Saturday, January 25, 2014

1, 2, 3, 4 months down!

Holy cow! Has it been 4 months down already?! haha now it is actually close to 5 months! Time really is flying by, but I really can't say it has been easy. This month has actually been the hardest. I think things are starting to finally hit me and set in now. Things like, "My best friend is gone. What do I do now?"
"Who can I tell this funny story to that will actually care..?"
"I need someone to talk to that will just sit and listen, but at the same time will comfort me and hold me."
Ya so this month has definitely hit me hard...BUT nothing has made me even give a second thought about giving up. There are many moments in my day where I am in a hard situation and I would like to take an easy way out, but there is always that one person who motivates me to keep going, to be better than that. I often (like really a lot in my day) think about what Cody would want me to he would want me to act and what advice he would give me for that certain situation. I always want to just keep becoming the best wife that Cody deserves. I just think of the future in mind and think about if getting through this trial can help me grow to be better for Cody. Also, when I am being pouty (ha embarrassing to admit, but yes, there are days) or feeling sorry for myself, or not standing up for myself, I always think "How would I act if Cody were right here with me...would he be attracted to this?" This always helps me to perk up and realize that as Cody is growing on his mission and becoming a man, I need to grow as well and become a mature woman that he deserves. I hope all this makes sense...this is all really what helps me get through those stupid days. A really good friend of mine needed some advice a while ago and I told her the summary of this. I figured it was pretty good advice because she loved it so I thought I would share on here too so others can be helped as well.
As you think about it...this can also be applied to Christ. The phrase..."What would Jesus do" kind of is similar to all this and definitely should be thought about too!
So with all the good and hard times that have been brought up these past 4 months, I am still so deeply in love with my best friend and I am so proud of him. He is my support and I am his. I love this song sung by Jason Mraz called,"I Won't Give Up". It also really helps me to keep going because any amazing relationship is never worth just throwing away :)

So here is my traditional countdown picture...haha I am trying to become more creative. He loved it though so that is all that matters :p

And....about a week later we left the 600s! Woot Woot! :) Happy girl right here!

No matter what you are doing the time is always passing so CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY!

Keep Waiting :)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

2014 Package

So this package was totally last minute...I wasn't planning on doing anymore packages, maybe a Valentine's one, but Christmas was going to be the last big one since I will be leaving for my own mission soon. Well I thought about making Cody a calendar for the new year and include pictures of us, his family, temples, and him on his mission. I also had a few little things I wanted to send to him that couldn't fit in an envelope so that is when I decided, "Oh what the heck! Lets just throw in some other stuff too!". Haha so here is my last minute package that I came up with in like 24 hours.
Things included:
2 packs of Cheese n Pretzel Sticks 
(we loved eating these together)
2 Strawberry Twizzlers
A Chocolate Orange 
(I actually got this for Christmas, but I don't like them so I wanted to send it to him :p)
Blue Jolly Ranchers 
(His favorite)
(I can't believe I sent this to him haha it is freaking expensive, but I love him more so I told him in a letter that he better not waste any of it and that he better lick all the knives and plates clean!)
2014 Calendar

 I actually remembered to take a picture of my cute decorated box and I was so proud of myself haha. The calendar was really fun to make. Walgreens is a pretty good place to go have it made. They have a nice software to create and customize things and then you can have them print it out for you for pretty cheap. I made one for me and one for him, pretty similar, I just adjusted a few things between the two to fit them for each of us. The calendars were originally 20 bucks each, but I found a coupon code which are easy to find on the internet and I ended up spending about $14 for each. Walgreens is right across the street from my neighborhood so I was able to just go pick them up an hour later. If you have a Walgreens or Costco nearby I would suggest going this route to print nice things for cheaper. My printer ran out of color ink so this was a better alternative.

 I also tried this idea I found on Pinterest. You find a picture you like and put it on Word and use the "washout" feature. Then you put the paper you write letters on in the printer and print it on that paper. I thought these turned out way cute. Although next time I would darken the pictures a little more because after you have written a letter on them you can't really see the picture, only if you really knew it was there.

Cody and I are going to have to get used to this for 18 months! 
1 hour closer to him! haha

Hope this sparks up any ideas for all you MGs out there :)

Holiday Set #2

This year I decided to get a new Christmas dress and once I spotted this dress in the window of  Down East Basics I was in love...haha seriously though...this dress was going to be in my closet soon. When I first saw it, I was with a bunch of my friends at the mall and I didn't think I had enough money for it plus I just didn't want to try it on...just too much trouble when you have layers and layers of clothing on during the winter. Something just wouldn't leave me though...I just loved this dress and it was just so perfect the Christmas that was  coming up and it was MODEST! It went past my knees and it was actually really cute. Time went by and we ended up leaving, but my mind was still holding onto this dress. A few days later I told my mom about it and showed her it on the internet. She loved it too (That never happens! We can hardly agree on things when it comes to fashion haha) So we raced on down to Down East and got the dress. I was planning on paying for it, but she said she would buy it for me for Christmas. This dress is just so perfect and I can wear it on my mission! :)

Finally I found my red lace dress ♥

Bows ♥

So I am so in love with these lace hair bows! I got them at Claire's for 6 bucks and I just want to wear them everyday. I have a red and a black one and I really hope to get more before I leave for my mission. (Haha ignore my messy bathroom :p) Go check them out!

On Top Of The World

A few weeks before I got my mission call, my parents and I went to a Christmas party that is at a house up on the hill above the Capital. We went out onto the top of the hill afterwards and the view was spectacular! I wish my camera was better quality because these photos aren't even the half of it. The city was so beautiful to see from afar and it was so peaceful and quiet up above. Just made me think about how we do have such a beautiful world and that I am so grateful for it all. I can't wait to take Cody up here after our missions and really enjoy the world together ♥

Enjoy the rest!

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Mission Call Arrived!

So my mission call finally came on Thursday, December 19, 2013 and it was such a wonderful day! I had so many mixed emotions and really couldn't believe it was finally here! When the mail came I ended up being home alone and that was pure torcher haha. I ran outside once I heard that mailman car speed on past my house. (I know that sound anywhere!) When I got to the mailbox, I could not believe it...everything was becoming so real. I snapped a picture, grabbed the mail, and skip-ran back inside my house. Halfway up my driveway I shout full of joy and attempt a heel click then look around me to see if any of my neighbors saw my craziness. Then the text messages flew to all my friends and family. "It's here!"

Yes, that is a layer of snow on top of my mailbox :p

My mom had walked in the door about a half hour later and I share with her my excitement. I take the big white envelope and place it in my room to keep it safe until 7:00 p.m., when I would be opening it. That time actually came quite quick for me as I was mostly extremely nervous now. We all sat down for dinner and my appetite kind of just left...haha I just couldn't eat, it was all too nerve racking! 6:30 p.m. rolls around and Cody's sweet and wonderful family all arrive! I was feeling so blessed to have so much support from all the people I love and care so much about. I was so grateful to have not only my own family, but my sweet missionary's family there too. I hope someday they know that all the support and love they give to me means so much to me and I really couldn't do all this without them. So having them all there made everything perfect and I knew that Cody was there in my heart.

Slicing that envelope open with my dad's pocket knife, holy cow, was so exciting, but I was completely shaking! Talk about adrenaline rush! It was was time to read now...

"Dear Sister Eaton,
You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Wisconsin Milwaukee Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months.
You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the English language."

Oh my goodness! Cold! Freezing! So much colder than here! haha
But I know this is where I am supposed to go! I know that there are people there that need this gospel in their lives and I am the one to open that door for them. Despite the cold, I am so excited to serve in Wisconsin and I know the Lord will bless my family and Cody and I so much! I am so excited to get out there and do what my sweet missionary is doing :) He is so cute haha he always will send me cute letters of pointers and advice for me as a sister missionary. I know that he cares for me so much and wants me to have such an amazing experience just like he is. I can't wait to share with each other all our stories and experiences. This next 18 months for us will definitely help us to become closer to God and grow stronger together and I love this ♥

I know first we both must focus on the work and I know we both will and have a huge desire too! But I must admit...21 months from now, I am really looking forward to coming down that escalator and seeing my best friend waiting there for me with his family and mine. That will mean the world to me and right now that would be the biggest miracle in my life. :)

"For I am God, and mine arm is not ashortened
and I will showbmiracles, csigns, and wonders,
 unto all those who dbelieve on my name." 

Wisconsin here I come! :)