Saturday, October 15, 2011


Did you serve a mission? Tell about your companions. From previous posts, if you haven't already figured it out I served an LDS Mission, which is why that question yesterday was a little big for one day.

I served in the Argentina Neuquen Mission. The best Mission! During my mission, I ended up having 8 companions. I won't go into too much detail about each of them for various reasons (the big one being privacy issues). I had a few 6 wk companions that I "killed". "Killed" being the term that we used when you were their last comp. I guess like everything else in life that was both good and bad. I didn't get to know them as well as I might have liked, but I did get to know more sisters that way.

I very much enjoyed having my native companions. (I had 4 that were native to Argentina, 1 that was native to Honduras, and 3 that were from America.) That was something totally new/different for me. Growing up I didn't spend a lot of time with other cultures, so it was fun to have companions that were from other cultures.

Probably the best thing that I came away from with my companions is know that relationships take work. Sometimes it's easy and sometimes, not so. I know that you can work through anything you want/desire in a relationship if you both care about it. I also learned about my own faults (and some of you might be reminded of them more regularly than you want to be).

I'm feeling totally under qualified to do/be what I am today. I am very much not perfect (and these companions could all tell you that), and have many of my own faults. It helps me feel more and more grateful for those that can look past them and love and accept me anyway. I guess that's sort of how I feel about my companions. As we spent pretty much every waking hour in each others sight you find that not everyone is perfect, but we are all trying. I won't lie and say that things were all peaches and roses, but I am grateful for those hard times as well as the good times.

A little shout out to any of my companions that read this blog. Thank you for caring about me even though I have my faults and imperfections. And for those that could be wondering, I love and care about you too!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bloggers Block

I have been thinking about how I need to be better about updating the blog, but it seems like there really isn't that much going on to talk/write about. Just normal life that doesn't seem very note-worthy.

I have been thinking about my lack of mothering skills. I need to be better in a lot of ways, but it's hard for me to be motivated to REALLY do something about it. I would call myself addicted to being lazy! :) I do a very good job of it. So, in an effort to be less lazy and more productive as well as help with my lack of writing abilities. (My writing abilities weren't that good to begin with.) I found this jar that has a whole bunch of little questions inside. I want to say that it's a type of journal jar. I'm actually not very sure what's all in here, but I'm thinking I will find out with all of you. So, during the week-days I am hoping to be able to answer one of the questions that are found in here.

So, as I pull the strip of paper out of the jar today, it says: "Tell some of your favorite scriptures and why they are important to you. Did you serve a mission? Tell about your companions."

That is one loaded question. I think I will break this one down into two days. So, to start I will share my favorite scripture. My all-time favorite would be found in the Book of Mormon (if you want to know more about what it is look here:

Alma 37:37 Which reads..."Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day."

As I think back, I really don't remember how/when it became my favorite, but it sure did and it still is. I love how it says counsel, we can discuss and learn, it's a two way street. I also think it's interesting to note that we pray that we will be watched over in our sleep. Recently I read a book The Cleansing of America. It talks about the Second Coming and what it will be like as we get there and how things will look at the end. I think about the terrible things that will happen and with that in mind I can understand even more the importance of being protected while we sleep.

The other thing is that I'm a mom and I get nervous that I'll have a child not wake up in the morning. I do pray that my family and I will be watched over each night. I am also grateful that I wake up each morning and that my family does as well.

I am so grateful for the scriptures and what they teach. They help me to continue on and hope for things. I know that they were written for our day and they can help us as we go about our lives.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Hurry up, and wait!

This is how I have been feeling. We got the offer on the house and as we have been packing and getting ready for our move the date has been changed multiple times. Hopefully we have had our last change and it will officially happen at the end of the month.

I'm really having a problem with mortgage company underwriting. They take WAY to long to do what they have to do. I understand that they are worried about having a problem, but they can't see the future to know for sure and so they take it out on anyone and everyone. Yes, we have a housing problem right now. Yes, it was brought on by the fact that they had allowed anyone and everyone to get a mortgage, whether they should have or not. I understand that, but do they know if we will loose a job? Did they know that any of those others would loose their jobs? NO!! It sure seems like they have gone backward rather than forward in reguards to how to handle this mess. Taking weeks and weeks to do something that should have only taken weeks is a joke. Do they really know any more now than they did then? I really don't think things have changed that much to warrent something like this.

Our buyers are having to re-verify their income. What difference does it really make? Now, if they had lost a job or something of a sort that would make so much more sense, but really, come on people. Move things along or stay in this housing slump FOREVER!!

Obviously, I don't have much of an opinion. :) We are excited to hopefully have a true ending date, we'll know for sure as we get closer.
Ain't no need to watch where I'm going, just need to know where I've been.