This last week has been so so good!!! So many crazy and exciting things going on with my family!!
I drove up to Utah on Saturday, where I met up with my whole family in American Fork and had a great time. We hung out for a couple of days and then on Monday the real fun began. David and Summer were up at the hospital for their appointment and the rest of us kind of hung out, and then that night, Me and summer and my cousin Becca and Aunt Nancy got together and did the flowers for the wedding. It was so fun, especially because they are hilarious after 11:00 at night! Ha! good times.
Tuesday was the wedding!!!!!! It was a gorgeous day, and Danny looked super handsome and Alyssa looked gorgeous. It was a great day. Lots of pictures and lots of smiles and laughs. The luncheon was amazing...we had catered fajitas and desserts from Kneaders! Hello heaven on earth!!! So so yummy!
Wednesday morning I had to get up and drive home early, but Wednesday Andrew left for his mission to Seoul Korea!! I am bummed I had to miss that but it is so fast now that it was ok. I started up a blog so that everyone can keep track of his mission experiences: elderandrewgenewitt.blogspot.com
Wednesday David also went in the hospital. He had been kind of short of breath for a few days, but it had been a long time since he had been in the hospital, so it was time. His lung function had dropped from around 25% to 17% in just a short amount of time. Luckily there were no collapsed lungs or even partial collapses, but still had a major decrease in lung function.
Overall things went really smooth and it was a great few days. I got to spend a few hours with my mission president on Sunday which was AMAZING, I love the Erickson's so so much. I got to spend a few minutes with a mission companion, Sister OReilly. And then on tuesday after all the festivities, I went up to Salt Lake and visited my friend Katie Howell Ford. LOVE that girl!! It was super fun. We played the piano on the streets of Salt Lake City, and she cooked me a phenomenal dinner (seriously probably the best chicken Ive ever had), and she gave me a tour of her awesome neighborhood!!
Anyway, it was a great week with lots of fun and exciting things taking place!!!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Lately I've been reminded of the great need of living life to it's fullest and enjoying every moment, not hoping that something "better" will come along. As I've been pondering this, I've realized how much I need to change in order to truly be really really happy again.
The last few months I've been absolutely miserable in Fresno. The social life sucks, and I have really wanted to just get out, and move to Utah. That is still in my future plans, but I've realized that I can't just run away from fresno and expect everything to be perfect in Utah. I've gotten discouraged physically, mentally, and emotionally and therefore my spiritual life has been affected. I realized this weekend during my brothers farewell that I need to just snap out of it and have a major attitude adjustment.
so. thats what I'm going to do. I'm going to change, and start fresh in a lot of ways. Its so easy to get down on myself for not being perfect, and therefore sometimes I set unrealistic goals. So I'm applying the principles I knew so well on my mission, and thats to set realistic goals and make them obtainable with a plan and a purpose. Also....I'm going to write them down.
I have come up with a cool little chart that I can keep track of my scripture reading and daily prayers. I'm so convinced that it is the little things in life that make the biggest difference. Yet, sometimes, at least for me the hardest things are the smallest things.
I was reminded of some scripture verses in John last night and they explain perfectly what my goal is spiritually.
St John 6: Christ sent his disciples off while he went to pray and they are rowing and toiling with a huge storm in the sea, and they see Him walking towards them and they get scared and don't recognize Him. He then responds with "It is I be not afraid", and then they "willingly received Him into the ship".
I need to more readily and willingly receive Him into my "ship" (AKA: Life) I think that is a lifelong journey, everyday I think there will be ways to invite Him into my life a little more.
I used to hate change. But now I try to embrace it. I still don't love it, but I know change is what makes us stronger. I have become very accustomed to change this year, as it seems like there are huge, constant changes in my life with David's health, Danny getting married, and Andrew leaving on his mission. All good changes, but changes nonetheless.
I think personal change is the hardest. While there is a lot that I haven't shared in this post, I am so excited to change, to be better, to be more like my Savior Jesus Christ. To serve more faithfully, and embrace His teachings more fully through scripture study and prayer. Its the tiny steps that matter most.
I am so grateful for the gospel. I had a great talk with someone last night and his perfectly showed me through his kindness and love how close the Lord is to me, how much the Lord loves me and is aware of me, and how anxious He is to embrace me and strengthen me. The Atonement is real, and I was reminded last night that it's not just for the big things, its for everything that matters to us.
The church is true. I'm blessed and honored to be a part of it.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Three and a half years ago I was bracing myself to see my family again.
I hadn't seen them in 18+ months and I had only talked to them three times.
Two Christmases and a Mothers' Day.
And it was the best 18 months of my life.
I've been reflecting on the wonderful mission experience that I had as I have watched my brother faithfully and diligently prepare for his mission.
He is AMAZING.
Like really amazing.
He is worthy, active, in tune, spiritual, dedicated, a great worker, and believes and knows the gospel to be true.
He is an amazing young man and I am excited for him to have the mission experience.
It will make him even better.
I think about what kind of a person my mission made me into.
I am so happy my younger brother gets to be even better then he is now
My mission was the BEST blessing and gift my Heavenly Father ever gave me.
I know it will be the same for Andrew.
I loved my mission and everything it meant for me.
While it has been a long time since I have been a full-time missionary,
and lots has changed,
I still look back on those 18 months as the best, hardest, most inspiring, most strengthening 18 months of my life.
Andrew, with two weeks left, enjoy every minute of the preparation.
You are going to be awesome out there.
The people of Korea, and your mission president/companions don't realize how lucky they are going to eb to have you there!
Love you bro.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Elder Dallin H Oaks wisely taught:
"We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ"
Perfectly said Elder Oaks.
My bishop put it perfectly in a fireside this last sunday.
He said that often in this stage of life, the hardest choices aren't between right and wrong they are between two good things.
Then today my boss said,
If you are always working toward a goal, and have a couple backup plans in mind, you will never be disappointed because things will always work out as planned.
SGF, good point.
I have some very wise people in my life.