Since I was a little girl I have always wanted to serve a mission. I remember being in the car with my dad as a little girl and telling him that I was going to go on a mission. When I turned 21 Clayton was still in the picture. I thought for sure we would get married. I continued to pray constantly to know whether or not I was supposed to serve a mission, but it never felt right. Something always seemed to be in the way whether I was back with Clayton, or I got into school, wanted to get married, didn't want to miss out on my brother's wedding, new nephew, or the fact that I was too old in my eyes. After Clayton cheated on me for the 3rd time, and after we broke up I started thinking about it again. I remember driving by my NANAs old house and wondering if she would be proud of me. I was instantly filled with the spirit, and her love. At that moment I wondered whether or not I was supposed to go on a mission. I didn't really think about it after that. Some major trials continued to happen in my life and I decided to move home. I got a calling the first week I moved back. I was set apart that same Sunday by Brother Jenks who I didn't know at all. He had moved into the ward while I was away. He knew nothing about me. During the blessing he kept pausing for what seemed like 5 minutes (it was more like 20 seconds my dad tells me). Finally he said something that would change my life forever. He told me that if I had a desire to serve a mission that my Heavenly Father would support me. At that moment I knew that I was to serve a mission. I knew that Heavenly Father had a plan for me, and he was waiting for that perfect time when he knew I was ready to receive the answer I had waited two years for. My life has been like a crazy puzzle and now the pieces are all finally fitting together. I look at my life two years ago and I was no where near ready to serve a mission. I am a completely different person now then I was then. I am so excited to become an instrument unto the Lord. To serve with all of my might, mind, and stregnth. To make my Heavenly Father proud. I have been blessed my whole life with the Gospel. It brings me pure JOY each and everyday. I can't wait to give others that same JOY that I have. I know it will be the hardest thing that I ever do, but I know it will be the most REWARDING thing that I do. My life will be eternally blessed.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
|Logan played such a huge role in my decision to serve a mission. He has been such an amazing example to me. I look at the man that he has become, and I want that for me. I hope that I can be half of the missionary that he is.|
|I love these two girls more then anything. They have always been there for me through the thick and the thin, and have been such a huge example to me. They are truly my sisters who will always play a huge part in my life.|
|I was overwhelmed with how many friends and family were there to support me. I am one lucky girl. Each and everyone of them have played such a huge role in getting me to where I am now!!|
Monday, April 16, 2012
We have started a new tradition with the Whittaker Family which I love. Each month we get together for FHE. It gives us the excuse to get together and enjoy each others company. The older I get the more I realize how important family is. My friends come and go, but my family is always there for me. They make me laugh, want to be better
|Shea, Mom, and Cathy|
|We were lucky to have Chezney in town. It has been a year since we all got to see her. She has grown up into a beautiful girl. I am excited to get to see her this summer.|
|Todd, Boomer, Chase, Dani, and Ryne|
Easter is by far one of my favorite holidays. One, I love the candy. Cadbury Eggs just make me so happy. They are delicious! Second, I love our annual Easter Egg hunt. Third, the chance I get to spend time with my family. Fourth, the opportunity we get to remember the Savior and his atoning sacrifice for us. We had a great Easter with the Boghs.
|Jaxon, Easton, Me, Devyn, and J|
The look on Jaxon and Easton's face is priceless. I think they were excited to start the Easter Egg Hunt!
|Jensen is King of the Easter Egg Hunt. He gets the most eggs every year. It is everybody's goal to beat him.|
|Devyn the little STINKER got the $20 and the $10|
|The Easter bunny still come to visit me even though I am 22. This was my Easter Basket when I was a kid. I love it!!|
My true LOVE
So funny story that happened at church. I am the primary chorister which I continue to love!! Well we were talking about Easter and playing a game. They had to answer questions and one of the question was who removed the stone from the tomb. So the kids are all telling me answers like, angel, Heavenly Father, etc. Well I just kept saying no keep trying, and they kept saying the ANGEL. Well me being really smart I was like no it was actually MARY. I am so glad to know that my primary kids are smarter then me. One of them was like Jordyn your wrong it was the ANGEL. I was so embarrassed!! My face went bright red.
I truly am so grateful for the opportunity that we have to celebrate Easter. For the chance we get to take one day, and REMEMBER the SAVIOR. To remember the pain and suffering that he went through for each of us. To remember him taking upon our sins so that we can have the opportunity to repent and become forgiven. To remember those times in my life where I felt so alone, and my Savior was always there for me. To remember feeling his constant love for me. I am so blessed to have a testimony of the Savior to know that he does LIVE and he will COME AGAIN!!
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Five Years ago my Nana passed away. Not a day goes by that I don't think of her. She was such an amazing example to me and my family. I am so grateful for the knowledge that we have of the plan of salvation. I will see her again, but for now she is constantly watching out for me. I drove by her house a couple of months ago, and as I did I thought to myself if she would be proud of me. I was instantly filled with her love. It was like her arms were wrapped around me. I truly am blessed to have her still in my life.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
So I am not the biggest dog person I have come to find, but all of a sudden I just wanted a little dog so bad. So I talked my dad into getting my mom a little pomapoo for her birthday. I am in love with this little one. I can now say that I am a dog lover. A little dog lover haha!! Wesley has so much energy, and has been so fun!!
It doesn't get much cuter then that. He is just a little fur ball. He will get to be around 10lbs. So just a little thing. Oh and he doesn't shed. Yeah!!!
A couple of weeks ago I got to stay with Meg. She truly is one amazing girl. She is as sweet as they come. I don't know if I have ever heard her say one negative thing about somebody else. She strives to be the best she can be and excels in everything that she does. I look up to her a lot, and had such a great time spending time with her.
On Friday she had a competition, and her team won. So now this lucky girl gets to go to Florida. I thought she looked so cute all dressed up.
We laughed all week long. We watched movies, cooked, went out to eat, got hot chocolate, and just had a good time!
Ha ha this picture makes me laugh so hard. It was Dani's birthday and so we surprised her with some balloons and some cake bites. Meg sure looks cute in this picture!!
I am so grateful to have such great cousins. It was so fun partying it up with Meg all week. Todd and Ann you can go out of town anytime you want. Mugs I love your face. You just put a smile on everyone's face, and make them want to strive to be better.
The Whitts are full of birthday's in March. March is like a party all around. I love it!! Shea Bs birthday was on March 15. We went to lunch for her birthday at Zupas. It was delicious, and so fun!! I truly am grateful for such an amazing sister. She is going to make such an amazing mom. I love her to pieces, and am so grateful for the example that she is to me.
Kyle had a party for her at there place. Check out all of those candles. Boy is she getting old.
Isn't he just the greatest? Boy, did I luck out with such a great dad. His birthday was the 16th. He as well is also getting really old (47). Only 3 more years till he is 50. SCARY!! Him and my mom had a get away to Salt Lake. So I watched the boys so they could have a good time. Dad sure do love you, and think that world of you. Thanks for all that you do for me.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WHITTAKERS