Tuesday, December 27, 2011

MERRY HOLIDAYS PANCAKES!

lets keep the holidays rolling shall we?
We had these lovely gems on Christmas morning/afternoon! They were a hit!




YOU NEED:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 large eggs
1-1/2 cups buttermilk (OR) you can 1-1/4 cup milk and add a little vinegar to it! same effect!
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons red food coloring
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips (doesn’t matter what kind you use)

HOW TO:
combine all dry ingredients in one bowl
then combine all wet ingredients in another
add wet ingredients into dry(careful not to over mix)
add chocolate chips! (as many as you'd like but be forwarned that batter is already chocolatey!
Then cook away on a griddle!!! 
AND ENJOY! 

some ate them plain, some with homemade raspberry preserves, and some with syrup! go crazy with your toppings! Whip cream woulda been nice but alas we did not plan this one out!! Delish anyway you eat them! 

XOXO

Sunday, December 25, 2011

oh, Christmas

Hot chocolate, cozy toques, Christmas lights, bows on puppies, more hot chocolate, 
traditional bro/sis pic, stockings!, FAMILY, afternoon naps, new slippers&pjs,
pretty table settings, turkey, card games.


Thank you for being on Sunday so we could feel the spirit and remember the true reason for this day.



You were good to us! See you again next year!

XOXO

Friday, December 23, 2011

its a Marshmallow world in the winter





HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS!
prepare yourself for a STICKY adventure

You'll need: 
1 cup confectioners sugar
3 1/2 envelopes unflavoured gelatin
1 cup cold water
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
2 large egg whites
1 tbsp vanilla ( you can use whatever flavouring you want! we used almond! it was great! even add some food coloring to add some more fun into it!)

How to:
oil bottom and side of a 9 by 13 by 2 inch rectangular metal baking pan and dust bottom and sides with some powdered sugar.
In bowl with electric mixer sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water
In sauce pan cook white sugar, corn syrup, 1/2 cup of cold water, and salt over low heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. 
Increase heat to bring mixture to a boil until candy thermometer reads 240 F.
Remove from heat and pour over gelatin mixture.
Beat mixture on high speed until white and thick.
In separate bowl beat egg whites until they hold stiff peaks. mix in flavouring.
add to sugar mixture and pour into prepared baking pan. spreading mixture with damp hands.
sift confectioners sugar over top and let sit uncovered for 3 - 24 hrs.

ENJOY IN A STEAMY CUP OF HOT CHOCO...or make a smore :)..i chose to go the choco route..since I have a slight obsession and all!




XOXO

Thursday, December 22, 2011

T is TREATS... mmmm



Traditional Christmas Treats that is!! In our home we have always since I can remember had homemade nuts n bolts and caramel nut popcorn! Over the last few years we have added into the joy with caramel and chocolate sauce! My dad and I spent all day slaving over the stove ( literally I spent hours standing at the stove stirring and stirring) the baking started at 9:30 and went until 3! What comes out of the hard work is scrumptious!!

Here is the recipe for the Popcorn. This one is special to us! It helps us feel like my grandma is just a little bit closer to us during the holidays, since she used to make this for my dad and his sibling every Christmas!

NANNYS CARAMEL POPCORN

You'll need: 3 quarts popped corn(plain)
1 1/2 cups Pecans
2/3 cup almonds (we use sliced almonds)
you can also add whatever nuts you like! we also put cashews in which are my fav!
1 1/3 cup white sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup white corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
Parchment paper

How to: spread out parchment paper on to flat surface.
 pop corn and add nuts to it
melt butter sugar and corn syrup together on medium heat in sauce pan.( you want to be stirring this the entire time!)
as soon as it comes to a boil set a timer for 6 minutes and let boil while continuing to stir. 
When 6 minutes are up remove from heat and add 1 tsp vanilla.
Immediately pour over corn and nuts and stir! You need to work quickly because the sauce gets stiff quickly!
Spread out on parchment paper and let cool!!

Then eat it all up!!! It is fantastic!

XOXO

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

S is ?

Well folks S was supposed to be for SPARKLE buuuut unfortunate circumstances ruined my plans! ...(the stores didn't have what I needed..at all!...rude right?)

So instead I have a lovely little treat for you over at the wonderful pinkpistachio blog! She will teach you how to do the most amazing golden sparkle eye ever! Its delightful! So check it out!!

http://www.pinkpistachio.com/golden-eye/

isn't she fantastic?

Anyways ... S apparently also stand for snow which is exactly what we woke up to this morning! And a lot of it! Oh the joy!

XOXO

I is for IGLOO





Which is what I am pretty sure I live in! I have not been warm for days!! Bad news is...it hasn't even been that bad here in the great white north yet. Oy vey! Think we could just skip winter one year? just maybe?

XOXO

Monday, December 19, 2011

TODAY



I made the cutest most perfect mini muffins. I was very proud of them. They are the same cinnamon ones from a couple days ago. But they were better this time because, Simply. things.are.better.mini. Oh and yes, that is my baking hairstyle. cute right? Bring on all the Christmas baking!

XOXO

Saturday, December 17, 2011

R is for ROADTRIP


















My poor little tinny packed as packed could be!! I can't even believe how much stuff fit in that car!! At this moment I forgave her for knocking my Jambayummy all over the ground....I swear I'm over it guys!..And then theres me...greasy roadtriper! Who has not seen 6AM in a very very long time. It was a tough go this one was! but the roads were clear and it went by fast enough! But its official I'm home! Oh and the foot picture..let me explain... Tinnie doesn't have cruise (something I'll never get over)...soo my right knee gets a little on the sore side. lets just say I've mastered the technique of driving with my left foot while my right knee stretches on the dash. It's safe. I promise.

R also stand for roommates. Whom I already miss terribly. Now if only I could get all the people I love to just all live in one place! hmmph. Hawaii anyone? :) Its my only solution really!!







well I am off to have a good nights sleep in my bed...oh my bed... and just try to avoid the enormous pile of things (mostly clothes!) that is all over my bedroom floor... If I can't see it then it must not be there! Good night my dears!

xoxo

Friday, December 16, 2011

H is For HOME



"I’ll Be Home For Christmas!"

(Read in a sing song voice of course!)

Because I am headed home tomorrow bright and early!
It's been a day of packing and cleaning (which are my two least favorite things to do) anyways its been...joyous.. but I cannot wait to be home! 


Things  I miss about home:



  • My family of course!
  • Bella... my brother sent me a picture of her the other night and I got all teary and just wanted to cuddle her! She gives the best cuddles!
  • my bed. oh.my bed...
  • my shower!! ....you don't know what you got till you are forced to use something...gross..
  • The food network. the only channel that does not work on our TV here. ridic.
  • the fireplace. mmmm.
  • etc.etc. but those are the most important things!!





Theres no place like home, theres no place like home!
It's really to bad that doesn't work like it did in the Wizard of Oz. So rude.


Hoping you all get to be home with your lovelies these holidays!
xoxo

Thursday, December 15, 2011

C is for CINNAMON

   




Our house was all things cinnamon bright and early this morning! I found this recipe for delicious muffins earlier this week and they are scrumptious!!

CINNAMON YUMMY MUFFINS mmm... mmm..good!

What you need!:
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup oil 
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
For the yummies on top!:
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
How to put it all together!:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with muffin liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  3. In small bowl whisk together oil, sugar, egg and milk.
  4. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups. Bake until muffin tops are a pale golden and springy to the touch, 22 to 24 minutes, rotating halfway through baking time.
  5. While the muffins are baking, combine sugar and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl. Place melted butter in a small bowl. Once baked, shake muffins out immediately and while hot, dip in melted butter, then roll in sugar and cinnamon.
Makes: 12 muffins

Try them I promise you won't even be mad about it! They went super fast in this house...not like thats anything new!!

Also we had left over Cinnamon sugar soooo whats better in the early morning than some cinnamon toast all warm and buttery and sugary...lick your lips good!! Theres really nothing better that goes along with this than some steamy hot cocoa! Add a little cinnamon for some extra flavour!! 

MERRY 15th Day of Christmas!

XOXO

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

BLOG CHANGES!

I am currently in the process of jazzing up this blog! The new website link will be ...

www.tippeecanoe.com

because lets be serious here guys...thats my life! one little tippy canoe!! :)

look for the updates soon!!

Also! If you read this blog do me a HUGE favour and "follow" just sos I knows who is and how many people are reading this!! Thanks guuuys!

XOXO

Friday, December 9, 2011

Forever Grateful




One year ago..
You came into our lives
For only a short moment in time.
A blessing beyond measure
to be ours for eternity.
Never forgotten,
Always remembered.
You are our angel,
We love you..
Baby C




Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Merry Christmas Mr Scrooge...

So I've been feeling sort of Scroogelike today so I decided to hole up on the couch and watch Teen Mom2 reruns with Alexa all day. All while craving a Jamba Juice and trying to make myself motivated enough to go get one ( but its cold outside and all that nonsense )

Then Alexa had to go to class sooo since I'm all kinds of nice ( and it was a good reason to get what I wanted also!) I decided to drive her to class! So I put some real pants on, drove Alexa to class and went and got myself some Jamba. SUCCESS..... until .... I got out of the car and all the sudden Jambayummies was no longer in my hand but on the pavement... you know the saying "no use crying over spilled milk"... Its a lot harder not to cry over a spilled Jamba... Cue crocodile tears and an official MRS Scrooge

Anyways happy tuesday that was worse than a monday! Hope you got to enjoy all your hearts desires and they didn't end up on the floor or anything awesome like that!

XOXO

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy December 1st!

ITs the very first day of 25 days of Christmas!!

To celebrate I lit a very yummy gingerbread smelling candle! Its beginning to smell a lot like Christmas!!





Also whats more Christmasy than baking!!! NEW RECIPE!!

(FLOURLESS) Fudge chocolate chip cookies!




Ingredients
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened Hershey’s dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 to 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • as many chocolate chips as you want!! like always i went overboard with these...but who would complain really!
How-To
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Set aside two baking sheets with silpat mats or parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar with cocoa powder and salt
  4. Whisk in the vanilla and egg whites starting with just two.
  5. Beat just until the batter is moistened. You’re looking for a brownie-like, thick and fudgy batter consistency. If it seems too thick, add another egg white– then a 4th one if it still seems too thick. Do not be alarmed by the weird texture of these it will work out!!
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Scoop the batter by the tablespoon full onto the prepared baking sheets. Leave enough space between each cookie for them to spread.
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the tops are glossy and lightly crackly
  9. Let the cookies cool on sheet and store in an air tight container....or do what our apartment does and gobble them all up right away! Its cool.





Enjoy!! And celebrate the 25 days of Christmas!!!

XOXO

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

RECAP!

Riddle me this!.. What is better than 8 Hours in a car?? hmmmn?.... maybe 22 Hrs in a car? and then 16 Hrs 5 days later!!! Needless to say I have permanent numb bum!! But was it SO worth it? Ummm definitely!! So here is a recap of American Thanksgiving spent in CALIFORNIA





























XOXO

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

CALIFORNIA.....

CALIFORNIA HERE WE COOOOOOME!!!!....ok here I come...but I wish you were all coming with me!! :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

8 Hours alone in a car

So here I was just me, my Ipod, a BUTT LOAD of snacky food items and my thoughts!...So what does one do with only that and an 8 hour drive you might ask?...well besides the obvious things (listen to music and eat...derrrrr!) Here is how my 8 hours in solitude went:

  • Talk to tinny ( that is my car bytheway!) you see..Tinny and I have been on many a road trip together without anyone else's ears to listen in on our convos. Now I know right now you are thinking I am some kind of crazy but sometimes its better to talk things out aloud and you know what? Tinny is a GRREAT listener! Also....if you hung around me enough you'd start talking to her to...its inevitable...ask my friends! Anyways I am quite emotionally attached to her and you can just quit judging me any moment now thaaank youuu!

  • Wonder WHHHY people drink pop (soda) soo much!! I never drink it but for some reason I felt compelled that I needed one on this drive..could have had something to do with my groggy eyelids and apparently people say it keeps you awake!....It did nothing but burn my throught...make my nose itchy from all the bubbles...make my eyes water and my teeth feel fuzzy! Which there is no worse feeling I am almost positive!!.... also it made me all burpy which I don't approve of!...awful stuff I tell ya awful!


  • Debate whether or not it would be acceptable to pee in the ditch or not..... I am not afraid of doing this...I have done it a few times...yet never in broad daylight...which I figured could be deemed as inappropriate ..slightly?.... also possibly a little embarrassing!?.... yet, my brain countered that peeing in your pants in your car may be slightly MORE embarrassing!...It is a dang good thing I found a rest area before either of these had to be enforced!!! It was a close call people!!

  • Pledge that I will listen to every song that comes on the good ol' Ipod...and by good ol' I mean good and OLD! I have had this Ipod for YEARS my friends YEARS!...no Ipod touch for me...I like to kick it old school!....anywho I decided to push play and come what may... due to the fact that I have had this for so long I came across some real gems such as:                                                    
  • Say My Name - Destiny's Child ( I still know all the words!)                                                    
  • Savage Garden - I knew I loved you ( This was also my very first tape I ever owned to go right along with my purple tape player!...I'm old..)                                                                                            
  • Jessica Simpson - I think Im in love with you...(no comment)     
  • N'Sync - Dirty pop AND bye bye bye (I saw them in concert...be jealous)
  • All things Britney... ( I honestly DO NOT remember even liking her...i swear!)
  • All things BackStreet Boys...( I remember liking them...shame... I also remember being really excited when they were staying in the hotel across from my dental school...I may or may not have tried to stalk them...its up for interpretation!)
  • Lindsay Lohan -Speak ..( who even remembers she had a singing career?)
  • All things Gwen Stephani ...( Still LOVE)
  • A few things spice girls....SHAME!
  • Remember S CLUB 7.....oh the shaaaame!!
-Then about the time my ears couldn't take it anymore...and I had perma numb bum the song Cyclone came on (if you dont know what that is look it up! I donno what the music video is like so...I am not accountable for your eyes!)....haha what the heeeck is that doing on there?!?! ...I broke it down, wiggled my butt around and it was exactly what I needed.... basically I felt like this kid!:        


                            
                                                
                                                   
     
Anyways after all was said and done I made it home a half hour earlier than expected!! Earlier I joked with a friend that I was going bonkers and they should put me in an insane asylum.... Then I realized I never want to be locked in an insane asylum...being by myself for 7.5 hours almost did me in!

XOXO





        

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Childhood memory

So I am feeling all in the spirit of the holidays lately!...yes yes already....stop judging me!....Christmas music and all things holidayish are fair game anytime after Halloween in my opinion! ...Thats when Wal-mart starts putting all their Christmasy items out anyways....and...Wal-mart is ALWAYS right!! So in loo of my feeling all Happy Holiday Joys over here I decided to write about a Christmas memory! This and I also am not home so I didn't have a lot to take pictures of pertaining to childhoodness! BUT I DO LOVE CHRISTMAS EVE JAMMIES!! (seriously who doesnt!!) I hope all of you do this because I seriously have issues waiting to find out what mine look like!! Its like Christmas...only the night before!! Oh the JOY of it all!!....ya ya I know you are all thinking uh...its just pajamas you freaktard but there are few things better than new fuzzy cozyness to sleep in...and EVERYONE is in a new pair!! Its all kinds of fun ok?!....When we were little we always got to open ONE present on Christmas eve...It was always sooo hard to choose which one and I am SURE we asked on multiple occasions if maybe just maybe this year we could open 2? (cue super cute puppy dog eyes!)...the answer was always no! Such great discipline taught in that household! (forever grateful!) ANYWHOOOO that was a tangent if I ever saw one!! So here is the picture of the last 4 years of PJ's!! ...Only 7 more weeks until a brand spankin new pair!!!! ...ok...I'm a freaktard!!





SO FUN!!!....anyways....I feel this post rather was annoying of some sorts! or I am just really tired....better get this butt to bed because I have a lovely 8 hour drive home tomorrow!....someone really needs to get their act together and invent an instant teleportation device...like NOW!...I would do it but lets face it....that could take a while!!! 

GOODNIGHT WORLD!

xoxo

Monday, November 7, 2011

Get Growin'!



Alright MEN its time to get growin! Its MOVEMBER.....time to grow those mustaches out and make your prostates proud! For those of you who don't know what the dickens I am talking about:


 Men start Movember 1st clean shaven ( I realize its november 7th already sooo better late than never!). For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.


Register at www.movember.com, and get the HECK GROWIN!!!!


--Seriously I am too the MOON jealous that I am not a dude just for the fact I can't participate in this MO-event! ....I however am glad to be a girl that CANNOT by any means grow a mustachio of my own!! 






TO KEEP UP WITH MY PHOTO CHALLENGE I WILL SHOW YOU A LITTLE MAN IN MY LIFE WHOM I LOVE!!....one day he will grow a mustache too....but for now...he can stay a baby...just the way I like him =)










video


XOXO


Sunday, November 6, 2011

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!

Below is a talk by Dieter F. Uchtdorf....this was my favorite talk from this past October 2011 conference. The highlighted parts are things that stuck out to me! =)

  “The Lord uses a scale very     different from the world’s to   weigh the worth of a soul.”



Moses, one of the greatest prophets the world has ever known, was raised by Pharaoh’s daughter and spent the first 40 years of his life in the royal halls of Egypt. He knew firsthand the glory and grandeur of that ancient kingdom.
Years later, on the top of a distant mountain, far removed from the splendor and magnificence of mighty Egypt, Moses stood in the presence of God and spoke to Him face to face as a man speaks with his friend.1 During the course of that visitation, God showed Moses the workmanship of His hands, granting him a glimpse of His work and glory. When the vision ended, Moses fell to the earth for the space of many hours. When his strength finally returned, he realized something that, in all his years in Pharaoh’s court, had never occurred to him before.
“I know,” he said, “that man is nothing.”
We Are Less Than We Suppose
The more we learn about the universe, the more we understand—at least in a small part—what Moses knew. The universe is so large, mysterious, and glorious that it is incomprehensible to the human mind. “Worlds without number have I created,” God said to Moses. The wonders of the night sky are a beautiful testimony of that truth.
There are few things that have filled me with such breathless awe as flying in the black of night across oceans and continents and looking out my cockpit window upon the infinite glory of millions of stars.
Astronomers have attempted to count the number of stars in the universe. One group of scientists estimates that the number of stars within range of our telescopes is 10 times greater than all the grains of sand on the world’s beaches and deserts.4
This conclusion has a striking similarity to the declaration of the ancient prophet Enoch: “Were it possible that man could number the particles of the earth, yea, millions of earths like this, it would not be a beginning to the number of thy creations.”5
Given the vastness of God’s creations, it’s no wonder the great King Benjamin counseled his people to “always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness.”6
We Are Greater Than We Suppose
But even though man is nothing, it fills me with wonder and awe to think that “the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.”
And while we may look at the vast expanse of the universe and say, “What is man in comparison to the glory of creation?” God Himself said we are the reason He created the universe! His work and glory—the purpose for this magnificent universe—is to save and exalt mankind. In other words, the vast expanse of eternity, the glories and mysteries of infinite space and time are all built for the benefit of ordinary mortals like you and me. Our Heavenly Father created the universe that we might reach our potential as His sons and daughters.
This is a paradox of man: compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God. While against the backdrop of infinite creation we may appear to be nothing, we have a spark of eternal fire burning within our breast. We have the incomprehensible promise of exaltation—worlds without end—within our grasp. And it is God’s great desire to help us reach it.


The Folly of Pride
The great deceiver knows that one of his most effective tools in leading the children of God astray is to appeal to the extremes of the paradox of man. To some, he appeals to their prideful tendencies, puffing them up and encouraging them to believe in the fantasy of their own self-importance and invincibility. He tells them they have transcended the ordinary and that because of ability, birthright, or social status, they are set apart from the common measure of all that surrounds them. He leads them to conclude that they are therefore not subject to anyone else’s rules and not to be bothered by anyone else’s problems.
Abraham Lincoln is said to have loved a poem that reads:
Oh why should the spirit of mortal be proud?
Like a swift-flitting meteor, a fast-flying cloud,
A flash of the lightning, a break of the wave,
Man passeth from life to his rest in the grave.
Disciples of Jesus Christ understand that compared to eternity, our existence in this mortal sphere is only “a small moment” in space and time. They know that a person’s true value has little to do with what the world holds in high esteem. They know you could pile up the accumulated currency of the entire world and it could not buy a loaf of bread in the economy of heaven.
Those who will “inherit the kingdom of God” are those who become “as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love.”  “For every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”Such disciples understand also “that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”
We Are Not Forgotten
Another way Satan deceives is through discouragement. He attempts to focus our sight on our own insignificance until we begin to doubt that we have much worth. He tells us that we are too small for anyone to take notice, that we are forgotten—especially by God.
Let me share with you a personal experience that may be of some help to those who feel insignificant, forgotten, or alone.
Many years ago I attended pilot training in the United States Air Force. I was far away from my home, a young West German soldier, born in Czechoslovakia, who had grown up in East Germany and spoke English only with great difficulty. I clearly remember my journey to our training base in Texas. I was on a plane, sitting next to a passenger who spoke with a heavy Southern accent. I could scarcely understand a word he said. I actually wondered if I had been taught the wrong language all along. I was terrified by the thought that I had to compete for the coveted top spots in pilot training against students who were native English speakers.
When I arrived on the air base in the small town of Big Spring, Texas, I looked for and found the Latter-day Saint branch, which consisted of a handful of wonderful members who were meeting in rented rooms on the air base itself. The members were in the process of building a small meetinghouse that would serve as a permanent place for the Church. Back in those days members provided much of the labor on new buildings.
Day after day I attended my pilot training and studied as hard as I could and then spent most of my spare time working on the new meetinghouse. There I learned that a two-by-four is not a dance step but a piece of wood. I also learned the important survival skill of missing my thumb when pounding a nail.
I spent so much time working on the meetinghouse that the branch president—who also happened to be one of our flight instructors—expressed concern that I perhaps should spend more time studying.
My friends and fellow student pilots engaged themselves in free-time activities as well, although I think it’s safe to say that some of those activities would not have been in alignment with today’s For the Strength of Youth pamphlet. For my part, I enjoyed being an active part of this tiny west Texas branch, practicing my newly acquired carpentry skills, and improving my English as I fulfilled my callings to teach in the elders quorum and in Sunday School.
At the time, Big Spring, despite its name, was a small, insignificant, and unknown place. And I often felt exactly the same way about myself—insignificant, unknown, and quite alone. Even so, I never once wondered if the Lord had forgotten me or if He would ever be able to find me there. I knew that it didn’t matter to Heavenly Father where I was, where I ranked with others in my pilot training class, or what my calling in the Church was. What mattered to Him was that I was doing the best I could, that my heart was inclined toward Him, and that I was willing to help those around me. I knew if I did the best I could, all would be well.
And all was well.
The Last Shall Be First
The Lord doesn’t care at all if we spend our days working in marble halls or stable stalls. He knows where we are, no matter how humble our circumstances. He will use—in His own way and for His holy purposes—those who incline their hearts to Him.
God knows that some of the greatest souls who have ever lived are those who will never appear in the chronicles of history. They are the blessed, humble souls who emulate the Savior’s example and spend the days of their lives doing good.
One such couple, parents of a friend of mine, exemplify this principle for me. The husband worked at a steel mill in Utah. At lunch he would pull out his scriptures or a Church magazine and read. When the other workers saw this, they ridiculed him and challenged his beliefs. Whenever they did, he spoke to them with kindness and confidence. He did not allow their disrespect to make him angry or upset.
Years later one of the more vocal mockers became very ill. Before he died, he requested that this humble man speak at his funeral—which he did.
This faithful member of the Church never had much in the way of social status or wealth, but his influence extended deeply to all who knew him. He died in an industrial accident while stopping to help another worker who was stranded in the snow.
Within a year his widow had to undergo brain surgery, which has left her unable to walk. But people love coming to spend time with her because she listens. She remembers. She cares. Unable to write, she memorizes her children’s and grandchildren’s telephone numbers. She lovingly remembers birthdays and anniversaries.
Those who visit her come away feeling better about life and about themselves. They feel her love. They know she cares. She never complains but spends her days blessing the lives of others. One of her friends said this woman was one of the few people she had ever known who truly exemplifies the love and life of Jesus Christ.
This couple would have been the first to say they were not of much importance in this world. But the Lord uses a scale very different from the world’s to weigh the worth of a soul. He knows this faithful couple; He loves them. Their actions are a living witness of their strong faith in Him.
You Matter to Him
My dear brothers and sisters, it may be true that man is nothing in comparison to the greatness of the universe. At times we may even feel insignificant, invisible, alone, or forgotten. But always remember—you matter to Him! If you ever doubt that, consider these four divine principles:
First, God loves the humble and meek, for they are “greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Second, the Lord entrusts “the fullness of [His] gospel [to] be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world.” He has chosen “the weak things of the world [to] come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones” and to put to shame “the things which are mighty.”
Third, no matter where you live, no matter how humble your circumstances, how meager your employment, how limited your abilities, how ordinary your appearance, or how little your calling in the Church may appear to you, you are not invisible to your Heavenly Father. He loves you. He knows your humble heart and your acts of love and kindness. Together, they form a lasting testimony of your fidelity and faith.
Fourth and finally, please understand that what you see and experience now is not what forever will be. You will not feel loneliness, sorrow, pain, or discouragement forever. We have the faithful promise of God that He will neither forget nor forsake those who incline their hearts to Him. Have hope and faith in that promise. Learn to love your Heavenly Father and become His disciple in word and in deed.
Be assured that if you but hold on, believe in Him, and remain faithful in keeping the commandments, one day you will experience for yourselves the promises revealed to the Apostle Paul: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
Brothers and sisters, the most powerful Being in the universe is the Father of your spirit. He knows you. He loves you with a perfect love.
God sees you not only as a mortal being on a small planet who lives for a brief season—He sees you as His child. He sees you as the being you are capable and designed to become. He wants you to know that you matter to Him.
May we ever believe, trust, and align our lives so that we will understand our true eternal worth and potential. May we be worthy of the precious blessings our Heavenly Father has in store for us is my prayer in the name of His Son, even Jesus Christ, amen.


- Always remember you are IMPORTANT...soooo important to your Heavenly Father! He wants nothing more than to see you happy and to see you doing all you should be! =)




In other news!.... the photo challenge is all things your favorite color!...I had nothing purple to take pictures of because I am in utah SO! I found pictures of things that are purple! yay!


 I wish I had this bag to take pictures of!...sigh..




 Once upon a glorious time I had the purple cover for my MAC...then it broke...now I have the bottom half...but its all cracked and nonsense...I also had an Iphone with a purple case...now I have no Iphone....but I HAVE A PURPLE PHONE!...i don't like it as much...
 Purple curtains...those are awesomsauciness



Purple flowers...very snice...





combine 2 of my fav things and you get purple owls!...wam bam!





This picture is really nice...I'd frame this..






 purple flower pom pom things!...







Purple watch....yes...please...


Anyways is everyone ready for monday?....Mine are a lot like every other day so...i'm fine with it =)

xoxo