Go, Elder and Sister: A message to hesitant pre-missionaries

Originally posted on all our lemmony things:

Today is my 5th birthday.

Not “birth” birthday, of course–I’m 23, not 5.

No, five years ago today I left the old Kayla behind and became someone different. Someone trying to be a little better.

I became a Latter-day-Saint.

A few weeks leading up to today I told my husband we should have cake to celebrate (kind of a silly tradition). He made cookies instead–and I sure don’t mind since sugar is sugar *and his cookies rock*. I also spent some time flipping though my old journal, remembering entries I wrote while I was being taught by my missionaries and looking over pictures from the day I was baptized alongside my family.

And now that I’m settled down from a sugar rush that I managed to get before lunchtime and my husband is off running an errand, I got the desire to write to you–the 18, 19, 20-something-year-old young…

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Books read in 2014

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Julian Chapter by R.J. Palacio An Echo in the Bone By Diana Gabaldon
My Name Used to be Muhammed: The True Story of a Muslim who Became a Christian by Jeff Benedict
The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
Fault in our Stars by John Green The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Savior in Kirtland by Karl Ricks Anderson
If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Reflection

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Andrew {age 8} and Matt {age 1} 1982

 I can’t believe it’s already November!  This is always a month of reflection for me.  Andrew and Matthew were both born in November.  This will be the 15th birthday without Andrew and the 11th without Matt.  I think about them and remember when they were here and wonder what their lives would have been.  If I’m not careful, I can still go to that place of grief and overwhelming saddness.  After all these years though, I prefer to find the joy in the happy, fun and crazy memories of my brothers.  I miss them!  During this month of thanksgiving, I’m grateful for the time I had with them. 

 Happy Birthday to you!

Halloween Witch Cameo

I love this witch!!  I found her here  http://www.thediaryofdaveswife.com/search/label/Halloween%20Decor.  I did mine a little different.  I cut her out in black paper as a 4×6.  I found the wood at Joann’s for $1.99.  I spray painted the wood black, painted the middle metallic silver and blotted it with tissue paper.  After it dried I painted the middle white, and again blotted it with tissue paper.  After that I spray glued her on.  I was going to use modge podge but decided that the spray glue was enough.  I’m so happy with the way she turned out!  Thanks DavesWife!

Books read in 2012

7 books and 5,156 pages for 2012.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Drums of Autumn By Diana Gabalon

 The Fiery Cross  By Diana Gabalon

I’ve Got Your Number By Sophie Kinsella

The Great Gatsby By F Scott Fitzgerald

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