Sunday, June 29, 2014

Crafting


Since moving here, I've had a lot of down time. 
We only have one car right now and with Jared working so much, I've been dating my Netflix account and I've had a lot of time for crafting. 
Here's what I've made. 

I re-covered this magnet board with this cute fabric.

Just hot glued the fabric to the back.

I also covered this bulletin board with fabric and painted the edges.



I used a hot glue gun to glue
the fabric on and the ribbon.

Viola. FInished entryway. 

I also painted this for our
ocean themed bathroom.
It was fun!
I have a few more things to accomplish before I give a grand tour of the new place. Stay tuned for more.

Dr. Jared Michael Coudron, D.D.S.

He did it! 
He graduated dental school. 
We had a wonderful weekend with family and friends to celebrate Jared's great accomplishment. 
I am SO proud of him and how smart he is! 
He's a photo tour of graduation weekend.


We went to the Dental Ball.
Like Dental Prom. We have a lot of fun.

Dad and Matt came to visit. They flew over night
 and were exhausted the whole time.
They slept the whole way to the beach and back.



At Graduation!
He graduated!

Buz N' Ned's Celebration Dinner

Baseball game!


Squirrel's Game


We had a little party with friend's
and family afterwards! 
I'm so proud of him for all that he has accomplished. He's enjoying working and is getting faster at charts and patients. He even worked on Mom's teeth when she was here. Mom was really proud of him. 
I'm also very grateful that Jared picked a career that he loves and that will provide for us and our future family. He works so hard and it is wonderful to see him thriving. 

Week With the Girls

My Mom and Two of my sisters came to visit. 

They drove all the way here and we had so much fun! 

We went to the beach, the zoo, shopping, and to the space needle. 

I'm so glad they came. 

It is so nice to have them close enough to drive. 

Here are some pics.

In Downtown Gig Harbor

The View of the Zoo


Shark Bait


Camel Rides

Camel Rides


Fox Island Sand Spit.




We found lots of sand dollars and
the Gooey Ducks (sp?) spit water at us. 

Selfies!




Love this one!

Space Needle



It was so windy. Which is 
why Mom's shirt is blowing

Love this boy!

Thanks for coming up! Love you all! See you in August.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Subtly Changing the Conversation

Satan's working really hard lately. Have you noticed? 

In recent years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has received quite a bit of positive attention. To its "I'm a Mormon" Campaign to the positive "Helping Hands" service programs to the wonderful lowering of the missionary age, the Church has done so much to improve it's image in the public eye. They have made Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, the Mormon Messages page on YouTube, and this week, they made an Instagram account. They are becoming a much more 21st century media organization, while focusing on principles established by God ages ago. 

Fortunately, all of this good press had been ruining Satan's ability to slow the Church's progress of spreading the Gospel message to all who will hear it. But, Satan is clever. We know him to be the father of lies and deceits and in the past few months he has subtly changed the dialogue, even that of faithful members. It has been changed from, "I Believe in Christ" and "Not my will, but thy will be done," to "I believe in Christ, but this church is sexist" and "This church is so archaic. They don't know how to live in this 21st century world." Satan has been working his magic and people are beginning to believe all he has to say. 

Our focus has been taken away from the mission of the church. In Moses 1:39, we read that God's "work and glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." He has laid out a plan of salvation that, if followed, allows us to live with him again and with those that we love dearest. 

While here on earth, we are to face tests and challenges. These include temptation, disappointments, inadequacies, trials of our faith, and many other individual challenges. God provided us with a Savior, Jesus Christ, who willingly suffered all of our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and gave His life over to God enabling us to have the atonement. The atonement gives us the ability to repent and return our focus towards God. His plan allows for errors, but it requires consequences when we sin. We were all given the gift of agency. What a wonderful gift this is, but with great power comes great responsibility (Thanks, Spiderman). We may have the ability to make decisions, but not the outcome of these decisions. 

God's plan is perfect. Sadly, man and women are not perfect. We have our struggles and our issues. We say the wrong things and make the wrong decisions. We've all made mistakes. We've all had our trials and differences of opinions one with another. As long as we are willing to say sorry and make amends for our errors, God forgives and ALWAYS loves us. God loves all of us. That love will not diminish or fade. 

Having this knowledge, let's use Satan's tricks against him. Let's change the dialogue. Let's begin to focus on Christ and His love for all. Let's focus on molding our wills toward God. This will take time. It will take effort. It will require a change of heart on a personal level, but from such personal change and conversions comes power. Power from God to change the world. 

Let's being today to focus on what we can change, ourselves. Let's start with "the man in the mirror" (thank you, Michael Jackson) and change our outlooks to focus on our Loving Father in Heaven, who has given SO much to us and in return asks that we do everything we can to live with Him again.  Let us begin again to lift others up, instead of pushing them down. Let's preach and tell the world that Christ lives and that because He lives, we, too, will live again. Let's change our selfish attitudes from "I'm right" to "Not my will, but thine be done." Let us do what is asked of us every day including, reading our scriptures, saying our prayers, attending our meeting on Sundays, fulfilling our callings everyday, attending the temple, and showing love for ALL those around us. Let us remember what we are all striving for. And above all, let us spread God's message of love, peace, family, and service to everyone. 

Satan may be clever and cunning, but we have God on our side. We know who will win this war. Let's begin today to subtly change the conversation and help bring ourselves and everyone closer to God. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Richmond, Virginia to Gig Harbor, Washington

We did it! 





We drove/rode all 3,038 miles.
We drove/rode all 44 hours.




We traveled through 13 states. (I missed the picture for Iowa. BOO!)


West Virginia
Indiana
Kentucky


Missouri



Iowa


Nebraska


Wyoming

Utah

Idaho



Oregon

Washington

Went through 30 ish water bottles.
Stopped at 15 ish gas stations, one that even served Indian food.
Saw a lot of family.








And now we are here. 
In Gig Harbor, WA.



Living in a beautiful two bedroom, two bathroom apartment.
In a beautiful, woodsy, town.
With a Dr. husband.
With Costco, Target, Panda Express, Home Depot, Albertson's in walking distance.
We are excited for our adventure!
But SO over unpacking. 
Our old apartment (Chelsea Square) was a hoarder's paradise. 
So much closet space.
We have a little less here. 
Which means Jared and I have to purge and re-decorate.



Jared went into the office to shadow today and I'm trying to decide how to decorate the new apartment. 
Anyone have any ideas? Or any good place to buy good, cheap furniture? I'm in the market for a entryway, console table and a book case.