I AM SO AWFUL. I don't enjoy not writing on my blog, I have just been busy, busy, busy! And on top of that, I haven't done anything blog worthy haha. We have 23 days till we move to Colorado and our house is slowly moving into giant cardboard boxes. It's so bittersweet packing everything away! I look forward to moving into our new house + I have some exciting news!!! If you follow me on Instagram you already know this, but we got a puppy! Her name is Pepper and she is a Cocker Spaniel. She is pretty much the cutest thing on earth and we get to pick her up a few days before we move. I figured I'd do a quick little update/ fun stuff goin on in my life for y'all through some iPhone pictures + we will go from there.
Is she just not the cutest little furball you ever did see? I just wish I could have her here already! haha
As I'm packing up our things we found Jimmy's old missionary photos. I stopped when I found this photo of the Provo Temple. It just made me stop in my tracks + think about how one day our child (or children!) will one day go to the temple in preparation for their mission. It makes me so excited and fills me with so much joy to think about the great work missionaries do. I feel like often times missions are just thought of as 'oh cool, hopefully you get to go to a different country and learn a new language!' but it is so much more than that. You are teaching the gospel to those who have either been lost before, or have never heard of Christ at all and each missionary matters + makes a huge difference. Whether that be a change to one person's life or many people's lives, just the fact that one person will have their life changed forever is such a blessing and I am forever grateful for the missionaries in my life.
On a lighter note: LOOK AT THESE SHOES! I am so in love haha. I found these beauties at DI (Deseret Industries) for six dollars. I found on the bottom that they are topshop shoes and were originally over a hundred bucks. If that's not a great thrift find, I don't know what is ;) Also, I am so obsessed with the fall time and seeing leaves on the ground. I am not looking forward to the cold, snowy winter ahead, I wish it would just be fall all the time!!
Also, today I made a super yummy crockpot beef stew dinner. It tastes SO GOOD. I found the recipe off of Pinterest, of course, and I just searched easy crockpot beef stew. I believe the poster's website was soveryblessed.com or something like that. I'll have it pinned on my account here if you want to see it! It filled James and I right up and was the perfect meal to end our day!
And that is the end of my update through iPhone pictures. I have been working these past several weeks which is fun-ish. haha. Also, I've been considering making vlog videos on my youtube and I'm currently working on one, so let's see if I upload it! Y'all have a great week and a super fun Halloween! We are just staying home and having James' best friend Nick over and I plan on handing out candy for the first time ever at our house (like first time ever in my life, you don't know how excited I am for this). God bless!
The weekend is finally upon us! I am so excited to tune in to General Conference this weekend. For those who don't know, general conference happens twice a year, in April and then October. The conference is talks given by church leaders (including our living prophet Thomas S. Monson!!). The conference is held in Salt Lake City and James + I attended this last April. When I went, I wasn’t Mormon or really interested in joining. I more so went to see how it was and it was a great way to learn more. Even though I went in person, I don’t think I appreciated it as much as I would now. Even though we won’t be there in person watching, we will be tuning in online! I have been just reading and pinteresting away at different ideas to prepare for conference and make it have a more lasting impression on us. So, here are a few of my ideas!
Write it down. Hear something you want to remember? Write it down. Last weekend was the women’s conference and I brought a small journal with me. I wrote down what I thought were important thoughts, lessons, and the names of those who spoke. I have a pretty cruddy memory, so for me this is not only to help me remember a few months from now, but also for the weeks to come. One perk of watching online, is you will have more time to write down everything easier.
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