Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men

One of the things I loved most about Rexburg was the small town community where everyone knew each other and helped each other out. People were always extending a hand to their neighbor and lending them things. I knew I was going to miss that about Idaho but I didn’t expect the Bay Area feel like a small town, and much to my surprise it has been that way.

Mark and I both grew up here in the East Bay Area, we knew what to expect when we were moving back but it has surpassed all our expectations. Through out this move we weren’t sure if we were playing the right cards, for instance we didn’t know if we should rent or buy but we decided to buy and it has been the best decision we have ever made. It has already led us to amazing friends and people surrounding us…and we’ve technically only been moved in for a couple weeks! So many people have contacted us and offered to help us paint, move in, give us picture frames, shelves and even their personal discount on appliances! All of these kind acts, big and small alike, have made me feel so loved and that we are where we are suppose to be. It’s been a sense of validation for us.
Last night as I was driving home I was thinking about all these wonderful people in my life and couldn’t help but let a few tears out as I realized that God really does care about me and knows what I need, and through all of these hands of wonderful family friends He has touched my life.

Thank you to each and every one of you. You have made this post-college transition so much easier for us.

I started this post last night and can’t end it without taking a moment to reflect on the horrific tragedy that struck a Connecticut Elementary School this morning. A gunman went to the Elementary School where his mother worked and killed her along with 20 innocent children and 5 other adults. This senseless act broke my heart. Those poor children, teachers and families. I couldn’t help but think about my mom today as she works at our Elementary School. No words can express the pain that these families are going through but my heart and prayers go out to them.

All I could think about was the lyrics to the Christmas song “I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day.”
And in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

I know that those sweet children are in Christ’s arms and were too good for this Earth. May we all hold our loved ones a little closer as we remember those families who lost their baby today.



I was just reading a new post from a blog I follow. She is an amazing woman with a heart-retching story (see her story here.) Despite the hard things she has been through she is truly inspiring and always is serving others. In her most recent post she talked a little about “RAK: Random Acts of Kindness” (you can also find it with a Christmas twist here.)
It is such a simple and easy way to brighten someone’s day and pay it forward. You can choose how you want to participate and how much you want to spend. So I’m going to get myself and Mark to do this as a date night! {and probably drag some friends to do it with us 🙂 any volunteers?!}

I hope this is a tradition that we can start now and continue with our children in the future.

Turkey and Trees

Since my last post some big things have happened. The first big event was Thanksgiving! This year we decided to go down to Southern California to visit my grandparents. I haven’t been there for Thanksgiving since my Sophomore year of college so it was great to go down with Mark and my family and see my Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts and cousins, some of who met Mark for the first time this trip! Funny story, the night before we were suppose to head down to SoCal we went over to our new place to finish painting and as I was walking to our front door I realized my car was still on. I thought to myself, “whoa, dumb blonde moment” but then I looked in my hand and I was holding my keys?! My engine was running even though my car was in park and I pulled the keys out of the ignition! How crazy is that? It just wouldn’t turn off! I called the VW service center and they had no idea what to tell me so they asked me to get in my car and drive it over immediately (lucky it was about 5 minutes up the road.) They ended up giving me a loaner car and let me drive it down to SoCal! No miles added to our cars 🙂 After about 4 or 5 days I got to pick up my car, they replaced the relays (I thought that was a track and field event..) and said it was good to go. Keeping our fingers crossed it was just a freak thing and nothing else will happen!
Anyway, Thanksgiving was really fun, except for the 8 hours that it took to drive there with all the traffic!
When we got back we got a Uhal and with the help of our wonderful in-laws we were able to get everything moved over in under a couple of hours!
Since then we have been spending all our spare time trying to convert this condo into a home. The first priority on our list was a Christmas Tree, of course 🙂 We have also been working hard to get our pictures hung, things organized and boxes in the trash! It’s coming together and I think is looking pretty good.

Grandpa and Mom cooking Thanksgiving dinner
Mark and Grandpa napping after all that Turkey

Scott and Dani, Paige, Emma, and Colton came to visit! (Yes, that is my little sister-in-law in front of me, not a niece!)

Getting our very first Christmas Tree!

Cute Mark touching up the paint

Collage wall in the living room with my Europe pictures
Needless to say Mark never wants to hang another frame ever again!

Melissa and Lynn

2 weeks ago I was getting ready to fly to Dallas for one of my best friends wedding! Where do I even start with this post?

Melissa and I met our first year of college during a really rough time in my life. She was so sweet to me, she befriended and reached out to me. At the end of our freshman year she asked me if I wanted to room with her the next semester. We didn’t really know eachother all that well, but it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. From countless parties and games of “Monter-pong” to me scaring her half to death during my sleep talking episodes, to having classes together, to spending Thanksgiving together, many hours of talking and bearing our souls, Melissa is one of my closest friends. She is hands down one of the most loyal and caring people I have ever met and I feel so honored to call her my friend.
Just a little over 2 years ago she flew out to California for my wedding and I feel so blessed to be able to have gone out to Texas for hers! I was really nervous to meet her fiance because it was just 2 days before the wedding! What if he didn’t like me? What if we didn’t get along?
Well, from the second he walked through the door I knew we were going to get along just fine 🙂 Lynn is an amazing person and treats Melissa like gold! I love the way he looks at her, so sweet.
I had the best time in Dallas with Mel and her family, especially her mom. I now know why Melissa is the amazing person she is. Her mom is so sweet and so easy to talk to. She is just a wonderful, and strong person.
Mel was such a beautiful bride. I hope her day was so special and perfect (except for the keys getting locked in the trunk as they were getting ready to leave the reception! I almost threw up when I found out and had to be the bearer of bad news to Melissa.)

Congratulations Melissa and Lynn. If anyone deserves a happily ever after, it’s you two! Love you both!

Home is wherever I’m with you

So a few posts back I mentioned that we had exciting news that we were waiting to share until it was official…Well it is officially official, we are HOME owners! We just bought a cute 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in Dublin! *pictures to come shortly. It is the perfect location for both of us, just 15 minutes away from both of our offices and about 20 minutes from both of our families.
The past two days we have spent painting away with friends and family *BIG shout out to everyone who sacrificed their time to help us, we appreciate it so much! Neither of us had ever really painted, let alone pick out the colors and go buy the paint, but it has been a great experience making this our home. Mark has also been hinting about getting a kitten “someday,” I’m secretly hoping he will have one in a cute little box (of course with lots of air holes for breathing) under our first Christmas tree this year!
We feel so blessed to be in this position and to have prepared for this day. We have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

So anyone wanting to visit San Francisco, we would love to have you stay with us!

Gettin’ my vote on!

This morning I stopped at my parents house before work so I could go vote with my mom and dad! It was a fun little morning and I felt very proud to be going with the two people who really molded me into the person I am today with the values I cherish. I’m really grateful for such wonderful parents who have taught me so much and for a wonderful country to call home.

I hope everyone goes out and votes today! Do your part and keep this nation great.
Romney/Ryan 2012!


Cabin get-a-way

This past weekend we took a group of friends up to the family cabin. It was a blast! How could it not be when you have good food, fun games, beautiful weather and scenery, and great people?!
One of the many highlights of the weekend was stopping in Angels camp and finding treasures and delicious salted carmels! Another fav was games on Friday night. We had such a good dynamic and can’t even count how many times I cried laughing. Have you played “Imagine if?” I never had but it is hilarious! Other activities consisted of walking the path through the gorgeous Big Trees State Park (which definitely lives up to it’s name), trying to build fires with coals, roasting smores with reeses (sooo good!), wandering through the little towns, warming up by the fireplace and lots of laughing.
We are so greatful to be meeting such wonderful people.

Can you spy little Cassidy?
I hope your start to November was as great as mine!

It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!

Well fail, it’s been a while since I’ve last written a post but that is just because life has gotten so exciting over here I’m too busy having fun and living my life (and also, I’ve been slammed at work which is when I usually blog 🙂 )

Here’s what’s been happening lately:

  • Taylor went to her first homecoming and I got to do her hair and make up which was so fun! She is a gorgeous girl!
  • We’ve been going to a new ward and have already made some amazing friends! *hint hint: We’re moving! More on that later
  • Fall is here and I’m loving it! We went to a cute pumpkin patch at the Pleasanton fair grounds. It had blow up slides for the little kids…of course I was all over that!
  • We carved/painted pumpkins with our cute friends the Barsdorfs.
  • Last weekend was the stake Trunk or Treat and we dressed up as Wayne’s World and Mark even helped me make decorations for our car!
  • The Giants won the World Series!!!
  • This weekend we are going to the Warren’s cabin with 5 couples. I’m really excited, it should be a blast
I’m loving our new life here in California. I love being able to stop at my parent’s house on the way home from work and hang out with my cute sisters.
Happy Halloween!

turning the corner


It’s funny that my last post was about a new low for me. I felt like I had finally hit rock bottom. But things have turned a corner and are definitely looking up…WAY UP! There is some amazing news that we will share soon 🙂 (no it’s not a baby!) haha

God sure has a sense of humor. He is probably laughing at me constantly and saying “stop complaining. Don’t you know I have your back?!”

faithBreak the habit.Proverbs 19:21