Because He Lives

This morning, Josh and I woke up early to go say goodbye to his family, who came to visit for a week. As we walked out the door, the crisp morning air hit us, and all was silent except for the birds singing. I gave myself a moment to take it all in before we hopped in the car. In that small moment, I was filled with peace. Because He lives, I can enjoy the nature in this beautiful world that Christ has created for us.

This conference weekend, I’ve been making an effort to find areas I need to improve on. The one thing that hit me the hardest was a quote that went something like this: “Choose to be happy rather than choose to be right.” I feel like this is my biggest problem in my marriage, as it may be for a lot of people. Sometimes I make this decision a little too late. Sometimes I hurt my husband’s feelings in the attempt to gain whatever small and fleeting victory comes from being “right.” I’m so grateful for the Atonement, that I may be forgiven of these moments, however big or small. Because He lives, I have the perfect example of forgiveness.

I’m also grateful for the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Just as was addressed by Dale G. Renlund this weekend, “A saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.” This church is made up of over 15 million imperfect people. But aren’t we blessed that Jesus Christ, who is perfect, stands at the head? He directs his prophets, who guide and direct us. Because He lives, I know that following the prophets will lead me closer to Him.

“I know that my Redeemer lives! What comfort this sweet sentence gives. … He lives, and while He lives I’ll sing. He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.”


Camping Trip

Josh and I have been talking recently about how we want to be an outdoorsy couple. Go camping, hiking, and traveling. But a couple things tend to get in the way of that. First of all, we live in Rexburg, which isn’t exactly the warmest of places in the beginning of March. I know it would be fun to go camping in the snow, but that brings us to barrier number two. We have no camping gear or sleeping bags to speak of, let alone ones to keep us warm enough.
And so, when we found a $10 tent for sale on the Rexburg Garage Sale Facebook page, we made a plan.
One tent, one living room, and all the pillows and blankets we own. IMG_2275IMG_2260

We got in the true camping spirit by making pups in a blanket, roasting marshmallows over the stove, and popping in a movie 😉 Originally we planned to sleep in the tent, but I’m thinking we’ll just hitchhike on over to our comfy bed instead. IMG_0793IMG_0171

For breakfast, I know that Josh had been planning on making pancakes. A week ago, while on our monthly shopping trip to Winco, Josh asked me if he could buy this HUGE 10 pound bag of pancake batter. I declined, because I’ve always just made them from scratch, and felt it was a waste of money. But I’ve been feeling guilty about that ever since. So imagine my surprise when I scrolled through the garage sale page today to find that someone posted that same 10 pound bag of pancake mix, unopened, for $5! I swooped that baby right up, and surprised Josh just in time for us to have pancakes tomorrow morning. Win! IMG_2261

My kind of camping trip 😉

We had so much fun with our little “camping trip” date. Comment below if you’ve got any other fun date suggestions!

Pineapple Banana Smoothie

See this little guy? It gave me an allergic reaction. I forgot I’m allergic to pineapple… haha. But mmmm, was it good.FullSizeRender

Well, at least I think it was an allergic reaction. I’ve been trying to figure this out my whole life. I did some research a couple years ago, from which I learned it’s the acid in the pineapple that people are sensitive or allergic to. And I’m pretty sure I’m allergic (or sensitive?) to the acid in it, because when I eat pineapple, my tongue burns and my throat and tongue swell up a little bit, but not enough to cause problems. I don’t get rashes or anything.

Basically, this is a long-winded way of saying, after 20 years, I still have no idea if this is normal or not. So I’m posing a question to you lovely readers. A poll, if you like. Please comment your responses!

Does your tongue hurt/throat swell a little after you eat pineapple? Do you know if this is an allergy or a sensitivity? Or is it just a normal fact of life for all of humanity that I haven’t quite picked up on? I don’t have any other allergies, so I have no way of comparing. 

Anyways, I’ll post the recipe now. From Creme de la Crumb.
Oh, and a side-note: I used a frozen banana, and it was a little too banana-y for me. So if you’re not a fan of yellow Laffy Taffy, use a fresh banana, and maybe start with half and add up.

Pineapple Banana Smoothie

Serves 2

  • 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1 frozen banana (start with half and add up, if you’re sensitive about your bananas)
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 2.5 cups almond milk

Turkey Breeder/ Pie Tin

I’ve been having a lot of fun lately trying to integrate Spanish more into my life. And sometimes that comes with some funny stories.

I decided to try this app called Tandem. Basically, you get to message and Skype people from all around the world who are trying to learn different languages. Normally, I shy away from this type of futuristic technology, but this one felt very well-regulated.

This evening, I was talking with a 17-year-old girl from Mexico, named Jacki. For the most part, things ran pretty smoothly. She only knows a small amount of English, and I know a fair amount of Spanish. I helped her with pronunciation of specific English words (I think for a homework assignment), but other than that, we talked entirely in Spanish.

We had a system set up, where she would give me a word in Spanish, and I would help her pronounce it in English. She had given me several words which looked like they belonged to a recipe. Cookie, milk, put, pour, mix, milk, etc. Then she asked me the word “pavera.” I had no idea what she was saying, so I looked it up on google, which came up with this:Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 9.21.52 PM

I started laughing really hard, but as she sat there in her confusion, I realized I had to explain what I was laughing about. I started rambling, which sounded something like this: “Ummm… se dice que  una pavera es una persona que pone dos pavos juntos… y…. *giggle* ellos hacen bebes”. (Umm… it says that a pavera is a person that puts two turkeys together… and… they make babies.)

Turns out pavera also means pie tin. 

A little more serious, a little more spiritual now.

Josh and I came up with a system of daily scripture reading together to help with the Spanish integration. Each night, we pull out the Book of Mormon both in Spanish and in English. First one of us will read a verse in Spanish, then try to translate it. If we get stuck on a word, we can reference the English Book of Mormon. We switch off every verse. I’ve really enjoyed this system. We don’t get through very quickly (we just finished 1 Nephi chapter 2), but I’m finding a lot more meaning when I’m focusing word-by-word. There are certain phrases that I’ve seen so much that they no longer have much meaning to me. Reading in Spanish has changed that.

If you’re looking for help in learning another language, I would highly suggest these ideas! Let me know if you’ve got any other tips, and especially if you have any funny stories!

Whatever, I’m still fabulous

I won’t take any credit for this, but I just love the phrase,

“Whatever, I’m still fabulous anyway.”

I don’t have long to write, so I’ll just keep it short and sweet. Life requires a lot from us. And I don’t know about you, but I feel like I hardly ever meet those expectations. I mess up, I forget, I run out of time. But you know what? I’m human. And you are too. And no one ever said that humans have to be perfect all the time. So next time you fail to meet life’s expectations, just say, “whatever,” and remember that I still think you’re fabulous, anyway.