Sunday, March 28, 2010

"Knowledge is Power"

Yesterday when I went to the testing center to take a food science quiz, I was blessed to find a parking spot really close to the testing center! :)  (It was parallel parking on a curve so it took a bit to figure out how to get the car to fit in the spot but luckily, I managed!)  Anyway, I entered the building through a door that I had never passed through before.  I wasn't even sure if the door would open because it had a key pad on it but it worked! :D  Well, I noticed this engraven above the door frame on both sides.
The writing says "knowledge is power."  I have thought about this phrase a lot since the time of taking my test.  I was thinking about how much meaning that represents on the outside of the testing center.  But then more than that, I was thinking about how this life is a testing center really and how knowledge really is power and a key to eternity.  I was also considering how even though I will finish with classes in 12 days (YEAH!!!) that I won't ever be finished with learning.
(By the way: my food science "quiz" [harder than normal classes tests] went really well and I was only in the testing center 25 minutes--record for this class!  This was also making me think about the knowledge is power phrase... because I was prepared and had studied and gained knowledge, I had power putting my pencil to the paper.) 

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Things I Have Learned to Share...

I was thinking about the things I have learned to share since getting married 4 months ago.

  • The bed (though Casey might suggest that I still have a lot to learn)
  • The closet (but I'm pretty sure that I have way more clothes and definitely more shoes...)
  • The best leftovers (I heard a quote once from a little kid that said that he knew his mommy loved his daddy because mommy always gave daddy the best piece of chicken... I have tried to implement this!)
  • The hot water (this always proves to be interesting when I shower after Casey has)
  • The checking account (its interesting trying to create a budget together
  • The Wii Fit (so easy to hog in the morning because it is so fun but...)
  • The chores (never realized how much work goes into running a house!)
  • The blame (if something goes wrong, it is normally not just one person's fault...)
  • The planning (definitely needed if you want to get anything done!) 
  • The Success (coming home to your best friend every night is the best)
  • The list goes on...
So obviously neither of us are perfect sharers yet but we are learning together one day at a time!  And really when I think about it... the thing that I have learned to share the most is LOVE!  It is amazing to watch this grow everyday and our marriage/ friendship/ love is so much stronger now than it was 4 months ago!  (And that is the goal for the future too!!) <3

Sunday, March 21, 2010

...say "I Love You" more...

I was reminded of this quote in our Stake Conference today... I just really like it and wanted to share it!

"Stresses in our lives come regardless
of our circumstances.
We must deal with them the best we can.
But we should not let them get in the way of what is
most important
and what is most important almost always involves the people around us....
Say “I love you” more....
Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a
person to be loved."

(Thomas S. Monson, “Finding Joy in the Journey,” Ensign, Nov 2008, 84–87)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Moments Worth Remembering!

The following is 10 moments worth remembering over the past couple of months. They are listed in chronological order with 1 being the beginning of February... working towards 10 which was today!

1. I won free tickets to watch the Harlem Globe Trotters at Energy Solutions Arena. We enjoyed spending time with both of our parents--though communication was difficult because we had such good seats--near the floor/ speaker...

2. I am in the top 7.5% of my entire BYU class. As such, I was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi as a junior (even though technically I am a senior and this is my last semester of classes... hmmm?). We were sitting near the front of the banquet and we very blessed to be able to get a picture with Pres. & Sis. Samuelson! :D

3. Our stake had a valentine's day dance. Casey left to go look for something at "DI" (ha,ha! But, I honestly thought he was going to find some furniture...). He came home to pick up his princess with a red rose! And just a note, we still have the rose--it was chemically treated and is supposed to last for 2 years.

4. We spent our first Valentines together. We went to church and had dinner with some close friends. And spent a lot of time just cuddling and being grateful to be married! (The cookie was my valentine present to Casey.. it is a math joke. And the amount of love that we have for each other!! <3>

5. We went to a niece's birthday party. It was so much fun to be back on roller skates! I hadn't done that for a while but felt like a little kid again. It was interesting though when we were trying to teach a different young niece how to skate... Casey still has a bad owie on his left leg and every time he picks the scab, I threaten to put a huge sticky band-aid on. ;)

6. After the skating birthday party, we were able to attend Y-Ball! This was a free BYU formal dance for married (or engaged) students. I wore my prom dress from when Casey took me to prom in high school and he wore his matching yellow shirt! It was so much fun and they played "Lucky"!!! :D :D Plus, they had a date night drawing... Casey and I won a basket called Celebration. (BTW: Still waiting for the real pictures to come back... hopefully soon! I'm slightly worried they are lost... :/ )

7. I was awarded a scholarship and by so doing was able to attend a luncheon and then a banquet latter that evening. At the banquet, the key note speaker was Allen Osmond. The scholarship is a HUGE blessing in our unemployable (even after countless applications) lives... the Lord will always provide!

8. I joined the Student Honor Association choir this semester! That was the best decision I have made all semester!! I love singing and being able to feel the spirit and to be involved at BYU. Casey has supported me in this and come to all of the firesides. One time, the choir was short on men and so he stepped up to the plate and tried to sight read as best as he could (and did GREAT!). Because of this, we were able to attend a SHA retreat! That was an amazing spiritual experience that reminded me that I truly am a Child of God! (among being with friends, eating lots of food and playing fusbol!)

9. I came out of the testing center to see "AWESOME!" next to my score! (You have to score above 90%) I desperately wanted to see this at least once while I was at BYU and have been studying A LOT trying to make it happen! I was thrilled to see my progress paid off! :D

10. Casey spoke in Sacrament Meeting and was *amazing*!!! He is such a spiritual giant and I am SO deeply blessed to be married to him! :D