Sunday, October 10, 2010

We've moved...

It's about time I got a blog in my married name so...Please visit us at our new location. Thx! mngmnt

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

chalk {i heart faces}

I just happened to run into my friend Stacy...and I just happened to mention how I wanted to enter this photography contest dealing with chalk...and she just happens to have cute kids and a ton of chalk so...

Have you ever heard of I heart faces? So fun! Every week they have a photo contest with different themes. I've always wanted to do one of the contests, but have never got around to it.

Let me say, I don't by ANY means think I'm going to win this one (even though Stacy's kids are ADORABLE!). I know my picture isn't original and every other entry is a kid writing with sidewalk chalk. I just wanna start breaking into these little contests. Good way to sharpen my photography skills and get my creative juices flowing. Head over and check it out. It's a fun site!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Liam- 7 months

It's been awhile since I've posted pictures of Liam, and I thought these were just too cute to pass up.  I just love his cheeks and little mouth!  And those eyelashes!  Definately not from me.  He now has 8 teeth and is eating like a champ.  Still hasn't mastered crawling (well, unless you count going backwards).  He'll get it though.  Anyways, that's about as exciting as it gets around, I've become one of those parents that has nothing better to talk about other than her child...stay tuned for more about my son's bowel be continued...  

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Craigslist: No, my husband is not for sell...

A few weeks ago I posted some of our furniture for sell on craigslist.  We were moving and hoped to downsize the load we'd have to move with us.  My husband just happened to be in a few of the pictures that I'd posted with the ad.

Imagine my surprise today when I got a call asking if the man in the pictures was single.  "What?," I asked in confusion.  "The man in the pictures...does he come with the couches?  Is he single?"  I paused.  Is this a prank?  Does she have the wrong number?  "What ad are you calling about?  The couches?", I asked.  "Yes.  Does the man come with the couches?  Is he single?"  The crazy thing is there was not a hint of sarcasm in this lady's voice!  I felt confused and stunned, almost as if I've just woken up from a nap and I'm half out of it still.  ", he's not single."  "Ugh!! Oookaaay.  Thanks anyways.  Bye."  And she hung up.

The curious thing about this strange call is that in the picture, my husband is actually near a picture of Jesus and our wedding pictures! In one of the photos, he's actually arranging one of our engagement pictures!  People these days!

So you all wanna see these incredibly good looking pictures?!  Feast your eyes...but not too much...he's not for sale!


Tuesday, August 10, 2010


I'm just curious why I always have chinese commentary on my blog posts.  My sister-in-law interpretted some of it for me once.  It was all fortune cookie type of sayings.  Anyone else have this problem?  If so, how do I make it stop?!  I don't really want my blog to go private.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


I've always had a sort of "to-do list for life" of things I'd like to do before I die (a.k.a. bucket list).  I'm so grateful to say that I've crossed some of those things off my list and will soon be crossing some more off.  What's on my bucketlist?  Well...

#1- Serve a mission...check

#2- Get my bachelor's degree...check

#3- Get married in the temple...check

#4- Go to Hawaii...check (twice over)

#5- give birth without an epidural ...check (even though once I was actually giving birth I wanted needed an epidural more than anything and yes, i know this is a weird thing to have on a bucket list)

#6- read the bible cover to progress (finished the old testament a few weeks ago and now in the new testament)

#7- run a marathon... still to be done

#8- photograph a wedding...check (I photographed my first wedding yesterday- stayed tuned into my photography blog to see the pictures in the next week or so)

#9- own my own house...almost check  (I am going to include a few pictures that we took a few weeks ago so my mother in law can see...hi mom.  we love you!)

#10- be completely debt free...yet to be achieved (obviously, the house isn't helping with that one)

I think I want to think up some more bucketlist items...hmm...a trip to Europe sounds nice...Spain, maybe England or Denmark (to visit an old friend...those won't help with #10 either)... :)

partial walk out basement-
master bath vanity
hallway bath


Sunday, June 27, 2010

My testimony of the Book of Mormon

I want to share how I found out for myself that the Book of Mormon is true.

In high school I remember hearing repeatedly about the importance of gaining my own "testimony" and not relying on my parent's testimonies or beliefs.  I was encouraged to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it was true.  Obediently, I read and prayed every night to find out for myself if the Book of Mormon really was another testament of Christ.  I'm not sure what I was expecting.  I'd heard of other's experiences gaining a testimony.  They described feeling the holy ghost testify of it's truthfulness to them.  They described feelings of warmth, like a burning in their bosom, others said they felt as if they'd been enveloped in a warm hug.  This seemed foreign to me, but every night I continued, hoping, maybe even expecting something miraculous.  Weeks went by, and then months.  Nothing.  I began to grow skeptical of the book.  "How could it be true?  What are the chances?", I asked skeptically.  I continued to read and pray, but did so with increasing doubts in my heart.

Finally, one afternoon I approached my dad.  I began to cry and said I didn't have a testimony.  "I just don't believe. " He began to laugh.  This caught me by surprise.  How could he laugh when I was being so sincere.  "Michelle, do you really think that Joseph Smith could have written that book?"  Then he began to reason with me.  He explained to me chiasmuses, and how each book contained in the book of mormon has shown evidence of distinct writing styles, indicative of several authors and not one, and he spoke about the little education Joseph Smith had, etc, etc.  My dad reasoned with me in a way that I left asking some of the same questions, but doubt and skepticism were beginning to be replaced by a little spark of faith.  It was a few days later that I would read Alma 32.  I don't think it was a coincidence.

"Now, we will compare the word unto a seed.  Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves- It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me."

As I read this verse, among others in Alma, the spirit ever so gently testified to me that what I was reading was true.  It was a feeling of peace and a feeling that I wanted to know more.  It appealed to me and felt wholesome and good.  It's hard to explain.  The spirit speaks gently, but powerfully.  Even so, my testimony then was so small- a seed that needed nurturing.  I've continued to nurture it.  I've lost track of the times I've read the Book of Mormon- somewhere upwards of 20 times.  Each time my conviction that this book is of God grows.  Each time I grow closer to the Lord.

Currently, I'm studying the Old Testament.  Thirty-four more pages to go.  I've learned a lot.  I've learned to see how the law of Moses pointed to the atonement of Christ.  I've grown to understand and appreciate the temple more.  I've seen the ill effects that happen when people are unwilling to listen to the prophet.  I've seen apostacy and restoration, priesthood and prophecy.  It's been a good experience.  Yet, I must admit, I can't wait to get back to studying the book of mormon as my main scripture study.  The Book of Mormon has helped me come to know the Lord more than anything else I've ever read- new testament included.

One last story- Victoria, Spain.  My mission companion and I went to pay a visit to a girl we had met in the streets that had been interested in learning more about the Book of Mormon and our church.  We knocked on her door.  No answer.  Disappointed, we began to leave the apartment building to head out to the streets.  To our surprise, we found the woman we had been trying to visit.  Veronica was her name.  She was from Peru.  Veronica had been hiding from us.  (It's funny to see what people will do to avoid talking to mormon missionaries- haha).  We were determined to share even a little bit with her.  So there, in the stairwell of this apartment building, we shared a brief overview of how God has always called prophets, but how, as foretold in the Bible, there was an apostacy followed by a restoration of God's church and that God, through Jospeh Smith, restored this church and translated the book of Mormon.  Then we showed her the Book of Mormon and briefly explained that it was a record of an ancient people that lived in the Americas that came from Jerusalem.  They too believed in Christ.  I shared the scripture Moroni 10:3-5.      

"Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

As I shared those verses, I felt the need to stress the part about asking with a sincere heart and real intent.  It caught me off guard when she blurted out, what do you mean "verdadera intention" (real intent).  I explained that you sincerely want to know and you're not just reading to read.  Only you and God can know you're true intentions.  We left her with a copy of the Book of Mormon and that promise, but had little hope for her, after all, she had hid from us.

But, Veronica read.  And she didn't just read a few chapters.  She read the whole book, including the index in the back.  And more than that, she read with a sincere heart and real intent.  It was amazing to see the changes that took place in her.  The intimacy in which she prayed changed, her thirst to know more about things of God changed, she desired to be baptized and she began sharing her new found faith with her friends.  She truly had a change of heart.  The Book of Mormon was key in this change.  I've witnessed this in others lives and seen it happen in my own.

I know the Book of Mormon is true.  I know it will help people draw closer to God.  I sometimes think, I don't understand how someone could read this book and not believe it to be from God, but then I remember how I had initially read the book with skepticism.  I would hope that all might be able to read the Book of Mormon with real intent as did Veronica.

Testimony of apostle Jeffrey R. Holland regarding the Book of Mormon  (okay, so for some reason it's linking another message from Jeffrey R. Holland- which is also very good- but just click on the Book of Mormon link video that will be on that same page)