Friday, June 25, 2010

Cystic Fibrosis

As some of you may know, I have a brother who has a disease called Cystic Fibrosis. It is a genetic disease that is Autosomal Recessive. That means that both the mom and the dad had to be a carrier of the gene, and both have to pass it on in order for one of your children to have it. It is a disease that effects the respiratory system, and the digestive system, and just about every system in the body. It is something that people who have it can have and still live a normal life between hospital stays, testing, and taking lots of different machines and medications.

I love my brother and he is such a wonderful example to me of being steadfast and faithful even amidst the trials and hardships that come with having CF. He is amazing.

This semester I have been able to Visit Teach and live next door to a wonderful girl named Ali who also has CF. She is another person who is so inspiring and so humble. she is GORGEOUS and so talented, yet she recognizes the hand of the Lord in everything she does. Her and her sister who also has CF tried out for America's Got Talent with the stand that if you pursue your dreams, you can live life to its fullest and enjoy every minute that you have, even if you don't have as long as someone else. Below is their audition. It is so inspiring and so good. Ali and her sister are two strong girls who are motivated and positive even with the trials of CF. Watch the video. It is great!

America's Got Talent Christina and Ali 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

My Dad.

Meet My Dad.
He Rocks.
Let me tell you why.

1. He can always make me laugh.
2. He is quick to turn to the scriptures for answers.
3. He is very soft spoken and patient.
4. He has always suppported me in all of my decisions.
5. He has also supported me at all of my different athletic events throughout the years.
6. He always expresses how much he loves us.
7. He treats my wonderful mother (Who you heard about a while ago) with the utmost respect and love.
8. He expects us kids to do the same.
9. Through his example he has taught us how to work hard.
10. He helps me to see my potential.
11. He is friendly to EVERYONE. dad waves at everyone and starts conversations with the cashier at the store, to people in line with him, to everyone at church.
12. He is quick to serve. I used to hate mowing the neighbors lawn, and taking out their trash cans on trash day, but it is a lesson that has stuck with me.
13. He sends my mom to Idaho to visit me on Fathers Day. :)
14. He is a worthy priesthood holder, always ready to give a blessing at a moments notice.
15. He is a great leader, and knows how to get things done.
16. He cooks AMAZING taquitos. Ask anyone who has had them.
17. He builds up everyone around him.
18. He spends all the time he can with me and my brothers and my mom.
19. He is a great example of being dependable and being true to his word.
20. He is the best, most incredible dad I could EVER ask for!!

I could go on and on....but here is a good start.

I love you Dad! Wish you were here in Idaho!! Thanks for everything!
Love ya,

Sunday, June 6, 2010


This song makes me smile. Don't take it seriously. Just laugh....because its funny!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


So, I have surprised myself lately. I have been way more spontaneous then ever before. I usually am the type of person that has to plan things out far in advance just to make sure every little detail is in order. I have a feeling that planning my wedding (Which is not happening anytime soon...) is going to be a disaster because of how much of a perfectionist I am. But anyway....I have been spontaneous and taken two trips on the spur of the moment. One to Arizona a couple months ago, and one to Logan this last see my favorite mission companion, and one of my best friends ever....

the one and only, Lancaster. Funny how I still can't call her, or any of my companions for that matter by their first name and feel ok about it...

Anyway, I left right after RS on Sunday (I had to teach RS/Priesthood combined) and drove to Logan, hung out, and drove back on monday. It was great to not have to do anything productive, and not even think about school.

Now that I am back, the stress of midterms has hit, but hey, it was worth it...better then stressing about it all weekend, right?

I have learned an important lesson though....being spontaneous is great, it actually cuts back on the stress, because if you are smart, everything works out.

I will have to try this more often......