Sunday, August 31, 2008

Always say I Love You....

This is a cool poem so just sit back and read. Brittney loved basketball, friends and parties too. And when it came to painting that's all she wanted to do. She painted everything she saw brids, flowers, the sky. Somedays she sat at her window and painted everything that passed her by. But lately she'd been feeling woozy. Her muscles ached alot and her parents got kinda of worried. So they took her to the doctor. The doctor took a couple of tests to see if everything was ok. Then the nurse came out with a look of sadness. This is what she had to say," I'm sorry but you've got leukemia. You've got about three months more." Then Brittney got up and left the room, and slammed the office door. She ran down the street screaming and cried her eyes out dry. She stayed up all night wondering what it's like to die. Her parents held her tightly and said, "We love you, we'll make the your last few months the greatest, we'll do anything for you." So Brittney and her parents moved to Florida to live by the sea. Brittney loved the ocean and when she dies, that's where she wanted to be. She spent her days painting and horseback riding by the ocean. But one day she met this guy and his name was Jay. They collected seashells together and talked about all kinds of things. Then one day while walking he handed her a ring. It said "I love you" which brought tears to her eyes. When he put it on her finger she began to cry. "I've got leukemia, and about one month to live. Then Jay said, " No matter what, I love you and no matter what, you are the only one I adore. So they spent everyday together,swam in the Atlantic all day. But Brittney was getting weaker and it was hard for her to stay awake. So one day Brittney painted a picture and gave it to Jay. She said, " I want you to remember me, even when I leave this place. But one day while they were walking and searching for seashells in the sand, Brittney collapsed and started to lose her breath. And she said to Jay, "Please hold my hand, I love you more than anything. You are my only true love. But know my turn is up. And I'll watch over you from above." Then Brittney's boby was lifeless as she lay in Jay's arms. He sat there all day and kept her safe from harm. I hope this teaches you a lesson to tell someone you love them whenever you can. Because maybe they'll be gone tomorrow and you wont be there to hold their hand, because love is everything to everybody without it, the world would be dead. So always tell someone you love them, a parent, a lover, a friend. Everyone deserves an "I Love You" becasue there may be no one for that person to say it back to.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Friends Forever...

A few years ago I had the opportunity of babysitting a neighbor boy up the street from where I lived. Bobby wasn't like everyone else I tended. He was severely mentally retarded. Bobby's parents had known before he was born that something wouldn't be quite right, and they had knelt and prayed prior to delivery for strength to accept and love their new child. The years passed, and when I began to tend bobby, he was 16 years of age-- the same age as myself. Although a teenager, Bobby was only the size of a 4 year old. In addition, he was retarded that he was almost a vegetable. Not being able to speak, he could make no requests, and thus could do nothing for himself. He would open his mouth very wide and a small squeak would come out when he was unhappy. Bobby's parents were so good to him that they hardly left his side. The doctors felt that he would live only a few years, but due to the tremendous love from his parents, he lived until age 17. Each Christmas his parents would ask me to babysit while they would go to a few Christmas parties. When I first saw Bobby I was shocked by his grossly misshapen body. Then came my moment of truth. Bobby's mother sat me in the rocker and placed Bobby in my arms. There we were, both age 16, and I had to literally grit my teeth to even gather the strength to look at him. His mother told me that he liked to be held, and so there we were-- for several hours. I was really afraid to touch him at first, but as I got to know Bobby, I realized that he had feelings just like me. I became aware of what it was really like to care for and love someone for what they were inside, and not for what they could do for me. One particular time I will never forget: I was holding him, rocking him, and trying to get him to stop his soft weeping as he saw his mother leave the house. I finally got his attention and he recognized me for the first time. Bobby looked up at me and actually smiled! That little smile was the most special smile I had ever received in my life. That moment will forever linger in my mind, as from it, I learned a most treasured lesson: When you really care about someone the smallest gesture of love means the most. A person doesn't need to give costly presents to show someone they care. It was almost a year later that Bobby contracted pneumonia and died. At the funeral a member of my ward approached Bobby's mother and said, "It's a blessing that Bobby has passed on. It will be such a relief for you." I was next in line, and as Bobby's mother saw me we both rushed into eachothers arms. As tears streamed down her face she said, " Karen, we understand how difficult it is when someone you love dies." I knew exactly what she meant. I wish everyone could have the exerience of a Bobby in their life, for it is through sacrificing part of oneself that we relize the true perspective of life.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

My second trip to utah....

So I flew to Utah for Tyler and Kayla's Wedding. I had a blast as you can tell by the pictures. I was only there for three days but it was still fun. Luaren and Alissa picked me up from the airport and we went to lunch. We went to one for alissa'a favorite store Ikea!!! hahah. I stayed at Brittney's house with her and the kids. I had so much fun there. We went up to the Mt. Tempanogos Temple for the wedding. Then we had the reception at Tyler's Parents house. That was a fun trip trying to find the reception, my cousin and I got lost. We drove around for an hour!!! hahah It was very funny. I had a blast and hope to be out there next year so we can make more memories. Thanks for a great time Brittney I love you. hahah!! Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Powell coming out for the Temple
First Kiss....

Alissa me and Lauren hanging out at the reception.

Brittney and Me

Grandpa and I sitting around

Tristen me and Heather ( the funny girl)

Me and Trish

me and the bride Mrs. Kayla Powell

Marlyn me and Janae

me with the bride and groom Tyler and Kayla

Kissing again

Kayla and Tyler Powell

Ailssa and Avery hanging out at the luncheon

Lauren and I at the luncheon

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

To realize the value......

To realize the value of a sister... ask someone who doesn't have one.
To realize the value of ten years... ask a newly divorced couple.
To realize the value of four years... ask a graduate.
To realize the value of one year... ask a student who has failed a final exam.
To realize the value of one month... ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of one week... ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of one hour... ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of one minute... ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.
To realize the value of one second... ask a person who has survived an accident.
To realize the value of one millisecond... Ask the person who has just won a sliver medal in the olympics.
Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have. You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special.
To realize the value of a friend... lose one.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

My New Bedroom....

When Jenna moved out I decide I wanted to paint my room and give it a little make-over. I was sick of the baby blue walls and the flower wallpaper. (If you know me at all flowers in my room just aren't me.) I wanted it two different colors to make my room look bigger. So when you paint your room, you have to furnish it and get new furniture in right? Of course you do!! So thats just what I did. I went to my favorite place of course IKEA!! Let's just say I could max out my card there (well I think I might have done that.) But it was so worth it. I bought some CD towers for my many CDs. I bought an entertainment center for my TV and way to many DVDs, and I just bought my new bed a couple of days ago and it also turns into a couch. So when mom and I watch CMT insider we have somewhere it sit. I love my new room. So mom and dad watch out, now that I got my room done the way I want it. I may never move out after all!! Hahaha

I love you....

"It only takes 3 seconds to say "I Love You," 3 minutes to expliane it, 3 hours to demonstrate it, 3 days to appeciate it, 3 trimesters to produce it, but a lifetime to prove it."

Saturday, August 9, 2008


" Sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can change your life forever."

Friday, August 8, 2008

Fruit Loops...

"In a world full of cheerios be a fruit loop."

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


"Memory is a way of holding on to things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose."

Monday, August 4, 2008


"It takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it."

Sunday, August 3, 2008

School and Life....

The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson."

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Back to Secrets.....

"One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching."