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23 December 2014

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We were sealed at the Manti temple and it was so magical and really really special. I feel so blessed and happy and grateful and I’m so glad Chris and I got to share this day with so many people we love. And I’m glad I got to wear my wedding dress again, because I love it. I’m grateful for the gospel and that Chris and I get to be bffs and lovers forever!


November 25th

25 November 2014

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Scary day today. Chris woke up with like a vertigo attack (probably not just because we watched Interstellar last night ;)) and he just kept throwing up and feeling horrible and weak and his eyes were going kooky. He was diagnosed with MS when he was 17 but today was his first ever episode.

I am grateful for good health and for healing. I am grateful for a great physical body that moves wonderfully and feels good. I am grateful for helpful people with such genuine concern. I’m grateful for priesthood blessings, because they always make things so much better and hopeful.

I’m grateful that we can make good decisions, and that we can communicate with good people who offer guidance and love. Aside from our families, Chris and I feel very thankful for our friends Glen and Shona today because they really went out of their way to offer us any sort of help they thought we might need.

On a lighter note, I’m grateful for our neato blankets, and that we have a good couch for laying on, and for falling asleep to movies on (Cool Runnings today, such a classic).

I’m especially grateful to have my Christ honey lover sweet mancub and for the blessing it is to serve each other. Chris has a wonderful family and I do too, and that is very nice indeed. I’m so very really grateful we are together. And I’m grateful for bedtime and the recap at the end of everyday and that Chris is feeling slightly better.



November 17th

17 November 2014

Monday. FHE – noite familiar.

Everyday, I feel so grateful for our home. I love it. Chris bought it shortly after we met two and a half years ago. What a good choice he made for a first home! I love it so. I love that it’s ours (I mean the mortgage company’s, and a small part of it is ours – I’d choose the wall in the kitchen and the natural wood doors and trim, and the black door knobs, and the two huge windows in the living room).

I’m grateful our house is nice and clean (right meow) and that we have a washer!

I’m grateful for this family nap moment that I saw at my sista’s house. IMG_0240Here’s a picture of Chris’s yellow breakfast. Grateful for our foods. Thank you farmers and so many other people along the way that help bring food into my home!!IMG_0165I’m grateful that instead of saying “no”, I said “yes” and did a puzzle with little Natalie girl!IMG_0239I’m grateful for a foot rub from my honey boy. I’m grateful for clean sheets. I’m grateful for our kitchen table and chairs, and our other furniture too. I love our home.

I’m grateful that my dad is funny. IMG_0179Today, I am most grateful for Empty Nesters FHE. Chris and I hosted it at the Palmer Palace tonight and the empty nesters in the ward and the missionaries came over. It was great! Yummy sourdough waffles, and a super good veggie quiche with basil in it. I’m really picky with eggs, but these were goooood. And I’m grateful for that. I want to like eggs. :)

It was soooooooo good getting to know everyone better. I love the conversation space in our home. It is so good to sit around and talk.


November 16th

16 November 2014

Shabbat Shalom.

Okay, Christopher Robin is very very helpful with mostly anything technological. It’s super nice and useful he’s so handy that way to everyone. At church, it was Chris’s job to set up for the stake conference broadcast (we watch broadcasted since we live an hour and half from the stake center). Well we were going to leave our house at 9:30 to allow enough time for set up and stuff. Well… we woke up at 9:33. Eek! the Cat!

It was so funny, and we were up and out the door in like ten minutes (miracle) and everything got all set up in time! With a couple minutes to spare even. Wowie. I’m grateful for that little miracle. And I’m grateful for the many days that I don’t need an alarm clock.

I’m so grateful for PIANO and that I’ve been playing a lot more. I love it soooo much. So grateful that I’ve been blessed with that gift.

I’m so grateful to have my parents and oldest sister and her family around. Here’s a mediocre picture of great people doing normal things — Holly highlighting her own hair, Natalie drinking, or pretending to drink, pickle juice, Katy eating sweet potato pudding, and Mama listening to her.IMG_0155The girls and I played outside for a while today and it was so nice and fun. Katy and Natalie put their swimsuits on to jump into their little pond. They put their feet in it. And they enjoyed being in their swimsuits, as well as using their new umbrellas from Grammy. We worked on building a fort too and it reminded me so much of when I was a kid. We had so many forts. I loved it. And the air tonight was so clean and cool and refreshing. I love being an aunty.IMG_0151Chris and I have been watching a movie like every night. Usually I whip out a couple of snowflakes while we’re doing that. I do love all my paper snowflakes! :) Grateful for them. IMG_0164


November 9th

9 November 2014

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I really love going to church. I am so grateful for the knowledge I have of the gospel and the peace it brings. And the church functions so well and I really really love our Homer ward; so many good, beloved people.

IMG_9782I love having my family and so many great friends at church, friends who have become like family. I’m grateful that Chris is so friendly with others, nonjudgmental, and really open to helping and serving. The sunday school lesson was great today too. Dedicated teachers.

I’m grateful for visiting and home teaching, opportunities to serve, and the blessing that it is to share relationships and learn together.

I’m really grateful to serve in Young Women. It gives me purpose and makes me happy. I love those girls. Today I taught a lesson about conversion, and it made me thankful for the process of how I have become converted to Christ and his perfect gospel. I have become converted through small and simple things, and great things have been brought to pass (Alma 36:6-7). It is a continual process as well, choices made daily of how to be and what to do and how to do it.

On a different note, what post is complete without a cat picture?

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November 8th

8 November 2014

Here’s another funny picture of me and my Pops from today. I’m really grateful for family. It’s so nice to have people who you love and who love you, and who understand and know you pretty well. Family, what a perfect invention. Marriage is fantastic too. I’m sooooo grateful that things have worked out so lovely with us. At the beginning, dating Chris wasn’t what I thought I wanted. Once I warmed up to the idea and started loving this funny boy, I still wasn’t too excited about marrying him. But thankfully, lights turned on inside of me and I realized I didn’t want to be without him! I just wanted him around for always. I am so happy to love my Christopher Robin. I’m grateful that the Lord knows me better than I do. :)IMG_9775 IMG_9779grateful for rummikub eventides



November 7th

7 November 2014

I’m grateful that Chris got me out for a walk, and I’m grateful to see changes in the world everyday. It’s neato to watch the seasons change.

I’m thankful my dad can be really hilarious. What a gem.

I’m grateful for recipes and food inspiration that I get online. Like I just google the ingredients I have, or something I want to make, and magic happens! Magic also happens when Sister Stacy sent me this recipe of yummy butternut squash soup with roasted chickpeas.

So so grateful that I get to sleep next to my sweet every night. I’m so happy he’s such a good cuddler. So thankful to be his wife.

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November 4th

4 November 2014


Tuesday and Thursday evenings I play volleyball for a couple hours with various wonderful community members. I am so grateful for it. I love playing volleyball and I’m grateful for the exercise and for a well functioning healthy body and grateful that I know the community volleyballs schedule!

Also I’m grateful for the right I have to vote! Thank you to so many who have contributed to providing me with the freedoms that I have. So grateful to be an American and an Alaskan. :)

I hung out with my mama today and it was lovely. I love her so much and I love who she is and how she influences me. Today at her house I saw these two cool old pictures of my grandma with her in-laws and of my grandpa’s mother, Ethel. Really neato. Grateful for pictures. Forever grateful for pictures. They preserve and share so much.IMG_9675 FullSizeRender-1

Also, I found this old can of beanz today in this house we’ve been cleaning out. Cool. Vintage beans. :)IMG_9670

On my way home, I stopped at my sista’s house, and my niece Natalie was drawing the beautiful beautiful pink sunset. I am so grateful for Natalie and how she brings out the best in me.

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And when I came home, my darling husband had dinner waiting for me! Perfect burritos. I’m so grateful for our food times at the table and I’m so grateful Christopher is my dear companheiro. <3<3<3


November 3rd

3 November 2014


Chris and I stayed up till just after midnight, but I was sleepy and sometimes I’m narcoleptic, and I fell lying in front of the heater in my fabulous pink tights (that I bought from Claire’s on a high school volleyball trip like ten years ago). Well miss Edel Cradle came and laid right by me and it was sweet and I love her and she’s a really good cuddler. I’m grateful that I love Edelweiss.

Morning came and we took the pooch out for her usual walk and ball tossing escapade. Since it’s snowy, the kitty no longer joins on our jaunts. I’m grateful for the trails next to our house and for the great chuck it balls and ball launcher, because it all keeps our doggy quite happy, and Chris and I enjoy it too. I love the morning walks, even if some mornings I lay in bed on my phone, until I’m too hungry or have to pee so bad that I finally get out of bed. True story.


I’m really grateful the my sister Holly and her family live just five minutes away from us. It is so nice. I love being in their home, playing with my nieces, watching the chickens, talking with them, playing games, eating… it’s great. I’m grateful they have a great washer and dryer that we’ve been using sometimes lately; our washer is broken which is lame. But it’s nice that Sister lets us use hers!


I’m grateful for cool treasures and for opportunities to serve others. Serving helps me and it makes me feel mo better.


And I’m so so grateful for our ward’s “empty nester’s FHE!” That’s Family Home Evening, where you get together with family type people on a monday night and enjoy lovely things and learn something together. Chris and I went to our friends’ home and ate together with other friends, and then heard a nice message and had a good discussion. Oh there’s so many people I love so much and I’m grateful to be loved by them.

I’m grateful that our kitty Bel likes Jesus.


PS. Chris had a mustache for 24 hours. And I’m grateful for the laughs that came from it, and that he doesn’t have a mustache anymore. :) I love my honey boy husband mancub Christoph.


November 2nd

2 November 2014

Today I am thankful for fast sundays. It’s not a day I always look forward to, because I do quite enjoy eating yummy food and I don’t always enjoy being hungry, but it is definitely a day I am grateful for. It is a blessing to be able to fast and it helps me rely more on the Lord. I’m grateful for the knowledge that I have that God hears and answers my prayers.

I’m grateful for the gift of the Holy Ghost and that he can be our constant companion. I’m so grateful for the inspirations that I receive throughout the day, which lead me to greater peace and happiness.

Today I’m grateful that our kitties are getting along better!! Since we got our little kitty Bel this summer, our lovely fluffy cat Amelia has not been very happy about it. We’ve prayed for them to get along better and it is happening. They can both be around each other now without too much hissing and growl meows. Our Edel pup is pretty good with the cyats too.

One of the things I’m so so grateful for is family time here at mine and Chris’s home!! Mom, sister, and my precious nieces came over and played today after church! This is Chris and Natalie watching the trek video that Chris made. Presh and lovely.

imageWe ate really yummy and healthy stiryfry and salmon. It was lovely. And then we had some of my pumpkin pie that turned out fantastically. I’m grateful for healthy delicious food and our desire to consume it. I’m so happy we have salmon, and hopefully we will get some halibut soon too.

imageI’m grateful for Natalie and Katy and how happy they make me and how they make life much more magical. We made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies together this evening and it was so enjoyable and delicious! I love making cookies, giving them away, and eating them of course.

imageI’m grateful for Chris’s beard too. He just shaved it. He’s been bearded for so long! So that’ll be an adjustment. :) I’m so grateful for all the hard work he does and his dedication to do great things and help people.

I’m grateful we went to a cute little girl’s baptism today and for the confirming spirit we felt. On my mission, I made a goal to go to baptisms around me. Baptisms and confirmations are always special and I am reminded of the sweet spirit I felt with so many people on my mission.

Popcorn with coconut oil and salt is yummy and nice to eat whilest watching netflix, and I’m grateful for moments like that with my honey husband today. :)  I’m grateful for netflix, and for our whirley pop to make popcorn!

I feel very blessed. And I’m grateful for that. I’m also grateful for my pink tights. I love them.


November 1st

1 November 2014

Today I am grateful that my dad is home! It had been like 6 weeks since we’d seen each other I think. It was especially good to see how long his beard is now! :) He’s really cool. And he’s a great example of physical health. He’s been eating extra super healthy the past few weeks and was saying how much better he noticed he felt, like no joint pain and stuff.

I’m grateful for all the goods he brought us from costco, especially the pictures I just had printed!

IMG_9582-1I’m grateful that Chris and I have so many wonderful memories and experiences that are captured in beautiful fotos. And I’m so grateful to have so many fotos in our house.

I’m so very grateful for our home. Mortgages are not the greatest, but I am so grateful we have a home that we can call our own. I love it. And I love home making.  :)

I’m grateful for opportunities to serve. It makes me feel better and it makes others feel good too.

IMG_0934I’m grateful the my Christopher honey husband is home. I love being able to say our prayers together each night and wake up to his lovely face each morning and to kiss him during the night while I watch him sleep. hehe. How endearing. :)


I’m grateful my parents live here in Homer. And my sister and her family. I love being able to visit them and play together. I love my family and whole lot.


How good it is that it’s november. I’m shall be more grateful each day.