Saturday, March 13, 2010

Find the Joy in the Journey...

There is sunshine in my soul today!

My cute little cousins came to visit!!! Claire and Maryn.

Here they are, acting "normal" for the picture... 

I can't tell you how much my family means to me. They are so amazing, I honestly don't know what I would to without them, and that's under normal circumstances. Having this trial and test happening right now, is actually a blessing, because I have my family to fall back on. People always ask me how I'm doing, and they are shocked when I say I'm great. I mean, honestly, why wouldn't I be great. I have my family, I have the gospel, I have so many blessings. Yeah, I'll admit, I'd rather not be going through this right now, but when is anyone excited about the little bumbs that come our way. Life is full of good and bad times, but it's the good and the bad times that make up our life.  It's just as easy to be happy as it is to miserable. I found this great quote! "The only disability in life is a bad a attitude." -Scott Hamilton. I love that, because I guess technically I'm disabled, well at least for now. But just because my body isn't as useful as it use to be, doesn't mean that I am. I know if I heal or if I don't I still have alot to offer to the world. I guess, the point of this post is to all those people out there with bad attitudes. Just stop. All my life, I've always tried to see the good in things. I'm not perfect and I have somedays are really hard, and sometimes life just stinks, but then I remember my family and I think of all the blessings the gospel brings into my life. Then life doesn't seem all that bad. I have a friend who is never happy with what life brings her. I can't imagine living that way. I can't change things for her, she has to change things for herself. The only person that can make you have a better attitute is yourself. If you are going through trial after trial, and bad thing after bad thing, don't let it get you down, you are being given the chance to learn and grow. You are GIVEN the opportunity to become a better person, to become closer to God, to become the person you want to be. If nothing ever was hard, how would you ever grow?  

"And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good." Doctrine and Covenants 122:7. "Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed." Doctrine and Covenants 123: 17. "Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy." James 5:11. "Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord they God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." Joshua 1:9.

I know and understand that life gets hard, but I'm so happy because of my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that if anyone makes the choice to, they too can be as happy as me. Thank you to all of you who helped me get to this point, and thank to all of you who will help me to continue to move forward and grow and learn. I am so happy and I hope that one day, everyone can be as happy as I am. Plus, the great thing is, I have more life ahead of me, so I can only get happier, there probably is another storm coming my way, but that's okay because I for one plan on taking my sunshine wherever I go.


  1. You are so amazing!! Thank you for being such an example to me :D I love reading about your adventures ;)

  2. Hey Nichelle - I love reading your blog. Keep the posts coming! Taylor said he had a lot of fun visiting you and your family!