Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Time Out For Women will Be in Toronto MAY 7th and May 8th, 2010.
Yes this is very much a blogworthy post..
I haven't registered yet but if we can get a group of women together we can save on the group rate. It makes a fantastic Christmas present for sisters, friends, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, etc.
I attended a year ago and it was awesome, a super fantastic uplifting weekend. I got to spend some quality time with my mom.
This year, I want to HOTEL it up and have the full fun experience.
Does anyone want to come with me? Message me and I can register for us or click the link here.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
You have that title of “woman” because you are a Queen. Regardless of the # of kids you have, or the weaknesses you have - surely even the mother of Jesus had weaknesses. She left him behind once in Jerusalem. Even the mother of Jesus was imperfect, but with tenderness, honor and love Christ called her “woman”
The same can be said to you. You are a “woman” and Queen - filled with nobility and infinite worth.
Now sometimes you don’t feel noble, you often feel pain, sorrow and loneliness. Sometimes you feel insecure, inadequate, and lacking in faith. Christ knows exactly how you feel. When Lazarus died and was in the tomb Jesus came to Mary and Martha, who were no doubt in paid and sorrow wondering why. In that moment Christ wept. But why did he weep? He already knew he was going to raise Lazarus from the dead. He told Peter that when Jesus first received the message of his dying friend. Yet he wept. Among the many possible reasons is the reason that he was validating Mary and Martha’s pain. He had the solution, but he first took the opportunity to weep with them. Thus acknowledging and validating their pain. He mourned with those that mourned.
“He will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death, which bind his people and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh. That he may know, according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. “ Alma 7:12
Christ has taken upon himself your personal infirmities and cries with you when you are hurt, when you are lonely, when you feel unworthy, He validates your pain, acknowledges it, and has infinite compassion, understanding and loves you personally.
2 years ago I was trying to put to sleep my very cranky and hysterical 3 year-old daughter, Sarah. She cried hysterically for what seemed like an hour and behaved in deliberately disobedient ways. After I had had enough, I got up to leave and as I got to the door she stopped crying, looked up to me with pleading eyes and said, “Daddy, I’m sorry, will you wipe away my tears.” My heart melted, my anger vanished, and love entered my heart like I had never felt love for a child before. I embraced her, held her tight and wiped away her tears.
Your Father in Heaven is right there with you. No matter what you’ve done in the past (deliberate or otherwise). No matter how inadequate you feel, no matter how much of a failure you feel, no matter how many times you failed and no matter your weaknesses. He will never get up and leave. He will never give up loving you. He will Always be by your side even when you feel alone. He is ready to embrace you with his infinite, unconditional, and personal love for you and will validate how you feel because he has felt your pain. He has borne your grief and he will wipe away your tears because you are his child. A daughter of God with infinite worth, and you are a Queen in his eyes.
Marvin J. Ashton said, “Commune daily with your Heavenly Father who knows you best of all. He knows your talents, your strengths, and your weaknesses. You are here on earth at this time to develop and refine these characteristics. I promise you he will help you. He is aware of your needs. He is aware of your unanswered prayers.”
Pray that you will catch a glimpse of how the Lord views you and feels about you. You are a Daughter of God and he loves you with unconditional and infinite love.
- tripletdad, timeout for women message board
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
So in the past week and a half I have been places.
Lots of places in fact some of these places I have been to several times within that time period
In the Past Week and a Half I have been to: The Temple (YAY), Work at two High Schools, one where I am an alum and the other an hour away in NOTL., Welland (For Dinner, For Work, For Family), FHE, and Institute. On the Bulk of these nights after everything is said and done and at least a handful of times I come home after 10pm and that’s after a 1/2 hour drive out to where I live. Last night I woke up for work @ 6am and didn’t get home after FHE until Midnight. Extremely LONG day.
I’m grateful that I can drive and go to all these places but there have been a couple of things I have really wanted to do that I was unable to do.
SLEEP – yes I get enough but it never felt like enough. We just had a YSA Temple conference which was great but over the two day conference (Friday & Saturday) I received about 5 hours of sleep in total. However, with this much sleep I was able to do a baptismal session, play laser tag, dance, attend workshops and hang out with friends.
Do A Fall Photo shoot – Although this might not sound like something that I really desperately want to do, IT DEFINATELY IS. My Friend H is studying for her Photography Certificate and has done some photo sessions and I volunteered myself to be a model because I thought it would be fun to do it with someone who was a good friend and with the Fall Season UPON us. There is a lovely scene to go with the Ridiculously Good Looking Gal that I am.
Study My Scriptures and other Church materials better and Rely on the Lord More Often – With the Loss of My Newest Set of Scriptures (lousy excuse) and the lack of time I spend in the car and working, etc. I haven’t had time to Study and read my scriptures as I would like. The fortunate thing is that I’m praying more fervently and relying on the spirit more to direct me to the direction I should go.
Read – Okay I have had the chance to Read while I’m at work because the LT that is normally there doesn’t give me very much to do, and I’m trying to manage my time better at work and not be on the Computer 100% of the time just doing stuff that I could be doing at home (wasting time with email, Facebook, blogging, surfing the net, performing duties that have to do with my calling, and shopping the net, yes I have been known to shop online while I’m at work) because I’m trying to focus on the Library side of things rather than the (Kicking kids off the computer thing, with the software installed on the LT computer) because I want to have further training and expose myself to as much library-ness instead of boredom on the computer thing. So I can tell future employers that I spend the bulk of the time checking in and out, shelving, helping students, helping students research, assisting teachers finding materials, etc. Which is the right thing to do. So if they don’t give me anything to do or, don’t give me enough to do while I’m there for 3 days, I bring a book and read it, essentially I’m improving my reading skills so that when someone is looking for a recommendation (I read lots of Teen Lit) or needing research assistance, to picking out the facts amid the fiction in the research, I think it is definitely beneficial.
Anyway, with all that said and done. I was a SLOTH today, slept in, played on the computer, read the zillion emails, did stuff for my calling, etc. It has been a very relaxing day and I’m glad it’s not quite over yet, I still have at least 5 hours left of my day. WOOHOO!
I may even post again later. SWEET!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
So Initially when I read this book the first time, I had to return it to the library after I Inter-Library Loaned it (Borrowed it from another Library in Ontario, not my own) Because a page into it there is some ADULT content which suprised the heck out of me. It didn't go into to much detail but after reading A Handmaid's Tale. I was afraid it was going to turn into a really not fun book to read. However, with the Movie coming out and looking really good I decided to bunker down and buy it. So I Literally laid down on my couch for hours and I was hooked, the story is a little sci-fi and a little romance. I absolutely love Henry and Claire together. I loved that Henry Flashed Forward and Backward to signifigant points of his life as he figured out why he Shifted through time as he did. It went through the good and the bad days and the moments in time when Claire was on her own waiting for Henry to return from whatever point in time he had travelled to. I really have to say that although the language was colourful sometimes the story was awesome, I loved that Henry was able to exist when he was already in that time. I even thought that through their hardships their relationship was able to be as strong as it could and as honest as it could. It was such a good book, although there is some adult content and strong language(It is in the ADULT section afterall) I really enjoyed it.
Monday, October 19, 2009
So I love it when at the beginning of the weekend you have the feeling like it’s going to be a fantastic weekend, and then you attend yet another YSA (young single adult) conference, one you’ve only missed once in the past 9 almost 10 years.
Then you get maybe four hours of sleep, drive back to the conference to be back in time for the workshops, lunch (which I didn’t have an sense that I was hungry) and as we were around the lunch table the subject of Go Karting Came Up. So a good group of friends of mine all jumped into a friends car to go to this indoor go karting race track, to find out it was closed. After a few rounds of Who Can Do This the Longest (I will explain this at another date) we soon realized that it was “CLOSED TEMPORARILY” we didn’t want to head back without doing anything fun so we quickly decided to find out if there was a Laser Tag place nearby which seriously was so much fun. Although the 20, 8 year old kids persistently ganged up on us it was fun running around in Sunday dress shooting lasers at my friends.
Another awesome part of the weekend was being in the Temple. I can’t even begin to express that I haven’t fully appreciated being in the temple until very recently, I realized that it is probably one of the best places to be at peace. I had been attending the temple and serving by proxy and not focusing on how the temple can benefit me. I get to sit among a great people doing the same service and I feel like all the worry and the weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I then get to think about how far I can go. I think about the things I need to accomplish spiritually. How much potential I have. I love it, I can’t wait for the day that I can attend the temple and receive further knowledge and light. It will definitely be a wonderful day.
I love that I get to spend time with so many amazing people doing things that are of similar interest and that even though we all may be extremely different we get to go and just have Good Clean Fun, without the smells of alcohol and drugs, and the smell of a place that I have no place in with a clear and clean conscience.
I really appreciate that I have made some amazing choices to be steady and sure and immovable but moving towards a goal where I will have the opportunity to become the woman my family wants me to become, my friends want me to become, I want to become, and my Heavenly Father wants me to become.
I’m so grateful that at the moment that I have my old scriptures, I was really sad to loose the scriptures I’ve had for almost my entire time as a Young Single Adult. I am also so excited for the new scriptures that I will have. But since I got my YSA scriptures stolen I had to rely on scriptures that I used to the point where the spine is no longer attached to the bindings of the book. But I was excited to find that even without the lovely book tabs I was able to find the scriptures that the workshop instructors wanted us to find, I can’t even begin to express that I didn’t even know that I knew the scriptures so well. I was so excited.
So now that it is way past the time I wanted to stay up, I think I will post this blog for now. I absolutely loved this weekend.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
SO I’ve got to tell you how much I love sugar. I don’t know why I’ve been craving it insanely crazy this week, I have eaten a huge amount of chocolate, doughnuts, cinnamon bread, brownies, gummy candy, etc.
As much as I just would love to be able to eat everything under the sun, it’s a huge weight that I don’t need. Plus after awhile of eating some sugar I sit there and it doesn’t taste like anything appealing anymore.
So, I really have no idea what I’m going to do. I love baking and I don’t want to stop baking and I love eating chocolate like you wouldn’t believe.
I know I gave up sprite for a good 5 months or so. I’ve only had the occasional sprite/pop/soda ever since, so that might be part of it. I’m over compensating for the sugar in the sprite.
SO I really have to find some natural sugar (apples, bananas, grapes, etc.) and eat enough of them to reduce my sugar highs and lows. Because that’s what it really is.
The other thing that gets me is that I will eat sugar over the course of the day and be fine. Then there are those rare occasions where I definitely late night sweet binge, and then sometimes, I have really bad nights of sleep because I ate so much.
Anyway, I’m really hoping to curb all this craziness before Hallowe’en or Else I’m going to have even bigger problems with sugar because there are even more opportunities to eat it even more.
So that’s it for now. I will probably do my best to get through my turkey dinner and stuff without an exorbitant amount of extra food.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Much of my time lately has been spent in the vehicle known as Sammy Dean.
My Dear Sammy Dean and I have had a good and bad couple of weeks.
I went to a YSA dance in “Big City” with three other girls from my branch, I drove, and realized that I was “STARVING” so after Institute the one girl and I went to get some good food. Upon our return I parked out front of the Chapel and headed inside to dance the night away.
Throughout the night I found out two of the girls I brought were not coming with me (not to happy about that) and that we would have to drive back to pick up a friends car (45 min to 1 hour) away from my house, before I got home.
At the end of the night, I was so thrilled to get an email from I guy who I want to get to know better (score!) and headed out towards my car.
Upon walking up to it I found my rear passenger car door smashed in and my entire purse which included my scriptures, my cell phone, my camera, my wallet, my iPod, GONE!
So afterwards, I had to cancel my debit & credit cards and deal with the fact that I now had to fix a window $200+ to fix, buy a new cell phone (daddy wouldn’t not want me to go without one) and buy a new iPod and camera.
So since then I’ve slowly been replacing cards and electronics but I’m left with the sense of “What else do I have to do?”
I have the feeling that I’ve got to watch and make sure that I have everything with me all the time.
I’m really praying and hoping that I’ll get my scriptures and my SD card back with almost a years worth of photos on it. Who wants random photos from a LDS wedding? (I found a website that showed photos from cameras and asked people if that camera was theirs, got to find that website again)
Anyway, This weekend marks the Canadian Thanksgiving which is always good, one turkey dinner until the second last weekend in October when I get my second turkey dinner. I can’t wait. Yum Yum.
I’m also hoping to head to a craft sale with a friend of mine. She is taking photography classes and I asked her if she wanted me to be a model and do a session. So that I could possibly give them out as Christmas gifts and the like.
So that’s the update for now. Hopefully I’ll give more time and effort to my blog in the coming days, weeks, months, and years.
I owe it all to Wilford Wooddruff! Thank You!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I’m not afraid to say that I’ve kissed a frog, I’ve had several crushes that lasted for a long time and a really long friendship that could have been a relationship on more than one occasion and it never really manifested itself into anything beyond a friendship.
I’ve come to realize that I value people more and more and it just becomes difficult to even see that a relationship with another guy. I don’t give up on that though, I can see myself where I want to be I just have the utmost patience too much maybe that It’s hard to see where the blessings are.
I’ve really come to understand that I don’t really know what I’m looking for. I have come to know that I know I’m looking for someone who will love me unconditionally but I don’t have any other sort of list of looks or attributes. I just know that I want to be sealed and stay together for eternity. I don’t want to have my future posterity to live through hardships like I have.
I pray constantly to understand what love really is. I’m afraid that in the whole process of seeing my parents separate I found it more and more difficult to even go on dates because I didn’t even know how to I was supposed to tell that I really liked or even loved a guy. It was really very difficult.
So now that I’m in my late 20s I realize that I can see love and feel love sometimes but I’m not 100% there yet. I feel like the feeling I have left some of my insecurities behind but I feel like I’m more and more ready for possibilities but I don’t see the opportunities. I don’t know if that makes sense or not.
So that’s part of my thoughts today, I am going to get offline and make a bigger dent in my pile and finish a book or two.
Feel free to share you thoughts. I’d love to know any advice or insight you might have for me.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
So I don’t have much news but the good thing is that in the past week or so I have applied to two new jobs which is a great step into the right direction. They are two jobs I am qualified for I just have to pray and hope that I have the chance for an interview. So pray for me.
In other news I also had quite the awakening and I feel like I really need to rely on assistance from my Heavenly Father. Things brings about my need to read my scriptures more often I’ve always tried to read the ensign and other LDS speeches online but I need to focus on reading my scriptures. It really does make my day much more smoother.
I had a funny thing happen because of reading my scriptures, I have read my scriptures one day and that entire day everything went completely wrong but It was like I really didn’t get upset. It just seemed like it was completely normal that everything could possibly go wrong.
I made another new goal for myself. Between May 08 to June of this year I bought approximately 39 books. During that time I did read some of the books but I didn’t nearly make a dent in the pile. So on Friday I bunkered down on the hot day, yes i should have sat outside, but I sat inside on the couch and finished two books. It was awesome. I’m determined to be under 30 soon and the sooner I do that my friend H.G. and I are going to have a little party. I’m so excited about it.
I am also getting really excited to hit up one of my fave places PEI. I get to spend some time with my mom and hopefully I can do a bunch of stuff and meet some new people. I’m going see if I can contact the church leadership and see if there are any YSA that I can hang out with while I’m there so that I can party it up PEI style.
So that’s about it for now. I’ll probably have a tonne more to say within the next couple of days or so. I am so excited for the summer and Tomorrow is the Day it Officially Starts for me!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
- if you notice that it is a bat and are slightly fearful don't be afraid to don a bedsheet or a window screen to protect yourself
- bats like the dark, if the bat is flying around your house turn ON all the lights so if it's dark outside the bat will eventually fly out the window
- be prepared it will be a memorable experience for all involved.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY - good tired long days of work.
Friday, May 22, 2009
"Every foundation stone that is laid for a Temple, and every Temple completed . . . , lessens the power of Satan on the earth, and increases the power of God and Godliness, moves the heavens in mighty power in our behalf, invokes and calls down upon us the blessings of the Eternal Gods, and those who reside in their presence."
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
"Your Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son love you perfectly. They would not require you to experience a moment more of difficulty than is absolutely needed for your personal benefit or for that of those you love."
". . .The Lord’s plan is to exalt you to live with Him and be greatly blessed. The rate at which you qualify is generally set by your capacity to mature, to grow, to love, and to give of yourself. He is preparing you to be a god. You cannot understand fully what that means, yet, He knows. As you trust Him, seek and follow His will, you will receive blessings that your finite mind cannot understand here on earth."
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Things that may have happened recently that are of utmost importance
- I Was Fired without warning (going on three weeks ago) don't really want to get into much more detail than I have to at the moment
- I paid my tithing this week, yay
- I found a paralell in the parable of the good samaritan in the little engine that could, more info about that later it's good
- I'm almost finished my first John Green book Looking For Alaska It's been one heck of a story but it's One Heck of A Good One!
- Had a job interview on friday for a Mat Leave it was good, need to take the time to make my brain meet up with my mouth for all the words that were missing and no i don't think I made up any words. Keep prayers and good vibes coming.
- Going to make a stronger emphasis on doing visiting teaching for my great girls. They need it.
- Going to try and figure out a service project for branch
- Need to get to the temple this month! (if i ever go to take upon the endowment covenants i've got to get to the temple, i missed the last two potential trips, which is really bad for me, I'm usually a regular attender)
- Want to take family names to do baptisms
- Need to read scriptures more frequently
- Need to fill up my awesome quote journal from RS lesson and other quotes i've read/heard recently.
I have more to say and Will write again shortly.. I just had to get a couple of thoughts for future reference and blog posts!
Oh and AuthorBee, I'm still figuring out my Jane Austen Guy.. Don't Worry I didn't forget!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
So this "new" guy and I have been striking up some pretty amazing conversation and I was finally ready to ask this guy out on a "date".
Here's where the trouble happened.
I wanted to make sure that he didn't know it was an actual date because I didn't want him to "run & scatter"
So I proceeded to ask him to go to the temple activity that was two weeks from the day I asked him. No problem, well enough in advance and he didn't have a problem with it.
So the next Sunday I find out that one of the councillors in the branch presidency had secured a box for the Raptors Basketball Game and he's doing a draw of YSA so that it's fair and he's pulling names. Perfect! What is always going to stand in my way of a "date"? SPORTS!
So his name gets pulled and previous to this I tell him he can't go, which he then becomes a little disappointed but he realizes that he's already made a commitment with me which he doesn't turn back on but. So I was instantly a little happier because he put his priorities in front a basketball game. I'm instantly uber excited.
So the "Temple Friday Arrives" I find out some semi-not good news that some other girl likes him which disappoints me a little, and by the time I'm in the car I've psyched myself out of having a good time, but just going to enjoy the temple no matter what.
So I pick him up and i'm a little late (mormon standard time hazard, I usually am not a MST offender but this day I was) he gets in the car makes a huge deal out of the fact that I'm 10 minutes late and then asks me if I can go pick up another girl we are both friends with on the way to the temple to come with us. BUMMER!
At that point I was a little disappointed. I was looking forward to getting to know this guy a little better and being the kind person I am I said yes and didn't worry about the "date" anymore. We have a good 3 way conversation in the car on the way up to the temple and I stop worrying about what to do, etc.
So in the baptistry I decide that I'm going to sit beside the guy before the opening prayer which is fine. Then the Baptistry coordinator makes a big deal about ysa men and ysa women shouldn't worry about boundaries when they sit on the "waiting to be baptised side" and I instantly feel like I was pointed out because I decide to sit on the said "guys only" side.
The rest of the baptistry session is fine, I sit and watch baptisms enjoy the spirit, and enjoy my time.
Afterwards the YSA all get together and have a little YSA testimony meeting and a Mix 'N' Mingle. In which he sits beside me at the testimony meeting (HOOHAW) and then we mix 'n' mingle it up where he talks to lots of people, I talk to people I don't get to see very often whom I only see if i actually go to the big institute class in the big city or go to big city dances. Then I go over and talk to the guy with this other girl whom I drove up and all is fine and good.
So then the night is over and I decide to get going (at this point in our "date" i was going to ask if he wanted to go to a local dessert place for some sweet snacks before we go home but I completely chickened out at this point.) So as we walk to the car the guy says that the girl can sit in the front and he sits in the back (total mood killer at that point for me) and the girl talks all the way home and I can't get a word in edgewise! (I completely hate this because I'm not the best conversationalist at times) I drop her off and I'm slightly more relieved because we can talk in the car again.
So we are about at his house and we're just chatting about stuff and I completely on focused on stopping at an upcoming stop sign and then, I run through it. So I then feel like an idiot. We say our goodbyes and I drive home feeling like it was a good night but a really bad night all at the same time.
So now, I have to get out of this I'm a "really bad dater" and I don't know what to do to improve because I've never had a really "good date" I'm more than ready to date anyone now though I think because I really want to have a good time and not worry about the pressure of a good date.. Just to date is experience under my belt.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
(a C to a B)
So then several months later I went to the same clothing store and found out that i went from a 2x to a 1x.. I was so shocked I couldn't believe it. I then bought some nice 1x tops that I fell in love with.
So we have these stores in Canada that are Superstores, you can get groceries, pharmacy, beauty, electronics, and clothes all in one store (Walmart Superstores) Called Great Canadian Superstore and they have a Clothing line called joe
So I was there to pick up a couple of groceries yesterday and I passed by the joe section in the store and saw a cute top and was like, hey that looks long enough, it's modest and has a cute accent on the shoulders of the sleeves, I should try it on.
So I asked to go into the fitting room to try it on. I was very skeptical because I thought it wouldn't fit at all.
BOY was I wrong. the XL totally fit.. I was so stoaked and couldn't believe the price $12 so I was like maybe I should see if I can find any other tops (I didn't) but now I can totally check around the next time I go and see if there are other things that i like.
So I now can buy nice modest and inexpensive clothes..
THAT WILL FIT!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
It turns out that it was a ton of fun.
A Little Penguin Love
University Tower Happiness and COLDNESS!
Mad Driving Skills (Blindfolded, What!?!)
I had everyone high fiving, feet measuring, showing off their mad tableau skills for Book of Mormon and Doctine and Covenants stories.
I can't believe it went over so well & that I want to do it again! I had fun thinking of creative things and laughing the entire night and I'm still laughing at these pictures..
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
A Big Highlight of my week was getting to go over to my friend Belle's house to watch...
Which were also provided for consumption.. Which is always the best thing in the world!
So I was blog-surfing again today and found MORE great websites
one said website lead to this YouTube Video
Haven't You Always Wondered What News Anchors Do During Commericals?
The Wii Connundrum
I really want one! I will have some money to buy one, but there are so many other things that I could do with the money like..
- pay off more student loan
- pay off more of my car
- go on a road trip
- go on a vacation (PEI, North Carolina, Utah, Calgary, I can't decide where)
- buy books
- buy church books
- save money to buy an even bigger item, left to be determined.
I think that is all I've got to say at the moment, I've been trying to update for two days and I saved it yesterday because I ran out of time.
So Hopefully I'll have more to write soon, within the next day or so. I'm really hoping to become a more frequent blogger.
Chow for now!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Not only that.. I got a RAISE with both of the school boards I work for so when pay day comes on friday and two fridays from now.. i'll have a good sum of money..
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