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Friday, November 14, 2008

Take My Hand

Take my hand and follow me, There are things ahead for you to see. Little wonders are all around, And tender mercies to be found. We’ll take our time, no need to run, Breathe deep the air and feel the sun. The grass is soft beneath our feet, Sounds are soothing, the air is sweet. Sometimes we’ll stop and just be still, Our hearts will tell us God is real! Small graces along our path appear, They let us know that Heaven’s near. So take my hand anew each day, The walk is lovely and I know the way. - Greg K Olsen
Greg Olsen was at the BYU bookstore on Tuesday, so Adam and I picked this one for him to sign. We had never seen it before and we both really love the simplicity. It was our first purchase together of a painting that makes our little cinder-block-wall apartment feel more like a home! I love coming home to this every day. It's like I have an "oh yea" thought provoking moment. Do you see the little squirel the boy is looking at? We didn't see it at first, but now every time I look at the picture it reminds me to look for the little joys in whatever I am doing. All week we have been working 8.5 hour days again, so by today I was extremely exhausted because I have been getting about 5 hours of sleep. I tried to find joy...even if it was as simple as realizing that I was going to have a better day than someone else who had a bad attitude, or singing along to my favorite song on the radio! I sit close to a window and have a beautiful view of the mountains. I get there when the stars are still out, so I love to glance out and see the sun rise on those snow capped mountains. One day I was especially frustrated because my thread broke a couple times and I couldn't find anything good on the radio..sounds silly in hindsight, but it was a big deal. I turned my head and caught a glimpse of the most gorgeous colors and such a breathtaking view! A thought came to my mind, "Dear Karen, I still love you. Love God." I kinda giggled that I actually had that thought...and that the thought sounded more like a little note...but I was happy the rest of the day! As the seasons change, I notice how incredible this world really is!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween Party

Adam and I hosted a little party last night in the basement of our apartment building! We had people come and go, so we didn't get shots of everyone, but here's what we do have! Awesome costumes everyone!
Ragan was Princess Toadstool/Mario...

Adam and I were babies!...on the backs of old ladies...

Jen and Tim were Mariners fans...

80's flashback for Carli and Patrick ...

And who could have a party without salt and pepper?? Thanks Kathryn and Stephen for that!

After we ate gigantic Costco pizza, drank soda and hot cider, let the guys play Wii while the girls talked...we got a projector and watched a funny movie from the 80's called Better off Dead. Thanks everyone for helping us put it together! It was awesome!