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Wedding Stuff

I can’t believe that the 21st is only 3 days away. Everything has fallen into place wonderfully — beyond what I could have imagined. 

I knew some specifics of what I wanted — a life together with Neil by my side. The wedding is just one step to get there. I wanted a traditional wedding dress, good food, family and friends. I don’t want a tiered wedding cake, reception line, or doing things just because. I especially didn’t want cake smashed in my face. I was ok with some kind of tablecloth and the “fancy” clear plastic plates so that people weren’t doing dishes forever afterwards. Enter in “more than I could have imagined” my sister-in-laws family being amazing at decorating and making things beautiful.  I walked into Heather’s front room and she had a table set with beautiful china and my heart went pitter patter a little inside. In just talking to them they were able to pull together a gorgeous table. Things have been falling into place like that everywhere, down to being able to get the church on short notice, the Bishop not being busy, and the list goes on. 
The fact that every part of this wedding is being pulled together by people who have seen me through some really ugly times and cheered me on, picked me up, or came down into my chaos to help me find my way out means so much to me. Every part means something special.  I can’t wait to see it all pulled together and then be able to share it with all of you. 
So here I sit tonight all sappy and grateful my mascara doesn’t run easily because I’m confident that I will be a mess on Friday. 
Here is a teaser photo of what I’ve been working on. 


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I’m so rarely happy with pictures of me in front of the camera. I love, love, love being behind the camera. Today Carmina took some family/engagement pictures and I great big huge puffy heart love them. I didn’t think to ask if she cared if I snagged one to post here, giving her full credit of course so you’ll have to click through to our album. 

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On my short list of Priesthood blessings that have moved me the most are a few I’ve been present for as an RN.  Something different happens when it’s someone you only just met as a patient. It was that kind of day today.  I’m also grateful that oh so very soon there will be a Priesthood leader in my home again. If I take a moment to be quiet and still I can already tell a difference. 

Sorry no picture tonight, I’m exhausted and worn out — plus I don’t have one handy that will work. 

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We had our first snow storm of the year on Sunday and I was without power (and therefore heat) for nearly 24 hours. During daylight I enjoyed sitting by the fire cuddled up to Neil but as it started to get dark and crews were without an estimated repair time I worried and the novelty of hunkering down for the storm grew weary. 
The storms that bring us moisture are so necessary in this region.  They allow the fields and crops to grow, my flowers to bloom, and quench the thirsty earth. Often they are inconvenient, poorly timed, messy, ruin my hair, and cancel fun plans. Vital but not necessarily fun. 
Storms of life are similar. I’m at a point that I can sincerely say I’m grateful for the things I’ve learned through my storms and Hard Times. The storms were inconvenient, poorly timed, messy, ruined many cute hair days, and I’ve had to cancel many fun plans. Vital for me learn of my own strength, to grow my own testimony, to learn humility and perspective while drawing closer to Christ. Vital but decidedly not fun. 

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As soon as I could leave work I bolted so that I could get to St George to check out decorations for the wedding so that I knew what I had to work with. We were meeting with Becky’s cousin. 

A little background here. When it comes to parties, girls camp, gatherings of any nature I can quickly plan a menu and feed people well. If people are hungry it’s their own doing/choice and I’ve found that well fed people are happy. I care significantly less about decorations, china patterns, etc. It’s very hard for me to visualize the end outcome and I’d rather do all kinds of prep work than a difficult clean up. Here is where fancy paper plates and the like come into play and I’m okay with that. 
We walk into Heather’s (no I’m not talking about my house) and there is a table set up with a silver tablecloth and blue charger, china set around etc. and it was so much more than okay. As we start talking they are putting things together and soon we have a mock-up of a beautiful table that is absolutely perfect and makes me smile. 
I may be able to feed people but this family can decorate and see the end picture from the beginning and they are so willing to help–they get the credit for everything beautiful that day. I’m grateful for the diversity in talents that is pulling this wedding together (many people are helping in many roles) and their willingness to help. 
Special thanks today to Becky, Heather, Monica, and Sharon. Oh and David for putting up with us. 
Yes I do have a picture but no I’m not sharing it yet, you’ll have to either come or wait until after when I get around to posting pictures. 

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It’s not yet 10 am and I already have pictures (poor quality phone pics, but that’s ok) for four days worth of gratitude. Maybe I can make it all the way through the month. 

Today I am grateful for the strength of my testimony in the Gospel. Like the candlelight I used this morning when the power was out it has given me the ability to see enough to have hope during my darkest times and Hard Things. The days I felt completely isolated and was certain that night had the ability to swallow me up without anyone noticing I knew that Christ was aware of me and understood in a way that only He can. My testimony got me through that night, then the next few weeks hour by hour and sometimes breath by breath. 
Like the candle light above, a testimony positioned properly can be magnified while one hidden and suffocated will die out. As a child my testimony mirrored my parents actions until it was strong enough to grow on it’s own, I don’t believe that scenario to be very unusual. 

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For a short time I’d considered not doing 30 Days this year, but I’ve done it (with varying degrees of success and completion) through photography for the last 10 years.  It’s given me better perspective and strength through some rough times. I don’t need it this year the way I have others but it’s a tradition I don’t want to give up and it always refreshes my attitude of gratitude so I’m doing it again.  

I am grateful for everyday heroes. Not just the ones who stories are told about and recognized on the streets but the ones who come to my rescue on stressful busy days when I lock my keys in the car. The stranger who held the door open when I had arms full of toddlers and babies, a kind smile on a bad day. 
My definition of hero is someone who steps up when others don’t and they leave the world a better place even if just for a moment. 
p.s. I know I haven’t updated in forever, but I’m getting married. Nov 21, yes of this year. I’m sure you’ll be hearing details in posts to come. 

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