Thursday, October 31, 2013

Eat, Drink, and be Scary!

May Jack-o-lanterns burning bright...
Of soft and golden hue...
Pierce through the future’s veil and show...
What fate now holds for you.
Happy Halloween!

Hobby Lobby

Sometimes you go into Hobby Lobby to find parts for your Halloween costume and you end up just playing with velvet jewelry hands instead.  Yes, we left empty handed.  Yes, we went and got burgers. Best night ever.

A Night of Voodoo

My brothers are cooler than me.  It's a fact.  Chandler has the best taste in music and rocks an occasional mustache and Carter can yo-yo and do back flips on the trampoline.  Seriously...I'm lucky if I can put my shoes on the right feet in the morning, and both my brothers are in a band/multiple bands. It's ok, because I get to reap the benefits of seeing said brothers in their bands on a Friday night.  It was Carter's debut, too! So exciting.  Did Chandler have a solo? yep. Did I cry? NO! yep. 
I love them and couldn't be more proud. A shout out to Chandler and Carter for pulling their weight in the coolness department. Somebody has to do it. It might as well be them.   

Just a little Voodoo Doo Doo...I think I'm funny.  Does that make me cool?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Float like a Butterfly...

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp,
but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Thursday, October 3, 2013

O Autumn!

“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. 
October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. 
O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!”
– Rainbow Rowell

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Charity Never Faileth

Yep...that's my sweet sister in Periwinkle
We are beloved spirit daughters of God, and our lives have meaning, purpose, and direction. As a worldwide sisterhood, we are united in our devotion to Jesus Christ, our Savior and Exemplar. We are women of faith, virtue, vision, and charity who:

Increase our testimonies of Jesus Christ through prayer and scripture study.

Seek spiritual strength by following the promptings of the Holy Ghost

Dedicate ourselves to strengthening marriages, families, and homes.

Find nobility in motherhood and joy in womanhood.

Delight in service and good works.

Love life and learning.

Stand for truth and righteousness.

Sustain the priesthood as the authority of God on earth.

Rejoice in the blessings of the temple, understand our divine destiny, and strive for exaltation.

- Relief Society Declaration -

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Dream Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore--
And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

- Langston Hughes

Monday, September 16, 2013

Y Hike...?

...Because we like food too much.

Kaylie had made the goal to hike the "Y" for the first time before she left on her mission.  So that Saturday before she left, all of us kids headed down to Provo and embarked on what would prove to be the most physical activity any of us had participated in all year.  "So that's what it feels like to get your heart rate up."  We mentally embraced the fact that no matter what, we were going, and although we felt like it, we realized we would not, in fact, die from this experience. We took our sweet time, laughed and crawled our way up the mountain face. While mentally, physically, and spiritually taxing, we made it to the top and nothing could describe the joy of our attainment.  We had reached our goal with no Madsen member left behind.  We sat breathless atop the white, painted rock surface and enjoyed the satisfaction of a beautiful view and togetherness. It was a triumph, to say the least.  It was the perfect metaphorical activity to realize that with a little determination, humor, medication, and motivation, you can truly do anything. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

God Be With You...

Looking back, Wednesday seems like such a long time ago. 

It was all such a blur, really. 

Wednesday, September 4th, Chandler and Carter stayed home from school and my mom and I managed to get off work. It was our last day together as a family, after all. We ran some last minute errands to help get things together for Kaylie. Chandler and I had spent the night before, working magic with her suitcases, fitting 18 months’ worth of cute sister missionary clothes and not-so-cute orthopedic shoes into her bags. It seemed so surreal that the day had finally come where Kaylie would be entering into the MTC. There had been a lot of anxiousness and anticipation leading up to this day, but it had come nonetheless, as most days do. After we had finished errands we headed to lunch.  Where did she eat her final meal, you ask? Slab Pizza, the best pizza in the West! We stuffed ourselves silly followed by a trip to the flag store where purchases were made of at least 75,000 different German flag memorabilia.  One, entering our home, might assume we were a bunch of German patriots. We then headed to the Provo temple where my dear Henry met us to take some family pics.
(You can view them on my sister's blog by clicking here.)

It was hard to hold back the tears as we said our goodbyes and gave our final, tightest hugs. After our photo-op, we had a few minutes to burn and sat in the car, watching other families embrace and take pictures. We were a fearsome sight to behold: little whimperings interrupted only by expressions of love and bittersweet excitement.

The time soon came to follow the parade of cars into the parking lot of the MTC. I had never realized just how many missionaries there were entering in on any given Wednesday. Much to kaylie's relief, we watched as current missionaries accompanied the new missionaries into the building. Up to that point, we were still trying to figure out how Kaylie was going to carry all her luggage by herself. From what we could tell, she was not alone. 

It took a few minutes, but we were guided to the flagpole round-a-bout. We hopped out of the car after which Kaylie was met by a young sister who eagerly grabbed her bags. We said our final and abrupt goodbyes and watched as she was all too soon, taken into the next 18 months of her life. 

As for the rest of us left behind, we all just kind of stood there, watching her walk away. After a few minutes had passed, we got back in the car and were quickly ushered back to the real world. The car ride home was quiet and somber as the reality of her absence sunk in. And then I realized something, just how incredibly humbled I felt. I felt humbled by the sacrifices of those individuals (and families of) who have chosen to represent Jesus Christ as missionaries. I had never truly understood what it all meant until I watched my sister walk away, suitcases in tow, towards the next 18 months of her life.

In that small moment, I realized that the most important thing to me in the whole wide world is my family and those that I love. I'm pretty sure that the worst thing that could ever happen would be if we couldn't be together forever. I know that Kaylie is in the best place that she could ever be right now. I also know that while she's gone, I have a lot of work to do. I need to always be striving to live my best life and making the Lord, and the gospel that I love so much, a priority in my life. 

I know God loves His children. I know that I love my family. 
And I know that we are all one big family, just trying to make it back home. 
I know we can do it and be reunited again. 
We need each other. We need Him.

God be with you Kaylie, until we meet again…

Friday, August 30, 2013

OK...It's been a while

Do you like my blog revamp?
I promise to stop slacking and blog again.
It's been too long and there's been far too many adventures gone undocumented.
Do over?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's Freezing

I'm kind of done with this weather.  My body aches, my hands are cracked, and I haven't shaved my legs in who knows how long.  It's too dang cold! I'm ready for some 85 degree, snow cone, walk out to my car without a jacket, kind of weather.  Don't get me wrong, if it were Summer, I'd probably still find an excuse to drink hot chocolate, wear cozy socks, and, lets face it, not shave my legs.  BUT at least I wouldn't be conveniently shivering away much needed, central heating system calories from all of those Christmas treats that have managed to survive this long.  I'm mean seriously, somebody hide them! I'm practically a hibernating bear without the pleasure of long naps.  OK! ok....I'll calm down.  The first three months of the year are always the hardest.  Soon it will be smooth sailing directly into a rightfully deserved swimsuit body. Sun on my shoulders.  Long, lazy days.  It's only a matter of time.  For now...? 
Shiver. Eat. Repeat.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Do you ever feel.... something's not quite right?

Thank heavens for the new year. 
Time for change.

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