Sunday, July 12, 2009

I Feel My Savior's Love...

"Let us remember—trials are an evidence of a Father’s love. They are given as a blessing to his children. They are given as opportunities for growth.... the trials will still be there; but with the companionship of the Spirit, our approach to trials will change frustrations and heartaches to blessings."
-Bishop H. Burke Peterson, First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric

Just as the quote above states, through trials blessings are brought about. They may be subtle, but they are there. Through recent trials I have been able to strengthen relationships with all those mentioned below. I know that those strengthened relationships are some of the greatest blessings that have come because of these trials. Even though it may be difficult at times, my faith has increased tremendously! And even though this large trial in my life has not yet passed, I know it one day will. I know with a surety that my Heavenly Father and Savior are aware of me and love me. I am extremely grateful for the beautiful temple and for the place of refuge it is. Thank you to my amazing hubby, my sweet mom, dad, and family, my wonderful in-laws, selfless visiting teachers, and supportive friends. I love you all!

Monday, July 6, 2009

A Fantastic Fourth!

So tradition in our little family has it that we head up to Prescott for the 4th of July!! And we did not disappoint this year! We packed our bags, matching Old Navy 4th of July shirts and all, and headed up to a cooler part of this sunny state! First stop, Ken's parent's cabin... so beautiful and secluded and filled with awesome company...including:

this adorable little girl (note the matching necklaces)

and this cute little guy!

After relaxing and playing games (we are the proud winners of trivial pursuit...thanks to my hubby's history knowledge...I'll stick to the entertainment questions) for a bit we were off to the world's oldest RODEO!!

Who are those cute cowgirls?? :)

So impressive!!!

Thanks Mom and Dad Wray for treating us to such a fun night (and to my first rodeo)!

The next morning we got dressed in our 4th of July best and headed out to the parade! It was a neat little parade! Afterwards we strolled the little tents they set up, had some yummy pizza, and bought some of the most delicious dip to make at home (that is my favorite tent to visit)!

And afterwards relaxed...

under BIG beautiful trees and gorgeous weather!

The evening ended with a beautiful fireworks show and yum-filled Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream!!

Thank you to everyone for a FANTASTIC FOURTH OF JULY!