Sunday, October 10, 2010

Just what I needed.

I know, I never post here.  Honestly, I've been consumed lately with so many things to do.  Some days I feel that I don't have time to breathe, let alone look back.  Anyway, I was reading a few blogs this evening, just taking a moment to breathe, and came across these two items, which were just what I needed, at this very moment.

First, this scripture reference, from one of my favorite blogs, Joy's Hope.

I was struggling a lot last night with my Papal's death, and what it really means, along with my testimony of what happens after we leave this life.  I realized that while I may not have a particularly strong testimony, what I do have a lot of, is hope.  And this scripture really spoke to me last night, and left me with a feeling of peace, and joy.  It was just what I needed, and it came out of nowhere.  It's one of the things I love about this blog, she just exudes grace, and charm, and faith.

Then, tonight, I was perusing some random blogs.  In fact, I can't even remember how I ended up at Four Flights of Fancy, but I came across this guest post, that seemed to speak right to me.  It's no secret that I'm not a huge fan of living in Utah.  In fact, there are days I might declare that I downright hate it, and I'd honestly be embarrassed to admit how many minutes I spend each day planning ways to move out of this place.  Much like the author of this blog post, I fancy myself a Southern girl, and picture myself living in a tiny town, a black dot in the middle of nowhere, with lots of property, a wrap-around-porch, and plenty of quiet.  I'm often discouraged by the very real blessing of Jon's job, which holds us here, very tightly.  But, this blog post reminded me that the trite, old adage, "Bloom where you are planted," springs from more than cliches, but from the reality of His plan for our lives, and our inability to understand it.  For me, it reminded me of the wonderful family, and friends we have here, things that I would surely miss if we left.  It reminded me of my New Year's Resolution (long forgotten, by now) to be more positive about this place we have been planted, and try to make the best of it, while we are here.

I'm going to just quote the whole post here, because I'm too blog-illiterate to know how to link to it properly, but the original post can be found HERE.

"It's not a mystery to anyone who knows me that I'm not Southern California's biggest fan. I fancy myself a woman that would fit in perfectly in the deep South. Large plantation shutters, slower lifestyle, no Blackberrys, all-day lemonade and long, drawn-out conversations, on my wrap around porch.
That's much more my style.

Last evening we joined friends for dinner and while we were waiting for them to box up our leftover fajitas and for the husbands to pay the bill, a revealing conversation began (isn't that when all great conversations start? Just when you have 3 restless children, needing to go to bed and a waiter waiting for you to leave your table). How it came up, I have no idea, but within 3 minutes, both my friend and I were sharing how we longed to leave Southern California. Not in the "I hate So Cal" kind of way, but more of the "general discontent with the lifestyle" variety.

We played verbal tennis, shooting reasons back and forth about why we would want to leave. There were plenty of reasons shared and enough realistic to solicit a move. We both agreed that moving would be the easiest part.

All through the conversation, the phrase, "Bloom Where You Are Planted" kept creeping through my mind. It was quite annoying, to tell you the truth. Besides being kinda kitschy, it's never something I say or share with others. It's not a cliche statement I email often, so why was it there? The more I thought about it, the more I realized it's purpose. I totally got it-in fact, for the first time last evening, I embraced it.

I have been placed in California. Southern California.
God has selected this to be our home for the time being and while I tend to think I know best, intuitively I know that the Lord doesn't make mistakes.
He has us embedded in this community, on this street and in this house.
He has us mingling with our neighbors, attending our church and spending time with the dear friends we have made here.
We live here for a purpose and this purpose won't and shouldn't be wasted because it's for a divine reason.

Believing that God has a reason for what He does, I can only assume that there is a reason we are here and here is where we will remain until HE gives us a reason to leave. Not until I find one.
Otherwise, imagine all of the wonderful opportunities I would be wasting. Imagine the friendships I would be saying goodbye to and the home we would be driving away from.

Yes, Southern California might not be my very favorite place in the world.
But my LIFE in Southern California is special to me. My friends, family, church, home, community.

They are mine.
And I will Bloom Where I Am Planted.
Enjoying the moments, rather than complaining about the weeds."

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Sweet Life!

Just wanted to spend a few minutes to share one of my favorite websites with the locals. Sweet Life in the Valley has all the great goings on in the Prove/Orem/Utah County Area on an adorable, crafty website. Restaurant reviews, local companies, if it's going on in the valley, and worth going to, it's on If you visit right now, you have the chance to win a Cuisinart Food Processor!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ashlyn Dinah

She's Here!

Ashlyn Dinah Godbold was born at 6:53 am on September 2, 2009. She weighed 7lbs 7oz, and was 20 inches long!

We are all home, and things are going even better than expected. Ask me again in 2 weeks, when my Mom goes home, though, and I may have a different answer.

Yesterday, my Mom and I took the kids outside for a little photo shoot, and got some really great shots!

Monday, August 31, 2009

One more day!!

Great news! My doc is going out of town for the holiday, so they are going to move my c-section up by 1 day!! Which means that I only have one more day to be stuck pregnant! Woo Hoo!!!! Could the news get any better? So, baby's birthday will be Sept. 2, which still doesn't make the Sept. 1 school deadline, but is still 1 day before the original Sept. 3 date! And anyone who's ever been pregnant knows that every day counts in the last week of pregnancy!

We'll probably be in the hospital for 3 days, I'm hoping no longer. We should have internet access, so hopefully I'll find time to post some pics here, or to facebook. If not, I'll get to it when we get home!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

$2 buys a lot of fun!

Today, we had the pleasure of going to the Children's Discovery Garden at Thanksgiving Point for their $2 Tuesday promotion. We went with Jon's Mom, Sarah, and all the kiddos! I was expecting a small little garden where the kids could jump around, and boy was I surprised! I was thoroughly impressed with the place, and even at the regular admission price of $6 per adult, and $4 per child, it's a STEAL for family entertainment. At $2, however, it's just AMAZING!

The first thing we saw when we walked in was this HUGE ark/fountain/water park area. Landon had a BALL, and just jumped right in! I was wishing we had brought his swimsuit, and a towel, but I decided to just let him go ahead and get soaked. I figured the sun would dry him off, and it did!

He and Brooklyn held hands ALL day long, it was adorable!

Doing the "my pants AND underwear are soaked" waddle:

And, since it was a garden, after all, there were some GORGEOUS flowers! And since Jon's Mom (our Master Gardener) was there, I actually learned the names of some of the flowers I like, which will come in handy if I ever get that flower bed planted!

There was also a really neat Koi pond as well, where the kids could feed the fish. Jon's Mom was nice enough to give Landon a boost, since my belly's pretty in the way these days.

But, by far the most impressive sight (besides my ADORABLE little man, of course) were the waterfalls! They were absolutely gorgeous! I managed to snap a few pics of Landon in front, and in the last picture, you can see just what he thought of all the NOISE!

All in all, it was a REALLY great time! There was SO MUCH to see. I'm quite sure we didn't see it all, even though we managed to get lost in the regular gardens (who knew they were connected?), and found a secret way out! So, any of you looking for something to do this summer (particularly on a Tuesday in August) should head out there, ASAP! It was really a ball!

Next week, we're going to hit the Dinosaur Museum, which is also a $2 Tuesday inclusion (which saves us like $22 for our family of 3!!!!). I swear I have no ties to Thanksgiving Point, in fact last week with Camille was my first visit ever, I've just been thoroughly impressed with what they have to offer! A fair warning, though, be prepared for LONG LINES, and LOTS of traffic if you hit up $2 Tuesday. I'm willing to bet they MORE than make up for the difference in admission cost by the sheer number of kiddos and parents who show up!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The latest goings on!

Okay, I know, it's been WAY too long since I posted a blog update...Figured I'd better get on here before it deleted itself or something! We have been SO busy the past little while, the time has just FLOWN by!

In baby news, I'm happily still baking the little girl, and my c-section is scheduled for exactly 4 weeks from today! It's so hard to believe it's almost time to meet her! We've been working on the nursery, and on switching Landon into his new big boy room, which has been a lot of fun! Jon and I also gained a new, grown-up master bedroom (we switched rooms with Landon), complete with brand new mattress that doesn't have any huge craters in it!

This is Landon's new big boy room:

And Ashlyn's nursery:

Our new room:

I've also been learning to sew. Here are some of the projects that have been keeping me busy:

Blanket and Burp Cloth:

Nursing Cover:

Crayon Roll for Landon:

More Burp Cloths:

And, lest you think we haven't been having any fun, yesterday our friend Camille and her adorable little girl, Brylie, invited us to $2 Tuesdays at Thanksgiving Point. It was really great, and Landon and Brylie had a great time seeing (and touching) some really cute animals, including a baby horse, and baby cow!