Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas should really always be on a Sunday.  It just feels right.  We had such a great Christmas this year.  We have made close friends here that are just like family to us.  Being away from family during Christmas isn't so hard when you have friends like that. 

Every time we have moved we are blessed to have the church wherever we go.  I don't know if some of you have experienced this, but if you have then you know how hard it is to be in a totally knew place with no family around you.  It has always been a relief and a comfort to show up at church in an unfamiliar place and feel like you have an instant support system.  The organization of the church into wards in every corner of the world is a truly inspired concept.

Being far away from family is a blessing in disguise.  Jason and I have grown much stronger as a couple than if we had been by our families.  We have learned to rely solely on one another. 

I have made true and lasting friendships with so many different people. I really have never considered myself the outgoing type.  If I lived where I grew up I think I would have become content to do what was familiar and comfortable.  Maybe not true for others but for me, yes.  I have had to learn to reach out a bit and it's really made me a much different and better person.

My testimony has grown.  Growing up with Mormons all around was great, but I never really had to say to someone, yes this is what I believe and explain why.  I can say that I love sharing the gospel with others and being away affords me that opportunity more abundantly. 

Lastly, if I'm going to be far away from my family, at least I'm in an awesome place.  Just admit that you've all secretly or maybe openly dreamed of coming to Maine.  

Merry Christmas to you all and if you find that you are far away from family today then I hope you remember that it can be a blessing. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Blah Blog

I've been thinking for some time about redoing the blog. It's just so blah or maybe I'm just sick of the same thing. I admit I get blog envy and pinterest has not helped this condition. I mainly use the blog to post things that are going on with the family, but I'd really like to branch out and post some of the things I work on, or maybe my views on specific topics. Not that any of it is going to be much more interesting to read or look at, but it's for me more than anyone else. Yes, I think the blah blog is going to get a redo.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Latest Creation

My latest creation: Tree Skirt. I love this so much!