"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

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

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

See My Happy Face?

My how wonderful life is! I just had a great journal session. It made me want to blog. So I'd like to take a minute to update/express my thoughts.
 I'm still living in the south, but a little more north and little more east. :) hehe. Good ol' South Carolina. We are in a small town, where you'd think there's nothing going on. Ha, well that is still true. We have found some fun things to do though. Actually, from what I've heard from the folks here, there are a lot of things to do. You just have to go looking for it. :)
Oh but I think it is lovely here. I love the trees, and the sky looks amazing on this side of the world! I'm actually loving it.
I believe that has a lot to do with the people. I have met and made good friends with some fantastic ones.
We have a great ward. I feel so welcome and glad to be apart of such an awesome ward family. I also have been given a fun calling: Young Women advisor for the Mia-maids. I'll be honest, it is sometimes a challenge for me because I'm shy/socially awkward, but I love the girls and the leaders I'm working with. This last week we had the chance to go to baptisms for the dead. It was so neat, and I felt the Spirit so strongly. I love going to the temple!
Jake has been doing great as well. He works hard. And shows his love for me in the most amazing ways, I'm a very blessed lady. :) He also has a calling as the first counselor in the Elders Quorum. Which keeps him busy. I don't mind though because he is serving the Lord. That's how it should be. One thing Jake and I are trying to be better at is to be good missionaries. We like to have the missionaries over. We have been having discussions with this couple at our house. It's so great to be involved with something so important to us. Real neat. :)
Hmmmmm what else?
I'm working at Belk. Pretty cool place. Awesome people to work with. I like it. :) haha.
We like. No. LOVE. Being married. It's been quite the adventure. :) :) And Yeeeaaaah!
Hope you are happy too. :) Read the scriptures. Say your prayers. Stay close to the Lord.
One thing I see every day, are the answer to prayers. Little and big things. I am grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ. and I love life!
Miss Mabel H.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Biloxi, Mississippi 2014

Mabel is always happy when there's trees. 
We got "jerseys 'cause we make a good team" 
We loved the time we spent at the beach. Thankfully 
we have not died from the flesh eating bacteria that apparently 
is in the water... when we found that out, we kept our distance from the 
water, but not the beach. 

Having two jobs is definitely a challenge. Avoiding eating sandwiches and cookies, as well as owning every piece of clothing was not easy... 
Who knew we would be spending our 1 year anniversary in the south? 
What an amazing year it has been, and it just keeps getting better. :) 
This was a neat moment. I gave my boss a copy of The Book of Mormon. 
He has told me he is reading it. Small steps. Planting a seed. Missionary work is so gratifying. 

Remember that time we found a stray dog and named him Oscar? 
We owned a dog for a good ten minutes before he found his way out of our backyard :( 
 And there was that other time you grew out your mustache?
That was dead sexy. :)
I turned 24. Traditional doughnut cake.
Jake threw what was left away.
>:(... haha
Probably for the best. 
And then! We discovered a place
where now all doughnuts are
just not the same.
Potato flour. That's where it's at. p:

Your mouth is watering right now isn't it? 

One of the things I love most, is seeing my man 
in his uniform. It makes me so honored and proud to 
be his wife. 
We had the wonderful opportunity to attend
a ball for the Air Force's birthday.
What an experience. 
Most favorite moments:
Hearing a POW veteran from the Vietnam War speak.
And dancing with my love outside on the balcony. It was just us 
two. So romantic. He is the best. :)
And last but not least, our home for the past 8 months.
(photo credit: my awesome mom who came to visit us)
I have loved the great time we've had here together. 
Jacob has done such a fantastic job in school for weather.
He is now graduating Thursday. We are moving Friday to our
next adventure. South Carolina! 
Thank you Biloxi for giving us this experience. Your southern food
is not like anything I've ever had, oh and your people aren't too bad either. We also 
enjoyed your crazy weather. What's even better is I have my own personal weather 
man to tell me what's going on. I love it. 
I have a pretty awesome life. 
Here's to binge blogging. 8 months worth of pictures. 
(there are more but I'll spare you. You have probably seen most of this
on my Instagram, seeing as that is where I have documented most my life. I 
still love to blog. I will try to be better. We'll see.) :P 
Miss Mabel

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I'm an Airman's Wife

Is there such a word to describe how I feel about this trip? 
I have been separated from my dear husband for two and a half months, not hearing his 
voice everyday, only communicating through letters... it has been tough. 

Everything in this trip fell into place. If that makes sense. I enjoyed every moment of this experience.
Thursday: Airman's Run, Coin Ceremony, Tap Out, Tour the Base. 
 On the Airman's Run I was in a pretty ideal spot for seeing Jake. 
I got lucky, my first glimpse of him was just that, a glimpse. He saw me and sneakily smiled and waved at me. My heart just skipped!
Coin Ceremony was neat, but dragged on. I was ready to see my Airman! Haha
Tap Out is where the Airmen stand at ease and the loved ones go and "tap" their man....give them a hug and a kiss(wives & girlfriends of course)
My heart was racing as I walked over to where Jake was standing. 
What a great moment that was! 
It's an indescribable thing to be reunited with your loved one. 
I loved it. :)

Friday: Graduation Parade, Tour of Dorms, Town Pass.
The actual graduation was way cool to witness. I tried to post some the videos I had on here, but it won't work, I'll just post them on Facebook.
Really cool.
I then got to see where he lived for 8.5 weeks. Astonishing how neat it all was. Haha 
Jake was on the laundry crew, I finally got to see where he spent a lot of his time. :) I 
believe Jake will be doing the laundry and folding from now on ;) Ha. Just kidding babe(sorta) 
Then Town Pass! Wahoo! That was fun.
Saturday: Town Pass=Riverwalk.
Again, way fun.
Sunday: Our Last Day. 
We spent this day very well. 
Most important: we took the Sacrament. 
 We went to take pictures of the planes and of each other of course :)
 My favorite part of this trip? Besides everything? Our talks. the Best. 

What a weekend. I loved it. I love my Airman. I'm so proud of him and what he's accomplished. 
He is my Hero. 

Miss Mabel H.
P.S. I saved the best news for last. 
I am going to Mississippi after all to be with Jake. 
That just puts the cherry on top. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Ima Ready

 This is me excitedly reading one of Jacob's letters. My favorite is when there are pages. Last week I got a 6 page letter! Fills my heart with joy.
I made a poster for Jacob's graduation next week. The funny thing is he is color blind... so he may not be able to see the different colors.... whoops. haha.

6 days left!!! I love that I can count that on my fingers!

I'm excited to surprise him with his new Seahawks shirt and with my new haircut. :)

I am "Extremely Proud" of my Airman!

Miss Mabel H.