Tuesday, May 18, 2010

a week to remember

As we were happily preparing to move to San Francisco, Nick called last Thursday to say that he'd received a call from Oklahoma University offering him a spot at their dental school. At first we were flattered that another school offered us a spot, then excited because Nick had a wonderful experience going out there and then it was like, "OH CRAP! Now we have to make a decision!" Thus began our four days of turmoil and sleepless nights. We discussed, prayed, fasted, discussed, prayed, attended the temple, prayed and discussed. Since we did not feel a strong inclination either way (which was by NO means easy) we decided to continue on our path to San Francisco. The tempests have ceased and we are back on our path to UCSF... BUT thank you OU for considering us!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Blessings and Recognition

It seems, that for me, we are guided down a path that is paved with blessings. I think that is how we know that we are on the right course. It doesn't always seem this way, I know there are trials. But when the clouds part we can see clearly that the Lord is guiding us, ever so subtly. When Nick and I began the application process to dental schools, we knew that we must include Heavenly Father in our decisions, even the minor ones. We've fasted much, spent hours on our knees, and forged ahead through the sacrifices necessary to get things done. The past year has been a roller coaster of emotions for me. However as I look back, I'm amazed by the outpouring of miracles that I see. I wanted to give recognition to God for His hand in our life. I know that my husband is a genius and will make a phenomenal dentist, but that alone doesn't get you into one of the top dental schools.

Do you ever feel like you are over-blessed? I sometimes feel like lightning will strike at any moment because I have been given too much! Things can't stay this good for this long. These are too many blessings and I haven't done enough to deserve them all. I'm spoiled. I have it easy. I look around me at other peoples' trials and appreciate even more, my little family and the love, health and spiritual presence we have. Of course there are days when I wish we were more loving, healthier, and more spiritual. But, as I wipe my kids' noses and break up fights, I am perfectly aware that these things are minor and we still have the blessings of heaven pouring out in abundance.

We are loved, ever so much, by our Father in Heaven and I'm feeling today, so very grateful for His eternal desire to bless us, everyday with miracles.

So that was the "Reader's Digest" version of my feelings. As we tackle a huge hurdle of getting ready to move to California and start a new chapter of our life, I'm still seeing these little miracles everyday. Perhaps after all is said and done I will go into details and post about our little experiences. But for now, I'm just humbled and speechless, so I'll just say, "Thank You, Heavenly Father, we know it's because of You."

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Photo Scanning Fun: Take 1

My latest project.... converting all my 35mm negatives to digital. It's tedious, but kinda fun taking a stroll down memory lane. Here are some of my favorites....
Hiking with Nick in the Grand Tetons

OH SO CUTE!! Looks can be deceiving ya know! He's growing into a monster, Mason is!

Family Fun!

Easter Sunday Picnic up the canyon, Cooper 9months.

Some random photo I took of my friend Julie while in college

My mommy

Our dog Blue.... I miss him!!

More to come!