Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July Update

Lots of fun times!
  • Read such a beautiful story here about the wife of a courageous firefighter who was killed.  
  • Texting Emily Romrell at work all the time.  So fun!  We're at the same place in life so it's nice to be able to relate to each other.
  • Started grocery shopping exclusively at ALDI and it is soooo much cheaper
  • My sister Aly moving away to college!!!!!!!  
  • Jared pulling the sheets over his head to look like a mummy in bed while I was saying my personal prayer and to see that when I finished was....haha so funny 
  • Started indexing each FHE - "If you don't do family history you're TOAST."  - member of our Stake Presidency.  Nothing like a threat to get us kicked in gear.
  • On 7/26/13 we decided for our date night we wanted to get Greek food and then go to bed early.  We did exactly that.  It was the BEST!  
  • Our Singles Ward bishop, Bishop Berry, and his wonderful wife were called as the new Orlando Florida Mission president which means they now live 10 minutes from us in the mission home!  It's been so fun to see them.  He was bishop while we were dating in the singles ward in SLC during the summer of 2010.  That bishopric was so funny - I was the FHE coordinator and anytime after FHE when I'd be cleaning up they would all whisper to me and say, "It's okay, go, we will clean up!  Go be with Jared!"  And it's even funnier because Jared's dad was in the bishopric :)
  • Listening to John Bytheway CDs to and from work.  He is amazing!
^^The 4th of July was the best!  Started out by going to our ward breakfast at 8 am, then we went to Epcot and saw the most AMAZING show!

^^They are an acapella choir that perform daily in the American Pavillion at Epcot.  Soooo good.
^^Gotta pay homage to my second home (Germany)!

That night we went over to a BBQ with friends from the ward.  They live in such a beautiful area.  And I loved being around so many kids!  

^^Playing water games // Looking at the beautiful lake in their backyard

^^Water games out front (water balloons in a water balloon launcher) - our bishop was the leader, hehe.

^^Made pop rock/firecracker cookies and homemade strawberry ice cream

^^Went to Bahama Breeze one night.  Yummy!  

^^Guess where....WENDY'S!  

^^After Bahama Breeze & Wendy's we went to Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground to watch Cinderella at an outdoor theater.  It was so fun!  Also, I haven't seen Cinderella since I was like 7 years old and I picked up on SO many things that went straight over my head when I was little!  And childhood memories came flooding back.

^^On a date night with our friends Jonas & Evelyn to where I work for some free mini golf!

^^Waiting for Jared at the temple.  The grounds are so beautiful!

^^Jared's favorite meal:  Anna's chili recipe & amazing cornbread

^^Our early bed time date night started out by getting Greek food. I love baklava.

^^Randomly they also sold Philly cheese steaks and Jared's was larger than his head....
// Me with my gyro, Greek salad, and baklava

^^Two years later I finally made our love story book.  Jaclyn Davis put together these images and words in her blog post here.  Love it so much!

^^Aly moved into her dorm at Snow College!  Wahhhhhhhhh

^^Clockwise starting in top left:  Ehlerts saying bye to Aly, fam taking a swim at our old apartment complex (owner is best friends with my dad) and my dad sent us a pic of our old apartment...miss it!  Next is of my dad next to the cutest little Chilean girl.  I think my cousin Ben knew this family on his mission and they were visiting SLC.  Her parents got such a kick out of how much taller my dad is than their little girl.  Haha just call him the BFG! // My sis Lauren using the Fat App...haha.  And then my MIL Ruth was on our home stake's float committee for July 24th and she did an amazing job!!

^^The Dollar Store already has Fall decorations out.......they don't waste any time! // Our traditional temple night stop  // Jared tried the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger at Wendy's... // Yummy cookies with cornstarch to make them puffier and I don't think it even worked...

^^Our new favorite snack from Aldi.  So good and tastes like cereal (the closest we'll ever get...wahhh) // Logan Bryan is HOMEEEEEE!! // Our friends went to India and they had us over to tell us about it and Emma (the wife) wanted me to try on her sari.  So fun! // Jared lookin cute on the couch post-workout.  I love him!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I'm Gonna Miss This

I know I've posted really short and random posts recently.  It's really because I'm avoiding the huge posts for June & July that I'm too lazy to put up.  So much good stuff to write about but it's going to take a good effort to get it up and I'm still trying to muster that effort.

It's obvious that I've been so baby hungry recently.  Anytime I talk to my mom about this, she always tells me to listen to this song:

                                                                "You're Gonna Miss This"

She was staring out that window, of that SUV
Complaining, saying I can't wait to turn 18
She said I'll make my own money, and I'll make my own rules
Mamma put the car in park out there in front of the school
Then she kissed her head and said I was just like you

You're gonna miss this
You're gonna want this back
You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast
These Are Some Good Times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're gonna miss this

Before she knows it she's a brand new bride
In a one-bedroom apartment, and her daddy stops by
He tells her It's a nice place
She says It'll do for now
Starts talking about babies and buying a house
Daddy shakes his head and says Baby, just slow down

You're gonna miss this
You're gonna want this back
You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast
These Are Some Good Times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're gonna miss this

Five years later there's a plumber workin' on the water heater
Dog's barkin', phone's ringin'
One kid's cryin', one kid's screamin'
She keeps apologizin'
He says They don't bother me.
I've got 2 babies of my own.
One's 36, one's 23.
Huh, it's hard to believe, but ...

You're gonna miss this
You're gonna want this back
You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast
These Are Some Good Times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're gonna miss this
You're gonna miss this
Yeah, you're gonna miss this

It's a good reminder.  I'm going to miss these days when it's just me and Jared.  It's natural to want the next stage in the life to come quickly, but it's so important to enjoy where we are NOW, because before we know it we'll be missing this stage.

I can see it with my own mom.  My dad telling me that she cried for days after they dropped me off at college, witnessing her cry all the way home as we dropped Mikele off at BYU, and thinking about how she will cry when they drop Aly off at Snow College on Monday.

Thanks for the reminder my momma.  I love this stage of life of just me and Jared, and babies will come soon enough.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Our Life is Like a Tapestry

I've been listening to John Bytheway CDs on my way to and from work.  In one of his talks he said this poem.  It is so beautiful and true.  I love my life with Jared and I am so grateful to know of my divine worth and that Heavenly Father is guiding our life!

My life is but a weaving
between my Lord and me;
I cannot choose the colors,
He worketh steadily.
Oft times He weaveth sorrow,
And I, in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper,
And I the under side.

Not 'til the loom is silent
and the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
and explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
in the Weaver's skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
in the pattern He has planned.
He knows, He loves, He cares,
nothing this truth can dim.
He gives His very best to those
who leave the choice with Him.

~Author Unknown