Image via Google images. This is the temple TJ and I attended while on our honeymoon.

I am grateful for writing. I'm not sure if I'm good at it,
but I find it a way to express myself.

The following is a poem I composed for a class.
I hope you enjoy it.


It seems as though my life has changed,

Just walking through these doors.

A sense of wonder, a feeling of peace,

As I walk these sacred floors.

A place of learning,

A place of light.

I stand all amazed,

Dressed all in white.

I take his hand, and he takes mine,

We walk and whisper quietly,

I cannot describe this feeling:

Joyous, sacred, lovely.

All too soon,

The time has passed,

I, so sad to leave,

Will return, a promise fast.

The feeling lingers,

I must cling on;

For it is strength,

And my own is all but gone.

a heater.

You don't realize how much you really need something
until you don't have it.

Our heater finally got fixed this morning.
Good thing, since it was like 12 degrees last night,
and our little space heater couldn't quite keep up.

I'm grateful for a heater :)

6 months.

Today is our 6 month "anniversary."

I'm grateful for these past 6 months of

Here's to eternity.


I am so thankful for this country and the freedoms we enjoy.
I'm especially thankful for the men and women that defend those freedoms.
I'm grateful for two veterans in my life: Grandpa Burgess and Papa James.

I love you both!


I am almost at a loss for words.

I am grateful to be alive.
I am grateful to be so incredibly loved.
I am grateful for prayer.
I am grateful for the power of the priesthood.
I am grateful for the angels that are always surrounding me.
I am grateful for a young and healthy body.

I am grateful for life.

the family.

I'm grateful for such an amazing family.
Family is the most important part of my life.

They are my life.

There is nothing that I would rather do than raise a righteous family with my husband.
We both have such wonderful families,
who mean the world to us,
and who get along so well with one another.
Seriously, Kyndra introduces Hannah as her sister-in-law.

I wanted to put up a picture with Skylar (who is on an LDS mission in Mexico).
These were taken right before he left.
I'm so grateful for the Ponds and all that they do for us. There's really no need to call them
in-laws... they're just more family.

Don't let the sweet smiles fool you. They're actually crazy..... but I'm grateful for that craziness. It makes me feel at home.

Then there's my family. Where in the world would I be without them? You know they love me if they've stuck it out with me for this long. But seriously, laughing with them is the best. And it happens all. the time. (PS thanks to my friend Amalie for the beautiful family photos.)

Don't worry Ponds....the Hassells are just as crazy. Like my Dad's idea for us to peek out from behind these vines.....with a million gnats flying trying to eat us. Heck, it was cute and we couldn't stop laughing.

So, I guess you could say, I'm grateful for my two incredible families.
I'm grateful for all that they have done and continue to do.
And guess what else? I get to be with them forever!
I am so lucky.

the man.

As anyone who has read this blog will know, I love this man.
I'm so grateful for him. I'm grateful for who he is, and who he's striving to become.
I'm grateful for the way he treats me, for the strength he gives me.
We're a team, he and I. We give each other hope and love and the courage to carry on.
I'm grateful that he is my friend, my confidant, and my eternal companion.

I'm grateful that he's mine.

[Thanks for indulging me again.]

No. 150

My profile says I've been a Blogger since May 2008.
In these last 2.5 years, I've done 150 posts.
Most of those were on my previous blog, but since I imported the posts to this blog,
I thought I'd celebrate the momentous occasion.

This blog has been my creative outlet, my journal, a way to express myself.
Sometimes, it's been a way for me to share my testimony.
Inspired by this post, for the month of November, I will be posting on what I'm grateful for.
Hopefully this exercise will help me to open my eyes
and see the endless blessings that surround me.
Hopefully, it will enable me to bear testimony of a loving Heavenly Father
who has given me so much, and wants me to be happy.

Feel free to join me.