Friday, January 17, 2014

I am back.....for a little while I think!!!

Ok well it has been forever since I have been on my blog.  I am really going to try harder to be better at this, however I am not making any promises.  You all have seen how horrible I have done in the past when I said I was going to be better.  Here is to wishful thinking!!!

Wow can you believe it is 2014?  It seems crazy but it is a welcomed year.  Last year was a bad one for me and I am making sure this is the best year so far in my life.  As we all do I have goals/resolutions that I would love to obtain this year. Mine vary from spiritual goals to physical goals.  I have quite a lot of them and I am hoping to tackle each of them this year.  So here is my New Year's Resolutions (I have 3 more than what is on here but they are personal and I didn't want them on here!)

-Save money
-Read 40 books
-Finish The Book of Mormon
-Eat healthy
-Work out 5 days a week
-Be a better wife/mom
-Be more understanding
-Be happier
-Stop talking negatively about anyone including myself
- Be kind to everyone
-Be of service to others
-Pay tithing

 So here is to hoping I can make all of my goals this year.  I am excited for what this year will bring!!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I came across this picture today and I totally thought of my Brylie:)  Love that little girl!

Friday, June 14, 2013

What I needed today

I am going through a lot in my life.  I have been going through a lot this year.  My trials at times have had me down on my knees bawling.  There have been times I have felt I couldn't move forward.  I am doing a lot better than I thought I ever could be though on most days.  My life has taken a huge turn that I honestly didn't expect to happen for years (or really ever to be completely honest).  I know I am doing what I should be doing, I am where I need to be.  I am also so scared for the future so scared for the present.  I really needed to hear these sweet words today:

Don’t you stop. Don’t you dare give up. Not even for a moment. Even through the worst of times you can feel Him. Do not stop yourself. Help is always there. Comfort is always there. Christ is always there. Not ever will He leave. Not once. Not even for a second. Turn to Him. Trust. Listen. Keep going always. And receive the best ever created for you. You can do this. And it will be greater than you ever could have imagined for yourself. And you will look back and be blown away and left speechless with the direction your life has gone in.

I can't see what the future will hold and what will happen on this path that I am on.  I have to let go of my fears and just trust in the Lord.  Trust that what I am doing is right and that there is a plan for me.  I also have to trust in Him to know that all things are ok.  That people who I have lost in the last few months they are OK.  They are happy and they are at peace and that there is something more grand in store for them.  I will keep going, I won't give up:)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tuedays Tips

To make blogging a little easier for me I have decided to follow my friend Denise's daily blog ideas.  Thanks Denise for making me look forward to blogging and ideas to blog about:)
So Tuesdays will now be Tuesday's Tips.  Any craft tip I can share, recipe or really anything I will share with you.

On Friday Brylie had her tonsils and adenoids removed.  Which is not fun.  We have had to eat a lot of soft foods.  So mostly we have eaten soup, cottage cheese, pancakes, mac n cheese and mashed potatoes.  The day of her surgery when we got home I found a good recipe for some Cream of Broccoli and decided to make it.  It would be something easy for Brylie to eat plus the warmth would help her that much more.  I wasn't sure about this recipe because I have one recipe that I love and I hate to try new things.  Once I go done making my soup I got a spoon and took a taste.  DELICIOUS is what hit my mouth.  This soup is so yummy and best of all it only takes about a half hour start to finish.  I decided I will share the recipe so you can enjoy it as well:)  I doubled mine but the recipe below is not doubled:

1 10 3/4 oz can cream of chicken
1 tsp chicken bouillon
4 baking potatoes peeled and cubed
1 cup sour cream
2 cups water

Put your water, peeled and cut potatoes, chicken bouillon, and broccoli into a pan salt and pepper to taste and boil until veggies are soft.  When they are done mash the veggies.  Mix in your cream of chicken soup and sour cream.  DONE! See told you it was super super easy.  The only thing I did different on mine other than doubling it was I added an extra tsp of chicken bouillon.  You can add cheese or carrots just depending on what you like. 

So there you have it some delicious soup for a cold night or just for a wonderful and easy meal:)  Happy eating all!!!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Memory Monday

Hi peeps.  It has been a while since I have blogged.  I am going to change that (I seriously am going to try better this time around.)  A lot of things have been happening in my life the last little while.  Which is part of the reason I have not been keeping up on here.  I have been sad and happy, stressed and blessed all at the same time.  It has been a crazy little while here in my world.
With my week being a really crappy one I figured I would make my blog happy.  That is how the world should be.  So today is now Memory Monday on my blog!  Hopefully I can remember enough memories lol!

The memory I chose for today is one of my favorites a  memory that has been on my mind a lot lately.  I am not sure why but ever since my brother passed away this memory hits me every single day.  It is a simple memory but the thing I think remember most from this memory is my brothers smile.  I have been trying to find words to describe his smile.  Contagious, lively, happy but most important was the way I felt seeing it I felt loved and warm inside.  His smile alone made me feel as though my heart were full and everything in the world was perfect.  Who knew a smile from one person could be so amazing.

When we were little my brothers best friend Chad pretty much lived at our house.  Chad and Mike were always either teaching me how to get into trouble or they would gang up on me although they were never mean, at least that is how I like to think.  Whether they were throwing tennis balls at me, teaching me how to slide down the stairs in sleeping bags (by they way this was a ton of fun!!!) or hiding things from me they were always finding something to pester the little sister with.  One day when they came down stairs I was in our, at the time play room/ tv room, coloring away in my coloring book with some new markers.  Of course one of them ,I am not sure which one started, but the other of course followed in the others footsteps and took one too.  I got mad at this point.  Hello if you don't know me I love pens, pencils, markers and crayons and here they were stealing my brand new markers.  I finally blew, I took the lid off of one and threw it at them.  I hit my target and a big purple line ran down Chads face!  Victory was mine for about a second if that.  Little did I know by doing that I started a full blown marker war.  There were markers flying everywhere.  As you would run for cover markers would be flying towards you in all directions.  I remember laughing so hard.  I soon forgot how this whole war started the three of us were just having so much fun.  By the time our marker war ended we were each colored with marker lines all over us.

I love this memory.  It probably seems like such a strange memory but to me it holds a special place in my heart.  It reminds me of a simpler time.  A time when all things were never taken too seriously and life was about having fun with family and friends.  In my mind I can see both of their faces and it brings a smile to my face.  A smile that today was surely needed!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Trying to be more like HER

We all have people we look up to in life.  People who inspire us to want to be better who show us the way life is meant to be. 
I have a very special person whom I look up to.  Look down would be a better choice of words because the person who does this for me is my 5 year old (almost 6) baby girl Brylie.  I am not sure what God was thinking when he sent me such an amazing little spirit, but I am sure he knew she was what each and every family member needed in their lives.  I am blessed to be her mom, her friend, her teacher and her pupil.

Words alone can't express how I feel about this little girl and what a profound effect she has on me and my life.  Brylie is only 5 yet she is so wise beyond her years.  Anyone and everyone who comes in contact with Brylie is drawn in to her.  She does something to people, she brings out the best in every one and when you are around her you just can't help but feel happiness and joy. 

As most everyone knows these last few months have been hard on me.  Losing my brother was the hardest thing I have gone through in my life.  Not only because I lost him but because my little girl lost her uncle who she loves and adored.  Things are getting better although I still have my sad days and moments.  However when I have them and Brylie is around she always reminds "Mommy be happy don't cry, uncle Mike is happy.  Uncle Mike loves you."  She warms my heart and I know that she is absolutely correct.  I believe with all my heart that her veil is very thin and she has stayed so close to the veil.  I believe God has a special mission for her and if I do say so myself she is doing an incredible job on her mission. 

Brylie came into this world a fighter.  From the time she was just a few weeks old whenever she ate she would projectile vomit everywhere (ok I know you all wanted to hear that so much sorry) she also could not go to the bathroom.  Our doctor told us it was a severe case of acid reflux.  When you become a mom I think you are granted this 6th sense.  You know what is true and what is not true about your child.  I knew Brylie didn't have acid reflux yet no one would listen to me.  Finally after about 2 years someone finally figured it all out she has Arnold Chiari and Hydrocephalus and would need to have a shunt put in.  It was a scary time for our family.  This meant they would have to drill into Brys head and I wasn't sure I could handle that.  Needless to say everything went fine.  During all of this all the throwing up and so many more problems Brylie never lost her happiness.  After surgery she came out smiling happy as could be. 
Brylie is always happy she always has a big smile on her face and a hug for everyone.  She sees people as people.  She doesn't see skin color, deformities, fat, skinny, smart, not so smart she sees beyond all of that and sees what is inside every single one of us.  She loves every person she meets and it seems as though they are instantly attracted to her.

I don't know what I have done to be so deserving of such an amazing child to be brought into my life.  She is what everyone in our family has needed she has filled our hearts with so much joy, happiness and love. 
I think Heavenly Father knew my journey in life would have some bumps along the way, he knew at some point my heart would be harden and I would start to lose my way in this life.  I believe without a single doubt in my mind that he sent her here to soften my heart, to make me see the world an the people in this world in a different way.  She shows me that each day has beauty in it and everyone is deserving of love like they have never known.  Unbelievable things have happened since she has been in my life.  I have been touched like I have never felt before I have been LOVED as I never have before.  I thank Heavenly Father for caring for me so much to know exactly what I would need in this life.  He knew it would take a special someone and he delivered her into my arms.  I have learned from her and her struggles that no one deserves to be judged for we don't know the battles they may be fighting in their own lives.  Every single person deserves to be treated equal and deserves to be treated how we ourselves want to be treated. 

I want to apologize to any one and everyone who may read this who I may have made feel bad, uncomfortable or that I don't like you.  I am sorry if I have ever judged you, talked not so nice of you or been snotty to you.  I am trying to change.  I am trying to be more like HER.  Mostly I want to thank my little girl Brylie.  Thank you for showing me just how beautiful life can be thank you for loving me unconditionally and for always seeing past what I think are flaws in myself.  I love you more than words will ever be able to describe.  You my princess are beautiful inside and out and you are wise beyond your years.  Heaven holds a special place for you and I hope I can be deserving enough to be next to you when that time comes.  I love you!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


You would think that yesterday would have been hard for me.  I don't know maybe the day was too busy, maybe my phone rang off the hook because that is what I needed was a distraction.  Sadly today is super slow and I have a lot of time to think.  I don't like thinking somedays they take me places I don't want to go, places that I can't seem to leave.  Everyone tells me to remember the happy memories and I promise I do remember them I just miss you so incredibly much.

I love driving in the car by myself.  It gives me a chance to talk to you and tell you all the things that have happened in the month since you left us.  I try to talk to you every chance I get.  It makes me feel good to know that you are all around me watching and listening to me.  I wish I could hear your voice back.  Sometimes I feel your arms wrap around me but then I think I am just crazy it can't be can it?  I have done a lot of thinking since you have been gone.  How I want my life to be and what kind of a person I want to be.  It is hard to give yourself a good look in the mirror and admit all the things that you want to change.  Not the physical part but the inner part of you.  For example I want to be a more kind and loving person, one who doesn't speak mean of others.  I want to be someone that I want Brylie to grow up to be.  Truth be told I want to be more like you in that aspect of life.  You had the kindest and most loving heart.  I miss that.
The last few days a memory keeps popping in my head.  It is the same memory time and time again. At first I really didn't understand why this memory was one I kept thinking of.  Then I realized it makes me laugh and I can see you laughing so hard and I am grateful to keep having the memory play in my head.  Your laugh was contagious and whenever I heard you laughing it spread like a wildfire.  Maybe it is you making sure memories pop up when I need them.  They seem to be what I need at that exact moment in life and they help push me through.  I guess it really is my Guardian Angel just watching over me and making sure I am happier and that the sadness doesn't overcome me.
I have started writing my bucket list.  Things I want to accomplish before I have to say goodbye to this life.  You will be proud to know the top thing on my list is to skydive.  I wish you and I could have gone together but I know that you will be right there beside me.  I want so many things out of my life because you didn't get them in yours.  I want to embrace this life and love it for everything it has to give.  There will be bad days but on those bad days I will think back to the good days and know they aren't too far away.  This may sound bad but thank you for giving me this gift.  Who knew even in death you would still make sure to give.  I want so much more out of life and as the days continue to get a little easier I know I will work towards that.  Thank you for showing me things in life that only a big brother could.  Thank you for taking the time out of your day to always be my friend and always make sure I had someone to play house with or even barbies with.  Thank you for sharing your smile, smirk and laugh with me.  Thank you for the unconditional love you always had for me.

I love you