Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mother's Day

What a wondeful day to celebrate our beautiful Mother's. Since becoming a mom myself, this day is even more special than ever. No, not because now I'm celebrated too, but because I now know what it truly means to be a mom. The countless hours you go thinking about the well-being of your child, making sure that they always feel loved and know you are there, keeping them clean and healthy physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally, and so much more.
I am so grateful for my mom. I owe so much to her. She is the most selfless person I know. She is always running around doing for others, and takes very little time just for herself. We have been through SO much together. I can't even begin to name what we have conquered as a twosome! But, truth be told, I wouldn't change a thing. I love that we share those experiences. I love that no one can take that away from us. Every girl should have that bond with their mom in some way or another. To be able to say that you share something that no one else does. I love you so much mom. I know that I don't always say it, but you mean the world to me. You do so much for me. You are always willing to help me out, and that is something I appreciate beyond words. Jaiya loves you SO much and she can see how much you adore her. You two love each other's company equally and that does my heart good knowing you are so close.

And to Candi.
Oh my goodness, I am one lucky girl. I swear even as a child I was dreaming about the day I would get married and have babies. Wondering what family I would be a part of. And here I am. I'm 25 years old, and married to my best friend, with a beautiful 1 1/2 year old, and I have the best in-laws EVER.  I have to thank you for raising Dustin the way you did. He is so compassionate, loving, and selfless, just like you. You are so good to us. You are willing to do anything to help us out. You have been so sweet to help out with Jaiya while I get through school and take the time to study. I would not have gotten through it without you. She loves you so much, and you can tell she knows how much you love her. She makes it a point to walk over almost every day! We have had many long conversations, and know each other so well from that. The more I know about you, the more I admire you. You are a great women who has done so much with her life. You should be so proud, I know I am. And most of all, thank you for loving me like your own.

And to both of you: Thank you for being you. I am so blessed to have great examples to look up to. I try to emulate you both, and become what I aspire to be: the perfect Mother just like you.Enjoy your day! XO
And, gorgeous to boot!

My Heart is Heavy

I have dreaded this post. But, it's important to me to remember this day, and the wonderful life that I was able to share a portion of. Although I lost 2 grandpa's when I was younger, I was too young to understand that it was a permanent thing, that I would no longer get to share moment's with them on this earth. As I've gotten older, I have been fortunate enough to continue to share moments with those I love without having to suffer another loss. But, on February 17th, that all changed. I lost a very important person in my life, my sweet Grandpa Rolf. It's never easy to lose someone you love, but this was so hard. Not only because I would miss him terribly, but because his sweet wife is left behind without him. Lilly loves Rolf so much, and they had such a special relationship. I have always admired them for that. They didn't have unrealistic expectations of each other, they understood each other, and were content with that. As simple as that is, it's something I have tried to incorporate in my marriage. That we are all unique, and special, and that we should let each other be what they are without trying to change them. I love that. What a great lesson to learn. On top of that, Rolf has accomplished so much. Too much to even remember everything. But some things I will never forget is Rolf's love for model airplanes. These airplanes are expensive and so much time goes in to preparing them to fly. From what I know, they are built to scale, and it takes lots of practice to be able to fly and land one. Not to mention you had to fly them on an actual runway to get the speed for them to take off! So neat!  I loved to go in his work room in the basement and see his planes. He took such pride them! Another thing I know about Rolf is that he was a successful engineer back in Switzerland. So much so, that he wrote and published a textbook on engineering. I need to get my hands on one of those books! Rolf was always a hard worker, up until the day he died, he was still taking care of his house and yard. Rolf was a successful man, and was able to move to the States that they loved so much! He loved Salina for it's peacefullness. He appreciated nature and the beautiful mountains we have around. I know he and Lilly enjoyed going in the mountains together! Although he enjoyed their condo in Salt Lake, I know that he had a special place in his heart for Salina. He loved it here.
 Nothing is better than learning from the wise. Those who have experienced life and have learned from it. I have always enjoyed talking to those in their later years, and admiring their wisdom. Dustin was the same when it came to Rolf. He was enjoyable to be around and we both loved talking to him. I am so grateful to have known such a wonderful man. I love you, Rolf. Thank you for all you did for us, and for being a part of our lives.
We had a dinner at the South China restaurant in Richfield to honor Rolf. His closest friends were there, and it was a very special evening. Jerry gave a great speech, along with a few others. 

What an honor to have known Rolf. I am forever grateful.