Cole's Thoughts

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


We are very familiar with the 10 Commandments, the golden rule, and the ‘do a good turn daily’ mantra of boy scouts throughout the world. One commandment we probably aren't as familiar with is found in the Book of Mormon in the book of Alma. In Alma 43:47 we read, “The Lord has said that: Ye shall defend your families even unto bloodshed. Therefore for this cause were the Nephites contending with the Lamanites, to defend themselves, and their families, and their lands, their country, and their rights, and their religion.”  In this verse the prophet Mormon (the name-sake of the common nickname for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is giving us the story of a war. In the war the prophet Moroni’s army is contending with their enemies. Mormon relates to the reader the commandment the Lord gives to ‘defend your families.’ I was thinking about this verse and I realized that it is applicable to us today. 

No, we aren't fighting a life or death war with swords, clubs, arrows, and shields like these groups of people in the Book of Mormon were; but we are fighting a war. We are in a constant battle against Satan, the devil, who wants nothing more than to drag us down and subject us to his selfish desires. Although we don’t have literal weapons and armor in our war, we do have weapons to combat the devil and shields to protect us from his attacks. We can see just by turning on the news that the war against the family unit is alive and well. Courts across the nation are ruling in favor of gay marriages and the sanctity of marriage and the traditional family unit are constantly degraded in the media and popular entertainment. One of our best weapons we have in this fight against the devil and his dangerous designs is our belief in Christ.

Through our faith in Christ we can continue to raise a righteous family and hold true to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that I am on the Lord’s side in this war and that the devil will ultimately lose. I also know that before the end comes the devil will find much success in leading away many righteous souls, not because they don’t believe, but because they do not act on their belief. I hope that I can continue to look for opportunities to stand for what I believe and be an example to others around me. I love the Savior Jesus Christ and I know that in and through His name we can all find comfort and peace. Sorry if it seems I am rambling, I just wanted to share my thoughts.

Love y’all.

Cole

This verse can be found in context here: http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/alma/43?lang=eng 

Welcoming Baby Numero Uno!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

So we have some exciting news...WE'RE GONNA HAVE A BABY!! :D

We found out the weekend right after finals that I was pregnant (definitely a tender mercy that I wasn't feeling sick during the week of finals) and since then I've been sicker than a dog just about every morning. Usually after my daily throw up (sorry if that's TMI) my day is pretty normal unless I smell something too strong/weird (i.e. heavily seasoned meat) or if I let my stomach get too empty. We'll be having our first little one join our family near the end of July or beginning of August. I'm sure they'll come whenever they're ready. :)


We waited a while to tell everyone just so that we could be sure that things were going good and so that the chances of a miscarriage were a little more slim, but the excitement was just killing us so while we were in Texas we had my wonderful friend Savanna take a fun picture for us that we used to tell our family we're having a baby. 

The look on Cole's face when I showed these to him were priceless! The only reason there are 2 of them is because he made me take another one "just to be sure." :)


Last Friday, the 11th, we went to the first appointment where we were able to hear the cutest little heartbeat! It was so crazy and made it all seem more real that our little baby is growing inside of me...what a miraculous thing a woman's body can do!


As of today I am officially 12 weeks and still don't have much of a baby bump, but I am starting to get a little bit of a belly! We'll be doing a fun little picture project to see how I go from 3 to 6 to 9 months and then with our little one finally in our arms. Be on the lookout for that in the months to come! 

Christmas in Vegas & a Texas New Year

For Christmas this year we were able to be with Cole's parents and siblings for a fun filled week in Vegas! We played some card games, got to see Grandma & Grandpa Gordon, had some movie nights, went to the movie theater and watched Les Miserables on Christmas day and then grabbed dessert at Max Brenner's (such an amazing place), did some shopping, played some basketball, went to the LDS Las Vegas Temple, walked around on The Strip, saw the Bellagio fountains and gardens, went to the Hoover Dam (another story in and of itself), ate yummy food and had an all around good time being with those we love for an entire week. Thanks Darin and Lisa for making the trip to Vegas possible! 


The Bellagio Hotel & Casino

Bellagio Fountains





Bellagio Gardens

This polar bear was made out of carnation lookin' flowers! Kinda neat.

Closer view of the polar bear.




The wind was blowing like crazy!

Cole enjoying his chocolate shake from Max Brenner's.

Our all time favorite dessert pizza. If you remember our summer adventure to NYC, you'll notice that this is the same thing we got then. :)



Cole and I after the Temple. Such a beautiful and peaceful place to be with the ones you love. 


Our date night out to dinner at Hard Rock Cafe.  Our waiter was AWESOME and since our food was given to a couple that didn't speak English we got a free smoothie/drink thing that was SO yummy! 

After our week adventure in Vegas, Cole and I drove to Texas where we got to spend a week with my family, which was fun! We do a lot of visiting with family and just a lot of hanging out and eating food that I love/miss, so I never remember to try and find good picture moments! I'll get better at that...hopefully. :)

Yummy Blue Bell ice cream. I can't wait until we're in Texas and I can buy this stuff by the gallon. 

We always pass this place on our way through New Mexico on our drive back to Utah, and Cole always wants a picture, so here it finally is! The Holy Ghost Recreation Area. :)

Cole, my brothers and I took the dogs on a walk one day and as we walked by this house Cole had to get a picture of this "Jimmy Rigged" air conditioned van. Pretty awesome, right?! 
  Now that 2013 is upon us I can look back at 2012 and say that I'm pretty happy with the way my year went. I definitely have a lot of things to work on in order for me to become a better wife, daughter, sister and friend, but I can honestly say I don't have many regrets in the year of 2012. Here's to many more good times with those we love!

Thanksgiving 2012: A little late, but still grateful!


 So I've been procrastinating updating our blog since it has been a few months, but I know I'll regret it if I don't since we've had a lot of fun things going on the past few months and Cole has been begging me to do it so...here goes nothin'! 

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This past Thanksgiving we were able to drive down to Texas to enjoy a yummy fried turkey and our lovely family - we had a wonderful time!


We had to stop at "Waterburger" when we got into Amarillo early in the morning. 

Cole got to feel of some freshly picked cotton!


And he tried on Jeff's cowboy boots...we've almost got him convinced he needs some of his own! ;)

Fed the cows some cow cake with my dad. One of my favorite things to do since I can even remember!

Shot some guns out at the farm.



Looking back on our Thanksgiving break in Texas, it's kinda hard to believe that was almost 2 whole months ago...where does time go these days?!

I feel that Cole and I have so many blessings that it would take us hours on end to count them all. However, we do want to say how grateful we are for our wonderful family, our close friends, Jesus Christ and our loving Father in heaven who blesses us even when we do not deserve it. 

All things denote there is a God.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


I was reading in the scriptures today and wanted to share something that I really liked.

In the Book of Mormon there is a book named after the prophet Alma. In Alma chapter 30 the prophet is speaking with a man named Korihor. I guess you could say Korihor is an atheist, the scriptures actually describe him as an anti-Christ. Korihor goes around from city to city trying to convince people that there is no God and that individuals who align themselves with religion or a belief in God are foolish. Rather than being defensive of his religion and that of the people in his city and fighting with Korihor, the prophet Alma calmly converses with him. In verse 44 of the book of Alma is my favorite quote from the prophet. He explains to Korihor, "All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which do move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." 
I love this scripture. I believe that we can find proof of a loving Heavenly Father if we take the time to look around us and take in some of the beauty in this world. One of my favorite things of all time is to be in the mountains. Whether I'm camping, hiking, 4 wheeling, or simply going for a walk in the mountains I feel closer to my Father in Heaven. I feel God's love for me as I explore and discover the beauty around me. That is why this is one of my favorite scriptures from the Book of Mormon. 

If you are interested in reading this chapter follow this link: http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/alma/30?lang=eng