Sunday, January 29, 2017

Blogging Renewal

I know, I know. I have been here before, with promises of keeping updated on my blogging, to give you insight into my thoughts and things, and yet, here we are again, almost a year later, and no blog posts. Sure, I have a list of things I want to blog about, but nothing actually posted to show for it. What keeps me from sitting down and simply typing? Too busy? An excuse, to be sure. If it is important enough, time will be made. Habit? (or lack thereof..) Absolutely. I know it takes 21 days to make (or break) a habit, but I don't know if I have 21 days of things to share. Needing an accountability buddy? YOU BET! Gym buddies, temple buddies, blog buddies...accountability is huge and knowing someone is going to be checking in on you is huge motivation to just do it! SO...maybe a reminder on my phone will be a good buddy? Let's see how it goes! And here we go!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The prayers of Little Ones

Between spending regular time with some of my nieces and nephew, and being a Primary (children's Sunday School) teacher at church, I get to hear a lot of prayers said by children, or Little Ones. Let me tell you, these prayers are some of the most sincere, genuine, and truthful prayers I have heard in my life. Sometimes they can also be the funniest...but still SO sincere, and I love it!

There are two prayers that are in my mind that I want to share.

The first one was from my niece, who is 6 years old. In her prayer, she prayed for me specifically, in the midst of her conversation with Heavenly father, to be happy and to have joy. Have you ever had a prayer resonate with such truth and hope and love? I felt loved to have her think of that for me. I felt hope that it was possible. I felt inspired to do things to make sure I was happy on my on terms, and not depending on others. It was a sweet reminder that we are meant to have joy and to BE happy. I have my ups and downs, like we all do, but it was so tender to me to have my niece pray for me to have things that I can have, as I choose them, and allow myself to enjoy life.

The other prayer that has stuck with me was said by one of my Primary kids. He is also 6. (It is a WISE age!) Anyway, one part of a prayer that he said was that he prayed, "for the gospel to be with us". It sounds poetic to me, that we may have the gospel with us. I know people pray for God's love, for direction, truth, guidance, counsel, inspiration, and so one, but it has stuck with me for us to have the gospel with us. We need to have the doctrines, truths, commandments WITH us, they become a part of who we are, they influence the choices we make, the things we do, and the people we become. As we have the gospel with us, we are blessed.

I am grateful for the prayers of Little Ones, and for the honest, humble purity that comes as they open their hearts and mouths.

Tender Mercy Doppelgangers

Silly title, but I think it fits perfectly.

Have you ever had a day when things are not going well? You just need to see a friendly, familiar face? You just need to feel loved?

It amazes me when I have these days, I am then blessed to see a doppelganger of someone near and dear to my heart.

It has thrown me for a loop sometimes, because you know that there is NO way it is the person you initially think it is, for several reasons, be it geography, current age, or perhaps they are no longer with us. As much of a loop as may be involved, I am grateful for those glimpses of reminders of the love, companionship, fun, friendships, memories, and relationships that have enhanced, improved, and blessed my life.

It's amazing what a friendly and familiar,  albeit unknown face can do for us on those not going well, need to see a friendly face days.

Back in the (blogging) saddle again!

I have a list of things on a sticky note on my computer desktop (a virtual one) I want to write about on this here blog. I hope to get through the posts in a decent amount of time. I hope to develop more of a habit of blogging, and my list will help, I hope. :)

I will put them in  as separate entries. They may be shorter, but yay for quick reads!

Here we go!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

"New" Adventures in 2015

Hello my dear family and friends!

I hope this finds you well and happy and enjoying this wonderful holiday season. I wanted to give you a quick rundown of some of the NEW things that happened this year in my life!
I went to Washington, DC in a new season-winter. The only season I have left to visit DC in is fall… It was so wonderful to go there and to celebrate a friend’s wedding. It was great to visit with dear friends and loved ones.

I went to a new state-Texas! I had a wonderful time visiting with friends who were down there for the wedding, as well as a visit with a friend who recently moved down there, and a lovely visit with my great aunt and great uncle.

A new friend came with my other friends on our yearly trip to Bear Lake. My friend, Jennie, joined the Pickleville Playhouse posse and it was a true highlight of my summer!

I have a new niece! Woot! Josephine joined my brother and sister-in-law’s family in September. I feel blessed to live about 5 minutes from them, and to get to see 2 nieces and my nephew pretty regularly. Our family is also looking forward to another little one joining my little sister’s family in May. I do love my niblings! (Niblings…it’s a word meaning collective nieces and nephews, and so fun too!)

I guess my personal biggest new thing this year is my new job. After 5 years as a Hall Advisor in Heritage Halls at Brigham Young University, I felt ready for a change. The opportunity for change came through the opening of the Office Specialist position at Heritage Halls. I am so grateful to still be working for the Residence Life organization at BYU. I am blessed to work with such incredible people, and to continue supervising student employees and helping students in their transition to the university. With the change in jobs came the need for a change in housing. I moved into a house with 2 roommates and it has been a good experience, but definitely a learning experience. It is interesting going from living alone for 5 years to having roommates. It is fun having people to come home to each evening. I am also attending a family ward at church, which has been an interesting change as well. I am enjoying getting to know people and for the new opportunity to work with the children in the Primary organization.

Overall, this change has brought an overall newness to my life, where I am learning about myself again. I am adjusting to a new daily schedule and routine, to having evenings more free, to not having mornings open. I am trying to discover hobbies, interests, passions, and fun. I am working at cultivating new friendships, as well as renewing friendships, and going out and doing things with friends, instead of just ‘liking’ things on social media. It isn’t always easy, but I am grateful for the learning and growing that has happened, especially over the last few months, and I look forward to adventures next year.

May you and your family and friends find joy and peace and understanding this Christmas season. I am grateful each and every day for the birth, life and sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. When the world gets more and more confusing, convoluted, and chaotic, He is there to guide, love, and comfort. May you all find that comfort, love, and guidance in your lives.

I love you! Always, Kristen Kennedy