Tuesday, October 21, 2008

In Memory of My Mom

Here is a poem I wrote tonight in my ESL Methods class. Hope you like it.

My Mom's Hands

They held me when I wanted to cry
and scolded me when I tried to lie.
They lightly tickled my ears at night
and helped me count my years just right.
I miss them running through my hair
or waving goodbye to me in the air.
Their shape was perfect in every way
and were always there when it was time to pray.
They shaped my life through service and love
and continue to do so from up above.
Now when I look at my hands I see
the person my mother always wanted me to be.

Love you mom and will always strive to be that person!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

One year down..... and all eternity to go!!!

October 10, 2007 to October 10, 2008

This is where the party began!!

The evolution of Adam and Jamie....

Come on... hold the sexy serious pose for a minute...

Ahhhh, forget it! This is just how we are!

"We're not really married, ...are we? Don't we have to complete some sort of obstacle course or something first?

I'm so grateful to Adam just for the fact that he was worthy to take me to the temple! We are sealed for all eternity and life has never been better!!

This is one of my most favorite wedding pictures!!

I can't believe that a year has passed by already! Some days it feels as if we have always been together and other days it appears that we just got hitched! I'm sure that I'm not the only one to have felt this way and as the years go on it will just get better and better! This past year taught me a lot about who I am as a person and a wife. I have also been able to see the man that Adam is becoming and the husband he wants to be! I guess the biggest thing that Adam has taught me is to take joy in the journey. Sometimes I get caught up in the little things that aren't that important and I forget to take in the moments that are happening. The Lord knew that I would need Adam and I'm so grateful that he led me to him. He is my everything and on the days when we both leave early and get home late I realize more and more how happy he makes me just by being there (whether awake or asleep:) Life really does just keep getting better and better!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Three more pounds down the drain!!! That's all:)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

One more month and then....

As most of you know, my 7-7 schedule is officialy back in swing. Therefore my blogging has been decreasing but I promise that I do have lots of news to share. I've been keeping myself quite busy with lesson plans for language arts, differentiation, math and physical education. I start my field work with Miss Greaves on November 3rd and will be there for three weeks. I'm excited, overwhelmed and yet mostly relaxed all at the same time.:) Sometimes I feel like a walking oxymoron. I'm getting more nervous about my student teaching in January but I talked to one of my intern friends about what's going on with her and she told me one piece of advice that I liked a lot. Here it is, "Don't be afraid to go on instinct and wing it!" Planning is great but there is a lot of instinct that goes into the teaching process. I'll make sure to let you all know how it goes.
Some of my recent obstacles are....
Figuring out where I will work during field and student teaching.
Passing my praxis II exam to get my certificate.
Keeping my house clean.... an on going process.
What to get Adam for Christmas?
Cutting down on some bills, etc.
and many more!! I'm sure you all have things you're doing as well:)
Things we've been doing lately?
Adam and I have mostly kept busy with school but we have had a little bit of time to go out and have some fun!

We celebrated my Grandma Tate's 75th birthday over the weekend. I loved being able to see a lot of my family and also spending some good old fashioned "Tate" time at Becky's! I'm so grateful for my Grandma and can't express how much of a support she has been to me without my mom here. She is always so mindful of us and very present in every aspect of my life! I love you Grandma and I already know that there's no way I can ever repay you for what you have done for me:)

Adam's little brother, Scott, came home from his mission in El Salvador in September. I know that you can't see Scott in the picture but it's a good photo that shows Adam and Scott seeing each other after 4 years. Adam was almost home when Scott left, so it's been awhile. We went up the weekend after he got home to spend time with all of the family and then the weekend after for his sacrament talk! It's been great getting to know Scott, since he was gone when I came into the family. We made fruit pizza for the shindig after and it was a great hit!
That's all that I can get out this evening but I'm going to round up some more pictures and get them posted soon!