27 March 2016

Giver of Life, of Peace, of Exaltation

Jesus Christ gave everything He ever had.

He gave His will to His Father. 
He gave His healing to those in need.
He gave His forgiveness to anyone who asked for it. 
He gave His hand to those who reached.
He gave His love unconditionally and always.
He gave His blood, without knowing who would partake.
He gave His body, so we may live again.

Above all He gave us His heart
when He gave us His life.

"I declare this Easter morning that Jesus of Nazareth was and is that Savior of the world, the “last Adam,” the Author and Finisher of our faith, the Alpha and Omega of eternal life."
- Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

26 March 2016

LDS General Women's Conference March 2016

17 March 2016

Fireproof Your Marriage For 40 Days

I saw this Christian-based challenge on Facebook 
earlier today and fell in love with the idea :)
A lot of them may not be applicable, and a lot of them 
may already be a solid part of your marriage, *even better!* 
but I love the idea of actively participating in 
making your marriage stronger.

08 March 2016

International Women's Day 2016

It's no secret that I am unbelievably proud to be a woman. 
Women were given divine callings in this life that are untouchable and irreplaceable. 
I feel so blessed to know the strong women that I do, 
and because of specific trials in my life, 
I have come in contact with beyond resilient women who are
truly a blessing in my life and the lives of all those around them. 
Women are of great worth, and I know without a doubt 
God's plan includes the role of women as much 
as it includes the roles of men. 
Holding the title of being a woman is nothing short 
of an honor and privilege, and particularly today 
I'm feeling all kinds of love. 

Happy International Women's Day!

05 March 2016

“I don’t want... shooting stars. I don’t want gemstones or gold. I want… a steady hand. A kind soul.” - Shana Abe

Tonight Joseph and I went to Cold-Stone after we ran some errands, and as we sat eating our ice-cream, a group of super energetic, attractive high-schoolers came in. They were having the time of their lives with their dates, and for a minute I felt like - insaaaaaanely old. (Also the fact that I'm turning a quarter of a century in 3 months does NOT help.) My date nights now include trips to the grocery store to buy neosporin, (what!?) and more often than not watching Netflix and falling asleep by 11. I looked at Joseph and told him that I feel ancient and I don't even know what cool terms are anymore. 

But really. The other day my 18-year-old friend sent me a text with the abbreviations WYD and it took me like 5 minutes to figure out what it meant.

Joseph looked at me ever-so-patiently and smiled. "Kenna, when I was 14, I was at Cold-Stone sitting across a group of kids I will never see again, but tonight I'm sitting across from you. And in 50 years I'll be sitting across from you, and we will still be eating our ice-cream, and I wouldn't have it any other way."

As he finished what he was saying his voice cracked, and I looked up at him and he had tears in his eyes. And in that moment I decided that there is literally nothing in the whole entire world I would want more than what I have right now. I have it all.

So yes, most date nights I still wear sweat pants, and it's highly likely I will never won't be wearing make-up. Most date nights will involve boring talks about finances and monthly budgeting and spiritual strengthening and our 3, 5, and 10 year goals...

But look who I get to have those insanely monotonous talks with! And *bonus* I get to have these super monotonous talks with him 50 years from now. (Except we probably won't be making 10 year goals because let's be honest who knows how much longer we'll have.)

Point is I'm grateful. Point is God has blessed me more than I ever thought possible. Point is I'm a lucky girl and there's nobody else I would rather grow ancient with.

Love you forever, babe.

(Also, for you old folk, WYD means what are you doing. You're welcome for saving you the embarrassment. ;)