Our Garden

Ok, just as a warning this may be a boring post. you have now been warned.
Having an apartment has been awesome, we love it. But as it has started to warm up in the last few weeks we realized that we have nothing green in our home, also we are on the third floor and have no yard what soever. This is pretty depressing for us, my family has always had a garden and a yard and Bynt’s family has too, so we were both missing it. This brought us to the decision that we would like to plant a little garden in our apartment, which meant a trip to Home Depot.
Home Depot is not a safe place to go if you are in the mood for any form of home improvement, you always end up with more than you had intended on. This happened to us. we went in to get a couple of herb plants for our little herb garden……but the herb plants were by the indoor plant section which had a whole section of Hawaiian plants. Ever since our honeymoon we have had a small obsession with Hawaii, so we had the idea that we would buy a couple of our favorites that way we could be reminded of Hawaii every day ๐Ÿ™‚
We ended up walking out of Home Depot with a Ti plant, a Hala tree, Pineapple Sage, Thia Basil and Italian flat leaf Parsley… A bit more than we had intended on, but we love it and our house seems much more alive these days! When we got home we had a ton of fun painting the pot for our herb garden and planting all theย  different plants ( BTW, this is a great family home evening, even if there is just two of you!). Its been a few weeks now and they are all looking beautiful.

The Herb Garden, it smells so good!

The Ti Plant, this is one of my favorites ๐Ÿ™‚

The Hala tree, when they get big they look like something from a Dr. Sues book!

Cleaning and Learning at the Temple

Yesterday Brynt and I had a really cool experience. We got to go clean the Rexburg Temple! It was such a neat way to view the temple and we both really enjoyed it.
ย We got there around 10pm, and they gave us special jump suits, then we went to a little meeting about the temple, it was really cool and it amazed me that the spirit could be so actively involved in something as mundane as cleaning ๐Ÿ™‚ After the meeting we went strait to work.
It never stops amazing me how much you learn at the temple, no matter what you are doing: walking on the grounds, doing work in side, or in this case cleaning. I was sweeping the floors and thinking how it felt kind of silly that I was cleaning something that seems perfectly clean already, and that is when I had a really interesting thought. The point wasn’t to clean something that was dirty, it was to keep it from ever getting dirty. To some, this isn’t that profound but to me it was just so neat. When I thought about it in terms of me, it made so much sense, I need to be constantly “cleaning” my life so that I never have big messes to clean up, just on going maintenance so that I stay as fresh and new as possible.
I am so grateful that Brynt and I had this chance to serve, and to learn. We enjoyed it so very much and will be gladly doing it again if the opportunity arises ๐Ÿ™‚

Our Beautiful Rexburg Temple

How this whole thing got started.

Brynt and I have known each other since our teen years, we had the same circle of friends, even hung our several times but never dated. After our high school years we grew up, lost contact and pretty much forgot about each other. So how did we end up married? Well, we have Facebook to thank for that.
Brynt found my profile in December of 2009, he messaged me saying “Hi, Holy cow how have you been? It’s been for ever since i have talked to you what’s new? Holy cow we have to hangout.”.ย  So, through messages we talked, caught up with each other and set up a date.
For our first date Brynt took me ice skating, we skated and talked, talked and skated and had a lot of fun. He then took me to see all the Christmas lights around town, this is where we discovered our joint love (bordering on obsession) for Christmas. It was a great night, but neither of us knew it was the beginning of something way bigger…..
After that first date we started hanging just about everyday. We never got sick of each other, in fact the more we hung out the more we didn’t want to be apart. Hanging out became dating and dating became falling in love.

I should mention that Brynt knew way before I did that he wanted to marry me; I love that about him, he always knows just what he wants…. I on the other hand have to think things over about a billion times. But eventually I came around and on June 20, 2010 he proposed and I said yes!

We were married in the Mesa, Arizona Temple on November 6th, 2010 and spent our honeymoon on the amazing Hawaiian island of Oahu.

About a two months after our wedding we moved to Rexburg, Idaho so we could go to school at BYU-Idaho. We love it here, and we have had so many blessing.
That is how weย  got to where we are in our lives right now, and my hope is that from here on out this blog will keep track of all the little adventures in life, or in other words, The Rest of the Story.