Hot Dog

June 11, 2011

The title of my blog (the URL itself) looks like it says “hotdog”.

Anyways, I am back from my mission. I have been back a few months now. Best thing I ever did. It was hard, but incredible. Good to be back, but I totally miss my mission friends.

I go back to the Y in the Fall. I am excited to be busy again.



September 23, 2009

I officially resume my mission on October 1st. I have a flight scheduled and everything. I am so excited and nervous all at the same time. On one hand, I have been waiting for 6 long months to get back out on my mission (and I originally thought it would only be 6 weeks); on the other hand, because it has been so long, I feel somewhat lost and stressed about getting used to it again.
Through all of this stuff, I have realized that I don’t do so well with change, and I get to experience this scary change again. Even so, I know it’s the right thing for me.

Oh, mixed feelings…..

New Moon!!

September 12, 2009

…and found some videos that I took of Rylie playing and talking to herself. Also, I took a video of when we were driving from AZ.

Synchronized Running

August 26, 2009

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about "Synchronized Running", posted with vodpod

happy forf.

July 4, 2009

Have a happy, safe holiday weekend.


We did this while Maddie and Carson were at Ma’s house.

I helped my mom make this. She and my Dad are going to be Youth Conference mission presidents for the Russian mission. It is going to be a place mat with facts on the back and they are going to give each missionary in their “mission” one of these to take home.

Russian Flag etc

June 5, 2009


May 2, 2009


So, I suppose you are wondering how I could possibly be writing this post. As most, and probably all of you know by now, I had a change of plans, or rather a temporary change of plans. I did my whole MTC thing…4 weeks of amazing awesomeness that I will never forget. Really, I could go on about the MTC for days! What an incredible place!

But, I was having trouble with…yep, you guessed it! My FEET! My cursed feet! I had to get surgery on my left foot. All I know is that this must be in the cards for me. I will be honest and say I was not a happy camper to be released from being a missionary, but I am on what is called “medical release” so my missionary clock is not ticking. I will get to go back and do another 17 months. I can’t wait!

When do I go back on my mission, you ask? Good question! There are some requirements I must meet according to my Stake and Mission Presidents. The big requirement that I am working on now is being able to walk 6-8 miles per day for one week. As soon as I do that, the Stake President can make some calls and I can be sent on a plane as early as the next day. But, my Stake President, who is SO amazing, is big on me taking my time and not pushing it. I totally see why he would feel that way. He doesn’t want me to do too much too fast because I could hurt my foot further. Anyways, I have been doing my walking for about 2 weeks now and I am up to 2 miles. Baby steps, right?

So, I have been back since March 18th. Yes, the first week or so was pretty weird. (I can only imagine how weird I will feel after 17 more months. hehe.) The surgery that I had requires 6+ weeks of recovery and I was so worried that I would be sitting around for that time doing nothing. Well, the Stake President gave me some assignments, which I couldn’t be more thankful for. Some of the assignments are

  1. Read Jesus the Christ by Easter
  2. Continue my personal study
  3. Go out with the Sister Missionaries

I did read Jesus the Christ, but finished it a couple days after Easter. It was so incredibly good! I am reading it again since my time was very much occupied by reading it before. I have continued my PS and have gained a better understanding of so many things through Jesus the Christ and my recent experiences. I still have not gone out with the Sister Missionaries, but I will. It has been a busy few weeks.  I have also tried to maintain the missionary schedule. I have good and bad days. All in all, I want to continue to progress during this time. I don’t want to jump back in to my mission and it feel unfamiliar. I want to feel confident.

It has been so great to study for me. I know I am not studying for my benefit, but for the potential investigators. What I mean is that I am not studying for a class or a test as if I were in school; I am studying so that I can become a better instrument in Heavenly father’s hands.

So, I feel like this time is not a road-block in my mission plans. It’s just a detour or hiccup. I can’t wait to get back out there.
PS: Adri just put in her mission papers and could get her call any day now!! I am so excited and I feel so blessed because I will get to go through the temple with her.

Siyanara Suckers!

February 15, 2009

I am off to the MTC in Provo. See you in 18 months. Don’t forget to write me.