Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This summer, we spent a weekend in Pine, AZ. 
It was lovely to be with family and get away from the hustle and bustle of the world. 

While there, we attended church where we had a wonderful lesson. 
The woman teaching was talking about goals.

She taught that desires are only wishes until we make a plan. 
Only after the plan do we have a true goal. 
She ended by saying,
"Someday is not a day of the week."

That hit me pretty hard. I loved it. I wanted to remember it. I even googled it. 
Google told me that Denise Brennan Nelson said it. But then it told me that Janet Dailey 
was actually the one to say it. Then Pinterest told me that it was actually Dr. Phil. 
So I'm sorry it I'm not giving credit where credit is due, but I am going to attribute this one to 
the dear woman who taught me a valuable lesson in Pine, Arizona. 

Someday is not a day of the week.
How often do I say that I need to improve my scripture study
and then continue doing the same thing I have been doing for the last year?
Or that I need to exercise more regularly
but choose to push the snooze button two times each morning?
Or that I would love to play a certain new piece on the piano
but I keep playing the same comfortable things over and over?
The list could go on.

So I've decided that I need to start making these desires into goals.
And I need to make short term, obtainable goals. 
Maybe even daily goals.
Do you ever get to the end of the day and wonder,
"what did I even accomplish today?"
I do.
More often than I like to admit, maybe. 

So I am committing.
Each morning, as part of my routine, 
I will prayerfully decide what I can reasonably accomplish that day.
And then I am going to do what it takes to make it happen.
Because someday is not a day of the week. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

100,000 Miles

Yesterday, we made it back to Utah safe and sound.
I definitely cried on our way out of town, 
leaving behind our family and everything we hold dear in AZ.

But there is a time a season for everything, and for now, we are in the law school time and season.
And life is good.

On our way up, this happened.
Yes, I know the picture is super blurry... 
Try to navigate the highway just outside of Las Vegas between 2 Semi Trucks and get a decent picture.

100,000 miles on my dear little Corolla!
And all of a sudden, all of these wonderful memories came flooding back to me 
and made my heart happy.

Like the first time I saw her.
I had just graduated from high school and we had been searching for a good car for me.
My dad called, telling me he had found the perfect car for me in Manti, UT.
I was a little skeptical, since my dad had found 5 "perfect-for-me" cars before... 
all of which I thought were duds.
But when I saw her, I knew she was the one. 

Or when she was finally ready and we went to get her. 
My dad and I flew up to Utah and navigated the Frontrunner to get to Provo, 
caught a ride with a cousin to Manti, and then drove the car all the way back to AZ, 
just the two of us.
And how I knew that my dad would sacrifice anything for me at that time.
And I will always remember that road trip with dad.

Or how she got me to ASU every single day for three years.
Early morning classes, new friends, amazing adventures. 
Oh the college years. 

Or the time I let my brother borrow her to go to a high school dance.
I thought I was a pretty cool sister.

Or the time my friends decorated her on my birthday.
And then we made it a tradition to decorate each other's cars for that entire year of birthdays.
Including one midnight trip in her out to Avondale... maybe getting a little lost.

Or the first time I drove her again after a year and a half in Argentina.
And thinking I might die since I didn't remember how to drive.

Or the time that she took Brad and I away, as husband and wife.
After the wedding, after the reception, we were just us. The Pews.
And then she drove us to California to take our honeymoon cruise.

Or the time she drove us up to Utah for the very first time to start this new adventure.
Two young, married college students, off to take on the world. 

Oh, these are heart happy memories!
My very first car...
She has been a good car to me, and I expect another 100,000 miles out of her.
Where will she take me in these next 100,000?
Surely it will be a grand adventure!

Do you have a car that makes you smile to think about all the memories you made with it?

Monday, August 4, 2014

Change of Plans

Sometimes, plans have to change.

For personal reasons, we had to cancel our trip to Argentina last minute.
We are super sad, but we know we made the right choice
and we will be working through some things for now.
But we will get through it together, and all will be well.
Everything happens for a reason.

Soon after receiving the hard news that led us to cancel the trip, 
we found this giant chair.
And sitting in it seemed to lighten the mood just a little bit. 

Someday, we will visit Argentina again. 
Until then, we now have 2 completely free weeks where neither of us is working or in school.
That hasn't ever happened!
So we need a plan to fill our days...

So far, our brainstorming has come up with these options:
Make a Grand Canyon Trip
Visit Sedona
Explore Desert Botanical Garden (unless it's just too melty hot)
Catch a Movie or Two (we're not big go-to-the-theater people, 
but we have a million gift cards... any suggestions of what's good right now?)
Relax and Enjoy Being Together

We might head back to Utah earlier than planned as well so that we have some time to 
rest before Brad starts back into law school and I head back to work and piano teaching.

What do you all think? What should we do for the next two weeks?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Leavin' On a Jet Plane

T-minus 3 days until we leave for Argentina!!!

This was my view landing in Buenos Aires the first time around... over 3 years ago now!

We're just a little excited...

The people I love SO much
The places I want to see again and show to Brad
The things I never saw and now get to visit
The food
The culture

This is going to be one amazing trip!

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