Wednesday, September 10, 2008

3's & 8's

3 Joys:

1. Derek's laugh
2. Avril's exuberance
3. Xandri's sass

3 Fears:

1. Anything bad happening to my family
2. Sharks and other underwater threats
3. Pigs

3 Obsessions:

1. Chocolate (Oh-so-typical, but oh-so-true!)
2. Editing- this can be anything from grammar and mechanics in written language to artistic design of various ads. I edit things in my head if I think they could be better.
3. Pregnancy weight gain. Sad, but true.

3 Surprising Facts:

1. I consider my husband's ex to be one of my very best friends. (Apparently, he has good taste.)
2. I like to cook.
3. Even more surprising, I'm kind of good at it.

8 Things I'm Passionate About (in no particular order):

1. Theology- particularly my own religious beliefs. I should probably lump in all logic, truth and philosophy here if we're going to be fair.
2. My family-- any perceived threat will be met with a rather fierce Mama Bear response.
3. Politics- this relates closely to number one, particularly as philosophy applies.
4. Graphic design-- or any other related art. I've only recently discovered this passion, otherwise I would've majored in it!
5. Edward ;)
6. My health/fitness, as well as that of my family.
7. Creating in general.
8. The works of C.S. Lewis.

8 Words or Phrases I Say Often:

1. We don't shout.
2. Come back here.
3. Shut. Up.
4. What the hell?!
5. Ehhhxcellent... (over tented fingers)
6. Seriously?
7. Calm down and stop freaking out!
8. Apologize to your sister.

8 Things I Want to Do Before I Die:

1. Get my masters.
2. Publish a book.
3. Live in a foreign country.
4. Learn 3 languages fluently.
5. Ride an elephant/camel.
6. Travel the world (I'm sorry, I can't narrow this down...)
7. Safari.
8. Be the subject of a professional photo shoot (mermaid pics anyone? ;) )

8 Things I Pray For:

1. That Avril will dream about princesses and not monsters.
2. That I can have the strength and wisdom to be the mom my girls deserve. This includes my continual prayer for guidance as a parent.
3. That I can have the strength and wisdom to be the wife my husband deserves.
4. That I'll get over this cold soon.
5. My siblings and my parents.
6. The ability to forgive and understand.
7. Sanity.
8. To know what's important and to be able to do it.

8 Things I've Learned:

1. My timeline is not necessarily God's timeline.
2. That the basics: prayer, scripture study, church attendance- are basics for a reason. They are our best protection against ourselves- the natural man.
3. That none of us is in any position to judge another.
4. That too many of us still do.
5. That change is a process that can take a lifetime- and requires the Atonement.
6. That the best way to live my life is to remember what is important and what is urgent- and keep them in perspective.
7. That I've never had a challenge in my life that compares even remotely with mothering.
8. That we are as people- and even children- remarkably resilient- and yet still so fragile.

8 People I Tag:

1. Melody
2. Tara
3. Breta
4. Pattie
5. Debbie
6. Jaime
7. Brenda
8. Ruth
9. Anyone else who wants to do it!