Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Nauseous.

just wanted to quickly say;
I CANNOT FREAKING STAND STUPID BF/GF who post all over their crap that they have the best {significant other} ever, and have all of their profile pictures images of them kissing. it makes me throw up in my mouth.
I KNOW that at one point Evan and I were only boyfriend and girlfriend...
But even on the Book of Face, we didnt even put ourselves as "in a relationship" until we were freaking engaged. not because we were embarrassed or didnt want people to know, it was because we didnt need to declare to the entire world how amazing and great our relationship was. WE ALREADY KNEW....we didnt have to convince everyone else! ahhhhh. seriously, the moment your "about you" section starts mentioning that {blah blah blah} is the most fantastic boyfriend, and he is your "bestie" (oh what a disgusting word) and you "love him soo soo much!!!" I automatically assume that you are writing this in attempt to convince yourself, because if you had never said so, i never would have questioned it. and also, i hate you.

RANT courtesty of TNay.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Power of God on Earth

(word of warning: I do apologize that whenever I write a post about things gospel related they are so lengthly)

The "winter" semester of BYUI has ended. Evan gets a week off before he starts another semester, we finally get to hang out with a set of friends who constantly had homework, and alas, the snow has melted! (for now)
However, this time also brings about moving for several ward members.
The pro of having an all student ward of all newlyweds is amazing. We all can relate so much to each other, we are all pretty much in the same stage of life.
But the mighty big con of it is the constant turnover.
Every semester at least half of the ward leaves and is replaced with new members.
This Friday a few families that we have grown quite fond of are leaving, and starting the next chapter of their lives. Its a very bittersweet emotion, because we get to fond of each others company and friendship, but we all are aware that at some point we must(MUST! lol) leave Rexburg and continue on somewhere else.
Today we got many new bishopric counselors, and whole new relief society and elders quorum presidencies. In Relief Society we had the opportunity to have the new presidency set apart in front of all of us.
Which brings me to the point of my blog (sorry for the extensive intro)

I cannot get over how amazing the priesthood is.
Every time I receive or witness a blessing, I am just amazed at what is happening.
Many times, things in the church become relatively...ordinary.
We partake of the sacrament every Sunday, and at times may forget the importance of the ordinance. If we don't remember the purpose of scripture study and daily prayer, they may simply become tasks, rather than us doing all that we can to learn and listen.
I can imagine blessings becoming like that for some people.
I imagine that, even after 20 years of being a member, the priesthood and the use of it seems so new to me because of the lack of blessings I had growing up.
This is NOT a post to make others look bad, or to make it look like I pity myself.
I am merely pointing out that I only remember few occasions that involved fathers blessings, and I don't remember ever being sick enough to have the need of a healing blessing. Therefore, besides my patriarchal blessing, I can only remember 2 blessings that I have ever received before I got married.
Since I have been married, I have had 3 blessings. The first one that Evan ever gave me was also the first one he had ever given. These experiences are the foundation of my testimony of the Priesthood.
Evan is not the most confident in church related things. In his youth, he only blessed the sacrament twice, never had a leadership calling, and did not serve a mission. I would imagine that every young man is nervous with his newly-received priesthood, Evan just happens to be the only young man that I have ever seen at that time in his life.
Towards the end of last year, I had to switch medications for my bipolar disorder. I had to slowly go off of my first medication while slowly building up my second. The new medication took a bit to fully kick in, so there was about a week or week and a half where I was hardly being medicated at all. I can honestly say that it was the hardest week, emotionally, that I have ever endured in my life.
I wont go into the details of my feelings, but one night we had just gotten home from our friends house and I was low, low, low. Evan went somewhere real quick, either to a neighbors or to get the mail or something. While he was gone, I started to pray, which lead to a LOT of crying. When Evan finally returned and heard me crying, he thought that someone had died. Though Evan was obviously aware of my struggle at that time, I did not share my specific thoughts and feelings. I didn't even tell him I had been praying; I simply asked him for a blessing.
He did not hesitate. I sat down and he gave me a blessing using the Priesthood of God. He said things that were DIRECT ANSWERS to things that I had just been praying about moments before. He gave assurance to doubts I had about that myself that I had never shared to any other person on this Earth. And as he did this, his voice did not shake. He was voice was confident, soothing, and full of love. Besides the incredible feeling of having my thoughts so directly answered, I was amazed that Evan was able to perform his first blessing with such ease.
These were the thoughts and feelings that I had today as the women of my ward were set apart in their callings. I think it is absolutely incredible that worthy men can hold and use the power of God for our benefit. I have listened to the words of my Heavenly Father come out of my husband's mouth as he righteously used his priesthood. WHAT A BLESSING.
It absolutely astonishes me that I am blessed enough to have that in my life, and am able to witness it so often. What a miracle.
I am so thankful!!!
<3

Sunday, April 4, 2010

no butter, no pastries, and no sugar!

For anyone who is not a part of evan's family...the title is just a movie quote.

But, it is related to the point of this post.
Evan and I have always made an effort to eat healthy,
we only eat whole grain bread,
dont buy products containing hydrogenated oils (trans fat)
eat a variety of foods,
dont drink soda,
that type of stuff.
However, we have recently (last week) decided to also cut something out of our diet: sugar.
Now, I am aware that many foods have naturally occuring sugars; we will still be eating those, keeping fruit for more of a dessert food. But as far as candy, cookies, cake, ice cream, (the obvious) we are not going to be eating those. not that we do very often anyway, but even the once-in-a-while-ward-function dessert fest will be excluded. We are also paying attention to the sugar content of things such as cereal, yogurt, even lunch meat.
I am very excited about this! i take it as a challenge to find delicious desserts and snacks that contain are nutrition filled and, now, sugar-less.
I have been exploring different food for quite a while now, something that Evan's mom is proud of us for.
Some things that I have randomly researched, bought, and cooked are:
homemade hummus
homemade pita bread
curry
lentils
the spice "cumin"
and, most recently, (thanks to a friend) quinoa

much time can pass while I sit with my google searchbar and find healthy recipes with nutrient rich, natural foods.
Last night I made a great vegetable turkey chili verde, which turned out better than the applesauce muffins i had made yesterday morning. my half of the muffins werent so bad, with the occasional raisin for a bit of sweetness, but that is more than can be said for evan's half, since he doesnt like raisins.
This morning for Easter breakfast we had apple cinnamon french toast, a recipe which i made yesterday, let sit in the fridge for 8 hours, and then baked this morning. it wasnt the most amazing recipe, but i think for only 3 tbl of honey and the natural sugar in apple rings, it was pretty impressive!
I have not managed to take a picture of all of my new food adventures, but I do have a few


This was the vegetable curry with mango chutney
The first helping wasnt too great for evan, since i didnt even realize that it was only vegetables. and, if you know evan very well, you know that that didnt even touch his appetite. however, once we added some rice (and evan some chicken) i thought it was pretty delicious.






This is the french toast dish from this morning. looks pretty weird lol but its crustless bread on top, and underneath was torn up pieces of bread, dried apple rings, and lots and lots of egg whites.
















This is the quinoa dish i made today! definitely a new favorite...sooo delicious.
Evan just put some sriacha on it (of course) and ate it like a salsa with tortilla chips. I warmed up some flour tortillas and put them in that. Very good and oh so healthy!








Hope everyone had a good Easter, (despite the inches of snow for us here in the Burg)