Nauvoo, Illinois

Wow, I am so behind…I was talking with Trent the other night about this space and we both agreed it is such a fun journal. So these next couple posts are probably more for us then for you but feel free to enjoy.

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This past summer my sister, Faith, had the incredible opportunity to be a Young Performing Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It’s 3 months full of dancing, singing, performing and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in Nauvoo. It’s different from a full time proselyting mission in a lot of ways but a truly remarkable experience.

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Nauvoo holds a really special place in our families hearts as we have traveled here numerous times and had some truly sacred experiences. It was so much fun to bring all of our husbands back to see such a special place.

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Our oldest sister, Mary-Martha, was 7 months pregnant during this trip and let me tell you, she was such a trooper. I was so impressed by everyone patience and good humor as we traveled 20 hours across the United States. We had such an incredible time with endless inside jokes and hours of fun.

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One night our phones all went crazy with a tornado warning. All the girls stayed inside while the boys went to go watch the weather! It got pretty crazy but luckily the tornado missed us and we just experienced some wild wind and rain.

Faith did such an amazing job in all of her performances and it was so fun to see her again. I am so blessed to have the most incredible family and siblings. Trent kept commenting on how impressive it was that we were all so nice to each other on such a long journey, haha. It was such a great trip and I will cherish these memories forever!

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The Happiest of Days

07.01.16

It was the most beautiful day.

I remember going to sleep the night before feeling an overwhelming sense of peace. The day that I had always thought about and dreamed of was finally here. As I felt Trent’s hand in mine and looked into his eyes during the ceremony, I felt home. He is my home.

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The rest of the day was a whirlwind of hugs, laughter and love. Our reception was held in a neighbors backyard and it couldn’t have been more gorgeous. Trent and I have a special connection with the 4th of July and our reception held true to that summertime feeling. My mother is a wedding genius and everything went perfectly.

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Four months ago feels like yesterday and yet I feel as though Trent has been with me forever. Four months in and we’ve already learned to grow and stretch so much. Four months in and I can’t imagine loving Trent anymore than I already do and yet I wake up loving him more every day. Four months in and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

Four months in and eternity doesn’t seem long enough.

Temple Video

Reception Video

Videos done by Cassie Rogers

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Photos by Michelle and Ben Lehnardt

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“…and that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you.” Alma 34:38

Thanksgiving is a holiday skipped by the world. We jump straight from Halloween to Christmas, and although I love both of those Holidays, Thanksgiving is a time that I don’t appreciate missing. In a world moving swiftly around us, how do we find the time to slow down and remember to “live in thanksgiving daily” as Alma directs? It’s a choice. A choice to take the time to be thankful for the many blessings we have. A choice to look around and see just how lucky we are. We must simply decide to open our eyes.

I love this image of Christ from the bible videos. It is so direct, and so peaceful. I look and see the light that Christ emanates and it gives me the hope and motivation to be a little better.

Here’s to a thankful season surrounded by the love of my life and my sweet family as well as a time to look around and see just how Christ has blessed my life.