January 29, 2014




THINKING: That the amount of half finished blog posts I have is pretty ridiculous. I have good intentions but then I get sidetracked and they just never see the light of day. Well, there's always next month to be better I guess! 

WANTING: longer weekends and shorter weekdays

READING: over and over the sweetest birthday card from the sweetest elder

EATING: My daily dose of toast (yes, it's a real thing) and my roommates graham crackers. Shh... don't tell her please... hahaha (:

WATCHING: Hart of Dixie, and although I hate to admit it, I did watch High School Musical last night. Netflix is my friend and sometimes you do weird things like watch Zach Efron before he hit puberty dance with basketballs. It's a blessing and a curse (;

TRYING: To make it through all five days of school this week. This is the first week of the whole semester that I have actually had class Monday - Friday and it's killing me. But hey, its hump day and I've almost survived!

CALLING: My momma to tell her all about the adventures of college and the updates about life. I sure do love that woman. 

LOVING: P-Days. Especially when they surprisingly come on Tuesdays! What could be better than hearing from your friends two days in a row?!!! 

ENJOYING: The warm weather here in Cedar and the fact that it hasn't snowed since November!!! Let's just be done with winter and let me wear shorts and watch baseball. I'm so down!!

LISTENING: To country music. I don't know if it's the fact that I want warm weather already or just that I need to get away from the crappy music that is played on the only station here, but it's like chicken noodle for the soul. Country chicken noodle soup. (;

CELEBRATING: Mr T's one year mark!!!! Can we please just have a moment of non stop smiling and cheering and cheesy happy faces? Because basically that's what I do whenever I think of this special milestone.

REMEMBERING: What it was like to go over to Grandpa Stratton's and being paid 1 penny for every walnut that I picked up off the ground. And then he would send us home with some chocolate milk and fruit pies after telling us that he had the "prettiest granddaughters in the world". 

QUOTING: "Patience means active waiting and enduring. It means staying with something and doing all that we can—working, hoping, and exercising faith; bearing hardship with fortitude, even when the desires of our hearts are delayed. Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!" 
{from "Continue in Patience" by Elder Uchtdorf}


Hope you're having a great day, wherever you may be.
XOXO 
Love P

January 26, 2014

Wrong Roads


This week has been hard. Like the frustrated cry your eyes out wish you could just fast forward time hard. People talk about the January blues, and let me tell ya. It is a really thing. I think the hardest thing for me this month has been trying to make the right decisions for my life. Recently I've been frustrated and at times felt like all hope was lost when it came to my life. I haven't known what decisions are right or where I should work towards life wise. Luckily, one of my best friends let me vent to her, and in classic Kelci style she ended up making me feel so blessed and lucky to be stuck in my situation. She also told me to watch this video, and I am sure glad that she did. I don't know if she was guided by the spirit to tell me to watch it, but I honestly know somehow my Heavenly Father put this message into my life to help me through some tough hard decisions. 

This quote especially stood out to me:
"Sometimes in response to prayers, the Lord may guide us down what seems to be the wrong road- or at least a road we don't understand - so, in due time, He can get us firmly and without question on the right road."
So today, I'm thanking Heavenly Father for sending me partially down some wrong roads so that I know without a doubt which road of life He thinks is right for me. And I'm praying that I'll be smart enough to know when I'm supposed to turn around and try a different path. 

XOXO
Love P 

January 20, 2014

a birthday post and some opened mouth pictures

  






  

Last Wednesday I turned nineteen and even though it was weird being away from my family on my birthday, I had a pretty great one at ole college. The day started off with a bang when I had to text my roommate if I could come out of my room and go to the bathroom. You see, they had worked long and hard decorating my door all cute, and I didn't want to ruin their "surprise" but man. I had to go so bad. Luckily Katie let me come out, and all was good. Isn't that door awesome? I have such good roommates (: Later that evening we went ice skating, and boys and germs, I didn't fall one single time! So basically you could say I'm a pro... well... maybe we'll just say I survived (; After skating we celebrated with cake (after we snuck in a lighter) and drank some Martinelli's that my mother had sent with me for special occasions. Also, I think my new favorite thing is to take pictures with my mouth open? haha I'm weird. I know. 

Anyways, nineteen feels pretty good. 
Thanks to all who sent birthday wishes my way. 
You da best. 
XOXO
Love P


January 15, 2014

nineteen


nineteen feels exactly like this
plus a billion other emotions
cheers to another year of life
XOXO
Love P

more about the birthday celebrations later, i pinky swear




January 9, 2014

the birthday boy










This cutie turned eight on January 3rd, and was baptized the day after. I can't believe that he is already old enough to be eight. We had the most spectacular day surrounded by family and friends and I'll admit, some tears might have creeped out of my eyes during the program. It was awesome to see his sweet little spirit progress into this new stage of life. Even though he is eleven years younger than me, he is one of the best examples to me. He is so focused on doing what is right and being everyone's friend. It's no wonder that Christ asked the children to come forth; they contain the purest souls and we can learn so much from them.








 I am so thankful for this sweet little boy who reminds me that life is about having fun and trying our best. Congrats Junie Boy. You are now an official member of the church and I couldn't be more proud of you. 
XOXO 
love P

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