28 December 2014

My testimony


I sit here tonight reflecting on what I learned today at church. 
I think about the birth we celebrated this past week at Christmas-time. 
I think of my perfect Father in heaven. 
I think of His pure Son, who demonstrated so clearly and perfectly what charity is.
I think of the series of events that have taken place in my life.
I think of the changes that I have made.

I think back to Kenna as a little girl.
I know what she dreamed of and hoped for.

I think back to Kenna in her early teenage years.
Struggling to figure out who she was and where she fit in.

I think back to Kenna graduating high school.
Starting a million things and having no idea which way to go.

I think of Kenna at all stages of life, 
and then I think of where I am now.

The one common factor in my life throughout all stages,
was that my Father in heaven and Savior were always beside me.

Through the ups and downs and in-betweens,
I had Two Best Friends.

Those Best Friends always helped me back up.
They gave me hope when I had none.
They were my light when I had nowhere to go.

And one day, when I die,
and I leave this mortal life,
one common factor of my life
will always remain the same.

Them.

I know that the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I don't know a whole lot of things in life, but I know that. I know that I am loved. I know that I am truly cherished, truly cared for, and truly wanted. I know that I am worth it. I know that The Book of Mormon is the word of God. I am reassured of that each and every time I open that book. I know that the men who lead this church are indeed called by God. I know that they want our happiness. I know that they try their very best. And I know that their counsel is inspired. I know the purpose of life. I know why I was created. I know where I came from and where I am and where I'm trying to go. I know that there is so much more beyond this life. I know that eternity is as real as the snow that falls. I know that the Holy Ghost is my Friend, my Comforter, and my Hope. I know that if I remain worthy, the Holy Ghost will guide me and accompany me throughout my mortal journey. I know that I have an Eternal Father in heaven who is at the head of my life. He is my Master and my Friend. I know He wants only my happiness and success. I know I have a Savior, who gives me a chance to get it right each and every day. I know He is on my side. I know that the principles and doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true, and accurate, and complete. I know that all will be well if we heed God's word and live with our eyes single to His Glory. I am grateful for these things. The gratitude I feel encompasses my life every day.

I know these things to be true, with all of my heart and my mind and my soul.

In the name of Jesus Christ, 
amen.

26 December 2014

Saying Goodbye To What Life Once Was


It is a very rare occasion if I ever think about my divorce, and never do I actually think about my life before the divorce. The past few years of my life, this blog has been such an incredible outlet for me. It is how I coped, and it is how I learned. It is how I progressed, and it is how I shared my testimony. This blog has been a great blessing in my life, and because of it I have made friends that I know I will keep forever.

However this blog, much like my life now, has nothing to do with divorce.

To be honest, I constantly forget I got divorced. People will still stop and ask me, "are you the divorced girl with the blog?..." and I actually have to remember that, oh hey, that's me! My divorce is such a foreign part of my life now. I hardly remember anything about my life at that time. I truly feel like I was never married, and it's such a beautiful thing to feel that way!

I have been SO blessed the past few years. I have had wonderful experiences that I will cherish for a lifetime. And yes, I'll always keep a copy of the newspaper I was in, because that's something I'll always be proud of. However me - and my life - has simply just moved on.

I will always blog. 
I have a love for sharing the gospel through social-media. 
But now I'm just Kenna. 
Not, Kenna from I Left My Heart In New Zealand. 
Not Kenna the divorced blogger.
Just Kenna.
Kenna with the incredibly perfect fiancé.
Kenna with the brightest future ahead of me.
Just me. 
Just me and my life now.

I got a new Instagram a while back, and while I was at it I changed the name of my blog. My divorce doesn't define me... who I became through my divorce is what defines me. I am so grateful for what I went through, and I always will be. It has only led to extraordinary things in my life, and for that I am eternally indebted to my Father in heaven and Savior.

It is now December of 2014. Another year is ending and another year is just beginning. And with that in mind, I felt like it was an appropriate time to write this post. 

Here is to my new and beautiful life.

18 December 2014

The Best Night Of My life



Last night I went to sit on Santa's lap.
As-per-usual, he asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year.
I told him I couldn't think of anything.
I told him I had everything I possibly wanted.
And then he said, "well how about a surprise!?"



I told Old Saint Nick that - of course -  I loved surprises,
and before I knew it this perfect man
was on one knee asking me to marry him.


Boy, did Santa outdo himself this year.


I couldn't have hand-picked a more perfect or more romantic proposal.
I couldn't have hand-picked a more fitted soul-mate for me for eternity.
I couldn't have hand-picked a more perfect recipe for a more perfect life.

Which is why I know Someone much greater was at the head of this plan.

The past ten months of my life have been too good to be true.
My relationship with Joseph has fallen perfectly into place,
each puzzle piece connecting better than the one before it.
I have never felt more confident, more content,
or more sure of something in my entire life,
and I truly thought my heart couldn't possibly feel
more at peace than it has felt the last ten months.

Last night, however, that theory was proven wrong.


I am beyond blessed to have Joseph Patten Orgill in my life. I am beyond honored to be his fiance. I am so humbled to have been given someone as extraordinary and as special as him.

And on January 23rd, 2015 he will be my husband.
I will have him for time and all eternity.

And I never thought eternity could possibly look this good.



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13 December 2014

Words to the wise:



Brené Brown is one of my favorite human beings in the world. I think she's brilliant.
She posted this on Facebook tonight, and now I think she's even more brilliant.
But you know what would be most brilliant?
If this picture was the homepage of Instagram and Blogger.
Just saying.

01 December 2014

For your viewing pleasure:


Just because my boyfriend has the coolest family ever.