Monday, July 28, 2014


So since Josh's birthday is tomorrow, I thought I would share 24 things you may or may not know about my fella.
1. He won me over the first time we met by telling me I looked like I was 20. Every 15 year old girl's dream. haha

2. Josh has the BIGGEST sweet tooth of anyone I know. He could eat ice cream every day of his life. He also requests cookies on the daily.

3. He loves to scare me. If he leaves a room before me, I know to expect for him to run off to hide and scare me. Even if I know it's coming...I still get scared at times. I gets scared and he laughs his head off.

4. He loves Texas A&M. There is currently a college football countdown at our house. Bring on the football.

5. Josh loves me best when I'm in jeans and a t-shirt. He'll choose that over dressing up any day.

6. He's the best study partner around. He quizzes me like a beast. Honestly, I get the best grades when I study with him. I'm excited to get payback by helping him study soon.

7. He's the hardest worker I know.

8. Oreos have his heart.

9. Josh loves family. I'm glad I get to be his family now. He'll be the best dad one day too.

10. Best laugh ever.

11. If possible, he would fish all day every day.

12. He wants to catch a shark.

13. Netflix documentaries are is number one.

14. He lets me watch The Bachelor and never complains.

15. Texas comes up in conversation at least once a day.

16. Food. He's such a foodie.

17. He reads the news every. single. day.

18. Going shopping with Josh for anything takes hours!!!

19. He loves to play soccer.

20. Josh loves to be outside. Hiking, fishing, playing sports, and really anything.

21. He loves to sing along to the radio.

22. He's supportive and loving.

23. He loves to give talks in church.

24. He has my heart.

                                                      Happy Almost Birthday Josh!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Summer has been flying by. Our July was filled with burger dates, fireworks, Sonic runs, temple trips, and movie nights. There has also been work, work, work, and school. BUT let's not focus on those aspects of our month. For 4th of July this year we celebrated with Big juicy burgers from Five Guys. The burgers were as big as our faces. The next day we took a trip to the LDS temple in Baton Rouge, LA. We don't get to go to the temple as much as I would like, so I really cherish the times that we get to. There is nothing better in the world. That night we watched fireworks by the river. I was really impressed with the firework show this year. We missed fireworks last year, so I really soaked in the experience. This month also was a really exciting month for Josh because we got him signed up to take some online college classes for the Fall. One more year and he can take my place as the full time student in the family. I will happily give him that role. haha I'm just so proud of him. I can't wait to see what the rest of the month and summer will bring.
xoxo, Amanda

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A note on kindness.

The word kindness has been on constant rotation in my mind lately, or more adequately the lack of kindness. Personal experiences and experiences affecting those around me have sparked a desire in me to talk about the lack of kindness in my world lately.  I won't leave myself out. I won't blame everyone else for the unkindness and not talk about how I can be unkind as well.

So why all the unkind words, actions, and thoughts? I think we are all busy. Busy with school, work, family, you name it...most of us are pretty busy people. We get so busy that we can be unkind to those around us. Our mentality might be "they can't possibly be as busy as me....get out of my way." Perfect example of this mentality is when we are driving. We don't let someone in to traffic, we cut someone off, we yell when someone cuts us off, and the list goes on and on.We (again I use we to include myself) use busy as an excuse. We glorify in the excuse of being to busy to be caring, kind, or patient. If busy is making us unkind...I say let's stop being so busy.

 Another reason for our unkindness is getting lost in self. We see our own set of struggles and challenges. We feel our own heartbreak and grief. We forget that everyone has there on set us trials, struggles, obstacles, and challenges.We will never know the full extent of someone else's emotions or the obstacles that have been given to overcome. It's ok if we don't know them all (because it's a personal journey too) but we should at least acknowledge that every one we meet is facing something. We don't get to be unkind because we have challenges. Everyone we meet is having a challenge. Being unkind doesn't change your circumstances and it's adding to the burden of someone else. Unkindness is an added obstacle that you throw out into the world for others to overcome.

At one point, I am sure that everyone has felt broken by unkindness. Unkindness has a way of breaking spirits and ruining days. For those days I share this quote: “Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God's love encompasses us completely. ... He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken.”   ― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

So what do we do about all of this unkindness?? We stop. We stop talking about other people when they leave the room. We stop getting angry, being rude, or using hurtful words. We take a second to remember that we are talking to another person with feelings, emotions, and challenges. We stop using technology to hurt people. I challenge myself and anyone reading this to replace unkindness with kindness. I challenge us to build each other up and to not let others unkindness break us.



Thursday, January 2, 2014

Welcome 2014

It's a new year and resolutions have been made. Josh and I both filled out a goal sheet for the upcoming year. I'm going to be honest, eating healthier was no where to be found on my list. Sure I would love to be healthier and exercise more, but I feel like that goal is a set up for failure. (At least for me) My goals consist of striving for patience, being more confident, and striving for unity with those around me. Confidence is a big one for me. I think once I develop more confidence in myself everything else in my life will fall into place.

Josh's goals consisted of striving for success and living it up. I like the way he thinks. I like the idea of having our year's motto being to Live it. Live it meaning to enjoy life, do our best, and go after our dreams.
(Via Pinterest)
This is going to be our year. I think blogging will also become more of a frequent occurrence. Time will tell.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A lesson learned while eating chocolate and feeling bad for myself.

I am a really bad blogger. I blame 1. graduate school and 2. graduate school. It consumes my life.
Today, I was having one of those days. You know, one of those days that nothing can make better. It's just a feel bad, sad for yourself day. Add in deadlines, a quiz, and emotions and it leads to just one big catastrophe. I came home feeling sad for myself because, well I just had "one of those days." I ate some chocolate. I complained to my loving husband. (the man is so patient... I hit the husband jackpot.) I talked feelings out with good friends.
Suddenly, everything didn't seem so terribly bad. My whole world did a 160 and I felt better. No matter how many no good terrible days that I have...well there is always good. This life was designed to be filled with trials and struggles. Why? So that we could grow and progress and become exactly who we need to become. I guess what I am saying is that after all the bad and the sad, I feel like maybe I was shaped a little for the better. With Him I am always in good hands. At times, it takes me a while to realize the important things in life. I temporarily forget  my blessings. Maybe I don't even forget them completely, I just forget to cherish them.
There will always be days that I will feel the need for chocolate and a Dr. Pepper. It's ok that I will have days that I want to hibernate. It's ok, as long as I remember that everything is going to be ok eventually. Sadness shouldn't last forever because there is so much good to be enjoyed. Life without happiness is really no life at all.
So join me in trying to see the good every. single. day. No matter what may come our way...we've got this.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Texas & I & Love & You.

J and I took a little vacation to the great state of Texas. J is from Texas and I am a converted lover of it. We left at 4 am and arrived right around lunch time at J's Mimi and Grandpa's house. We absolutely love them. We also absolutely love their pool and freezer full of ice cream.
(Not their freezer, but the grocery store was stocked with blue
bell and I couldn't get enough.)

(I could laugh at these pictures all day.)

We went on a small road trip to the Blue Bonnet Café. Look at these
pies! I wanted to smash my face into one so bad. We also drove
to Oatmeal, Tx just to say that we went. Home of like 3 people. It's
the kind of thing you do when your with the best Mimi and Grandpa.

After Chic-fil-a trips, multiple bowls of ice cream, family dinner, and
swimming our hearts out, we left on our own adventure.
More to come...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

My weekly top ten.

My current top ten of the week...
1. Diet Dr. Pepper with cherry or vanilla. my addiction.
2. Quotable kids. I spend at least ten mins everyday telling J
and my mom funny things that my kids at work say.
3. School supplies. Grad school has been the best excuse to
get tons of new school supplies. hmmm fresh notebooks.
4. Little cousins who fold their arms for prayer and shut there eyes real
tight. I almost cried Momma kinda tears.
5. Pregnant announcements. They make me so excited and maybe a little
6. Husband cooking me dinner. He is the chef in our family. I'm
obsessed with his food skills.
7.Baking. Now this is my passion. 3 dozen cookies today.
Not doing much for my fitness/health plans though.
8. Sam's Club food samples. We are those people.
9. Instagram. I'm an addict. Also pinterest is making me happy again.
10. Daydreaming about future homes, texas, graduating, and babies with my J.