have daylight savings and my dad's response while throwing his arm in the air was, "Because the government has nothing better to do!" If you knew him and us, you would die laughing. It's a constant inside joke we have.

This was the day after we picked Zach up from the airport on his return from his humanitarian trip to Ghana! We missed him so much, especially me. By day 6, I had a little cry because I just missed my best friend and partner I talk to about everything. But I was so happy to have him take this trip because it was special to all of us. I may do a separate blog post about it because it impacted me as well though I wasn't there (he was sponsored and we would have had to pay $10k for me to be there plus all the vaccinations and medicine while pregnant wasn't a good idea). Trust me, I searched flights when I got news he was going.

Anyway, I thought the boys looked so handsome kind of matching (often occurrence) and my handsome Zach is showcasing his tie souvenir, but this is the best we got with my wobbling around and the best energy I had after church! I'm at the end of my 29 weeks and I've been doing pretty well other than just having to slow it down a little. These guys sure are making time go speedy fast!