Thank you!

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I wanted to take a minute to say thank you to everyone who blessed our lives while we were living in Salem. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. I am so thankful first for my amazing parents who have always put up with me and who always helped me out when I needed something. so grateful for you guys and the number of hours you put into helping us move. We couldn’t have done it without you. My parent in laws for always sharing there testimony with us. Thank you to the primary kids that I got to teach who built my testimony so much. Thank you to our bishop who was always there for us when we needed his help. The Harris’s for allowing us to share there beautiful home with them. Thank you to my grandma for spending countless hours teaching me how to play the piano for free! I can never repay you! Thank you to our ward you guys are such a great example of faith and loving others! Thank you to my brothers, my brother in laws and my sister in laws you always make me grateful for family! Thank you to everyone I missed, (I think if I listed everyone this blog post would be extremely long) all of you have built my testimony in one way or another. Thank you again to all those who helped us move the elders quorum presidency, and those in our family who were able to. We really appreciate it! Thank you most importantly to Heavenly Father who made everything possible for us to be in west valley so Bryson can pursue his dreams. I’m going to miss our hometown but I know that this sacrifice we are making will bring us so many blessings. I know that God has a hand in our lives. Sometimes I think we wait on God but in all reality he waits on us to pray to him and then he can bless us with the things we stand in need of. I’m not perfect and no one is but I know that if you take the time to pray he will always let you know if what you are doing is right. As I sit here in my new apartment wondering if we made the right decision to move to west valley I feel peace. I know that where we are is the right place for us right now. Even though it’s hard and I miss Salem like crazy I feel so much peace. “I never said it would be easy I only said it would be worth it!”

I love you all and thank you again!

P.S. I hate cauliflower but love this!

Copy-Cat Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup.

I was a little skeptical when I was making this soup at first. I have tried to make recipes off of pinterest before and hated the end result. But this one is awesome! I love Zupas and this is one of things I get when I go there! P.S. I hate cauliflower but love this!

Here is the recipe. It is AMAZING! So close to the soup they make at Zupas! Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Melt butter and chopped onion together in a large sauce pan and sauté for approximately 10 minutes over medium heat until onion gets golden in color.
  2. Add flour and stir to make a roux. Heat while stirring for a couple of minutes.
  3. Slowly add half and half along with the milk. Gradually add and stir the entire time. Following the milk, gradually add water and chicken broth and stir constantly.
  4. Add chopped cauliflower and heat until boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until cauliflower is tender. This will take approximately 15 minutes.
  6. Place contents of sauce pan into blender and blend until smooth. Remove center part of blender cover to allow steam to escape.
  7. Return cauliflower mixture to saucepan; heat over medium heat until hot, stirring occasionally. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in mustard and cheese until melted and smooth.
  8. Serve soup topped with a little cheese for garnish.

Taken from http://www.chef-in-training.com/2012/09/copy-cat-zupas-wisconsin-cauliflower-soup/

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…Every day we get the opportunity to learn something new…

Every day we get the opportunity to learn something new. I feel like I learn new things everyday about myself, family, music, and just life in general. If we are opened to learning new things, we can be guided to things that can help us learn whats most important in life. I’ve learned that I love music more than I have ever loved it before. I’ve learned that family is the most important thing in life. I’ve learned that god blesses us if we give him the opportunity to and he guides and directs us. Lately, my life has been focused around those three things, god, family, and music.

God- God guides and directs my life everyday even when I am so undeserving of it. I am so grateful to know that he always has my back. I am thankful for everything that he has blessed me with. I don’t know where I would be without the guidance and direction I receive from him. He takes care of me and Bryson everyday and i’m so blessed.

Family – the more time I spend with family I learn more that they are my best friends. I remember when I was in high school and hated spending time with family all I wanted to do was spend time with my friends. But what I didn’t realize is that in the future my best friends would be my husband, my mom and dad, my grandparents, and my two awesome brothers. I’m blessed to have such wonderful people in my life. They teach me so much and being able to talk to these people, as well as spend time with them and just laugh and be silly has shown me I really do have the best family!

Music – I am so grateful to have learned the things I have learned from my voice teacher about the voice and how it works. I am also grateful for my awesome Grandma Hawkins and how she has been so patient and helpful in teaching me how to play the piano. I am excited about my new songwriting class that I am taking online and can’t wait to start writing songs of my own. I have already written a few but they are still in the works. One day I will also have Bryson tech me how to play the guitar to.

I’m grateful for the things i’ve learned over the past few months and for the things i’ve become grateful for.

Here are some pictures over the past couple of months…

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Music is a gift.

The last 10 months my life has revolved around music. Studying it has been such a fun thing for me because it really is my top passion in my life. I have learned how to play the piano, as well as apprenticed under my voice teacher to learn how to teach voice lessons. You wouldn’t think that the voice is very technical but it is and there are so many things that go into singing. Music is a gift. I will always be grateful for the things I’ve learned through studying it. Although I’m done learning the science behind singing i’m always wanting to learn more. I just started taking an online songwriting class which is fun. I don’t know if I will ever be done studying music because I love it so much. I will always have a hunger to learn more. During piano I’ve learned simple hymns (from the lds hymns made easy book as well as their beginners learners book) and of course from my grandma who has taught me everything I know how to do today. I’m starting to play songs in the original hymn book and that is hard but fun. Below are pictures of what i’ve got to study (memorized 64 terms, studied seth riggs book, labeled the larynx and what it does and memorized 15 + exercises and how they help the voice), as well as a picture of my piano that I get to jam out on everyday.

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