"There is Beauty and Clarity that comes from Simplicity that we sometimes do not Appreciate in our thirst for intricate solutions." ~President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

It started after August 14th:

I believe after my birthday is when my mind made the switch this year. Did that happen this early before? Probably. But as time has gone on and as I've been morphing more and more into an adult adult(still not convinced 😏), I feel I've lost some of the spirit of things. I haven't taken on the responsibility that comes with creating an enchanting, fun-filled holiday.  And I've sadly had this weird expectation that all the holidays are still being run by my mom, a little embarrassing to admit, but there you have it. 

But you know what? The cool thing about when you make certain realizations like that, you can change that! Cool huh? 

I'm happy to be self-discovering myself and having these "A-Ha" moments where I can make whatever decisions I like. It's my choice and my responsibility to make things happen and how I want them to happen.  Why is that so empowering? Maybe because every day I hear my brain (Satan actually) tell me I don't have the ability to do anything. Oh how wrong that voice is! I most certainly can do things! 

By the way I documented last what I'm up to, to prove to myself and that mean voice that I'm actually doing good things. So that I can say to mr. negative "go away and stop wasting my time." ✋🏻 

So, here's to deliberately enjoying the fall season and all that follows after. 

First things first. Watch this:

Always gets me in the mood. 😌

Miss Mabel 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

What's New?

I always enjoy listening to these boys :)
As of late I have really enjoyed:
           I've been taking hour lessons every week. I still feel like I'm no good, but I am seeing some
            improvement. It's an awesome sport. Challenging. But awesome. Jake played in high school,
             and he's just really awesome 'cause he will practice with me. We're getting into it enough,
             that we are saving up for new and better racquets. I'm excited.

           Well, technically I haven't started to learn or sew.... but I recently acquired a sewing machine.
            I'm planning to gradually buy sewing supplies. So once I feel I have sufficient amount of the
            necessities, I'll get more into that. :D

             Actually! This one has a funny story. Back in May? Girl's camp prep was going on. Someone
             Facebook asked if someone had a ukulele. Without thinking I commented that I had one! And
              it was yellow! ha. Of course she would ask if I knew how to play. Nope. Not at all. It was
               just something I purchased once with the intention to learn, but never got around to. I didn't
               want to say that I didn't, so I went on YouTube and learned a few. I then discovered "this is
               fun!" So I looked up more songs to play.  I ended up accompanying for my young women at
               girl's camp. I have now actually been asked to play "Scripture Power" for the Primary
               program. And recently someone told me about this awesome uke app that is just Awesome!
               My favorite song that I've learned from that app is 'Everybody' by Ingrid Michaelson. :)

             Jake and I go walking every so often. And. I just love it. We are unplugged and we seem to
              talk with more optimism about what our future plans are, our personal and couple goals. If I
               were to give marriage advice, I would say go on walks with your spouse. Not only is it
                exercise, but it's a way to get closer to each other.

-Working out.
               Just kidding. haha. I'm trying to make that something I enjoy. I should say I sometimes
                enjoy it. I have thought about why I would like that... aside from the obvious, I want
                to be able to continue playing tennis, or basketball, or learn to dance with Jake, or go
                hiking, kayaking... basically I want to have a good and active lifestyle, I'd like to
                continue to do those things.

I still enjoy collaging, napping, scripture study, baking, napping, music, Gilmore Girls (November 25th!!!) and many other things.

I would like to get into more blogging, but I've lost touch with it. Who knows who reads it anymore.

A crazy thought just crossed my mind. I am now 26!! I've been that age for a week and just now am letting that sink in.  On the 'late twenties' side. Weird weird weird!

Well, time to go be a later 20's adult and fold laundry. Something I can say easily I do not enjoy. Ha

Miss Mabel

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Wife Goals

Biggest goal since the start of my marriage:
To be a good cook.
I'm so grateful and excited I have come a long way
since my first meal
(of course I documented) ;)
chicken alfredo
so bland.
A blessing in disguise, looking back it's a Real Blessing.
We were told when we registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond,
that if we returned anything we could get money back.
Nope! Not true. At least not with this one we went to.
 But we could get a store gift card.
We ended up getting
this cute red KitchenAid.

See? Real blessing.
the best contraption to make cookies in.
That's about the only thing I made in this.
Until today! :)
I have now used this cute thing for:
pizza dough
banana bread
mashing potatoes
cinnamon rolls.
and of course more cookies ;)

chocolate chip cookies
chicken cordon bleu

Jake is a brave person.
To be eating everything I've ever made him.
...Among other things...

My phone is full of recipes.
I have many to thank for sharing their recipes.
Including Pinterest. :)

homemade cheesy garlic bread
and spaghetti

LOVE this recipe.
best recipe for chicken alfredo.
not bland. :)

cream cheese banana bread

One of the perks of being a wife
and learning to cook:
a good apron. :) 

rice krispie baskets
draper tradition


Jamaican banana bread

sascha taught me how to make
chicken pot pie

I made one of my own!
meatballs stuffed with cheese

pad tai.
the best.

veggie and black bean tacos

cinnabon cinnamon rolls.
I just have to say, it amazes me how the Lord is involved in everything. Really. If you have a goal to improve on something, He will see you through it. I was talking to my sister earlier this week about how excited I was that I've come further along in my learning how to cook. And she rightly said, how the atonement isn't just meant for repenting and trials. If you think about it, it can be utilized in helping you accomplish goals also. The atonement is there for everything. Through this process, my confidence in this area has strengthened. It brings me joy. I love being a wife. I'm not just playing house anymore. I'm living it. Not perfect by any means. I still need to learn how to clean and do laundry more consistently :p... But it's still fun. :) Ha.

Well, as Julia Childs would say:
                                                        BON, APETITE!

Miss Mabel

My Valentine

You know, it's great looking back to
these engagement pictures. It's wonderful
to see where we have ended up since.




Thanks for making life a good one Jake
I love you.
Happy Valentine's Day.
Miss Mabel

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Marriaged for 2 years

Port Orchard. Taken before Basic.
San Antonio. Graduation from Basic.
Time passes by. And love just grows deeper.

Sometimes you get mad. Jake and I call those days stones. "Some days are diamonds! Some days are stone." ~John Denver.

Salt Lake.
Oh but the days of diamonds are just indescribably good.
Salt Lake. Peanut butter hair.
Ha, and you see each other do some silly things ^ Remember Jake when I got sticky stuff in my hair from the fly trap we had in our first apartment? Haha good times. These for me are the secret things you don't hear much about being married, but when they happen and you can laugh about it, you create memories and you somehow get closer. Does that make sense?
Salt Lake.
Just silly. :)

Adding someone to your club is oh so sweet. :) Your love expands.

Something I think is neat about being married to you (among the many things), is how you're
there for me. Like yesterday, I had yw. Didn't get home til about 9 or so.
And you had made dinner. A good dinner too, not just mac n' cheese (which btw I would
have been perfectly fine with) but a meal. I mean if that's not the perfect
man, I don't know what is! When I can't get to something,
you pick up the slack.
(Ha, I could have just made this a status, but his act of love and service deserved a sappy blog post. So there ya go ;))

Salt Lake Temple.
So, this is what having an eternal companion feels like.

I love it. And I love the man I chose.


Miss Mabel and her man :)

Thinking thoughts


My thoughts go all over the place. It's kinda cool sometimes, it's random and out of the blue also. Although... I'm beginning to not believe in random anymore.  Well in certain cases that is. What I mean is, I've been having more impressions than random thoughts.

For a LONG while I feel I have been a little lost. Lost in my mind.... in doubting, saying I'm no good, because I am messing up here, there, and all that. You know, I mean I talked about it a little on my last post. It's not uncommon to feel this way, but it certainly is not healthy or fun.

I come from a past like everyone else, with habits that have followed me to now. Ones that I could say are a bit embarrassing like: Waking up at the last possible moment for work, church, or any obligation I have. Oooooh! I know that is not good! For so many reasons (I know!)
I won't list everything else, it does no good for me to wallow my troubles with an endless list of problems right? right. ha.

That's another thing. Wallowing, dwelling, shaming yourself is not good. No Bueno. Sadly, it doesn't easily go away... However! It can! It really can! It is Possible.
I'm having a breakthrough a little bit. :) It's not a major one and I haven't found all the solutions to my problems or the world's, But, I'm trying to.. Listen. Watch. Pay Attention to something very key to helping me and my predicament. The Spirit. My Heavenly Father, reaching out to me.
So anyway. I am making more of an effort again. Read my scriptures, but also take time to study them as well. Pray, not just at night, but in the morning too. Well, and anytime you need to talk to Him. I said a little one at work today, just to calm an anxious mind. (nothing serious, mom ;) haha)

Also, to tie back in the getting impressions more than random thoughts... I want to be able to know when the Spirit is speaking to me. What kind of promptings am I getting? And am I paying enough attention to see them, and will I act on them? And not just promptings. Noticing tender mercies from the Lord, "confessing his hand in all things." You know?

Ha, what I keep forgetting, or have to remind myself is that "hey, I can actually pray about this! That's allowed!" You don't need to hesitate coming to the Lord about something. Especially when you feel you are not doing so well and you need guidance, comfort, hope.

Sooooo, I've experimented, as it says to do in the scriptures (Alma 32 to be precise :)) And you know what? It's not altogether immediate, but then again it is! I'm noticing personal revelation. I gotta tell ya, it's pretty awesome. Or just, tender. that may be the best word to describe it.

My thinking thoughts today, lead me to want to blog for some reason. I kinda wanted originally to just type them all out(my impressions), be all philosophical about it, but I guess all I needed to write is that I know my Heavenly Father knows me. He Loves me. And a sweet sister of mine told me recently, He loves me right now. Not just me of course, He feels that way about you too.

Oh! Btw! I am getting myself up now. I am working on that bad habit. It's not the easiest changing a deep habit, but! I am doing just that. :) Anyway. Thanks for reading my long post.
Have a wonderful day!
Miss Mabel

Friday, July 31, 2015

Who Am I

You know... Comparison is a terrible thing to occupy your mind.

It makes you feel like you're in a race.

I am guilty of making a race out of life. And I must say it makes me tired... because the race keeps me up. Fussing over what I haven't done, what I don't do, what I should do. I feel I'm coming in last.

I am reminded by a quote that I first saw on my cousin-in-law's wall:
I love it. And what a wonderful insight to who God really is. And what His influence feels like. This quote shows where you really should compare. How Satan makes you feel vs. how God makes you feel.

It's still a challenge though. To not compare yourselves to others and their accomplishments.

As I think of all the flaws I have, my inadequacy at everything every other person seems to do so effortlessly... I am reminded by this:
My biggest accomplishment: Married for eternity
to this man.
My life is so wonderful with him. He makes me feel just as special. He treats me like a queen.
Honestly, I have it good.
But I still have moments like this:

I was asked today from someone, why I wasn't in school, when am I going to go... I told them probably after kids. (I don't know I could make it to school before, but I still don't have a clue of what I want to do, and other reasons I won't go into..) This person gave me a look and in her cute southern accent asked me "Are ya sure you wanna do that?" With a face that said, "It's not going to work, you're crazy for doing it that way...."

I came home from work, feeling slow again, coming in last place in the race again.

Satan knew that look, so he thought he'd push me, make me feel rushed, and not good enough.

Last Sunday, our Young Women had a recognition night for one of our girls who had completed her Personal Progress. We sang a song entitled "Walk Tall You're a Daughter."
It is a beautiful song, and the kind of lyrics that empower you. We all sang it together, young women and leaders.

Heavenly Father is wonderful. He is amazing. He gives you just what you need to fend off Satan's taunts.
That song penetrated my thoughts. That line repeated in my head several times. Walk tall, you're a Daughter.

My growth is my growth. My journey is my journey. I'm slowly, but surely learning to heed the truer voice in my head. These past few years, from when I graduated high school to now, have been valuable years. My testimony and love for my Savior has grown so much. I amazed, even though I still mess up, which is practically every day! He comes to me and gives me a warm hug. My prayers are important to me. My scriptures are too. They are my communication with my Heavenly Father. In both I am taught and comforted.
I am grateful every day, that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That in itself is an accomplishment.
The world may say going to school and having a career is more important than starting a family, but God knows better. He blesses those who want to go to school first too. I know many of my good friends have graduated and are doing great things and I know Heavenly Father is proud of them. I am too.
For me, I'm going to keep being happy with this punker face...
and stay close to the Lord.
Who am I?
I am a Daughter of God.

Miss Mabel