Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas

I noticed something recently about myself. The other day I was looking at an email someone had sent Cody filled with Christmas jokes and pictures. Before I started going through them, Cody warned me that some were a little more questionable than others. As always, I blew his warning off. I consider myself to be pretty thick skinned and always felt like there wasn't much that could bother me or make me blush. However, while I was going through them I noticed there were a few that did offend me just a little bit.

That night I realized why.

Through choices I have made and diligent efforts and habits I have formed, I have slowly moved closer and closer to all things that are good and worthwhile. Not that I am a saint, or perfect in even the loosest sense of the word (I'm really not even that great at all), but just that through each little step I take I become, naturally, that much closer to Him and His spirit. I know this shouldn't be such a stark realization, because I have been told it would happen, and it just makes sense. But, to actually feel a difference in who I am, and to acknowledge and realize that I am growing (and not just in my belly, bum and thighs) was something really amazing.

I truly do love Jesus Christ, more than words can express. I anxiously await seeing his face and being physically in his presence once more. I am grateful for him, for his birth, and for what his perfect life means to my imperfect one.

I love Christmas. I love that we have a designated time of year in which we try extra hard to become closer to Him and remember what He means to us. I hope that I can keep on an upward path, so that one day I can be with Him forever.

Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Temple Square

We rode trax up to Temple Square to see the lights two Saturdays in a row. The first time with some lovely family members (thanks for the invite Holly :) and the second with some friends. Its always nice to be close to the temple with people you love, look at something beautiful, and contemplate Christ and his birth. Honestly, what more could you want?

First night.
Luckily, my big coat hides my expanding belly and body :)

And, the second.
And, of course, a big thank you to all of the people that made each night fun and worth while!