Friday, May 9, 2014

Walking Angels

 This Sunday marks another year to celebrate and honor every mother. We hope this isn't the only time mothers are celebrated, for they are angels in our lives who should be recognized more frequently for their incredible work. Their divine roles as mothers, teachers, and supporters, lift and inspire the communities we live in. We owe so much to these women who have raised us from the ground up, teaching us all we need to know about life. Their selfless sacrifices are rarely spoken of, they are not rewarded enough, and yet they graciously and happily engage in motherhood. These women are amazing.

John and I both recognize how our own mothers have not only been angels, but
SUPERHEROES and NURSES, 
TEACHERS and CHEFS, 
PEACEMAKERS and CHAUFFEURS,
balancing life with optimism and spunk, always finding time to make us feel like a million bucks. We love them. Our mothers are our greatest confidants and cheerleaders. They continue to support and love us, and we are so grateful for the both of them.

This Sunday John and I will be speaking in our church service on mothers and their incredible and inspired roles. Our mothers have truly emulated charitable qualities and taught us to seek after things of virtue and light. Join us if you can this Sunday at 11am for our church service at 1621 Maiden Ln. Wenatchee, WA.

As a tribute to our mothers and the other incredible moms who have inspired, supported and encouraged us, we send you our gratitude and this sweet video we came across this week. It sums up a fraction of our love and admiration for these walking angels. We know that we are better individuals because of these profound women. For a longer version of the Mother's Day tribute click here.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

I know my ABC's

A little over a week ago I left Utah, no longer a BYU student, but a graduate from that beautiful university. It was an ideal week. I took my last final, shared many "last moments" as a BYU co-ed with my dearest friends, professors and family.

I will not reminisce over every rewarding experience, but I'd like to mention a few thoughts about the many years I was in Provo, Utah, living the student life. 

My academic career surpassed my hopes for higher education - I learned from experienced and talented professors, most of whom excelled greatly in their industries and decided to return to their Alma mater and "give back".  In the midst of all these classes, there were a handful of professors who not only cared about my school work, but who were determined to help me achieve personal goals, increase my spirituality and refine my character. Most of these professors shared a common phrase, 

"Just stop by my office and we'll figure it out." 

And that's exactly what we did. Our hundreds of conversations included, questions and counsel about my future, shared spiritual experiences, listening ears, comfort for a conflicted heart and advisement for my upcoming career. I am a better individual because of these men and women. They were my surrogate parents, my confidants, my professors, my friends. Because of their guidance and support I do no fear the "real world". I have been prepared to confront each challenge with vigor, eager to hurdle the roadblocks and discover new avenues of possibilities. Their confidence and genuine belief has done more for me than a textbook and pencil will ever do.
 
I now embark a new chapter with John. The classes are finished, the grades are in, and now is the truest test of all. How will I take what I've learned from BYU and share it with others? How will I make a difference in the world? And beyond that how will we, as a team, inspire others to conquer life's challenges and continue on with confidence?

Sometimes you get lucky and meet people you call family...this is mine.