Saturday, August 28, 2010

Casey's First Impressions... (written by Lisa)

I seriously *love* that I married a computer genius!!!  I set a password on my little netbook computer.  Starting next week, it is going to be trooping back and forth to school with me and I wanted to make it so my students couldn't just use or touch it.  Well, I am sure that I knew what my password was but there was no way it was logging me in.  :(  I didn't know what to do and Casey was gone doing laundry!  (He really is AMAZING!!!)  Luckily for me, he knows how to hack into the computer and reset the password.  It only took about 1-2 hours but hey at least we are able to recover my computer!! :)  Thanks sweetheart! <3
at the desktop
With other news, Casey seems to have enjoyed his first (half) week of school.  He is already swimming through homework!  And beginning on Monday, I will be joining him....  He really seems to like his "Information Systems and Technology" class as well as "Web Design Application."  It always is such a relief to be able to take classes you enjoy instead of just chugging through generals.  

Side note:  I remember one time in my class the teacher wanted to know why we were taking the class and when I said it was required for my major he just blew me off like it was a have to class.  The teacher didn't get it though--just because it was required for my major does not mean that I was in the class by force!  I picked my major and enjoyed (most) of the classes required.

Anyway, back to Casey.  He says his Ethics and Values class is kind of interesting.  The teacher is bright, cheerful and on the ball.  He says the first day of class she decided that she wanted all 40 desks to be turned into a huge circle.  Casey says that experience was very interesting because it was a very small classroom and it was rather difficult to cram all of the desks into the circle.  He says her notes/ papers are like staring at Greek and a lot of his classmates were lost when trying to decipher the code.

Now onto his biology class.  Biology classes are known for being extremely difficult on campus.  His textbook even looks intimidating....  Casey has decided that he can NOT miss this class if he wants to pass.  Just looking at the syllabus, I tend to agree.  Here is to hoping that we will not collect any of the sharing cold germs this season!!!  His biology teacher is a Veteran and Casey views him as a grumpy, impatient person but is grateful for the jokes he cracks.

When Casey speaks about his Information Systems class, even though he has only attended class once, his voice lifts and his eyes begin to sparkle again.  I guess anything is more interesting than biology....  He first impression of the teacher was that he is great and seems fit for the job.  Casey appreciated that he is in-touch with technology--we would hope so since that is what the class!  He is anticipating the work load to be challenging but is looking forward to learning a lot along the way.

The web design class has an interesting yet delightful teacher.  Casey had a really hard time coming up with a way to describe her.  She is very up-to-date with the internet and therefore a great teacher for the class.  She has not taught in person for awhile because she was only teaching online sections but Casey thinks it should work out.  He is already certain that he will enjoy it and he is grateful that it won't be quite as challenging as the other computer class.

Casey is also taking a Book of Mormon institute class this semester.  I was able to go with him to class on the first day of school.  I am slightly sad that I won't be able to return again throughout the semester but oh well....  I was impressed by the preparation this teacher had spent--and it was only the first day.  He jumped right in with both feet.  He had a great teaching method for playing a game with the students on the first day.  It was a great ice breaker and I may copy his strategy here soon.  Casey was surprised to see how small the class was when we walked in but loves the teacher's strong testimony!

This semester is going to be a learning one for the both of us, that is already certain.  But thankfully, we are in this together and I know we will survive.  I truly am thankful that this is our first and last semester with us both going full time!  Even that will be a learning curve for us... but with the Lord's help, we know all things are possible!!!
studying at his "office"
P.S. I love his widows desktop!!!  And he has a picture of me
(hard to see but its a bridal picture in the frame) next to him!! :)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Great Newlywed Advice!

Today is our 9 Month "Anniversary"!!!! :D  I love that each month is better than the one previous--not because our life is easy or problem free but because we continually work to make it better.  To celebrate this momentous occasion (it is our last single digit month anniversary), we are going to the temple and then later to the fair.  For breakfast this morning, I made Egyptian Eggs (I have heard them called SO many different things) with the center cut out into a heart! <3

Well, I thought I would share some excellent advice we heard about marriage.  I have heard a lot but this was probably some of my favorite and it really helps...  

Advice to the Newlyweds:
1. Divorce is NOT an option!  Never even mention the "D-Word" in your home or toward each other.
2. Drive to the temple!  Solve your problems there together.
3. Date your spouse every week!  Keep the love and excitement alive!

Happy 9 Month Anniversary!  I love you FOREVER!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It Still Exists


chiv-al-ry [shiv-uhl-ree]
the sum of the ideal qualifications of a knight, includingcourtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms or gallant gentlemen

I thought chivalry was going out of style but I have been proven wrong.  I am used to my husband and very grateful for his generous and thoughtful actions but I didn't really think I would see many others using it anymore.  While we were riding the bus up to visit my grandparents and help them with yard work and vacuuming, a man left his seat for 3 women entering the bus so they could sit together.  I thought it was very gracious but then I realized that one of the women was blind and I kind of just blew off his noble action because of the disability.  Later on the same bus, two other men gave up their seats when a group of three teenage girls entered the bus.  This time really was impressive because their was no disability to involved--just the kindness of two strangers.  Later on TRAX, I watched a similar thing happen.  There were still some seats on the train but one lady was standing in the middle.  The gentleman sitting near her gave up his seat and then stood.  I thought this was so thoughtful because their were still some seats at the far ends of the train.

Yesterday at my first day of Education Week for this year, I walked into a class and it was very full.  I saw my husband and was trying to find a seat near him or two together so we could enjoy the class by each other.  (He is my best friend after all and I *love* spending time with him!!!)  Well, there was a seat behind him and that was about all I could find.  I told him I Love You in sign language and was sad that I would have to sit a row behind (but still grateful for a seat!).  Well, the person sitting next to Casey stood up and climbed over everyone so he could sit in the seat behind us.  It was so thoughtful of him and meant so much to me!

So thank you to the chivalrous men in the world.  It means a lot to me and I notice your  gallant efforts.

My Knight in Shining Armor! <3

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Graduation! :D

At Commencement:
The Processional March!  I was lucky to be able to sit on the front row!
This picture just makes me laugh with my mom taking it on her phone at the same time!
My Family! :)
With my parents.  Both are BYU graduates themselves--my dad with his Masters!
Giving my Stole of Gratitude to my mom!  She has supported me so much during my college experience!!!
awh!!!  I love this picture!
Placing the Stole of Gratitude around my dad.  (My parents are sharing the same stole.)  I am very thankful for all of my dad's help!  He has sacrificed a lot by helping to pay for my schooling!
Placing my second stole around my husband's neck.  If you look at previous pictures with me wearing the stole, you can only see one.  That is correct because I wore this one under my robe so it would be next to my heart!  <3  Casey has been a huge support in my life throughout all of my college--his weekly letters while he was on a mission meant so much but coming home to him every night now means so much more! :)

At Convocation:
Walking into Convocation.  I liked sitting on the floor so much better!!!  While looking at the picture, the girl to my right (her head is half way shown) is the only person that I really knew that was graduating.  We had several classes together and will both be student teaching in the fall.
Casey went early to save seats and ended up sitting directly behind me!  It worked out great for taking pictures and sending love messages back and forth! ;)
Walking across the stage as my name was read.  The School of Family life is the largest school in the university.  I think 1 in 10 (though it might have been 1 in 4, I don't remember!) BYU graduates come from SFL.
Walking off the stage.
Casey was waiting at the bottom in a roped off area and taking these pictures.  My favorite part was Casey kissing me as I walked towards him!! :)
Family and Friends.  Both my mom and Casey are wearing the Stoles today.
With my family minus my Aunt.  She had to leave immediately following the ceremony.  I was so grateful that she came!!!
With my Mother-in-Law and Aunt.
With my best friend from college!!!  Hannah is *amazing* and I hope that we will be best friends forever!  She has been a huge support in my life too--either as we studied together for several different tests or hanging out or talking on the phone of etc!  My life would be seriously lonely without her!!!
With my grandma!  She is a BYU graduate too in Elementary Education!!!  I'm carrying on the tradition with being an education major! :)
With my siblings!  (Yes, my brother really is that tall!!!)
With my sweet (and super handsome!) husband!!!
My parents gave me some beautiful roses!!!  When I saw them, I started grinning! :)  My favorite roses are the small yellow ones with red tips (my mom knows that) but she wanted to get some red ones too and then she liked all of the variety of colors so I ended up with a super beautiful bouquet!  I love looking at all of the flowers (and smelling them too!!) on our table now and hope that they will last for a long time!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Price to Pay

Recently, I was pondering about the price you have to pay in order to gain anything.  When shopping at a store, the price is (hopefully) listed obviously on the shelf.  When going out to eat, the price of the food is listed on the menu.  But I'm not just talking about a physical price and spending money.  If you want to become a skilled seamstress then you have to sew.  If you want to become a master pianist then you have to practice.  If you want a rock solid testimony then you have to study.

When the May 2010 Ensign arrived at our apartment in the mail, I made a goal to read through every talk.  In the past, I would skim the talks and pick out my favorites to read and then kind of set it aside and use it as a great reference.  I have always listened to all of conference and I may have ended up reading the majority of past Conference issues.  This time though, I decided to do something different--I was going to read it "cover to cover."  (And by "cover to cover" I simply mean read every talk... I read them out of order and would jump all around the magazine.)

Some days I would read a couple of talks, others only a small section of one talk.  But, I did it! :D  I read through the entire magazine and just finished the last talk this morning.  The cover fell off--I repaired it with masking tape.  The pages are water stained--I smoothed it out the best I could.  The green highlighter is now dull--I learned to press hard so the color would show.

The stories and precious words became a part of my life.  It has changed me for the better and strengthened my marriage.  I feel so blessed and uplifted.  Listed below are some examples of how the words from the living apostles and prophets has touched my life.  (Warning: My favorite quote list is long but I will try to pick only the very best!)

I have reflected on the blessing given from President Thomas S. Monson, "Thank you, [Lisa,] for your faith and devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Thank you for all that you do in your ward... and in your stake....  You serve willingly and well and accomplish great good.  May the Lord bless you as you strive to follow Him and to obey His commandments" (paragraph 3).  Wow!!!  I feel like he talked to me directly and am now ready to conquer the world.

I love the gentle reminder from Sis. Julie B. Beck, "A good woman knows that she does not have enough time, energy, or opportunity to take care of all of the people or do all of the worthy things her heart yearns to do....  But with personal revelation, she can prioritize correctly and navigate this life confidently" (paragraph 4).  Um, talk about needing to hear that!!!  I always feel like I should be doing more.  This was great reassurance to just do my best!

I am grateful for the advice from Elder M. Russell Ballard, "Look to your mother.  Learn from her strengths, her courage, and her faithfulness.  Listen to her.  She may not be a whiz at texting; she may not even have a Facebook page (side note: my mom has figured out both!!).  But when it comes to matters of the heart and the things of the Lord, she has a wealth of knowledge.  As you approach the time the time for marriage and young motherhood, she will be your greatest source of wisdom" (paragraph 8).  Wow!  My mom is more valuable than books or even the internet!!!  I am so grateful she is one of my best friends!

I learned an important key from Elder David A. Bednar, "Regular reading of and talking about the Book of Mormon invite the power to resist temptation and to produce feelings of love within our families" (paragraph 12).  We could always use more love and protection in our lives.

I made a goal to become more like Elder Jefferey R. Holland.  He said, "True love must include the idea of permanence.  True love endures....  True love we are absolutely giddy about--as I am about Sister Holland; we shout it from the housetops" (paragraph 6).  This is 100% my dream!  I want to live to be a ripe old age and still feel giddy about my darling husband! :D

I think I might have a better understanding on patience now from Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf.  "...Patience was far more than simply waiting for something to happen--patience requires actively working toward worthwhile goals and not getting discouraged when results didn't appear instantly or without effort" (paragraph 13).  Still easier said than done but at least I know that patience does not mean I am merely waiting!

I have a better vision of what I want my home to be like thanks to Elder Richard G. Scott.  "...Resolved to make the Lord Jesus Christ the living center of your home.  Be sure that every decision you make, whether it be of a spiritual or physical nature, be guided by the thought, 'What would the Lord Jesus Christ have me do?' (side note: I totally like this question better than WWJD?!!!!)  When the Savior is the center of your home, it is filled with peace and serenity.  There is a spirit of calm assurance that pervades the home that is felt by the children and adults alike" (paragraph 22).  This is my top goal!  And something I work at everyday and could still greatly improve.  I really do want to make Christ the center of our home!!

I was reminded how to face opposition from Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf in the Young Women General Broadcast.  "My dear young [Lisa,] you need to know that you will experience your own adversity.  None is exempt.  You will suffer, be tempted, and make mistakes.  You will learn for yourself what every heroine has learned: through overcoming challenges come growth and strength.  It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life's story will develop" (paragraph 26-27).  Such a great reminder!  There are so many different and trying situations that we face.  It really isn't the trial but how I react to it.

The price to pay to have a testimony of the Living Prophet and Apostles is PRICELESS!!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

a simple reminder

While sitting down to our romantic dinner tonight, I was reminded of why I fell madly in love with Casey from the time we first met in Jr. High.  (Although, while we were in Jr. & Sr. High, I would never have said I loved him--"we were just best friends!")  Casey was willing to go the extra mile and set the table with our romantic cups and fancy napkins.  And dinner was delicious!  We had pork steaks, loaded sweet potatoes, green beans and fresh bread.  Although the table was beautiful and the food was great, my love reminder is much deeper than this.  It came from listening to him talk!  He is such a spiritual giant and I *love* that!!!  He was telling me of his conviction to keep the Sabbath Day holy, even while he was young.  I am so blessed to be sealed to such an amazing man for eternity!!! :D

AND... after our romantic dinner finished (it becomes romantic if we get out a certain cup... LoL!), Casey danced with me in the living room even though he greatly dislikes it!  I love it though and because he loves me, we "go" dancing every once in a while.
This was our first date--Sadie Hopkins, sophomore year!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

one decision = eternal happiness

Just a little over a year ago, I made one of the best decisions of my life when Casey asked me to be his bride.  I always said that I wanted to marry my best friend but I never dreamed that it would be as wonderful as this.  One decision changed my life forever... literally, forever!  We are now working together towards Eternity! :)

Today, we taught the first lesson in the Sunday School manual.  It was interesting for us trying to come up with something different to teach because it was the same lesson that we taught earlier this summer.  We are teaching the Marriage and Family relations class and since there are only 16 lessons, it repeats rather often.  This week, I have been thinking a lot about D&C 132 and it fit so perfectly with the lesson.  I am pretty sure this section is on my top favorite list now of scriptures, especially verse 20 (but 19 is needed for a basic understanding of the blessings and promises found in 20).  It is wonderful and filled with so much hope and potential.  We talked in class today about how it is not enough to be worthy to go to the temple on just your wedding day but something you need to be worthy of everyday of your life.  We both keep working hard at life and dealing with the challenges.  The trials are not easy but the reward is great and worth any sacrifice.

I am really grateful for the opportunity that Casey and I have had to teach together to begin our marriage.  We have learned so much from the experience.  We have such different teaching styles and ideas but this has really taught us how to cooperate and adapt.  I have really learned that there is not a right way to teach a lesson, just countless different ways.  I am very grateful to have Casey's support and to be able to hold his hand during our lessons while we are teaching.  I don't know if we will ever have this opportunity again so we try to take advantage of it while we can.

Returning to the Provo Temple yesterday was lovely.  There is new carpet and color scheme and I personally think it looks more heavenly.  It was also nice resting on the brand new furniture!  It was so comfortable yet kind of strange not having well worn cushions.

I love the pink roses!!!  They are gorgeous and line the sidewalk!