Friday, June 27, 2008

Just Us- A night out on the town!

What a delightful Anniversary we had! For the first time since we've had our girls, we spent a night apart from them, all alone. After getting over my mother monitoring-always looking over my shoulder unable to just relax- mode, we had a most pleasant time. We took the downtown view in from the Tower of the America's, strolled through hemisphere park, went out to eat with a gift card (we even ordered appetizers, a first!), and had a late night swim in the spa like pool. We were even treated to chocolate covered strawberries (delicious) and a bottle of Chardonnay (which I tried to return or exchange) from our courteous hotel staff. I love you Babe!

Friday, June 20, 2008

If Not 10 lbs. Lighter, At least 10 Degress Cooler

Savoring the Shoreline- Family Retreat on the Beach!

There's nothing like sitting near a campfire, feet touching the sand, moon hovering above, wind and waves crashing in...what a blast we had camping on the beach! We were up till early morning, unable to convince ourselves to leave the beautiful splendor, it was breathtaking and rather unreal.

We spent hours touring the USS LEXINGTON, a World War II-vintage aircraft carrier, which rests in Corpus Christi Bay "Commissioned in 1943, she served the United States longer and set more records than any other carrier in the history of naval aviation." It was absolutely intriguing and left us with a sense of pride, loyalty, motviation to fulfill our personal responsibilities, and a deep respect for those who have given so much for our freedom.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Best Decision I Will Ever Make

Four years ago, at this exact time, I was sitting in an endowment session in the Portland Temple, surrounded by my loving family, occasionally gazing at a handsome and valiant young man, giddily contemplating the covenants I was about to make with him. Completely filled with JOY.

I'd been home only a month from my mission when this dear friend made a confession of love to me. Although it came shockingly, he being engaged to another of my dear friends, his expression seemed to shoot straight to my heart and land in a place that was only meant for him to reach. I could hardly believe how strangely right every second of talking and being with him was. It was like coming home.

The decisions was not only the best I've made, it was one of the easiest. A valiant, talented, faithful, strong, athletic, enthusiastic, humble, fun, always learning, intelligent man, whom I trusted with all things eternal, wanted me to team up with him for eternity. Just the greatest all star around, the perfect match for me in every way...of course I'd ride with him through the thrills, jolts, bolts and detours to exaltation. If I had hand picked attributes, spiritual and physical characteristics to make up a mate for myself, it would've made him (and he even came with a few I wouldn't have picked that inspiringly end up complimenting me). Even if I hadn't been bombarded with spiritual pressure from heaven, I would have completely chosen him on my own. The undeniable heavenly promptings will forever solidify that I have great taste. :)

And so, four years ago I made promises to him, in the presence of heaven, that I would give him all that I am. That I would do my best, to love and serve the Lord, and love and serve him.

Today I sit, giddily contemplating the covenants I have made. Knowing full well that I hardly deserve such a man. So happy that I chose him, so honored that he chose me, and so grateful that I have forever to live up to the potential he believes in.

I love you forever my Sweets.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Tell the Wonders of Your Eternal King!

We had a glorious weekend at the coast, with many heavenly highlights. A stroll down the pier surprised us with dancing dolphins, the first time I've ever seen them in the wild, untouched, untrained...breathtaking.

This is for my Daddy, because he taught me how to marvel.

"And the Gods said: Let us prepare the waters to bring forth abundantly the moving creatures that have life; and the fowl,
that they may fly above the earth in the open expanse of heaven.
And the Gods prepared the waters that they might bring forth great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters were to bring forth abundantly after their kind; and every winged fowl after their kind. And the Gods saw that they would be obeyed, and that their plan was good." (Abraham 4:20&21)

"Let the mountains shout for joy, and all ye valleys cry aloud; and all ye seas and dry lands tell the wonders of your Eternal King! And ye rivers, and brooks, and rills, flow down with gladness. Let the woods and all the trees of the field praise the Lord; and ye solid rocks weep for joy! And let the sun, moon, and the morning stars sing together, and let all the sons of God shout for joy! And let the eternal creations declare his name forever and ever! And again I say, how glorious is the voice we hear from heaven, proclaiming in our ears, glory, and salvation, and honor, and immortality, and eternal life; kingdoms, principalities, and powers!" (Doctrine & Covenants 128:23)

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Change the Picture!

I love change. The anticipation builds in those final days of the month leading to the big reveal of the next months display picture on the calendar. No offense to the old one...just thirty+ days of the same and I get ready to see something new on my bathroom and kitchen walls. Let me tell you, June did not disappoint with a display of beautiful Texas Bluebonnets and Beach Morning Glories (which look similar to the flowering vine weeds growing among my planted flowers, which I refuse to pick). And so it goes, into June with a new picture and a calendar anxious for scheduling.

Here's to ending May with a bang! Work it Girls!