Thursday, October 22, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

One year ago...

Austin took me on my first motorcycle ride up Provo canyon. We hiked up a little ways, laid out a picnic, had a wonderful conversation and Austin Fife asked me to be his girlfriend. I circled yes. One the way back down after two foot bridges (I chickened out) at the third, and most perfect foot bridge, Austin planted my very first kiss ever on my lips.

Today ready with the same picnic we had last year (pb&j, grapes, and fruit pizza) we headed up Provo canyon the happiest newlyweds you've ever seen. Austin is so wonderful. In fact last night he took me to the planetarium (a repeat of our second date ever). I'm in heaven.

Thursday, October 15, 2009 the eye of the beholder

What a gorgeous day! I was walking through BYU campus down to where the car was parked and I couldn't help snagging a couple brightly colored leaves as I passed by. It reminded me of a day when Sterling (one of my little brothers) brought home his own leaf treasures in a brown paper bag and showed mom with pride, "look at my 'bootiful' leafs." Inside his brown paper lunch bag were several brown crunchy dead leaves. Probably the ugliest leaves I'd ever seen, but to him they were "bootiful." Oh how often I search for the perfect, unblemished, just the right size, delicate, pleasently colored everything, and pass by the brown or bug eaten little guys that are so full of personality. It's no wonder Jesus commanded us to become as little children. Not "childish" but child-like.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Some places I've lived

Made in Taiwan


Lewiston Idaho, where most of my childhood memories are from.

North Salt Lake, hard time.

Living with Uncle Rob and Aunt Joy in Bountiful Utah.

Highland Utah for Jr High

With a little interruption to go to Seoul, South Korea.

and Sanbon, Korea to finish off a wild 8th grade year.

Back to Highland UT

One year in Rexburg, ID

The tropical island of Saipan for a one of a kind senior year.

Now married and happy in Provo, UT!

and Austin, if I'd lived somewhere as beautiful as Federal Way, Washington I would have stayed put too.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thankful for...

our fireplace
homemade tortillas
extra grocery money
man v. wild
apple blondies
general conference
fall colors
cozy blankets
our car
Austin's motorcycle
my kitchenaid
good news
children laughing
good listeners
good friends
the bean game
Austin's voice
peanut butter
courteous drivers
weird dreams
falling asleep
waking up!
yikes! I've got to get to class!

but so many more things could be added.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Budgets: and why they are awesome!

"We tell our money where to go instead of wondering where it went"

Let me tell you, I'm so lucky that Austin loves budgeting so much. He keeps me in line. We don't have a lot of money but it is so freeing knowing exactly where it's going, why it's going, and when it's going.


Thursday, October 8, 2009


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Here's Margaret in "the kitchen"

Check out that static hair!

Austin and Benji playing with blocks; Benjamin is wearing his "bass-a-ket ba shirt"

It's not often you get a job that you can wake up two minutes before, jump out of bed, and open your backdoor, and then make forts!