A small book with a big lesson

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I sat down today and decided to read the book that Cole's parents bought for me for Easter. It's called Redefining Joy In The Last Days by Chris Stewart. I've never really been much into reading books, but since I'm not in classes this spring or summer and since Cole LOVES to read I figured I'd give it a try. 

This book was only 60 pages long, but definitely has a lot of meaning to it. I feel like I'm always trying to figure out how to be a more joyful person but it's always hard to pinpoint what it is I need to do/change so that I can. I think what it all comes down to is learning to count your blessings and realizing that the trying times in life are blessings just as the good times in life are. Our time here on earth is a time for us to learn and grow, and each experience that we go through has something to teach us. 

My favorite quote from the book is:

"God will stretch us. 
But He will also bless us." 

I have found this to be SO true. There have been many times in my life where I feel like nothing seems to be going right, but when I stop to breathe and take a step back I slowly start to see that everything is all right. We've got to learn to look at the world and what goes on in it with the right perspective. 

Our Father in heaven wants what is best for us, but He can't make us do anything. He has given us the gift to choose for ourselves what we will do with the time we have here. Seems kind of scary, but the best part is that He hasn't left us all alone. He has given us guidance and direction through prophets of old in the scriptures and through prophets today in order to help us be a more joyful people.

Vida es bonita.  

Recent Happenings

Thursday, May 19, 2011

As most of you know...WE FINALLY GOT MARRIED! Life hasn't slowed down all that much since being back from our honeymoon and our time in Texas - but it's wonderful nonetheless! 

Cole works 5 days out of the week and I work when I can. I'm working at the Wasatch Park Cafe which is a restaurant at a state park golf course. There's a beautiful view and yummy food so if you're ever in the area come check it out! When the weather is yucky (like today) I don't get to go into work because no one likes to golf when it's snowing. Yes that's right...snowing in May! I guess that happens when you live in the mountains like we do.

Anyways, I just thought I'd post some pics to help you see what all we've been up to lately!

We got sealed for time and all eternity in the Bountiful, Utah Temple on April 29, 2011 and it was AMAZING.

Our first breakfast as a married couple. Untamed Spirit (the picture of the horse) joined us that morning.

Strawberry Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs, CO. So much fun!

We got an hour couples massage right beside the hot springs in this cute little hut - it was awesome!

Really cool rock table that we found! Cole had to test it out. :)

 This was the day we walked all over town in our awesome ponchos. We totally felt like hippies and felt like we fit in with all of the hippies in Steamboat.

 On our way to Texas we ran over a screw and had to have our tire patched. Good thing we were close to Alma, CO where an awesome guy named Frank fixed up Etta's poor little tire for us!

These were the weird carnival rides we passed on our way to Texas - we had quite the adventure to say the least!

And this would be Cole in our room putting the duvet on our comforter. I suggested he turn it inside out the tie the corners, but he just kept on working away!

The transition into married life hasn't really been a tough one at all! I'm trying to be a little more domesticated and learn how to cook yummy things, do laundry, make our bed - you know, those "wifey" things to do. I know I speak for us both when I say that it's a learning and growing time of our lives that we both love and wouldn't trade for anything else in this world. 

Vida es bonita.

I've found all I've waited for & I could not ask for more

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Looking back on the past couple of weeks I seriously cannot think of words that can fully describe how blessed we are. We have a family who loves us dearly, we have many wonderful friends who are there for us both when we need them, we have a beautiful home to live in, we have a loving Father in heaven who blesses us beyond belief and most importantly we have each other

Getting to live with your best friend and always have them to talk to about your joys and sorrows is the best feeling ever. Married life is blissful and I can only imagine how much better it gets as life goes on! 

Vida es bonita.