Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Good Things in Life

About twice a week I almost get hit by a car while riding my bike on my way to school. A few days ago I was having a bad day, thinking of everything that could possibly go wrong in my life. I almost get hit by cars, bugs infest our apartment, it is going to be so hot riding my bike to school in May, I don't have a job, I don't have a car, and the list could have kept going. And then I began to think of how selfish I was being. I began to think of all the things I have I should be grateful for, all the things that make me happy, and everything that has happened in my life the past month...

Things I'm grateful for/make me happy...

1) My beautiful bike. Not only my bike makes me happy, but seeing Erik's bike next to mine. Although half the time they crowd our already-too-small living room, I am so happy we have them. I love riding my bike to school, and almost getting hit by cars just makes for funny stories.

2) The fact that I am now a "Payne", and i can put "P's" all over our house. I am also in a fruit obsession right now where I love to decorate with them. I see this everyday and the colors bring joy into my life. Erik also uses them as weapons to throw at the cats that hang around our door.

3) The fact that I get to wake up next to my best friend everyday. This is above our bed and it reminds me everyday how much I really have. Having him in my life is all I could ask for.

Happy things that have happened the last month...
1) These two were married last Saturday in the temple. It was the funnest day, and the reception was amazing. I am so happy Erica found someone like Albert-he's hilarious and he is perfect for her. Even though they have only known each other a few months, I know it's going to be forever!

2)This beautiful girl was baptized! Cecily is one of the most amazing, Christ-like people I know, and she is only 8! I learn so much from her all the time, like how to love one another, obedience, positivity, and charity. You would think that I should be teaching her these things, but she is so good at them already I can't help but follow her example.

3) My grandpa was sealed to his parents, at age 71. It was such a cool experience to see sealings with a proxy and I am so happy I got to be there.

And last but not least, I know the temple is somewhere I can go to find happiness whenever I need it. It is so great to be able to attend and receive my own personal revelation. Erik's aunt and uncle and their family were also sealed as a family this past month and it was so great to be there for that. I can not wait to spend 5 nights a week there for the next month doing Easter Pageant. Even though there is alot of stuff going on with HBO, I know that everything will work out because this is the Lord's work and with the Lord's work there is no imperfection.