Sunday, January 24, 2010
Monday, December 28, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
It's the time for Christmas Fever!!!
For some reason at this time of year, our eyes open and we see the things in our life that mean so much to us! We all think of the Savior more.. I think that at this time of year you probably hear the word "LOVE" more than at any other time of year! (except maybe Valentines Day) You also express your gratitude for just about everything...
Well, I have been affected with the Christmas Fever! For me it also has to do with the fact that soon I will be leaving for 18 months, and I'm leaving my family and friends and all the conveniences of home behind!
Thanksgiving was a great day! (Last year I was in charge of rolls at Golden Corral, so anything tops that) We spent the day at my Grandparents house, and with family! We all had a question that we had to answer about our lives and why it makes us grateful, it was good to hear that everyone has struggles but they get through it and are grateful for them! I know the Lord doesn't give us anything that we cant handle...
I had the privilege to read a letter that Sean wrote to us... I can honestly say that the Army has changed his life and opened his eyes. He told us all of the ways that he has grown, and how he loves all of us so much! A lot of people were crying as I read, and it was really touching! Love him! I am SO grateful that we are so close and that God blessed me with him as my older brother! I'm also grateful that he found Haley, and the amazing sister that she is to me! She is so easy to love!
Of course there is the rest of my family, they are all great in their own ways! Its fun to be around them all the time now, leaving them will be difficult! (but do-able!)
And then there are my friends! I love them! My Best Friend is GETTING MARRIED!!! And although it is really hard for me to know I wont be here for her wedding, I couldn't be happier. I think that because I know I'm leaving I'm helping even more than I normally would! She is including me with everything (even more than her mom I think!) and I love it! She will be such a beautiful bride, and a wonderful wife! Love you Branda!
When I left Russia I was so excited to be leaving, and I never thought that I would be SO grateful for my time there, not only did I change and grow for the better, but I met people that helped me get to where I am today!
The number one person that helped me put my life into perspective is the beautiful Aubrey Whitaker! Its not just that she is kind, loving, happy, pretty, has the greatest eyes EVER, and funny, but she is just a BEAUTIFUL person, inside and out! She brings God into every aspect of her life, and I look up to her so much for that! I can truly say that the best part about going to Russia was meeting her! (And she is hopefully coming to visit in January! I CANT WAIT!!)
The list could go on and on and on... but that is enough for now I think! I am grateful for and Love all of you! Thanks for being a part of my life!
Now this Christmas Fever usually goes on until the beginning of January...we make our New Years Resolutions with such good intentions, but this next year lets REALLY try to show our love and gratitude to all of those around us, and most importantly to our Heavenly Father and His Son for letting us be here and have any of this in the first place!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
First I have to name some things in my life that I am SOOO Grateful for(in no particular order):
*Pride and Prejudice!
Let me tell you why...
Well General Conference always helps to put things into perspective for me! I love hearing from all of the General Authorities and the people God knows we need to hear from! Its refreshing to feel their spirit, even if it is just through a TV screen! So that set a good mood for my week! It was also cool to hear the Elizabeth Smart is going to serve a mission (my mom was sure that I was going to get called to Paris, France as well and we would be companions haha)
So the week went on... Monday we watched the Gordon B. Hinckley movie, which I really liked! A man as amazing as President Hinckley even had his human moments, and it's funny to hear about those!
Then Wednesday came, and the mail lady decided to not deliver our mail until 3:30!!! Can you believe it? It's ok, I didn't get a certain package anyway, nor the next day! Oh well, I thought, next week!
Then came Thursday night! Can I just say that I have the most amazing grandparents in the world? Their foundation, Deseret International, was celebrating its 20th birthday! And they have done such amazing things! Helping people all over the world one at a time!
There is something that Joseph Smith once said that will forever remind me of my grandparents. He said, "a man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race."
If only everyone could be like them...well they had the Celebration on Temple Square in SLC. We got to go and hear all about their progress and meet some amazing people; Elder and Sister Oaks, Jenny Oaks Baker, Elizabeth Smart, Daniel Beck, and many others...
The music that night, there are no words. I wish that I could play the Violin like Jenny Oaks Baker! It was touching! A really enjoyable night! It made me so proud of my family! I don't know what I did to deserve to be placed in such an amazing family! They truly teach me service and love for others! They are such examples to me! And my friends were there to share that with me!
So now its Friday! I'm not feeling to well for some reason, so I went downstairs and turned on my FAVORITE movie, Pride and Prejudice! (the long one with Colin Firth) And while I am down there just enjoying this great film, my mom screams down the stairs! I run upstairs....and guess what? That certain package arrived! I felt it was so fitting that it arrived while I was doing my favorite thing!
After waiting for all of those people to come over and be there with me while I opened it...The time finally came:
Dear Sister Reay:
You are hereby called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Dominican Republic Santo Domingo East Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months.
You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, January 27, 2010. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish Language.....
Then to round it off, on Saturday I went horseback riding with my friends up Hobble Creek canyon! It was gorgeous! We had such a good time! Thanks to Holly!
I couldn't be happier! This time in my life seems to be the best time! And I am just so grateful that I have people all around me that are such good examples and are so supportive! All of my family, friends near and far, and my Heavenly Father who is always with me and helped me know that this is what I need to be doing right now in my life!
I love you all!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
This is us in front of the towns Cathedral... It was on the top of a hill, and was surrounded by an awesome park.
Kiev, Ukraine! I never thought that I would go there, and I never thought that I would love it so much! I don't really know what I was expecting, but it definitely wasn't this.....it is completely green, cobblestone roads, people that smile, and HOT, HUMID weather! We lived in a town called Boyarka, it was 45 minutes outside of the city! I was glad, because we didn't have as many opportunities to spend our money, and the air was a lot cleaner. And every time that we went into the city, we got to drive by the new TEMPLE! I am so excited for the members in Ukraine, their closest temple is Germany! Not for long...
This is one of the main streets downtown in the City! It was so fun to just walk around and look at the buildings! I didn't take as many pictures though, because by this time I was pictured-out.
This beautiful Cathedral was right on Souvenir street! I love all the colors that they use!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Khans Palace, Bakchisarai, Crimea, Ukraine! GORGEOUS! This is an old Mosque!
The Crimea used to be part of Turkey, so there are still a lot of Turkish towns there...They sold Baclava everwhere....I told Sean about this and he told me that I had to try it in memory of him! It was really tasty, but very different from the Baclava that I am used to!
This is the harbor in Yalta! It is such an amazing city! It has many beauties!
We rode a Gondola car up this really steep cliff on Mt. Ai Petri. On the top there was a turkish town where you could shop around and ride camels and what not....the view from the top was breath-taking! We were in the clouds, LOVE IT! The pictures dont do it justice!
On the way down Mt. Ai Petri, we stopped at a waterfall! I mean seriously, this little peninsula has everything! It was so fun! Holly, Sarah (a girl that met up with us that will teach in Kiev also), and Me!
This is the view from the porch of the Massandra Palace, which is the Mansion that the Yalta Conference was held at! Yeah I was in the same room that Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin had meetings about world peace! It was great!
This is the boardwalk in Yalta! We walked down it often, and got really delicious ice cream and pizza! It was so relaxing after all of our stress from traveling to get here!
Look what I found when we went shopping! I should have bought it! haha
This is a terrible picture! But this is Bora and Giga! They are the people that we stayed with in Sevastopol! They were really nice! Bora picked us up from the bus stop and payed for us to get to his house, then they took us out to dinner that night! There are such nice people all over the world! I will never forget any of them!
Well, I suggest everyone book their tickets for the Crimea! It is amazing! This isn't even close to half of the pictures we took of amazing places! I hope you all get the chance to go someday!
Love you all, Dena