We still love it here and I have too many pictures to post. We have been enjoying the bounty of this beautiful land. We have been up to Seattle (visiting my sister and my awesome nieces and nephews, whom I have not seen in years!) twice the past month and have been enjoying countless rides, excursions and park days. We also purchased ourselves a membership to OMSI, which we have put to great use so far and have discovered to be a truly enriching place for the whole family. We have been there several times and I don't think we have explored the whole place yet.
Kenny had a stellar birthday I think. I love this man deeply! He continues to be 'my person'. My favorite person! He teaches me everyday. My visiting teacher told me today that her husband really admires Kenny, that there is just 'something about him, a light' that is special. I have felt that since the night we met over 9 years ago and continue to be impressed by him just about everyday. I am so thankful that God led Kenny to that New Years Eve party in Berkeley that he just happened to hear about earlier in the day from a friend of a friend when he was on a short roadtrip to San Fransciso and that I chose to attend the hip Berkeley institute instead of one closer to Pleasanton, CA where I lived for a short time, and that he gave Kenny the gumption to strike up a conversation with me towards the end of the night and then ask for my email and then proceed to actually follow through and write to me when he returned home to Utah. God definitely knows what up I think. Kenny and I were certainly meant to be.
Anyways, enough of that Kenny gush. The man wanted to go to the coast for his birthday so thats what we did and we seriously lucked out with the weather. The coast is always colder and windier than Portland but it was a perfect beach day and the boys played their hearts out. Finn just went sand ballistic (it will be so great when he develops a distaste for eating sand and dirt, tell you what).
It has been amazing to watch the spring green emerge. It was already so green and now it seems almost florescent here! I love spring and I love that spring and fall are typically the longest seasons in the Northwest.
So, I was recently called to be a teacher in Relief Society which I am stoked about. This has probably been my favorite calling in the past. I love being a gospel instructor because it has it's ways of keeping you focused in the gospel and making it a necessity to be worthy of the spirit's constant influence in your life.
I am happy, life is abundant and beautiful and I have everything I need surrounding me everyday. The love my three boys freely give me everyday has me second guessing any complaint or negativity that threatens to enter my mind or leave my mouth. I have a tremendous life! And I want to spread the happy vibes out there to all the groovy people in my life that are so deserving of all the good stuff!
I have been noticing this bumper sticker around these parts and it has become my new motto: "Wag more, bark less''.
There has become such a decreased desire in my heart to give energy to the things in my life or in my surroundings or simply in the world that I don't like or that I am unhappy with. I am becoming more convinced all the time that when you focus on what's right, more and more just keeps on being right in the world and in life.
New Year's Getaway
9 months ago