Friday, April 27, 2012

sometimes I have political opinions...

I've had this blog post in my drafts for awhile. Partially because I had to figure out what I truly thought and believed about this subject and partially because I then had to figure out how to formulate those thoughts and beliefs into words. I know not everything I believe is politically correct, or popular. But, here it is:

Here is what I know and some of what I do not:
1. I am not okay with people using the word gay as an adjective that means stupid. Ever. I will admit I have used it, but I didn't really understand what it meant, and when I did, I stopped.

2. I know that Heavenly Father loves each and every one of his children.

3. I know that I do not believe in gay marriage. I know so many people will not understand this. I don't expect people to understand. 

But I know I like what Elton John has to say on the subject:
"I don't want to be married. I'm very happy with a civil partnership. If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have a civil partnership. The word 'marriage,' I think, puts a lot of people off. You get the same equal rights that we do when we have a civil partnership. Heterosexual people get married. We can have civil partnerships."

4. I know what it is like to feel absolutely alone in this world. It is a horrible feeling and I hope that you know you are not alone, no matter who you are.

5. The gospel of Jesus Christ is perfect, but the people in it are not. I am not perfect, I do not understand this subject perfectly. But a perfect Father in Heaven does, and He loves each one of us, completely and totally.

6. I do not need to understand why some people are gay and others are not. I do not need to understand if they were born that way or if it was a combination of genetics and social settings. 

I do need to know that the Lord has commanded us to love one another. 

I do need to know that my job is not to condemn but to love. Most importantly I need to know what an apostle of the Lord said recently:
When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm, please apply the following: Stop it! It’s that simple. We simply have to stop judging others and replace judgmental thoughts and feelings with a heart full of love for God and His children. God is our Father. We are His children. We are all brothers and sisters.<iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Thursday, April 26, 2012

If you're going my way....

I finally have a moment to blog...
Our trip out here was exhausting, and a lot of fun... all at the same time. We:

drove through a blizzard up in the Rocky Mountains, which stopped most semis in their tracks. Gabe is a stellar winter weather driver, and we were definitely grateful that we packed as much as we did as we crawled up the mountain.

 and then there was beautiful Kansas

where we hung out with some of the people we love, and Gabe and Josh put together this awesome jungle gym for a kitten

Then it was on to Oklahoma....

where we watched this cute little guy get baptized (this picture was taken after I sang him Soft Kitty. He loved it and wouldn't stop smiling while acting like he was asleep. Adorable.)

and Gabe gave an excellent talk on the Holy Ghost (thanks for the idea Josh!) using two cans of soda, one empty and one full explaining that when we have that protection with us, we cannot be crushed by the weight of the world:

I loved every bit of Benjamin's baptism (when you're LDS you are baptized by immersion at 8 years old, or whenever you convert to the church). Especially the part where my tough grandpa was sniffling and leaned over to said to me "You married a great man." in his deep southern voice that I find comfort in.
Afterward, everyone went to my parent's house where there was lots of food and fun. I forgot to take pictures but loved hanging out with siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, parents, and cousins.

My nieces were soo excited to hang out with their Uncle Gabe

and maybe their Aunt Heather too (as always when we go to visit, there is Gabe and Adam, best buds)

we had Braum's ice cream (how cute are those kids?! ...excluding the random guys photo bombing the picture)

and some shared more than others

then we said our goodbyes and finally ended up here

where the grass and traffic are thick,

we are still getting used to things and my southern accent is once again slowly sneaking it's way out of my mouth. I cannot believe that we took that entire trip in less than four days. We seemed to pack so much into it but at the same time there wasn't enough (kind of like when we shoved all of our belongings into the trunk and back seat of the car). More later on the crazy hurricane of life that has happened since we got here. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

It's Something Unpredictable...

Well the not enough sleep, how many ounces of diet vanilla Coke, house not in order, PMS I'm not supposed to have, two more finals, almost too many things to pack then shove into my car, two jobs, listening to Green Day induced melt down happened.

Now I sit at work knowing I cannot cry out of frustration in an office full of men because they would think I am crazy.

So I am going watch this documentary I need to write a review on. Because after all... all of those things still need to get done and in less than a week I will be close to a beach, enjoying life.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Once in a while...

I love Easter. Mostly because I am able to remember the sacrifice of my Savior Jesus Christ, and all that He has done for me. As I sat at church with my sister on one side and my husband on the other, all of us singing this song I couldn't help but he entirely grateful for all that I have been given.

The other reasons I love Easter? 

1. I love helping with Easter baskets, and since this year I have no small children close in proximity I made Emily and Gabe baskets. Emily's was much cooler than it looks here...

2. I love spending time with family (even if it isn't everyone)

 of course she is helping to clean up all of the olive oil that sprayed everywhere when I tried to baste the potatoes when the lid wasn't tightly secured...
 I caught Emily smiling... in a picture. Win
 see the whiteboard behind Gabe? that is a long list of things I need to do before we leave to Texas... in between two jobs and finals. Maybe I had a mini meltdown today (which might have consisted of writing out everything I need to do, in great detail, for the next few weeks, in several places and then laughing over nonsensical things like the fact that we were eating ham on Easter... )
 So I like declaring my love for my husband with a bedazzled egg... it happens
 Emily captured my "intense kid face"
 The finished product... minus a man down.
 Oh and dinner was nice too... salad (not shown here, we do eat veggies sometimes), fruit salad, garlic roasted potatoes, deviled eggs (family recipe I finally got my hands on) and glazed ham

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Circle me and the needle...

I never seem to be able to get pictures onto this blog... so here is a slew of them. You should be proud Brid.

This picture is from our last major cross country road trip... Texas here we come 

Date night with the Eatons... sometimes we go out to dinner early... like senior citizen early

Aftermath of another date night... Slumber party in the living room, giggling included

We play Super Mario Brothers for FHE sometimes....

Indoor picnic 

Indoor picnics are a serious affair... 

Rosemary and garlic cheesy bread to top it off

Sunday, April 1, 2012

You are the only exception...

Five years ago today, right now I was watching Back to the Future, sitting next to Gabe, on the couch in my apartment hoping that I wasn't reading too far into things, that the subtle glances, inside jokes and late night calls and texts meant more than we were still just really good friends...

Now I sit next to him as he rushes to finish last minute homework and I am finally finished with work for the week.

Looking back on my freshman self, that girl had so much to learn about love... and growing up... and pretty much everything.

At the ripe old age of 24 (I found a grey hair today) I realize that I still have a lot to learn about... pretty much everything. But I also realize that there is a sort of wisdom in youth. A wisdom that comes from less cynicism and more idealism maybe.

When I was 19 I knew I wanted to marry Gabe. We talked about it often, making plans half joking and half hoping. We were careless with our time and my gasoline, driving around town until far too late talking and listening to what we deemed the best music at the time.

How was it that my 19 year old self knew who I was going to spend the rest of eternity with when I didn't even know which classes to take next semester?

I have a few theories... but no matter what the reason, I need to remember that youthful wisdom, because it sounds like she was one smart girl.



I promise Gabe was more thrilled than he looks above
... proof: