Tuesday, May 21

hands-up stands-up

Best game ever right?

For those of you who don't know this joyful game I will explain. Its quite simple:
You have a person who calls the type of hand stand you do- this person is also the judge of who wins
You have the people who perform the handstands.
You have different types of handstands like; pencil, genie in a bottle, popcorn, etc.

Naturally Colton (my 16 yr old bro.) and I were bored yesterday (the two children in our family who are the most likely to have ADHD). So what do we do in the process of like 40 min.? Play basketball, frisbee, hands-up stands-up, run to the store to get chocolate-don't ask, and have my mom take pictures of us to see who jumps higher. Talk about inability to focus. But we had fun, so that's all that matters right?

My favorite was the hands-up stands-up game.. the only problem was we forgot all the different ones you can do... so we need your help.. for all you hands up stands up players, please help us remember all the ones you can do. We'd appreciate it!

Happy summer playing y'all!
we got a little carried away. Also please notice the good outfit that evolved yesterday :)

kindness and smiles

So often our kind deeds are the product of a kind deed from someone else. I'm so thankful for the kindness that others have shown me in my life. My little-not so little- 16 yr old brother showed this to me yesterday after not having the most happiest day. This was actually the 3rd thing he showed me-telling me each time, "I know this will make you happy Allie, watch this."

There is something about kindness and service that really does make you happy. I'm not a huge crier for some reason.. especially while watching movies.. but for some reason this brought tears to my eyes.

Mostly because I know my brother didn't have the best day yesterday either. But I watched how he became happier as he tried to make me happy.

That's the magic with kindness. As we do small acts of kindness it seems to cause this fire of happiness in your heart; you forget the sadness, frustration, or tragedy (even if that tragedy is that someone ate the leftovers you put in your fridge hoping no one would eat it).

Has this ever happened to you? Or seen how doing something kind for someone changes something inside you or even the person you do the act for?

Thursday, May 16


Remember that one post I wrote about change, broken things, or even about cheeriness?
Remember how sometimes unexpected things happen and we just have to go with the flow?
Remember how sometimes sad things happen but we can still choose happiness?

I do.

These things seem to happen often in my life and you think I would get used to it by now, but its still a shock every time. Needless to say I've learned that you just have to trust God and know that all will work out for the better.

I'm reminded of these scriptures where Christ is speaking:

"Fear not; for I am with thee" -Isaiah 43:5

Doctrine and Covenants 6:
 34 Therefore, fear not, little aflock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are bbuilt upon my rock, they cannot prevail.
36 aLook unto me in every bthought; cdoubt not, fear not.

And then lastly another scripture speaking of the comfort of Christ through his Spirit:
 "Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God." 2 Corinthians 1:4

These past two years have certainly been a journey of better health since I stepped off the airplane from serving an LDS mission. Each year presented new angles to understand what was going on health wise.. the underlying factor that I have Celiacs Disease.. but as we dug deeper I saw new parts of my heart I forgot were there. I was reminded of many things that were contributing to my health and lets just say it wasn't a very pretty sight. It's been scary at times and very unpredictable.

I can say, despite the unpredictability there has been a few certain things and that is:
1. My family is and always will be my biggest support system. I am so thankful for the support I've had from them. Family really is amazing and I'm thankful I have a mom who knows just what to say in uncertain moments and siblings who know just how to make me smile in moments of darkness. 
2. The gospel of Jesus Christ provides healing no doctor, therapist, or even food can conjure up. I'm so thankful for the scriptures that provide me strength and remind me of the Savior's power to heal. As well as the power of prayer to help me when I just can't seem to want to go any further or to express thanks for moments of overcoming.
3. Nature. 
4. I have amazing friends who really care and have been there for me in moments where I'm not my prettiest. 

Thank you, everyone of you, who has reached out in one way or another.

Its been a good journey and am sure it will continue. But I'm happy to say I'm feeling better than ever before.

I guess the point of this was to say to those who may be going through moments of uncertainty, pain, or even just the day to day stress life brings, remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and life really is meant to be joyous and happy. 

And just to make this post a little longer (because I know how much you love to read these)..
I've been accepted to the University of Utah :) So I'm finally gonna be a Ute after the many years of pretend. I'm so happy and thankful to be closer to home and will be able to graduate in about a year! Go team!