September 29, 2011

Grand Opportunities

Last Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the General Relief Society Meeting at the Conference Center.  I felt very blessed when I got to sit on the second row and benefit from the spirit that I felt so strongly.  When you are sitting so close it is impossible not to feel of our Savior’s love and my goose bumps were the size of golf balls.  Prior to the beginning of the meeting, I got to ride under the tunnel with my sister and mother, and was able to see Sister Julie B. Beck, Sister Oaks, and many other stalwart women in the powder room.  I was able to tell Sister Oaks that she did a great job at the CES fireside. In return, she exclaimed a sincere comment about how much she loved the young single adults and me and how much she thinks about it.  It was an unforgettable night that I shared with my cousins and I am thankful for the family that I have been blessed with who provide me with once in a lifetime situations.  My testimony was reconfirmed and my love for modern day revelation grew as I listened to Elder Uchtdorf and hung on his every word.  Tears began to roll down my cheeks as he talked about the young woman who missed her opportunity to touch the lives of the children she taught because she was too busy waiting for the golden ticket of getting married and having kids of her own.  It really hit home, and I know that my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will never forget me and that Christ has engraved me on the palm of His hands.  For this, I am eternally grateful and with the deepest and most sincere desire hope to return to live with Him someday.
After this meeting all my cousins and aunts (who attended the Relief Society meeting) were treated to a dinner at The Garden also attended by and paid for by my loving Grandfather.  It was the first time the roof had been open when I was there and the view of the temple was breathtaking.  I had such a great night and loved catching up with my sister and cousins. 

I also made the good sacrifice of attending the temple this week.  I know there is no greater place to be and serving my Savior brings peace to my soul and reassures me that I can make it through the hard things in this life.  I can’t wait for conference so I can learn about how I can continue my journey to become perfect like Christ.

September 18, 2011

A series of fortunate events

It all started on Friday afternoon.  I was sitting in a teacher’s classroom discussing a lesson plan when over the loud speaker the principal announced that Walmart was at our school giving away $100 to ten different teachers.  I was just telling the teacher about how I never win things like this when… I heard my name called it was like music to my ears.  I was fortunate enough to receive $100, a bag of blow pops for my class, and a cute piece of cake complete with a mini fork attached.  I can’t tell you enough how grateful I am for this and I know that the Lord had a hand in this because He knows how much money I have already put into my class.  I even did a high kick in the hall.  Thank you Wal-Mart for being so generous and supporting all the hardworking teachers out there.  I feel honored to be a part of the faculty at Altara and will try to use my money wisely!

Next I had the opportunity to attend two baby showers for Brady and Taisja Maxfield (my brother and sister-in-law).  First of all it was amazing to see their beautiful faces but even more special to spend time with them.   Taisja is the most fashionable pregnant lady you’ll ever see, and B-rady is just awesome (ex. When he needed a ride to Taisja’s after helping clean up he agreed to follow behind me in the car so I could get a little bike ride in at 11:00 p.m.) 
Not only did I get to go to these showers, they were amazing!  My mother and her sisters put on the first one and the theme was, “Look who’s coming as sweet as can bee, a baby for Taisja and Brady.”  Now here is the coincidence the shower put on by Taisja and her sister had the theme, “Mom to BEE.”  Funny Right? 
Anyways both parties were a major success, complete with amazing food, decorations, favors, desserts, and making adorable onesies. 
Great work ladies I had so much fun and love being in such a remarkable family. 

Cute favors!

Only a few of the desserts there!

All the deserts were yellow and sweet and the food was BEE BEE Q chicken salad!

Cute Taisja at Cafe Trio

Our onesies

My pictures don't do the decorations justice!

September 15, 2011

Honorary Goosebumps

I have had a handful of opportunities in the last couple weeks to experience unforgettable Goosebumps that I will honor and remember for a lifetime.

  • v  Watching my sister walk across the Brighton Track being crowned 1st Attendant for Homecoming Queen.
    I am so proud of Makenzie and I am blessed everyday by her service and love.  She is such a great example to me and she definitely deserved this honorable award. It is great to have such an amazing younger sister to live your own dreams through.

  • v  The next one was taking the time out to see probably my favorite band in the whole world- Rascal Flatts. 
    They are amazing live, and Gary never fails me with his A’Capella runs that bring Goosebumps and cause my jaw to drop to the floor.  I also was reminded about one of my favorite songs, and my love for teaching was reconfirmed as I listened to, “My Wish.” I hope that each one of the children I teach reaches their dreams and never forgets of the love that I have for them.  I had an amazing time with some of my favorite people and had a great dance party.  The only negative about the concert was that I could have listened to them for another hour EASILY.

  • v  Moment number three.  Turning Makenzie into a BEAUTY QUEEN for Homecoming in under an hour and a half.  She sat down for me to do her hair, and I was nervous because I knew how much this dance meant to her and of course she had to look perfect.  By some miracle, her hair worked perfectly and every piece fell into place.  I have to admit I was proud of my work, but let’s be honest, it’s pretty easy to succeed with a model like Makenzie.

Kenz you looked beautiful and I hope you had a blast.

  • v  The next one is taking the time out of my schedule for a family night on the town in a 1913 open air Locomobile.  Our neighbors, Harv and Gloria Hansen, who have an amazing collection of antique cars, picked my family and I up and we went to dinner at Asian Star and then got a nice scenic ride on the way home.  Thank you Hansen’s. It was so fun, and for a moment I got to experience the feeling of being royalty due to the fact that every car we passed stared us down.  I am so grateful for a family who provides me with wonderful and memorable opportunities to share and spends time with me and loves me.

  • v  The last one is having the chance of attending a long awaited CES Fireside given by Dallin H. Oaks, and feeling of the remarkable spirit.  I also attended my Tuesday night institute class at the University of Utah and was not let down by the knowledge I gained about building my testimony and listening to the still small voice, which I felt very powerfully in the lesson. I am grateful for institute and all the programs that the church provides young single adults to feel of our Savior’s love.

September 4, 2011

Life is Passing Me By

My blog has been calling my name for a long time.

With my school opening on August 8, 2011, I have basically been within the walls of my beloved class ever since.  I am here to report that my hard work has paid off and school is going great especially when I see each of my students.   My spirits are immediately lifted and I somehow make it through the day.  I am definitely not complaining. All of the work is worth it!  I have my absolute dream job- second grade in a nearby location, at a school with an amazing faculty, principal and outstanding parent support!  I only hope that I can live up to the teacher that I am in my dreams, and everyday I am amazed that my dream has actually become a REALITY.
My classroom decoration is coming along especially with the help of my amazing students, whom I already love.
 It is crazy how I can already have a deep, sincere love for each and every one of them and that is the absolute truth. 
Even though I have basically been MIA for a month I need to give the loudest shout out to my friends and especially my family
I have the strongest testimony that my Savior knows and loves me.  He sent me to the perfect family who never ceases to amaze me or let me fall.  Whenever I think I am going to fall or won’t make it through everything, my family pulls through.
I have definitely not deserved the service my family has given me and this stressful time in my life has definitely brought out a side of Bryndy that I am not fond of. 
That is why this gospel is so amazing.  I have the chance to repent and always have someone who is there to love me and lift me when I can no longer stand.  I am grateful for the opportunity to read conference talks and attend church, because doing so helps me to keep the eternal perspective in mind and truly appreciate the truths I need to follow to make it there. 

Thanks again family for loving me and helping me accomplish and live my dream of being a teacher in order to make an impact on the lives of the children I teach and changing them for the better like so many teachers did for me. 

Some of the breaks included: Attending Jocelyn and Ellie's Birthday parties, hanging out with my family, going to the real game with my best friends, and attending Jocie's baptism.  Congrats Joce you looked beautiful!