Monday, July 9, 2012


you know this whole insomnia thing is really starting to tick me off,
i cant get a good nights sleep to save my life.
dear brain, 
i would appreciate it if you would stop thinking about so many things
all the time. 
just let me get one good night rest, 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Do You Ever Feel...

do you ever feel like you have no idea
what you are doing with your life?
you continue to look for answers in so many
aspects of your life & all you keep getting is nothing.
at one point you were so sure;
of who you were,
where you were going,
what you stood for,
& what you wanted to do with your life.
and now you are left with emptiness & nothing
can seem to fill the space....
yeah, thats how I feel right now.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Matthew 25:23

Just the word itself gets me emotional. I can feel my throat swelling up as I try to hold back tears. I hate that word. But, I wasn’t always like this, you see death just seemed a part of the circle of life to me. It was something that came when you were old and then you went to heaven and got wings, that was my idea of it. But then, on December 12th, 2011 death became a reality to me. It wasn’t just this simple sugar coated thing anymore. It was happening right here, in my life, in front of my face and it seemed like everything got turned upside down.

Troy Gray was one of the most inspirational people who have ever come into my life. I met Troy when I was a sophomore in high school. He was this very very large man, with giant cheeks, and a really small mouth and he would usually be singing any Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears or Nsync song every Monday night @7:29 but that’s not what caught my attention. This man had a light in him, he was special, he had something so precious, he had a relationship with Jesus Christ. I wanted that. I wanted what he had. Troy was one of my younglife leaders who shared the message of Jesus to me. He let me know that I am a daughter of the King and nothing can snatch me out of His hands. He told me I was loved with the most perfect love. He taught me that this Man I never knew died so He could know me. And even when I keep making the wrong decisions, Jesus continuously flows mercy & grace into my life. In May 2008, in Williams, Arizona at Younglife’s Lost Canyon summer camp, I dedicated my life to the Lord thanks to Troy. I spent all of high school in the younglife ministry and I would never change the experiences I had for anything in the whole wide world. As time went on, things changed and so did I. Although I know Troy always cared for me, we slowly lost contact as we both went out with our lives. The last time I saw Troy was probably in late 2010.

In July 2011, I was informed that Troy had been diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. It felt as if the world had stopped for a second. How could this happen to my friend, to someone I cared so dearly for? To someone who had faithfully served the Lord with his whole heart? To a man who deeply, deeply loved his wife, son, and new daughter so much? But, we all hoped for the best and brought our request to heal our friend to the Lord each and every day. As the months went on, God blessed me to be able to serve the Gray’s during this time with helping to watch the kids. I cherish every moments I have with them. I thank God for the opportunity He has given me to serve them. I remember the day so clearly. Kelly had just come home from visiting Troy at the hospital and was excited because he was going to be able to spend thanksgiving at home, Garrison would be ecstatic, considering he was mini Troy, seriously Garrison is a tiny man haha & he had missed his dad since he got sick. Joy overcame me, God is good.

The next time I heard from Kelly was through their caring bridge website about two/three weeks later. The cancer was spreading rapidly and options where running out. They would try one more treatment to see if they could stop the cancer. A few days later we were informed they would be sending Troy home to spend his final days with his family. It’s like it didn’t set in with me, I still thought a miracle was going to happen and I knew God could heal Troy. He had too, I’ve prayed for Him to do it all the time. I couldn’t lose hope, I knew my God was greater than this. On December 12th, 2011 God healed Troy’s broken body and called him home to be with Him for eternity.

Although this has been a difficult, difficult journey for me, in a weird way it has also been a blessing because I know death isn’t the end. That we can have hope in Jesus Christ and His atonement and know that this life is a small part compared to the eternal destiny waiting for us. Christ died on the cross and rose again so death wouldn’t be the end of our story, but so it could only be the beginning. There are days when I really miss my friend and wish he was here. I wish I could have done something different, seen him one last time, tell him how much he made an impact in my life and thank him for loving Jesus the way he did. There are nights when I cry to Lord asking “Why?” even though I know I’ll never understand in this lifetime and I know with time, I’ll be okay with not knowing. But sometimes as hard as it is, I hold onto the hope in Jesus, that I will see him again one day, and that his family is his forever. Although I sometimes wish the circumstances were different, I’m grateful for the friendship I have been developing with Kelly & the kids, as I’ve got to serve them these past four months and continue to do so. God is still good through all this, I know that, and I testify of that. He loves us, He cares for us, and we are forever His.

“His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” 
-Matthew 25:23

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My Heart is Heavy....

My heart is heavy tonight. A dear & good friend of mine, Troy Gray, lost his battle to cancer last night, and went home to be with Jesus. Even through all the pain and heart ache I am feeling right now, and even through my shaken fists and angry words, I KNOW God is still good, and He still loves me unconditionally but my heart is breaking. Transitioning from one high school to another is like a teenagers nightmare, I would know, that was me, my sophomore year but just when I lost hope and thought I'd be miserable for the next three years I was introduced to a youth group called Younglife. Here I experienced love I have never knew before, I felt joy that was indescribable, and a peace that I never knew existed. I came to know and accept my Savior, Jesus Christ. And all because of one man, with big ol' cheeks :), a heart yearning to share Jesus with high schoolers and to serve his Lord. Troy Gray was one amazing man of God. There was a glow about him, when you saw him, you would think to yourself, "Who is that man?!" & maybe because he was this giant man singing Nsync at the top of his lungs haha, but his love for Christ was always so apparent. He was strong and bold about sharing the Gospel. He was never scared to share that message of Jesus to people. He knew the freedom that came in knowing Jesus and he wanted the whole world to hear it! That is something I will never forget about him, he is truly an inspiration to people, all because he loved Jesus, with his whole heart. Troy believed in me, he stood up for me when I couldn't, and he always motivated me to get deeper in the scriptures and with people. Troy Gray changed lives by letting the Spirit move in him unceasingly. Like I said before, through all this, I still know and believe God is good, even if I don't understand why this is happening and I'm guessing I never will. One thing I hold onto is knowing that right now, heaven is having a party, the angels are singing, Jesus is smiling and God is saying "well done, good and faithful servant" while Troy sits with them, rejoicing that he is finally home, he is home. I just ask if you're the praying type you would pray for Troy's wife Kelly, their two small children, Garrison (5) & Aven (11months), Troy's family, and all those grieving the loss of a wonderful man and friend. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

New Job....

seriously though. 
I got a new job & I am so excited/blessed/humbled about it.
It's seriously like a dream come true,
well prayer answered.
My AHHHHMAZING sista friend Katie Nelson hooked it up,
I am one of the newest employee's for EDMC;OHE.
Education Management Corporatio; Online Higher Education.
I have AMAZING pay,
pretty solid benefits,
work with some pretty baller people,
and after my 90 days,
I get to go to college, FO FREE! 
I'm seriously more blessed than I deserve,
Jesus is so good to me.

Utah Trip...

So the first week of October, I flew up to Utah to visit one of my best friends,
Erica Thornhill in Logan, UT.
That place is BEAUTIFUL, seriously.
I love it so much up there,
its about an hour & forty five minutes from Salt Lake.
It's a pretty small town, with not much to do
besides go to the college, Utah State University;
its a simple little town.
It was nice to get away for a couple days,
ease my mind from the world,
take time for myself,
and sleep in. (not like i dont do that anyway ha!)
I also go to hang out with my other good friend Kailin,
she is pretty much a baller with a lot swag.
I'm so proud of her for being up there,
she is doing big things on that USU campus :)
Oh & on Friday Erica & I drove up to SLC to visit my sister friend Katie Nelz & 
her hubby Bryson.
We ate at this AMAZING waffle place,
I want them now....
There are times I want to move to Logan and never come back
but for right now,
Tempe, AZ is the place for me.

Lindsay, Kailin, Me in front of Logan Temple

Erica's beautiful backyard!

Logan, Utah.


seriously, dream come true.

Logan Temple.

oh hey hot stuff!

gorgeous Logan Temple!

Sista Friend Katie Nelson

Miss her already!

love her a lot.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pre Update....

so basically my life never slows down it seems.
i am ALWAYS doing one thing or another,
i may grunt or complain about it at the moment,
but i dont think i would have it any other way.
i like being busy,
being with family and friends,
experiencing new things daily.
you know what they say;
you can sleep when you're dead.
so hopefully tomorrow or Sunday ill be able to catch up on some blogging
stay tuned :)