Sunday, March 31, 2013

a glorious easter.

what a wonderful Easter sunday it's been. i so wish Addi could have gotten it off work, but so goes life in a new company. so we did all of our traditional celebration yesterday, and left all of the spiritual stuff up to today.
we ate Melinda's famous pot roast and potatoes while we did a puzzle-we knew Grandma Sheri would be proud.
and we dyed and decorated our NINJAS! Hiiii-ya!
this morning, we found our baskets, with some much needed socks in them. how'd the easter bunny know?

BUT i did get to visit addi today...:)
i never knew i looooooved "a guy in uniform"!
i hope you all had a wonderful easter :)

"He lives to silence all my fears.
He lives to wipe away my tears.
He lives to calm my troubled heart.
He lives all blessings to impart.

He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives and loves me, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives,
'I know that My Redeemer Lives."

Saturday, March 30, 2013

"mighty mercies"-if you will.

you know how we talk a lot about those little, "tender mercies" that God grants us in everyday life? well, while my life is certainly full of those, the last couples weeks have proven to hold more than "tender" mercies...they're more like, "mighty mercies".

  1.  first off, i have one really close friend here. she and her husband live here with their 2 sons. they helped us move in, find furniture, fed us, let us borrow all their tools, provided guidance, rides, temple trips, oh, and they're the funniest people i know-they are the bomb. seriously, so great. they announced plans of a divorce about a month and a half ago. but through the "mighty" power of God, hearts were changed, prayers were answered, and they are now starting off with a clean slate in their marriage-and working it out. incredible.
  2. my sister-in-law, Emma, was about to be induced with her 2nd child last week. she went in to her pediatricians office for her first child on a routine check up, and was advised to get a chicken pox vaccination-having never had chicken pox as a child. a few hours after leaving the office-she started getting sick. she was rushed to the hospital with a fever of 102, and the baby's heart rate up. there was talk of getting her an emergency C-section, but her fever began to drop, so they just kept watch over her overnight. the next day she was released. she fought a fever while at home over the next couple days, and was not completely well, but healthy enough to deliver a few days later. their new beautiful girl was born strong and healthy, and momma was great too! i can't wait to meet this little munchkin. congratulations Jed and Emma! introducing, Elisabetta Pearl:
  3. oh, and all of that happened the week my brother, Jed, the father of Elisabetta, was scheduled for surgery to remove, Billy, the kidney stone-that has been his faithful pal since November. all went well with the surgery :)
  4. our grandma Sheri has been battling cancer for a while now. her last set of chemo has been done for over a month, and all seemed well until the bloating in her stomach returned with full force last week. this symptom was one of the first signs of her cancer, which is pretty frightening. she had a tummy tap to remove liquid from her stomach, in which they retrieved 7.5 liters of fluid. 3 days later she was in agony, and was rushed to the hospital. they again, removed more liquid and ran a few tests, realizing that the food and water she has been taking in, hasn't been digesting past her stomach-she has some sort of blockage in between her stomach and her intestines. her intake was being trapped in her stomach and liquifying. surgery was planned the next morning to remove the blockage, but by morning...the blockage had miraculously worked itself out. she was released in that morning!
  5. and lastly, addison lost his wedding ring 2 months ago in our kitchen. i knew for sure it went down the drain, or went out with the garbage and was lost forever. last week, i decided to vacuum extremely thorough. after putting the vacuum away, i felt like i needed to vacuum the couch too. i pulled the vacuum out yet again. we eat on there a lot and i thought there might be crumbs in the creases...there was more than crumbs there. i sent this picture to addison, all smug that i was the one to find it!
    and he exclaimed back, "oh my gosh!!! i prayed so hard for that last night!!!" 
i then knew, my cleverness had nothing to do with it.

there are mighty miracles among us. it is so overwhelming to think of the Lord's love for us. he's taken extra good care of my family these last couple weeks, and my heart is full of gratitude.

Friday, March 29, 2013

i'm sorry about the little hiatus! i have been pondering blog topics for a few days now. i know people are anxious to know what we're up to across the country-but the truth is-as exciting as working at Disney is, there's not much i can say about it here, on a public platform...which is really frustrating for me. i would love to talk about the magical, and not so magical parts of my day, but i just can't-and i'm afraid i'm going to forget all of the wondrous parts that make me love this job. i do keep a list on my phone of particular kids that stand out, or sweet/funny quotes...but things really do blend together fast! i've got to be better at writing them down.

the other truth is, we haven't made many friends. we have made a few-and they are wonderful! but we're still trying to get a hang of our schedules and better consistency, so that we can put time into those friendships. until then, addison and i are loving those quiet moments at home together. the simplicity of our lives is really wonderful right now. work, church, the beach, temple trip, thrifting, hot tubbing, playing in the parks, cooking at home. this job can be very overwhelming, and consuming! there is not a night that i don't dream about doing a shift in the grotto, or visiting numerous tables, talking about guppies and seaweed. my mind is on overload a lot from the constant chatter that is required. but i'm anxious to strengthen my friendships here, especially since i've gotten a hang on my job a bit-Addison is still in constant training. i wonder if my mom will ever get sick of me calling her everyday to talk about every detail in my life?

so, here is to writing down the magical things, and making friends. aaand, my present to you? Addisons' dance dare at Walmart:


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

videos to brighten your day.

So, one of the perks to living out of state, is that we are often sent little treasures from back home, in the form of videos. Here are two of my recent favorites:

love the niblings.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

we are loved. (proof)

sooooo, in case you were wondering who the favorite Aunt and Uncle are...

Monday, March 18, 2013

life lately.

it's odd to think we've almost been here almost 3 months, isn't it? i've gotten to the point in my job that i have settled in i think-which is a blessing! i can now show up for a day of work, and 4/5 days know exactly what is expected of me, and can do it in the time i'm supposed to or much faster...which means i get to PLAY a lot more! i don't know if people realize how stressful this job can be. you have to be completely present, pleasant, and in the characters world all the time-and ready for any kind of curve ball.

Addison is now working in the parks-which means endless free park time. we have been dreaming and dreaming of what it would feel like-going into the park together, as employees for the first time-since last summer. we knew we needed to ride, "Peter Pan's Flight", and enjoy things we have never had time for before. here's our bliss moment.

we definitely made it over to Pan's Flight, and other classics like Pirates, Haunted Mansion, etc. but we did a few things neither of us had done before-the carousel, country bears, tiki room, aladdins magic carpets-stuff i'd never done because you never have enough time! 

aaaaand we've gotten to visit each other on the job a lot-which is one of my favorite thing to do!

i've been adjusting to Addison and i have different schedules now, i think it's the first time we haven't been stuck to each other like glue since...well, ever. even in school, we were around each other-and most the time, in the same classes. so, this will be a big adjustment. it kind of feels good to make sacrifices for your family though. it feels like time well spent.