Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Job, 3 months, Books, Hair.... Everything!

Well, I have not been very good at updating lately. Here is why: one, I work late most days and am too tired to do it when I get home. two, my camera died.. :( :( sad day. and three, the laptop has a crack in it and its starting to get hard to read! So yea. But- I can promise you I will be updating more because I just got a new job- making blogs! Haha. I had been stressing about my job for a while. I hate working Sundays.. and since my feet have been giving me major problems, standing all day is not my forte. I also was starting to realize alot of things I didn't like about that job... the manager is only 18. Yea. There was alot of drama involved in the job and I got stuck with alot of things that the manager should have taken responsibility for. I wont go into details, I just know I wanted to get out. So, I started praying about finding a new job. On Sunday, I got this idea to call my friend Tanner. Tanner's dad owns Cedar Fort Publishing in Springville. I thought maybe his dad might have something for me. So I called tanner and he told me to contact his brother about a job. They were looking for someone to work in a few areas at their place. I had the day off on Monday so I took my resume in. I really didn't expect to get a job at first. Tanner's brother Bryce pulled me back into his office and we talked for a bit about the job and about me and my experience. Turns out, they were looking for someone who is creative and confident to make some blogs for their company. They also needed someone to twitter and facebook about them.. who better than me for that? Haha, I admit it.. I am addicted to facebook sometimes. So, they offered me a job. Its full time- Mon through Fri 8-5. I cant wait to start! I start next Thursday. I am SO grateful for it. Cedar Fort publishes books all over the nation. They have this one called Shattered Silence- look it up on Youtube. It was on Oprah! Most of their books are LDS. They also have jewelry and bookmarks, and scripture totes and stuff like that. You can look them up on www.cedarfort.com Anyway, when I get the blogs up and going, I hope you will all become followers! If I ask you to join on facebok, please do. :)

So. On my my next item of business. Kevin and I will have been married 3 Months on Halloween.. wow! I honestly cant believe it. It goes by so fast. I kind of want to slow down time and just enjoy the ride. It's going much to fast for me! I have enjoyed every minute of being married.. even when kevin farts and me and makes me gag.. yes. He did that the other night. Now, I can look back on it and laugh. Yea, we fight.. but just like every other newlywed does. Its not about anything- its always about things that dont matter. Like who keeps leaving the toilet seat up (obviously its kevin) and who ate all the Reese's Shell (and of course thats me, because its my favorite stuff!) and other stupid things like that. Its quite funny to think back on all the dumb stuff. Glad we have them I guess... good for a laugh.

I have been on a book marathon since we got married. I think I am up to like 12 books now since we have been married? Any that were amazing? No. I keep getting junk. Yea, they have good stories and all, but they all swear. ALOT. It's hard to find a good book without that stuff. It's kinda a given. Any suggestions?

I finally got my hair done after 3 months. That is the longest I have gone forever. I LOVE how it turned out. I didn't cut it, just colored it. I will surprise you all with a picture if I can steal a camera this week :) P.S. If anyone was going to get me a present for my BDAY in December or for XMAS.. I want a Camera. a GOOD one. I will love you forever....

Kevin and I went and saw Where the Wild Things Are. Ok, have you seen it? I wont lie, I wasnt too impressed. I couldnt decide if it was a childrens movie, or an adult movie. It swore a few times and had a few parts that little kids would be really scared in. I cant decide if I liked it or not. Hmm. Any good movies you have seen lately?

Well, thats about all I have for ya. I'll keep ya updated!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

From Beauty to Ashes- A Testimony to me.

I have really come to absolutely LOVE my new ward. Yea, its full of BYU young married students, but I love it. One- The people are so inviting. When we first went to our ward, I felt like no body was talking to me. It took me a week to realize, Gillian. Eveyone is in your same situation. They dont know anyone, and you dont know anyone. They are all waiting for someone to come up to them and say hello, as am I. Go up to someone and introduce yourself. So, I kept that mindset for the next week. Instead of sitting by myself, I sat by someone. I introduced myself, and asked about them and their life. Every week, I sit by someone new. I try to make sure to say hi to the ones I dont know, and especially the ones I have already met. It has helped me to meet so many new and nice people. Secondly- I have been able to feel the spirit EVERY single week. Not a joke. I hardly ever cry at church. (I am one of those that cries when I feel the spirit.) The lessons are so well prepared, and always speak to me.

For example: Kevin and I got callings last week. We are the Photo Directory people- we make the photo directory for the ward members and do the pictures and such. He also got a "preach my gospel chairman" calling. There are two elders quorums in our ward so they get to make up a few callings. But anyway, so for sunday school, they have like 6 different classes you can go to. They rotate every 8 weeks. Right now, we are in the Preach My Gospel class. There are only 5 other couples in that class. Well, today, the lesson was on chapter two in preach my gospel. It was about the Atonement. He showed a movie. (please, watch it. Its really moving..) the link to watch it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR7-fd3Lus4 . After the movie, he went into talking about how Heavenly Father did the same thing with his Son. He sacrificed his Son for us all. We talked alot about what the Atonement means, not only the definition, but in our own lives. While I was sitting there listening to people share their stories, I felt the need to share a story.

I shared about Ammon. I told them a little background about him, and his history with all his trials and hardships, but through it all, he has been so brave and faithful. I recalled an experience that I will never forget: Right before Ammon got the Halo last year, he was so scared. He wanted dad and all his brothers to give him a blessing. All the family gathered around the living room to see Ammon trying to smile. The boys all got in the circle and Dad started giving him a blessing. The minute Dad started, I knew the words were from God. I knew my dad couldn't say those things. (Not because he didnt want to, but because He didn't know how or why) But- some words that my dad said were something along the lines of "Ammon, you chose to come to this earth this way and you will be fine, you still have time here on this earth." Everyone in the room felt the spirit. There wasn't a dry eye there. My mom had to leave the room. To this day, those words still hit me. "You chose to come here this way". How could you choose to come to this earth with all these problems? How could you agree to having multiple problems, and knowing that you wouldn't be like other kids. You wouldn't walk, you wouldn't eat, you wouldn't go to school on a normal basis, you wouldn't have friends besides adults... How could you do that? But it goes deeper than that. Christ knew he was going to be crucified. He knew he was going to suffer for all of our Sins. He may not have known he was going to have to suffer alone, but he knew he would suffer in ways that we cannot comprehend. But- he still came. He chose to do it. No one made him. In a way, I feel like Ammon did the same thing. It hit me like a ton of bricks today. As I was sharing all of this, I was so emotional. I felt a blanket of love around my shoulders from my Heavenly Father telling me that No, he didn't make Ammon come here this way. Ammon chose. What an example that is to me! I know Ammon will probably read this, and may not understand. But, I wanted everyone to know that although this last year, and even All 14 years of Ammon's life have been so hard on us, that its O.K. He is here to definitely teach us all something. I think it has mainly been hard on us because we haven't understood. We keep asking "Why? Why Our Family? Why Ammon? Why when he is so perfect already?" The answer is simple. He chose to. I honestly believe that. I hope you all do too. So, I shared all of that today, and everyone in the class had tears in their eyes. The teacher then went on to tell us about a talk he had read. It is called From Beauty to Ashes. I came home and read it.
The teacher ended with: Each of us will taste the bitter ashes of life, from sin and neglect to sorrow and disappointment. But the atonement of Christ can lift us up in beauty from our ashes on the wings of a sure promise of immortality and eternal life. He will thus lift us up, not only at the end of life, but in each day of our lives."


I want you all to go and read that talk. You can find it on LDS.ORG. Its true though, We may think that our life has so many bitter ashes, but the atonement will lift us up in Beauty, and help us make it to the end. I know Ammon will be perfect someday. I cant wait for that to happen. If Christ didnt die for us, That wouldnt be possible. (Even though I already think Ammon is perfect). I just wanted to share all of that with you guys. It really made my day to make that realization that we all chose to come here, and we all get to go home together again someday. I love my family so much! I hope you all know that. :)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Fall is finally here!

I decided that Fall is my favorite season. I LOVE it! I love everything about it. Colorful leaves, cool breeze, sweaters, pumpkins, candy, decorations... everything. I bought a few decorations for our apartment and tried to spruce up our place a little bit! Hopefully I will be able to buy a little at a time and start making a collection of holiday decor for every season. Here are some pictures of what I have so far. Hope you all have a good conference weekend!

I got this one at D.I.
This one is a vinyl sticker that I got from walmart- $2.00!
I got the candy dish from mom, and I made the pumpkin!
I bought the fake pumpkin for 5.00 at walmart, and then bought some ribbon and used tacky glue to stick it on. I then made a bunch of ties around one piece of ribbon and tied it around the stem. It was so fun- me and my friend Michele did it.
Isn't that cute?!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

State Boards

... I passed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Worst test of my life, but I passed. There.

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