Friday, December 31, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I can't believe the year is almost over
The tree is up, stockings are hung and the family is home,  
Presents are wrapped, cookies are baked, 
and people are filed with charity and joy

The following message is from blogger and plane crash survivor  Stephanie Nielson really touched me, so I want to share it with all of you

A note to those of you who hurt- Hold on.

To those of you who are hurting or
disappointed this time of year.

Just hold on.
Everything will be OK.
Although in our journey here in mortal life, will encounter forks and turnings in the road from time to time- some more serious and painful than others, but we all have trials that will come.
My heart is so heavy right now, I feel such a sorrow in my heart.
I just feel for those that hurt at such a hopeful time. Hang on.
This time of year you should feel ever grater love from our Savior
and you should feel the peace that comes when we place everything into his hands.
Hold on. 
I know in your heart you will have the peace and determination to do this.
I have felt that all is lost, that my life is useless and that I am good for nothing. I have learned as I have healed body and mind that, it is simply not true- and so with you.
I am all for feeling sorrow and loss, but only for a while, soon it will eat away at your soul and hurt relationships.
Carry on- move forward, hold your head high.
This too shall pass. And it does. And sometimes we will carry scars on the outside, some of us on the inside, and some both, but you are never alone.
Merry Christmas to you, and to your loved ones.

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Starry Night

by nicole hill
Check out this magical holiday greeting using Ipad! via blackeiffel 

A Starry Night from Torchbox on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Old fashioned Christmas

Simple, classic, beautiful 

Forget the fancy decorations and  pricy gifts 
Christmas (and life) is truly what you make it

Friday, December 10, 2010

Gingerbread Art

Oh the things you can do with a cookie.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Count your blessings

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy moments, praise God
Difficult moments, seek God
Quiet moments, worship God
Painful moments, trust God
Every moment, thank God

Friday, October 15, 2010

Playing with food

After being diagnosed with several pregnancy complications, put on bed rest and given food restrictions Shirley Sirivog's husband decided to liven up her breakfast. 
What a great hubby!

Looks almost too good to eat!
For more fabulous creations click here

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Put a smile on your face

...and observe the magic that happens. 

Smile at a stranger. Be the first to say hello. Compliment people. 
We all need Validation once in a while

Monday, September 13, 2010

In the Ayer

My childhood dream of having a tree house  lives on!!
How cool would it be to have an office like this?

Come what may and love it 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

True Story

Summer is over. Finding a new grad nursing position has been far from easy. 
Fortunately I have been keeping busy with doing other things. I just have to have patience and trust in the lord. 

Despite our trials I know that we can have joy. Below are things that have brought me joy these past couple of weeks.

1.       Starbucks: Iced Chai Tea Latte with soymilk ( caffeine-free, of course)
2.       Fresh cut flowers at the Farmer’s market
3.       Talking with old friends
4.       Driving with the windows down while the radio is blasting
5.       Ice cream
6.       Online shopping (well more browsing than actual buying)
7.       Blog-stalking college buddies ( guilty)
8.       Return of fall TV (Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, GLEE, just to mention a few)
9.       Pretzel M&Ms 
10.   Reading a good book 

Sunday, September 5, 2010

A world record

Kyle Andrews "You Always Make Me Smile" Official Video

This summer BYU broke the world record for the largest water balloon fight! 
  120,000 water balloons+4,000 people+ cute song= a smile on my face
Oh BYU, how I miss you : )

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The mean reds

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

"Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.”

Friday, September 3, 2010


made entirely out of paper!! Absolutely beautiful!
On my New York to do list

Monday, August 30, 2010

Home Sweet Home

I'm back from  melting away in the Philippines!
I didn't really take any pictures of my trip since I've been there so often
it was good to see my extended family and parents 

this is simply amazing 
just enter you address and prepared to be amazed
Google is awesome!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

A pirates life for me...

Filming of Pirates of the Caribbean 4 has begun in my home time
Big ships (The Queen Anne is below), bright lights..... and JOHNNY DEPP (see below)

Johnny walks down the pier before heading on set!! 
So I went to see him 

twice : )

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Whimsical Fairytale

Breathtaking, magical and dreamy are a few words to describe
Simon Filip's portfolio, I can't believe he's still in his teens!

See more of Simon's work

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

While you were sleeping...

Talk about sweet dreams!
While baby Mila is asleep
 mommy, Adele, creates scenes of what she might be dreaming about





To see more visit Adele's blog

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Fight for your life...

"Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it."
- Mother Teresa

Thursday, July 8, 2010


 For more of these cartoons check out this fabulous site

Friday, July 2, 2010

Love Love Love....


and Hydrangeas 

Monday, June 28, 2010

Life... truly what you make it

Once in a while I need to remind myself that Happiness is a CHOICE
I have the power to stop a negative thought and choose to replace it with a good one

"Happiness comes as a result of our obedience and our courage in
always doing the will of God, even in the most difficult circumstances.
When the prophet Lehi warned the inhabitants of Jerusalem, they mocked him,
and, as with other ancient prophets, they sought to take away his life. I
quote the prophet Nephi: 'I . . . will show unto you that the tender
mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of
their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance' (1
Nephi 1:20). . . .

"Yes, we find happiness in the midst of the
trial of our faith. The Lord manifests Himself to us through His tender
mercies, which we find along the road of happiness. We see with increased
clarity His hand in our lives.

"Happiness is a condition of the
soul. This joyous state comes as a result of righteous living."
~Benjamin De Hoyos, "True Happiness: A Conscious Decision"