Monday, November 9, 2015

"He Gave Me Space and Let Me Fly"

“He Gave Me Space and Let Me Fly”

Church magazines: Why has your marriage been so happy for so long?

President Hinckley: The basis of a good marriage is mutual respect—respect for one another, a concern for the comfort and well-being of one another. That is the key. If a husband would think less of himself and more of his wife, we’d have happier homes throughout the Church and throughout the world.

Church magazines: Sister Hinckley, you have said that your husband “always let me do my own thing. He never insisted that I do anything his way, or any way, for that matter. From the very beginning he gave me space and let me fly.” 1 How has he done that?

Sister Hinckley: He never tells me what to do. He just lets me go. He has made me feel like a real person. He has encouraged me to do whatever makes me happy. He doesn’t try to rule or dominate me.

Church magazines: President, you have said: “Some husbands regard it as their prerogative to compel their wives to fit their standards of what they think to be the ideal. It never works.” 2How have you avoided doing this with Sister Hinckley?

President Hinckley: I’ve tried to recognize my wife’s individuality, her personality, her desires, her background, her ambitions. Let her fly. Yes, let her fly! Let her develop her own talents. Let her do things her way. Get out of her way, and marvel at what she does.


I've always loved this article on President & Sister Hinckley. It is from the October 2003 Ensign. I've been thinking about it, a lot, recently. It makes me think of how my sweetheart treats me in the same fashion. I'm lucky, really.  

I can be a restless person. I'm always thinking, my mind is on to the next project or task at hand. I like to march to the beat of my own drum. I don't like to sit still a whole lot. No, I don't have ADD/ADHD. I like things done a certain way, usually my way. [Definitely still a learning process in marriage :) ] Lately, I've been thinking a lot of how to make our place more of our home. Through all of this, I'm lucky to have a good man by my side that lets me be. I think I consider this a blessing just because of how life was for my maternal grandmother (Tutu) and how life can sometimes be for my Mom. I don't know how to describe it exactly, but my maternal grandfather (Kuku) was very dominant. I think it took a toll on my Tutu and left an impression on my Mom. I never wanted to easily give into being a submissive wife. I think I live in an entirely different era as my Mom and Tutu; times are much different now. I feel like I have this wild spirit to speak my mind and do what makes me happy. I am blessed to have a strong partner who encourages my talents and supports my dreams & goals. He listens to me and considers my opinions. I respect him as the head of our family and in turn, he treats me as his equal. He gives me space and lets me fly, to which I am most grateful.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Making a home: IKEA!

Last night, I was just thinking of how much I love our home. This past weekend we made a lovely lil trip to Ikea. 
I'm grateful my husband was so willing to put all of our goodies together. 
Me + screws + instructions = No bueno
There's just something about it that overwhelms me. Give me a recipe, I'd rather work with that.
Ikea can be such a fun place...
Guess we won't be buying that chaise lounge! No matter how hard we tried we could not squeeze on there! Hilarious, for sure! 
I just love love love how organized everything is!! I love our shoe shelf! I can't wait for our next Ikea purchases, next month! It feels more like a home now and I owe it to this book:

Friday, October 16, 2015

Late Night Creativity!

Things to note:
1. Yes, it is 3:39am
2. This is just 1/8th of a baby shower banner I made tonight.
3. I'm most creative when I'm down to the wire. 
4. Some could call it procrastination, but the added pressure helps me think.
5. With less than 3 hours of sleep, tomorrow [ahem, today] is going to be a very, VERY long day.

Saturday, October 10, 2015


Can I just say how much I am looking forward to receiving the November issue of the Ensign!? I thoroughly enjoyed the talks I heard last weekend. 
Maybe that has helped my week seem more brighter. So many wonderful talks that help me want to be a better person. I especially loved Pres. Nelson's talk. 
Does that not give you hope to try to be the best person, the best woman, you can ever be! I loved it! I can't wait for the Ensign to come out in a few short weeks!

Why today was another good day! {Friday's Fave Five!}

1. Norah Jones.
Seriously such a good song! It was the first one on my shuffle this morning. I need to download more Norah Jones songs! I forgot how much I love her voice!

2. Got an awesome seat on the trolley, this morning! It was a different view and I just loved it. I caught myself smiling as I enjoyed the beautiful scenery of gorgeous San Diego. Should anyone be THIS happy to be riding the trolley?? I seriously LOVE it! Plus, I just realized last night that there's an earlier trolley so I can get to work 15 minutes AND it's less crowded. AWESOMENESS to the tenth power!

3. Today, I stopped bending over backwards for a friend. Do you know how relieving that is?! I try to be a nice person, but there's no need to go out of your way to someone who doesn't appreciate it nor will ever reciprocate it. 

4. Had some good laughs with my colleagues at work. It can seriously help life a dragging work day!

5. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins from Starbucks = Autumn Amazingness!!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Very good day!

I don't know how it happened, but today was a very good day. I was in a good mood all day. I started my day off with riding the trolley and it was so much fun! Seriously, I love riding the trolley! There's so much to look at and it's just relaxing sitting there, reading and listening to music. I love it!
I was just spot on with my work and today was probably my most productive day in a very long time. I had a nice day with my colleagues and even had a good laugh with a few of them. Definitely a very good day! Plus, I got to come home to my sweetheart and eat a scrumptious dinner with him. There are so many things I love about coming home, amongst the very best of them, it is being able to come home to my sweetheart who greets me with a smile and a kiss. 
Throughout the day, I even caught myself smiling just because. I liked today, I hope tomorrow is a repeat of today! Happy Thursday!

Monday, October 5, 2015

3 years & General Conference.

Yesterday, marked 3 years since this wonderful man changed my life...

We tried to think of so many different places to celebrate our anniversary but we couldn't agree on any one place...but we could agree on wanting breakfast. Hellooooo Denny's.  It didn't really matter where we ate, we could have gone to McDonald's and it still would have been fun.  

He didn't know I was taking these photos of him. I just love his face so much.  It's always so peaceful for me.
"Sometimes home isn't 4 walls, it's 2 eyes and a heartbeat"
That is what Levi is for me.  He is so patient when I don't deserve it, he makes any situation 1000x better and life is brighter having him by my side.  

I love this photo of us. I love his smile.  I'm so lucky and sometimes I don't appreciate it as much as I should, but I'll never stop trying. 

Levi and I watched a few talks during the Saturday morning session of General Conference.  Elder Maynes gave a beautiful talk.  It was so nice to watch General Conference again.  There was a beautiful spirit that could be felt from the talks that were given. 
I guess the talks affected me in such a way that I had a very vivid dream this morning.  In my dream, I was visiting my parents and my Dad asked me to say a prayer.  I remember the words of my prayer, I was expressing gratitude for those that attended my Dad while he was ill and for the safety & protection over my Mom in his absence.  Well, I think I caught myself talking and opened my eyes. My poor Levi was just staring at me. I think I mumbled something like, "I was praying in my dream" and then closed my eyes to finish my prayer.  It was so real, I remember all the details.  I think I've been thinking of prayer because last night, I thought of my Kuku & Tutu and how they used to kneel by the bed for their morning and evening prayers. It made me think of starting that with Levi.  Some of the most sincerest prayers I've offered up have been on my knees.  I think it would bring a sweet and humble element to our marriage.  With that said, it's late and I'm missing my sweetheart, I need to get to bed. G'nite.
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