Monday, September 10, 2012

New Blog (again!)

Apparently I can't make up my mind on how to make this blogging thing work for me!  I didn't like trying to manage two blogs, but I don't like having our photography/personal blog combined into one either.  I haven't been doing a lot with photography lately anyway (and will probably do even less when the baby comes along), SO I am going back to ONE blog and since it will just be a personal blog we are going private again.  Leave me your email address if you'd like to be privy to our super exciting life :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Master Bedroom


New bed frame (we liked the other one, but it was a little big for our bedroom and made it feel a lot smaller), an actual comforter set (instead of just a quilt), curtains, some new decor, new paint (we had to change the green because it clashed a little and we hadn't painted the other three walls yet), and (of course) new trim and casing!

 We love it!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Not faith to move mountains, but faith to climb them!

"Ultimately the question for many is, 'If faith doesn't mean being able to get what I want, what does it mean?' The answer to that question is not the same for everyone.  One infertile woman said that her crisis of faith had been healed by the Savior's example.  She had wanted her faithful prayers to heal her infertility.  She had tried not to doubt God or His power to heal, and sought to live the kind of life that she felt merited her Heavenly Father's help.  She believed that her faith could remove this mountain of frustrated dreams.  Yet, her infertility persisted.

"Finally, she realized that Christ, whose perfect faith had healed lepers, given sight to the blind, and raised the  dead, and who had pleaded that his bitter cup be removed if possible-had finally been spared neither the agony of Gethsemane nor the pain of the Crucifxion.  Christ's perfect faith had not altered Gethsemane, but rather helped him to endure it.  This woman came to see her faith in a different light-not as an imperfect faith that had been insufficient to remove her trials, but as a vibrant faith that could help her endure them.  Not faith to move mountains, but faith to climb them!"

-Gordon B. Hinckley

I am grateful for an inspired friend who shared this quote with me at a time when I needed it most.  It really helped me to understand and view faith in a different light!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Home Improvements: The Office


New paint, the trim, doors and casings were done when we did the rest of the upstairs, new blinds and some different decorations.

It is a little more cluttered with the instruments and there is more crammed in the closet (since we needed to clear out the second bedroom to get ready for Baby), but overall I like it a lot better! 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My view at 23 weeks...

Only 17 more weeks! still feels like forever away!  I'm sure it will be here before we know it though :)

Our little girl is moving a lot more now, which is so fun!  Clint is just starting to be able to feel her.  It's still hard for him to tell, but I think it will become real obvious pretty soon :) 

I am more excited to meet her every day!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Banana Bars

These were a favorite treat of mine that my mom would make when I was growing up.  They are still one of my favorite treats!


  • 3/4 c. softened margarine
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 2/3 c. brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 ripe, mashed bananas
  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 c. chocolate chips
  • Mix margarine, sugar, brown sugar, egg, vanilla and mashed bananas.  Add flour and baking powder and mix.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Bake in a 9x13 pan at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
I hope you like them!

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Laborers in the Vineyard

{photo taken from here}

"...there are going to be times in our lives when someone else gets an unexpected blessing or receives some special recognition.  May I plead with us not to be hurt-and certainly not to feel envious-when good fortune comes to another person?  We are not diminished when someone else is added upon.  We are not in a race against each other to see who is the wealthiest or the most talented or the most beautiful or even the most blessed.  The race we are really in is the race against sin, and surely envy is one of the most universal of those."
-Jeffrey R. Holland

I loved this talk from General Conference in April.  You can go here to read the full message (which I highly recommend doing if you haven't already!)