Sunday, November 11, 2012


My parents bought me a sewing machine as a graduation present a couple months ago.  I don't know much about sewing, but I know it is a very useful skill.  I want to be crafty and be able to make and fix things for my family.  I thought it would be best to start with something simple.  We don't have many Christmas decorations so when I came across this website I knew I wanted to make Christmas stockings.  I found some cute fabric on sale at Hobby Lobby so it was a cheap craft.  They aren't perfect and I had to use the seam ripper a few times, but I was really happy with the way they turned out.

New sewing machine from mom and dad

Jacob's Stocking (He thinks it's a little girly,
but my fabric selection wasn't huge) 

My Stocking
I can't wait to hang these over our fireplace.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Young Women in Excellence Night

I am the personal progress advisor for the young women in our ward.  A few weeks ago I was asked to be in charge of young women in excellence.  I was very nervous and overwhelmed at first, but with the help of pinterest and my wonderful mom we came up with lots of great ideas.  The mutual theme for the year is Arise and Shine Forth.  I thought this would be a great theme to use for excellence night.  I saw this cute idea on pinterest where they had different lamps in each of the value colors.  I decided to copy it and it turned out wonderful.  I was a woman on a mission searching for lamps in all the colors.  I went to so many stores and was so happy when I found the last one on the morning of yw in excellence.  I had a different person speak on each value briefly.  At the end I spoke and tied in the light analogy with all of the values.  For refreshments I did all yellow to stick with the light theme.  We had lemon bars, cupcakes with yellow frosting, and pretzels I dipped in almond bark and then coated with yellow sprinkles.  We just had water, but I added lemon slices to keep the yellow.  It was a wonderful night!  The girls are so talented.  They brought in their instruments, drawings, things they've sewn, goody's they have baked, and so much more.  I was so impressed with all of them.  It is so fun to be in young women's again.  It was only a few years ago that I was a young woman, so I feel right at home.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

One year ago today Jacob asked me to marry him!  The best choice I ever made was to say yes.  I can't believe how fast the time has gone and how much has changed.  Who knew I'd be living in Missouri working as a nanny while my husband goes to medical school.  I am so very grateful for Jacob and his hard work and dedication to school and his love for me.  We have a lot of fun together and I love him so very much!

Engagement Picture