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{Am I Too Hard On Myself?...YES!!}

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In our discussion in Sunday School today, someone said something that has really stuck with me. She said: "When someone is hard on themselves, then they are also hard on others. We must first love others so that we can love ourselves." 
I totally agree with the first part. The second part I don't really agree with. I think we need to actually love ourselves first before we can love others.
But this really got me thinking. I am so hard on myself. I honestly expect almost perfection out of myself. I often worry that I haven't done good enough and that I'll be judged by others for my lack of perfection. I didn't used to be this way. But some trials that I've had the last few years have really changed me. I really don't like that I am like this, and I'm working very hard to change it.  
But when I heard what this woman was saying today I started to wonder. Am I hard on others? I don't think I am. But I started to think of others in my life. My st…

{Why I Use DoTerra}

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{There are so many reasons why I use DoTerra. But I want to share just one reason with you today. Before I start this post, I just need to say these are simply my beliefs. You don't have to agree with me. But I'd appreciate if you'd respect my opinion. Happy Reading!}
I use DoTerra because it helps me get over a cold...FAST!! Before DoTerra my body would hang onto a cold for a month, sometimes longer. I've always had a weak immune system. I have asthma and severe allergies, so my body hangs on to illnesses. And on top of that, I'm a school teacher. Being around children all day, I tend to catch everything that they bring. 
But not anymore! DoTerra has literally saved my life!! I caught a cold last Friday. I honestly can't remember the last time I caught a cold. That right there is a true miracle. I used to always get several colds per year. But all the teachers at school were catching colds. And despite my oil use, I still caught it. I was super bugged! But th…

{I Miss Them}

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{I need to preface this by saying that I simply adore all nine of my nieces and nephews. I love them all the same. And I miss each one of them quite often. If I had the money, I'd visit all of them all of the time. Their parents might get sick of me lol.}
But spending my summer with these three has forever changed me. I never knew I'd feel the way I do now. It's been over a month since I left Colorado. But I miss them so much that I can't even handle it! 
My time with them this summer was, to say the least, exhausting. I didn't get to sleep in, like I usually do in the summertime. And they simply wore me out on a daily basis. But I seriously loved every minute of it. 
And now that I'm back to life as a school teacher, I miss these three more than words can express. I miss them stealing my water bottle. I miss taking Cole to his swim lessons. I miss going to the summer kids movies with Cole. I miss holding sweet baby Madison. I miss having Madison spit up all ov…

{I Am Enough}

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Quotes like these are getting me through the day as of lately. 
You know, I hate change more than most. But I also know when it's time for a change, and I move forward with FAITH. Moving to Provo has been one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. Don't get me wrong. I love Provo, I truly do. But my current circumstances are, to say the least, difficult. I know that with time it'll get better. But for now all I can think about is the things {and people} that I miss dearly! 
I really love my new job, my new boss, my new colleagues. I think it's a dream come true. It's seriously an incredible place to work! But I miss all things familiar. I feel like I don't know what I'm doing. It's hard starting over. CHANGE IS HARD!!! But I do know that there was a reason why I was supposed to leave my amazing friends, my family, the house I loved, the hot tub...my comfortable life. I just hope I can figure out that reason soon. I'm pretty lonely her…

{Matchy Matchy}

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My mom and my sister Megan made shirts for each of the grandkids...all nine of them! So while we were in Colorado for blessing weekend, we dressed all of the kids up in their shirts. And we {tried} to take pictures. It wasn't easy! We had everything from runners, to criers, to mad poses, to happy smilers haha. It was quite funny to watch. Here are a few of the pics taken that day. I didn't really get any great ones. But I'm completely in love with my nine adorable nieces and nephews! So looking at these pictures makes me smile a very happy smile. I love these cuties!!!

Cole's pose :)
Extremely adorable! 
She getting ready to run...
There she goes...
Cole haha...he's killing me with these poses! 






Kody's silly face...too bad Finn is hiding. 
This is one of my faves...Maliya was not going to have anything to do with that! She is gone...

Haha...nice work Hailey!!
{I LOVE ALL OF THESE ADORABLE KIDS!!}

Baby Madison blessing weekend....only a month ago!

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This sweet little one brought us all together (most of us) the weekend that she was blessed! We were so grateful that sweet little one brought us all together. Below are WAY TOO MANY pictures of that weekend. But, as my family puts it, no need to take pictures when Mandi is around. But I love pictures. When I'm feeling down or missing someone the pictures are my way of feeling better. They bring back amazing memories and make me feel happy again!! :)

When I arrived in Colorado, Cole told me that my trunk was pretty small and he didn't think he'd fit in there. So we gave it a try and there was plenty of room to spare. He then told me that his trunk is pretty big and that I should just sleep in there. He didn't think I needed a room. Haha, silly boy. I think I'll sleep in the house. 
Cute Madison...Once again, I took lots of pics of this little miss!!!
Cole calls this "wide eyed". So cute. 

Yummm! Look at that cookie. :)
It was so nice outside...I didn'…