Friday, September 26, 2008


Oh snap! I got tagged!
8 things I am passionate about:

1. Donald
2. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ
3. My family
4. Preparing to be a mom
5. Traveling
6. My dog, Moroni
7. Children's fashion. I know... I know. A weird passion.
8. Shopping. Heeecks yes.

8 words or phrases I say often:
1. "...I miss you"
2. "Oh my goodness!"
3. "drop it! DRRRROOOOP ITT!!!!" (the dog)
4. "I love you to the moon and back"
5. "I took it into the shops and was like, hey, can you turn this into a catbus? So they did."
6. "Heeeeyyyy"
7. "Honestly,"
8. "Seriously,"

8 things I want to do before I die:
1. Stop gossiping altogether... as in - NEVER.
2. Go to India.
3. To be a mom, and excel at it.
4. Go visiting teaching, lol.
5. Parachuting.
6. Learn to play the piano.
7. Master my spending habits... have a house fully paid off, at least one rental/investment property, and my children's education taken care of by the age of 40, and be able to fully retire by age 50.
8. Have housekeeping come naturally to me.

8 things I have learned from the past:
1. It could ALWAYS be worse.
2. Hating someone who has wronged you doesn't hurt them, it hurts you. Forgiveness is freedom. (carried over from Juli)
3. You do the crime, you pay the time.
4. There is absolute truth. There is right and wrong. There ARE sides, and I must choose where I stand.
5. Happiness is a choice, which at times requires effort.
6. Love is an action.
7. When we are faithful, the Lord is bound by His word. BOUND.
8. Dress like an onion. You can always strip, but freezing your butt off isn't easily reversed.

8 places I would love to go or see:
1. India
2. Africa
3. Texas
4. Italy (going this winter! yay!)
5. New York City
6. Nauvoo
7. The Arctic!
8. Ireland

8 things I currently need or want:
1. Donald. Seriously. Only a month-ish left...
2. My own house. Not rented, leased, or "assigned" to me. I want my own home that I own and can feel comfortable in.
3. The Tales of Beetle and Bard - special edition :-)
4. My dog to be well behaved!!!
5. Furniture! I want to go shopping at MOR, Pottery Barn, and Target SO badly!
6. The war to be over. I'm not anti-war... but I won't lie, an end would be nice.
7. To clean the upstairs of my house. It looks like a bomb went off.
8. Clothes. Tops, to be specific. A girl can never have too many.

8 people who have influenced my life:
1. Donald - He has inspired me to be the best person I can be. He gives me the unabashed honesty I need to succeed in life. Few people could handle this firecracker like he does.
2. My mom - She's one of the most selfless people I've ever known. Her strictness formed my character, and has given me the integrity and strong moral compass that guides my life. She taught me right from wrong like few people could.
3. Heidi - Work ethic, reality, THE GOSPEL, organization, parenting, practicality, endurance, family relationships, tradition, reliability, and how to life life the right way. I would be a complete loser without her. No person has ever had to exorcise more patience and tolerance with me than that woman has. She helped me to see who I wanted to be, and taught me how to get there. She really unlocked the door to the amazing life I have today.
4. Ron- Never has there been a better example of spirituality and wisdom in my life than from Ron. I trust his advice and guidance above all others. Having him as a father figure during my high school years really helped form the person I am today. I can think of NO other person who's words I would take to heart more than his.
5. My History teacher, Ms. Weberg. We didn't have a notable relationship, but she was "that teacher" for me. She memorized every students name and everything short of their life story. She had the ability to make a diverse classroom feel like a family. How she accomplished the things she did is beyond me.
6. A girl I went to church with. She'll remain nameless. We were never close, but she had an impact on me. A huge one. I haven't spoken to her in years, but she taught me so much in the short amount of time I knew her. Like I said though, we hardly scratched the surface of friendship. Most of what I learned from her was done from afar.
...never underestimate what a huge influence you can be upon those around you - often the ones you least expect.
6. My Grandma - She gave me a strong appreciation for homemaking. Between her cooking and sewing abilities, she was a huge inspiration to me. I used to visit her for months at a time, and I always looked forward to those extended stays. She was a refuge. She just passed away this summer, and I wish I had been closer with her during her last years. It's been two months, and her death hasn't sunken in yet. I'm going to miss her when it does.
7. My Grandpa - He passed away when I was twelve, and to this day I still idolize him. I never saw him do anything heroic or showy; in fact, he was feeble and ill during the entire time I knew him. Growing up without a father, he was it for me. I have no idea what he did to make me love him so much, but that man had a spell cast over me. Still does.
8. My friend Pam. She stood by, and encouraged me, through some of the most difficult, yet wisest, decisions of my life. She was there when I met Donald, and I might not
have met him had it not been for her. She has cried on me and let me do the same in return. Had it not been for her friendship, I may have fallen down an ugly path in life. We share morals, standards, and beliefs together... and I can be my truest true self around her - nobody other than Donald has unlocked that door.

** Juli added me as a "9th" influence, and I'm going to do the same.
Fate brought us together, no doubt. There's no other way to explain our freakish friendship. She has absolutely been my sanity this last year. Whenever I get lonely, I can sign onto messenger and count on her to be there for me. We have all the same weaknesses and the same sarcastic outlook. If I want to laugh, all I need to do is talk to Juli. Nothing exciting happens in my life without being rehashed to her within a mere hours. Between her and Catbus, a girl couldn't ask for more.

I'm supposed to "tag" 8 people. Um.
I tag Pam.
Beyond that... well, I'm sending out an open-ended tag.


  1. oh you totally just boosted my happiness factor. I don't know what I'd do without you. I should probably start paying you because you're pretty much my therapist. i'll take you on a ride in the catbus once I get that sweet sweet ride.

  2. Hey, its great to find your blog. I didn't know you were a Twilligt fan. We should get a group together and go see the movie, when it gets here :). It was fun reading about you and getting to know you better.


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