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Quiet Car Rides

Something that I really enjoy doing is driving. I love driving far places, and just spending time with myself in the car. Maybe that’s why I love photography and the wonderful opportunities I have to travel to shoot weddings. There’s something so freeing about just relaxing, seeing the beauty of the earth and traveling.

Occasionally I’ll play softer music instead of my usual Jam Out! playlist or my Country music playlist. My softer music includes piano, violin, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and many other artists from CD’s like Especially For Youth program, etc. One particular song always brings comfort to my heart, “Our Savior’s Love.” The rendition I listen to is Hillary Weeks; she’s an amazing artist!

 Sometimes being in my car, spending time listening to the beautiful music of the Gospel, really calms my troubled heart.

I have been feeling extreme burn out lately. The thought of reading scriptures, scriptures I’ve already read before, just feels like a chore. I’m not reading because I want to. Sometimes I’d just rather stay at home on Sunday’s instead of going to church. Exercising and eating better fell off the wagon when I went on a recent vacation. Blogging, photography, and anything creative just aren’t satisfying right now. It’s so hard to feel burn out in a lot of aspects in life that use to consume you.

I’ve changed. I’ve become a quiet person. I don’t socialize or talk to people. I’m not loud and obnoxious or outgoing like I used to be. I’m just quiet, and definitely a homebody now. I’m hoping this summer will be a fun, relaxing summer of just simply having no responsibilities (except work). I want to enjoy being outside, reading books, spending time with my family, going on dates with my husband and swimming. Doing nothing. It’s all I ever want to do.

But, sometimes all you need is a sweet, humbling, simple reminder that peace exists. You can be and feel at peace. You don’t have to be perfect today or tomorrow or even next week. You don’t have to do or be every idea that comes into your mind. You don’t have to impress anyone and everyone. If school isn’t right for you right now, that’s okay. If loving your job or corporate position is fulfilling to you, that’s okay! If spending time at the library brings you happiness, you should go more often. Life is hard, but it doesn’t have to be hard every single day.

Be you, be happy, love God, serve others and live your life to its fullest.

xoxo

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Finding Peace in Jesus Christ — #PRINCEofPEACE

Finding Peace in Jesus Christ — #PRINCEofPEACE by Ashley Ziegler

I remember exactly where I was. I remember the text I got and I remember at what time. I remember not being able to feel anything except immediate peace and calm.

March 6, 2014 was the day I received a text from my mom that said, “Can you come over? I need to talk to you.” I just knew in my head… I knew it my heart immediately that it was bad news. My dad had surgery to remove his gall bladder, and the surgeons found a “large mass” sitting on his liver. My heart sank. I couldn’t breathe—my chest felt heavy.

I never ever saw this coming, never ever. I had a grandma on both sides of my family that had cancer but I didn’t know if it ran in the family or not. I remember seconds after my mom said the words “large mass,” this strong and powerful feeling of peace and calmness covered my entire body as if someone wrapped a blanket around me. Then, very clearly, I heard the words, “It will be okay. You will be okay.”

It went away. All of the scary, uncertain thoughts rolled right on it and I never thought about what I just heard, again.

My mom called me in minutes after sending me that text message. She couldn’t wait any longer to tell me. I was driving home from work but instead, drove straight to my parents’ home. I don’t even remember who was there when I walked in the door, family maybe…

My mother handed me photos of the large mass and began telling me about everything that had happened that day..

Finding Peace in Jesus Christ — #PRINCEofPEACE by Ashley Ziegler

Fast forward about a year later, I was attending my home ward one Sunday and during Relief Society we had a lesson on the talk, “But If Not” (by Dennis E. Simmons) and my life changed that day. The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego is one I’ve heard before but that day, it was as if I was hearing it for the very first time.

When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego refused to bow down and worship a golden image set up by the king, a furious Nebuchadnezzar told them that if they would not worship as commanded, they would immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. “And who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?”2

The three young men quickly and confidently responded, “If it be so [if you cast us into the furnace], our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand.” That sounds like my eighth-grade kind of faith. But then they demonstrated that they fully understood what faith is. They continued, “But if not, … we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”3 That is a statement of true faith.

They knew that they could trust God—even if things didn’t turn out the way they hoped.4 They knew that faith is more than mental assent, more than an acknowledgment that God lives. Faith is total trust in Him.

Faith is believing that although we do not understand all things, He does. Faith is knowing that although our power is limited, His is not. Faith in Jesus Christ consists of complete reliance on Him. (Simmons, Dennis E., 04/2004, GC)

All of the pieces fell into place like a perfect puzzle. The thoughts, “It will be okay. You will be okay.” and “But if not….” kept floating around in my head. It was making sense. I finally understood what the Spirit was telling me about my dad.

My dad will beat cancer! But if not… it will be okay. My dads cancer will not spread! But if not… it will be okay. My dad will not pass away! But if not… it will be okay. The whispering of the Spirit helped me piece together what it had silently and gently taught me. No matter what happens to my dad, my family, myself… I will be okay.

Even though God did not save my dad, I am okay and I know that I will be because I have received a witness from the Holy Ghost that I will see my dad again. I will be with him in the heavens and I will be loved and taken care of by God. All of this is possible through my Savior, Jesus Christ. Because of Him, my family is forever. Because He conquered the chains of death, I will not live in heartache for the rest of my life. He is the #PRINCEofPEACE. He is the peace I felt that day 3 years ago. He is the peace I felt that Sunday during Relief Society. He is the peace I feel today. Because He is, I have peace. I can have peace for the rest of my life. I know this to be true.

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Lucy’s Life and a Haircut!

Here are some photos of cute little Lucy and her little dorkie life! :) She got a much needed haircut and we love it. She doesn’t look black as much as she looks grey/silver/white. Also, she ripped apart her Kong toy so…. we’re going to need something new soon! haha

She’s so cute when she sleeps!

She is loving the warmer weather!
She needs a haircut…
Surprise! She got a hair cut!!

Pretty sunset! Taking Lucy for a walk!
After our walk! She did so great!
Just hanging out on Sunday!

 

Throwin’ It Back!

I love reading old blog posts of Brady and I and all of the fun things we did together while dating. We were so blessed and had such a good relationship those months before he left on a mission. It’s so easy to get caught up in the never-ending cycle of marriage living. Our schedules overlap and some days it feels like I never see him! But when I do get the chance to spend some time with him, it is my favorite! I love Brady so much.

I do my best not to take for granted the person he is, the husband he is and his love for me. I can’t imagine anyone by my side except him. He is like the calm to my storm and he completes me. He’s so special to me and just amazes me everyday with how smart he is! I love you babe!

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving by A Life She Loved: Piece By Piece Through Love and Faith

My Thanksgiving was really great. We ate yummy food at my uncle’s house, played a new game called Werewolf and looked at the Black Friday ads! We finalized some small details about the Christmas tree we are doing for my dad in this years Festival of Trees. We’re so excited!!

I’m really grateful to have my family with me. I’m grateful for their patience and their love. Brady’s family is equally amazing and we’re so blessed for them and all that they do. It’s been a wonderful and fun break (which I’m loving so far!) but even more excited for school to end in the next few weeks and Christmas break to begin! I’ll be going back to my regular working schedule and I am stoked about it!

Thanksgiving by A Life She Loved: Piece By Piece Through Love and Faith

I am grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the power of prayer and that my Heavenly Father is available to listen to my prayers, ALL THE TIME. I love serving others and using my talents and abilities to bless their lives. Lucille makes us laugh and so happy, even if she drives us nuts but we love her and are so glad she’s in our lives. I’m grateful that we are able to put Brady through school to better our future and support our family. Our marriage was sealed forever in the Temple, and I am so thankful. I am extremely grateful for the sealing power given and ordained by God in the Holy Temple. I love God. I love my family. I love my life, even if it isn’t always perfect.