How did I become 37 so quickly. I still feel like the young kid I was in college, high school and grade school. 

Here are 37 things I've learned:
1. Dreams do come true. 
2. Prayer is real and produces miracles. 
3. There is a God who knows us each individually and is watching out for us. 
4. Friends are very important. 
5. Happiness is often based on choices and a big choice is often to choose to be happy. 
6. Family is most important. 
7. The right thing isn't always the popular thing. 
8. There are no bad people, Well, at least most people do dumb things but I'm not to judge. 
9. Service not only helps those being served. 
10. Age is relative. 
11. Time does heal most pain. 
12. Life is too short to spend too much time agonizing over work. 
13. Fishing is relaxing. 
14. You can make a huge difference in your own sphere, which ripples into the whole world. 
15. Words are powerful. 
16. You always need mommy, even at 37.
17. Men and women are different, and that isn't bad, it is just how we can compliment each other. 
18. Teenagers are weird but really need us. 
19. Money is definitely not everything. 
20. Work is work. Sometimes it is hard but most the time it is rewarding. 
21. Food is essential and delishious, but can be like any other vice in the world. 
22. Home is whereever those you love are. 
23. Skype and FaceTime help home be anywhere and both ease homesickness. 
24. It is a blessing to have friends that you can connect with after years of separation and not miss a beat. 
25. Being a parent is amazing. 
26. Sleeping is helpful and needed, and should be appreciated. 
27. It can always be worse. 
28. I don't have anything to complain about. 
29. You cannot change or control people. 
30. Marriage is work. 
31. Slamming doors doesn't get you anywhere. 
32. Having your own house(buying) is pretty dang cool. 
33. The sunset is worth making time to see everyday. God is the best artist. 
34. The seasons will always change even when winter feels incredibly long. 
35. Living in the moment is how you should live. 
36. Babies don't keep. 
37. Love is always the right answer. 

There are lots more things I have learned in my 37 trips around the sun, but those are the ones that come to mind today. 

Here is to this trip around the sun being filled with adventure, happiness and lots of love. 



Fat Tuesday

Hi.  Did you know that once upon a time, I was Catholic?  Yep, that's right, I was.  Around this time of year, the observation of Lent happens within the Catholic religion(and among other Christian Sects as well) and I actually like the whole premise of that observation and I still actually observe parts of it.  The whole object of Lent is to prepare oneself for Easter by fasting from something.  This observation happens during the 40 days prior to Easter with its beginning marked by Ash Wednesday, which is tomorrow.

Easter is actually one of my favorite holidays because we celebrate what Christ did for us and that is laying down his life so that we can be saved ourselves.  I like how Lent prepares us for that celebration and gets us more focused on religion and Christ,  so I have kept this part of my Catholic days with me.

This year, I am going to fast from Diet Coke, and candy.  (I have been toying with sweet treats and soda all together, but I am thinking that I would be setting myself up for failure.)  I have been having a major gluttonous relationship with candy and soda and I think the best way to cleanse myself from these bad habits is to take a break from them.

This year, I would also like to add a bit more to my observation of Lent rather than just giving up something and not thinking about much else.  I have been doing pretty well at my goal of reading The Book of Mormon again by the end of the year.  Maybe I will be adding some other study to the mix about Easter and the Life of Christ.  Any suggestions on what to study?

Well, I hope all is well for each of the five of you that read this blog.


Oh and Happy Fat Tuesday.  Basically, you run around doing all the things you plan to give up for Lent.  I may have a very large Diet Coke today and some Cadbury Mini Eggs(they are my favorite!)


Birthday Week

Hi.  I have a habit of not writing on here.  Oh well...it is the season of rocking and laughing at a cute little nugget of a baby.  (I don't laugh at him while rocking him, that is counter-productive.)

This week I will turn 37...or as I like to say 20-17.  Sounds a bit less like I am getting OLD.  I know, 37 is the new 17 but I am feeling old lately.  I am getting grey hair and am tired all. the. time.  (The tired probably has to do with parenthood and not necessarily maturing.)

I like to celebrate the whole week.  So yesterday, we hung out with my adopted family, The Bills.  It was a blast as always and there was much laughing.  That is free therapy people, btw.

Maybe each day I should do something I love to celebrate being alive and having one more trip around the sun.  Any suggestions about things to do?

Later this week, I will write an inspired post about aging and how awesome it is.  For now, I am going to go pretend that I do not need a nap and watch my kids take a test in Health class.