Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Beautiful Soul

We meet so many people throughout our life. A mean, a TON of people if you really think about it. Acquaintances, neighbors, roommates, grocery store clerks--the list goes on and on. But it's those people that touch our life that, corny as it sounds, stay with us forever.

After hearing the death of Michelle Crossan, I couldn't help but to accept the overwhelming feeling of sorrow. I bawled the duration of the night and succumbed to the feelings of losing a good friend. I kept telling Carl about the things I loved about her, and then (being the English major I am) hated the fact that I was talking about Michelle in the past tense. Carl quickly remedied this and reminded me that Michelle still lives. Though she is parted from her body, her spirit is still alive. This is a belief of my religion and I have been comprehending and embracing it more than ever.

On earth, I feel as though Michelle had many dreams and ambitions. She wanted to be a missionary--not literally called on a mission, but be a missionary in her every day life. Her bright spirit and example touched so many people. I know she influenced many to feel the love of the Savior in their life. Michelle had an overwhelming desire to attend the temple. One of her lasts posts was all about the her love of temples. I couldn't help but cry and laugh at one of her comments, "Peace begins with a smile... SO SMILE!" While we are all searching for the peace during this trying time, Michelle still gives us comfort :) In one year, Kristina will be able to do her work; I can't imagine the joy and ecstasy that day will bring.

Michelle is the second person I know to pass away. My grandma was the first. I hope hope hope they meet soon. They would be the best of friends :) Michelle was a friend to all she met, and will create more friendships in this next stage of life. Remember all the joy and life she brought into your life, and this heartache will gradually pass.

I love this picture :)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Pintrest Perfection

I, like my good friend Caitlin, finally sorted through my "craft board" on Pintrest and completed a craft! It was simply exhilarating. No joke. I'm planning another craft session for myself next week!

I decided to make my own coasters seeing as it was relatively inexpensive. You can find the link on my Pintrest board but it doesn't take you to the original blog. I simply had to follow the directions left from another Pinner. So to be brief:
  • I bought 4 tiles from Home Depot for .16 cents each (I want to go buy 4 more now!)
  • I had to buy Modge Podge since I did not own any at the time (about $3)
  • I already had scrap book paper
  • I currently need to buy some felt and maybe some clear spray paint (as called for in the directions)
The end result? :)

So the top left coaster is not quite perfection, nonetheless I love them all!

So cute, right? And so easy! I love Pintrest :) It allows me to release my inner crafter! Commit to crafting on of your pins on Pintrest!

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Little Brother

I meant to post this a couple weeks ago, but time some times slips away. My little brother's birthday (Aaron) is the day after mine, and I have always loved sharing the joy of celebrating with him. He turned 14 in April (14!) and he is becoming quite the young man. He has his quirks--which I love--and has the tenderest heart ever. I wish he loved me as much as he loves Carl, but I'm just glad he approves my husband ;) He loves his nephew and nieces and treats them so well! I am so excited for him to interact with my little ones in the future :)

Like father, like son = Goofy!

The men :)

Ryan likes to help blow out candles :)