allow me to brag.

24 01 2011

This past weekend Leah and I went down to Zion National Park to meet up with my sister, Kourtney, and her fiance, Jake. Kourtney is the manager of this incredible place, Zion Ponderosa Ranch.

She has really come into her own and developed a great skill set and love for the outdoors.

The purpose of the visit was business (mixed with pleasure, as always). Leah took Kourtney and Jake’s engagement pictures.
Leah’s dad is a professional photographer.
Leah does photography/design for Utah Valley Magazine.
It is a skill she is constantly trying to improve and I’d say the hard work is paying off.
She’s taken the talent and turned it into something more.

“Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more…” (Matthew 25:20)

I’ll give you little taste of some of the unedited stuff…

Leah will probably be upset I didn’t give her final say over which photos I’m throwing up here. But I was just so impressed this weekend at how well she did.

Leah took the engagements and she is currently designing the invitations (which are amazing btw).
She can do it all.
I got lucky that I married someone so talented.

? How have you likened the scriptures to your life today?





i’m back.

29 11 2010

For the most part I do a pretty good job of posting daily – I am always able to decide on a topic and usually get part of the post written, but sometimes I’m a day or 2 behind.

Well, I haven’t written since last Wednesday.

I didn’t even write partial posts for anything.
Looks like my year long project will be a few days short, and that’s ok.

We got back really late last night from our Thanksgiving trip to Arizona.

It was incredible.
I love the family I married into.

Thank goodness.

A couple girls I work with spent part of today complaining about the families they married into.

No complaints here.
Man, I lucked out…

Her family and extended family are wonderful. Our trip was great.
I golfed with her dad, grandpa and brother. (I hit 3 houses, in case you were wondering)
We took family pictures.
We played video games, watched movies and ate, ALOT!

I know this sounds like a travel log – I don’t care.
I’m really grateful to have married into such a good family.

“I am very thankful before God…” (Mosiah 7:12)

? How was your Thanksgiving?





solitude.

29 10 2010

I got a call during my bboy classes tonight from Leah’s mom – she called to relay a message from Leah.
Leah got locked out of her work office – with her keys and phone still in the office.

I was teaching down in Payson so she had to WAIT.

No phone.
No computer.
No one to talk with.

2 hours to just sit and think.

Sitting. Thinking. Sitting. Thinking.

When was the last time you took a couple hours to just sit and think or was completely unplugged from technology?

After I picked Leah up we started talking about what it’s like to be unplugged and left with just your thoughts.

Just your thoughts?
Really?
It’s fine for a little while… BUT after a few minutes, then what?
Hahaha

“Meditate upon these things…” (1 Timothy 4:15)

We are not meant to be plugged in all the time. The more time we spend watching movies or sitting online, or listening to music, the less time we have to be inspired.

? Do you find time to meditate?





honeymoon stage.

25 10 2010

Now that I’ve been married for a couple of months I’ve noticed a distinct shift in the questions people ask me.

As a fresh newlywed you get questions like this:
How was the honeymoon?
Have you finished moving in?
Did you get some good presents?

Now, I only get one question:
So, has the honeymoon stage ended?

Interesting question.
Typically the person asks with a slight smile – almost hopeful.
Hopeful that my answer will be yes.

So, has the honeymoon stage ended?
Yes- if you consider the honeymoon stage to be the period of time where our biggest concern was avoiding sunburn while at the beach.

That stage ended when we returned to Utah.

Do I love Leah any less?
Certainly not.
If it was possible I’d love to go back to worrying about sunburn and deciding what book to read on the beach.

But beaches and books don’t pay bills.

The honeymoon stage might be over – but that doesn’t mean the crazy in love stage has to end.

“Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest…” (Ecclesiastes 9:9)

? What do you think it means to be in the “honeymoon stage”





s’mores bar.

19 09 2010

We had our Utah wedding reception last night.
It was just beautiful!

My Aunt Valerie let us use her backyard (thanks so much!) and she helped pull everything together so that it looked incredible.

We decided to do a smore’s bar (well, Leah and Val came up with it – but I’ll include myself in that ‘we’). We had fire pits set up throughout the backyard and tikki torches lighting everything up.

We had ALL kinds of different things you could put on your s’mores! I’ve never seen so many different variations!

LOVED it. Just loved it.
I also loved the temperature. I didn’t break a sweat once.
At our reception in Arizona the sweat had made it’s way through all of my layers of clothing and through my suit coat. SO hot!

I love getting together with family and friends, it doesn’t matter what the occasion is! It was a nice little party that I’m glad we did.

I even got to see some families from Texas that I have not seen in years!

I love reunions.
Last night felt like a reunion.

I wonder if that is the same feeling you will have when you die and cross over to meet up with family and friends who have already passed away.

It makes me think of when Alma met back up with his friends (the sons of Mosiah) and they had this wonderful reunion.

“Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren; and what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in the Lord…” (Alma 17:2)

? What do you like to put on your s’mores?





boxes.

16 09 2010

My life revolves around boxes at the moment.

Have you ever had a certain “thing” that just seemed to permeate all facets of your life?
Well, at this very moment I cannot seem to escape boxes.

And I’m not just talking about a box or two. I’m talking overwhelming, in your face, unescapable boxes.

At Blickenstaff’s our holiday order has begun to come in…
We’ve only gotten in several lines, but Frank (our loveable UPS guy) had to warn us about our shipment so that we could make room for it. We had about 150 boxes show up. The back room looks like this:

That picture captures only half of our Lego order. It’s ridiculous. I have a boxcutter permanently attached to my hand at the moment.

The boxes continue when I open my front door and see boxes, boxes and more boxes. Crockpots, waffle irons, popcorn makers etc. etc. It never ends.

Part of me is annoyed with all of the boxes – but the other more dominant part feels excited.

The boxes represent big changes.

At work they represent an incredible holiday shipment that will literally provide people a one-stop shopping outlet for the holidays.
At home they represent a new life. A fresh start with the love of my life.

It is crazy to think that less than a year ago the boxes I packed into my car as I moved home were practically a symbol of failure. I was broken and broke.

A little time can change anything.
“…for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” (Ecclesiastes 3:17)

? What “thing” has changed in meaning over the course of time to you?





I’m back.

13 09 2010

Yeah, I know-I haven’t written in almost two weeks.
But, I’ve been busy.

Just the usual stuff, you know, like: work, getting married, honeymooning, moving…
Nothing too crazy.

Hahahahaha!
It’s been the best two weeks of my life. Incredibly crazy leading up to the wedding and incredibly relaxing the week after.

I thought about writing while I was in the middle of everything. But I felt like just enjoying the moment. I’m glad I did. I’ll fill you in on the details of things over the next few weeks amidst my usual day-to-day ramblings.

I have to admit my temple attendance is less than stellar- and by less than stellar it’s been almost non-existent. Lame. I have no excuses. But I had the opportunity to go through the temple with Leah when she went for the first time.

I don’t have a lot of experiences to compare it with – but it was by far the most special experience I’ve had in the temple. I was overwhelmed when I saw her there dressed in white. I choked up as the big picture formed in my head.

Leah is my best friend.
The temple is all about returning to Heavenly Father.
Getting married means I can be with my best friend forever.

Yeah, the big picture looks amazing.

“That bodies who are of the celestial kingdom may possess it forever and ever…” (D&C 88:20)

Forever.
What a great feeling…

? Which temple did you go through for the first time?








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