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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Families are Fantastically Fun

Family is my most favorite thing ever. Well, next to Bryce, but he counts as family.

What is a family? Here are a few definitions taken from www.dictionary.com

fam⋅i⋅ly

[fam-uh-lee, fam-lee] Show IPA Pronunciation
noun, plural -lies, adjective –noun
1. parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not.
2. the children of one person or one couple collectively: We want a large family.
3. the spouse and children of one person: We're taking the family on vacation next week.
4. any group of persons closely related by blood, as parents, children, uncles, aunts, and cousins: to marry into a socially prominent family.
5. all those persons considered as descendants of a common progenitor.


Oh. Okay. So parents, children, grand children, etc etc. LAME definition.

What is a family REALLY?

The definition I like best is this one: The Family - A Proclamation to the World

What I love most about my family or about families in general is that they teach us how to love a person unconditionally without having to like them all of the time. I know that there have been countless times in my life when I feel like a jerk for being annoyed or frustrated by a friend, coworker, ward-mate.

But guess what, as annoyed or frustrated that I get with those people, I have had knock-down-drag-out fights with my parents, calling each other the most ruthless of names with my sister, biting my siblings (not recently this was when I was a little kid ok?).

We have very different opinions on politics, how a specific gospel principle should be applied, how high the temperature in our house should be. We don't like the same movies, same books, same music. I would rather spend a lot of my free time surfing the internet. My sister likes spending her time watching TV, my brother plays the Wii, my mom reads, my dad eats Oreos.

We yell and scream and tell each other that they suck.

And yet, I love these people more than I love anyone else on Earth.

Why? Because they are my family. And what I love even more is that I will be with this family forever.

I love my mother for her faith in the Lord, for her strength and courage to bring us to church every single Sunday without the help of her husband. And because of that, we are happy.

To quote that inspired proclamation: "Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities."

What makes it even better is that now that Bryce and I will be married, I have TWO families to disagree and yell and despise for an hour or two at a time. BUT I love them a gazillion times more than any of those silly little fights.

Today we went to Steve and Laura's baby blessing. It was great to see Steve being a righteous Dad and praising his righteous wife. I love them both. I love Heather and Jeff. I love Lynn and Janice. I love little Emily, Allie, and now Natalie.

They are a new addition to my all-time favorite thing: family.

To quote Elder M. Russell Ballard, "What matters most lasts longest."

I am grateful for eternal families and for the family I have now and for the Buchanan family that I can soon count as my own. Eventhough NO ONE in either of those families will ever read this, I love you.

Most Sincerely,
Lina

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

One Ring to Rule Them All

Um, hello! I’m not usually a blogger so we shall see how this goes. I do like what Mike Birbiglia has to say about blogs though:
I’m sort of embarrassed to tell people that I have a blog. Because everyone has a blog, about anything like they’ll say ‘Today I went to JC Penney’ [in blogging tone]. And then there’s always that one comment that’s like ‘JC Penney, eh?’ That’s not a blog, that’s text message!

OK, I’m also excited about the wedding too. I figure I should give my side of the story? For the whole week I was pretty anxious. The whole time I was planning on proposing on our anniversary, but there was one day where I almost did it just so I wouldn't have to wait. Real cool, Bryce.

The day finally came and I was getting things all ready. I was still unsure of how I was going to propose. A crucial piece that was missing. I was thinking of what place would be nice and I thought of Temple Square. That worked, but I was still not sure how well it would all come off.

We had a nice dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. Afterwards we walked around Trolley Square for a bit. Apparently it was their 100th anniversary and they were celebrating with fireworks at 8. Had I known this, I might have suggested that we just stay there. Fireworks=Romance, right?

We left and headed towards Temple Square. We parked just north of the Conference Center and started walking towards the Temple. We walked about 10 feet when I got down on my knee and asked her to marry me. She of course said yes.

Remember those fireworks that I didn’t know about? They went off almost immediately after I did it. Perfect timing.

For not really having any solid plan, everything went perfectly. I am happy.

-Bryce

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

TO: Lina FROM: The Salt Lake Temple

Bryce and I got engaged on Nov 8, 2008.

We decided to start our blog early... maybe a little overzealous, but get over it. I wanted to track our experiences as we are preparing to be married on March 13, 2009.

Get excited! 'Cause I am!

Today we both got our letters from the Salt Lake Temple, letting us know that we did indeed have a time reserved and what all we needed to bring, blah blah blah. The important thing is that we have a room reserved in the temple!

I have already said this to Bryce, but I think it's worth repeating. As happy as I have been while dating Bryce, that happiness has already been overshadowed by this new engagement happiness. It feels far more reverent and calming. And while engagement happiness is great, I can only imagine how happy I will be once we are sealed together for time and all eternity.

I have felt so grateful for Bryce over this year. As we prepare to go to the temple, and getting the letter from the temple today, my gratitude for not only him, but for the plan of salvation has only grown. I love Bryce. I love the temple. I love my Heavenly Father.

Life is great, we're getting married!