Monday, March 29, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

"Just climb up your ladder; I'll throw down my rope."

I was blog-hopping and came across this poem. I really liked it and so I decided to share.


I had been in that hole for a very long time
In the dark and the damp, in the cold and the slime.
The shaft was above me; I could see it quite clear
But there's no way I ever could reach it from here.
Nor could I remember the world way up there
So I lost all my hope and gave in to despair.
I knew nothing but darkness, the floor, and the walls
Then off in the distance I heard someone call:
"Get up! Get ready! There's nothing the matter.
Take rocks and old sticks and build up a fine ladder."

This had never occurred to me-- had not crossed my mind.
But I started to stack all the stones I could find.
When I ran out of stones, then old sticks were my goal,
For one way or another I'd get out of that hole.
So I soon had a ladder that was sturdy and tall
And I thought, "I'll soon leave this place once and for all."
I climbed up my ladder. It was no easy chore,
For from lifting those boulders, my shoulders were sore.
I climbed on up the ladder, but soon had to stop
For my ladder stopped short-- some ten feet from the top.

I climbed back down my ladder and started to cry
I'd done all I could do. I gave my best try.
And in spite of my work, in this hole I must die.
And all I could do was to sit and think, "Why?"
Was my ladder too short? Or my hole much too deep
Then from way upon high came a voice, "Do not weep."
And then faith, hope, and love entered into my chest
As the voice said to me that I'd done my best.

He said, "You've worked very hard, and your labor's been rough,
But the ladder you've built is at last tall enough.
Do not despair. You have reason to hope.
Just climb up your ladder; I'll throw down my rope."
I climbed up the ladder, then climbed up the cord.
When I got to the top, there stood the Lord.
I couldn't be happier; my struggle was done.
I blinked in the brightness that came from the Son.

I fell to the ground, His feet did I kiss
I cried, "What can I do to repay thee for this?"
Then He looked all about Him. There were holes in the ground
They had people inside, and were seen all around
There were thousands of holes that were damp, dark, and deep
The the Lord turned to me and He said, "Feed my sheep."

Then He went on His way to help other lost souls,
And I got right to work, calling down to the holes:
"Get up! Get ready! There's nothing the matter.
Take rocks and old sticks and build up a fine ladder."

It now was my turn to spread the good word.
The most glorious message that man ever heard.
That there's one who is willing to save one and all
And we've got to be ready when He gives the call.
He'll pull us all out of the hole that we're in
And save all our souls from death and from sin.
So do not lose faith; there is reason to hope
Just build up your ladder; He'll throw down His rope.

~Scott Lewis and elders from his mission

Thursday, March 25, 2010

It's official!

Marcus and I are going to see Wicked on Broadway on July 14, 2010. We are so excited!

Here is a countdown of things we are looking forward to:

- April 21st: Winter Semester ends
- June 8th: The LSAT will be over (Marcus takes it on June 7th).
- June 17th: Spring classes end
- June 21-24th: Leah comes to visit!
- July 4th: A fun holiday that will be spent with Mom and Dad G., Aimee, Sean, Cole, Lola, Brittany, and the Messers!
- July 10-23rd: Marcus and I fly to Virginia where we'll meet up with my family. We'll tour Washington D.C. Then we'll go to New York (where we'll see Wicked), home to North Carolina, and the beach!
- July 11th: We will celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary :)
- July 23-25th: Marcus, Shelby (who will stay longer than us), and I fly to Arizona to visit Grandma and Grandpa Smith, Lori, Bryce, and hopefully Kelly and Brent.
-August 14-22nd: Go to Washington to spend time with the Gilson family. Activities will include going to Seattle with Kate and Brock!

Our lives are good! :)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Party with co-workers

Tonight, we had Ryan and Desiree & Jake and Sheridan over for dinner. I work with Ryan and Jake and so it was fun to spend time together outside of work. We had chicken fajitas, homemade re-fried beans, and Spanish rice. We washed it down with wonderful non-alcoholic Pina Coladas made by Jake. Then we played a game called Jungle Speed. We had never played it before but it was great fun! Especially because Desiree is a pro at that game and has amazing reflexes when grabbing the totem pole. After Jungle Speed, we ate an oreo pudding dessert that Ryan made and was delicious! Then we played a few phases of Phase 10. We only actually accomplished 3 phases because playing that game with 6 people takes a long time...

Jake also introduced us to this video:
Total Eclipse of the Heart: Literal Version
This is the actual video but people re-did it and sang about what is happening in the video. So funny! And so weird that this is the actual video. I think it might almost beat this worst music video.
Needless to say: great fun was had by all! :)

Monday, March 8, 2010

This is what happens...

...when you drop a coxinha into a pan of hot oil

Thankfully, I have a wonderful husband who helped bandage me so I could sleep without worrying about hurting the blisters.