Saturday, October 29, 2011


Neither Burke nor I are very big into Halloween. I think dressing up is fun but I'm really not great with ideas. So usually it doesn't happen. And we both pretty well hate all things scary. But one thing we do love about this holiday is pumpkins! Picking them, carving them, lighting them, and especially eating them......!!!

Last weekend we went to the handy-dandy pumpkin patch. It was an hour away. I'm sure there are closer ones but it had a corn maze too and we got groupons with some friends from school. And it was just so much fun! Can I tell you, I go to school with some lovely people that I just adore.

To be honest, the corn maze was a little bit lame, but it's alright. Like I said, I'm not a fan of the scary kind.

We carved our pumpkins the other night and I was wiped out so I was just anxious to get them done and go to bed. But it was fun and I still think they turned out nice! 

As for eating pumpkins, that's probably another story. A really yummy story.

Oh and, I bought a ton of candy yesterday. But, last night we had to leave the church Halloween party before the trunk-or-treat! And seeing as how we don't really live in the most trick-or-treating friendly neighborhood, I'm getting a little worried about where all of that candy is going to go. All I have to say is that if any neighborhood kids do knock on our door, they'll be hitting the mother-load. 

Happy Halloweekend!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Good things to come

Last weekend I was with the sister missionaries at a lesson and we watched this video. Today I taught a lesson at church about hope. They kind of go hand in hand.

As I prepared my lesson I realized something. Hope is just like every other gift of the spirit. Many of us are not perfect at it all the time. Sometimes we may struggle to feel hope, just as sometimes we lack in faith. Yet, just like the other gifts of the spirit, we really must seek to develop it. Without it, we truly "cannot be saved in the kingdom of God," (Moroni 10:21).

If we are down and despairing, we can develop hope by exercising faith, learning more about Jesus Christ, and trying to develop Christ-like love for others. Hope in the Atonement of Jesus Christ can bring light to our life that will help us face all our trying times.

"Don't you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. Some blessings come soon. Some come late. And some don't come til heaven. But for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come. It will be alright in the end. Trust God, and believe in good things to come." -Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Navy town

Burke and I live near the largest navy base in the world, Naval Station Norfolk. It makes for an interesting dynamic in this town. Last weekend the base hosted "Fleet Fest," a festival on base with ship tours and a car show and live entertainment. We caught the tail end of it and were able to tour the USS Eisenhower, a big aircraft carrier.

Those things are seriously massive.

This is me on the elevator. They move the airplanes out onto the elevator and then it takes them up to the top deck.

It was pretty neat for Burke and I to be able to just drive on base for the festival. It's usually a little more complicated than that. Some friends of ours from church live on base and they invited us over for dinner one time. We pulled up at the gate, Burke handed them his ID, and we had to pull around and wait for our friends to drive up to the gate and escort us to their house. I visit teach this same lady, and it's a bit of a challenge because if I were to go by myself it would be terribly inconvenient for her to load up her 3 kids and come to the gate to get me.

When Burke was gone to Wisconsin for a whole week and I was utterly lonely, I could most certainly not complain to anyone. More than half of the people at church are navy families, and they say goodbye to their husbands/fathers for deployments that are usually no less than 6 months. Besides that they often have other things that take them away for a week or 2 at a time. It's a different world, that's for sure. Recently some ladies at church were talking about when they gave birth while their husbands were deployed. One lady said, "You're not a navy wife until you give birth without your husband there!"

It's super enlightening to see what these servicemen and women and their families go through. It has really helped me appreciate more the sacrifices of those in the military. It's a whole different lifestyle, and it's not easy.

Every once in a while Burke talks about joining the navy. My new response is, "Don't do it! I don't want to have a baby without you!"

Thanks to you all for the sacrifices you make.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


On Sunday I was informed by my dear friend Sarah that if her friends don't update their blogs at least weekly she is sure they are keeping secrets from her. So, for Sarah, here are the secrets I have been keeping the last few weeks.

-I am no longer in nursery at church. I am the new 4th Sunday Relief Society teacher. This is going to be interesting! Oh but on Sunday during conference I learned a lot of great tips for teaching. Good thing. I don't even know what to do with that talk I'm supposed to teach a lesson on.

-Burke has been promoted! They added the word "advanced" to his title and gave him a raise. How about that?!? It doesn't sound like much, but I am so excited for him... he did that within a year even while working from Virginia! They sure like him.

-When the weather cools down I'm more motivated to run. I had the best-feeling run ever today.

-Burke and I went home to NC last weekend. It was awesome. On Saturday morning my parents babysat some kids (it was their donation to a service auction) so we got to join them at the zoo! It was super fun. And even though my parents used to wrestle 6 children, I think they were sure grateful to have a little help with those 3. I got some great pictures, but I will refrain from posting them since they are of someone else's children. 

-I absolutely love the place I grew up and the people there. It is even more perfect in the fall. I haven't been home in the fall in quite some time. Burke and I climbed the chestnut tree that is the best climbing tree in my parent's huge yard. It's a great feeling... you should try it. We decided maybe we'd try to climb a tree every week.

-Yesterday we went to the park and played tennis. And climbed a tree.

-I am learning to suture. It's really fun, but I don't know how I'll feel about it when it's on a real person. So far I've just practiced on pig's feet. Yep. Delicious.

-Burke and I are looking for a new apartment/house. I made a pros/cons list about this apartment and seeing as how the cons list is like 6X longer than the pros list, the beach factor has been outweighed. However, we have so many factors to consider in a new place that we can't decide what the top priorities are! Plus we are having a very hard time finding time to look. But it's in the works, anyway.

And in other news, we are happy. How could we not be? Did you hear that fantastic general conference? I'm excited for October. I loooove this time of year.

Secrets out.