Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Beacon of Light.

It's my second week at the new job, and I think it will be a pretty good little place to work during my last year of college. One of the best parts about where I work is the view from the front doors of the school. I get a clear shot of the Ogden Temple in all of it's progress and glory. (Photo courtesy of my low-quality iPod camera, yes thank you.)

I've been thinking about the temple a lot lately, and I just love that place so much. Kyle and I had the chance to go last week, and I love the peace that I feel in my life when I take time to visit the temple. 

I love the temple because for once it's not about work, it's not about reception plans, it's not about school, or moving, or money, or not having enough sleep, or anything else. It's about being with The Lord in His house. And when I go with Kyle, it's about me being with Kyle. My Mr. DeYoung and the Lord. The two people who I love the most. 

It's about deep pondering and cleansing my mind from the useless clutter of the day. It's about doing work and knowing the people who came before me. It's about peace, and purity, and happiness. And it's true... I am so much happier when I'm in the temple, and that happiness seeps into every other detail of my life after I've made a visit to that special place.

I'm looking forward to the Ogden Temple opening soon. It's so beautiful though, even when it's in the progress of being rebuilt. It's just like us. God is constantly reshaping and refortifying and rebuilding us to become more sacred and beautiful than we could ever imagine. Anyway. I can already foresee some little temple trips happening before and after work once this temple has finally opened. 

I love that I have a clear view of the temple when I go to work every day. It's literally across the street. And it's another lovely little reminder that I get to be married in the Salt Lake Temple soon. (Like, really soon. Like a month and twenty-two days soon. And still it's not soon enough!)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

F is for Father

Oh, how I love my father so. Happy Father's Day Daddy! Thank you for being my #1 Fan, my mentor, and my friend. I will always be grateful for your sacrifices, your leadership, and your words of wisdom. I love our family trips to great places, our shopping sprees as father-daughter, and our home-sweet-home moments that are always filled with hilarity and love. I hope you had a great Father's Day. I love you!

And just a picture for old times' sake.
Because looking at how little we all are just warms my heart.

Love you Daddy!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The big two-one.

I celebrated my 21st birthday this year, and what a fantastic time it was! My family and Mr. DeYoung went to special efforts to make sure it was a lovely holiday. Here are some pictures of the celebrating.

 Mom and Dad took us out for my traditional birthday dinner the weekend before my birthday.
Texas Roadhouse was my choice this year,
and of course Kyle wouldn't let me leave without riding the saddle :)
Free ice cream for me!
Thank you Brooklyn for snapping a quick photo on the ipod!

Mom and Dad also gave me a really lovely book full of quotes,
And money for some birthday clothes! Huzzah!

I opened my gift from Jana and Dave DeYoung on Sunday. 
Jana made me the most adorable apron. I absolutely love it!
She also gave me the secret ingredient to making her delicious grilled chicken ;) So yum.

Speaking of grilled chicken... Kyle and his sister, Sarah, made me dinner on my Birthday!
That meal is one of my favorites at the DeYoung residence :)
We ate outside in the backyard, it was such an enjoyable time.

Enjoying my birthday dinner with my sweet Kyle :)

After dinner, we opened presents and enjoyed some cake and ice cream!
I got some really cute new things... including my very own pair of wellies!
Thanks, Kyle. I love them so!
(And thanks to everyone else, too. I just adore all of my gifts!)

The cake and ice cream was absolutely delicious! What a treat :)

It was such a wonderful birthday. I have the best family that anyone could ask for.
A big thanks to everyone who made my 21st birthday so special.
And now onto twenty-two!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Happy Little Nothings (Birthday Edition.)

-Dinner with the family at Texas Roadhouse
-A new clutch the color of sunshine
-Warm rolls with cinnamon butter
-More warm rolls with cinnamon butter (on the go!)
-Free ice cream
-Shopping money!
-Homemade cards with colorful drawings from nieces and nephews
-Birthday mail from across the pond
-Getting a sneak peak at engagement photos
-A pretty new necklace
-A new kitchen apron (and so colorful, too!)
-Sleeping in
-Raspberry waffles on birthday place mats
-Spending the day with Mr. DeYoung
-Handmade cards and buttons
-New handbag
-Messages from best friends
-Shopping with Kyle
-Ice cream at The Mercantile with Mom.
-Phone calls from loved ones
-Enjoying homemade birthday dinners on the back patio
-New capris
-Watching The Little Mermaid with Mr. DeYoung