Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Nothing Greater than Moving

By the end of the week we will have moved two blocks away. 
Here comes creative packing. We don't feel like we need to go all out packing since its two blocks away = )

Don't worry we will make sure to post more pictures of the new place. Stay tune!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


I just found out that ALL my siblings are coming up to UT this week!!!
I don't know about you, but I am super excited! The last time we were all together was our wedding.
This is going to be fun. I can promise there will be a lot of laughter, a lot of memories, food most likely, and lets just face it a lot of teasing me. Isn't great being the youngest of six?

2nd Anniversary Already????

So I would have posted this yesterday but, I ran out of time. Which seems to be the story of my life lately.
Here we are at year #2! Not that I didn't think that we wouldn't make it because I am planning for eternity, but it seems so unreal that we have been married for that long. Seriously, it seems like just yesterday I was walking down the hallway of LA temple towards Kyle in my awesome wedding dress. The events of that day were a whirlwind but how glad am I that we a) made it out alive b) still love each other c) and we are still best friends.

What could we possibly be doing? Hmmmm = )
What have we learned in the past 2 years?
  • A problem can be resolved through laughter.
  • Its okay to be a poor, starving, and married college students. Lets face it you get more creative in all aspects of life!
  • Its nice having someone on your team that tells you what you want to hear and will also tell you what you need to hear.
  • Amazing how close you become when you have a child on the way and when they finally arrive. We have real become a lot closer since Collin has come.

Again By Popular Demand....

Hello My Fellow Blogging World!
I decided I would make an apperance on my own blogging page = ) Some day I will be better at this. Well a lot has happened since March 26th. Such as finals week, Kyle and I almost moving, and what else??? Oh yeah....This little guy (or guppy) was born.
Ladies and Gentlemen presenting Collin Lowell Sawyer.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Change of Plans

I won't lie today's post was mostly going to be me whining about pregnancy and being a poor college student. But luckily I was kindly reminded that an attitude of gratitude is one of the noblest virtues. So lucky you blogging world, you don't get to hear a pregnant women ranting about lame things that don't matter at all. 

Aldous Huxley once stated "Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted". How true is that statement?!?! It has been so easy lately to think of things that I am lacking, how uncomfortable life has become (pregnancy is not for wimpy in the last month...that is all I have to say), how Kyle and I have had to change plans for the 4 billionth time. Than a good old Greek philosopher reminded me, “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has". I am deciding to change my plans and make this post, a post of rejoicings.

  1.  I had the opprotunity to go with the youth of our ward to the temple this morning. The cool part was they were willing to wake up at 4am, get ready to be at the temple at  5am. Good Job Guys! I am proud to be associated with these great young women and men. 
  2.  Guppy (aka Collin) growing perfectly and always reminding me that he is there. I'd like to think that is excited to meet us just as much as we are excited to meet him = )
  3. For family and friends that are more than willing to check up with me and see how I am doing and how they can help. Thank you for the many texts, calls, and emails. Sorry I am not very good about getting back to you, but it is greatly appreciated.
  4. A husband that makes me laugh all the time. Kyle and I enjoy the simple things and try to find the humor in life as much as possible.
  5.  That spring is coming! I love having weather changes because its so much fun to get anxious for the next change.
  6.  Goals of receiving an education and wanting to do well in school. I love school and I always tell Kyle that I want to be the 92 year-old with her 7th degree.
  7.  Naps, I am not the biggest fan but they do allow me to have an opprotunity to let my body recuperate from what seems like workouts. Workouts meaning: getting out of bed, getting ready, doing homework, etc.
  8.  The opportunity I have to hear a prophet's voice tonight at the Young Women's broadcast.
  9.  For food and shelter. I know that there are many that don't have the right now, especially with so many being displaced in Japan. 
  10. To blog, it really has helped me be slightly creative and yet, has allowed me to realize how much my life isn't that bad. It also has allowed me to want to try new things, such as sewing. There are some great blogs out there for that! 
Maybe simple but that is what I am grateful for today!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Optimism and Hope

A couple weeks ago the word OPTIMISM entered back into my life. Ok, that sounds strange, let me explain. It never left but I think I am beginning to understand why this word is applicable in my life as of yesterday.
What does optimism mean?

Merriam-Webster dictionary describe it as: 1) a state that this world is the best possible world 2) an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome.
So what does optimism look like?

 I won't lie, a lot of my life this is what I thought optimism was, acting like Kathy Lee Gifford. And if you know me, you definitely know that this is not my style! To me she is just one of those people where optimism is almost a production. Just one of those people that has been described as "too happy." I guess this is why I always thought of this word as not ridiculous but maybe not a character goal. I didn't want people to think that I am too happy or always in a production of some sort.

But as of yesterday, I have re-thought about this word, what it means, and who in my life I can use as an example. Hence the picture of this man...
Lowell Anderson or as I called him, Grandpa Anderson.
Yup, this is my Grandpa! One of the cutest old men I have ever met and pleasure of knowing. Why do I say that? Lets just say for a Halloween party, at the age of 91, he wanted to dress up. Jokingly I suggested Yoda.Well he wasn't Yoda, but he did dress up as a Jedi Knight. It was awesome! He had the light-saber, the cloak, everything! I think it goes without saying he was the best dressed that year = )

Grandpa Anderson has been in my thoughts lately and I am sure that it doesn't have to do with losing him 3 years ago this month. I also believe that it is more than Kyle and I preparing for our son's arrival (his name is going to be Collin Lowell). I think it is because he is the most optimistic man that I have ever personally known. He had such a passion for life and especially, sports! Honestly that 90 year old plus brain could remember so many sport facts it wasn't even funny. 

I won't go into to much detail of the things that he faced in his life but the two things that I know that shaped him was growing up through the "Great Depression" and at the end of his life suffering from two strokes. I know some stories from him growing up during the "Great Depression," but when I really knew him was towards the end of his life and him going through the strokes. 

One of my favorite pictures, of my Grandpa is the day after the stroke that would finally kill him. In the picture it is him smiling the biggest smile you have ever seen, in a hospital gown, and with oxygen tubes up his nose. You would never, ever suspect that this man had just gone through a stroke and had gone through one of the longest nights in his life. But this was only the beginning of that long trial. It was hard to watch sometimes and some days I wish I could switch him places, but he always said "Thank you" to nurses and doctors and always gave them a smile. I could write for hours about what I saw and felt the last month and a half of my grandfather's life, but those things are personal and its something that I don't really feel comfortable sharing on the world wide web.

As I ponder what he had gone through towards the end of life, I think I am realizing that for me to witness that period of time, it was meant for me to apply those personality characteristics that I saw my Grandpa have in my own life at this time. I am going to be a first time mom in 5 1/2 weeks and the thought of that doesn't scary me, but it does make me nervous and completely stressed. Maybe not completely stressed, I have other factors that are feeding into that (finishing my degree, being part of the Young Women organization in my church, and finances).

As wonderful as Kathy Lee Gifford is, I think I would rather emulate my Grandpa at this time. So I don't have the cleanest house, my body is not mine anymore (meaning the child that is inside kicking me at this time), Collin's nursery isn't ready, and my I scrabbling to get my homework/tests done before the baby comes. But is that any excuse to not think that the world isn't the best possible world? It would be easy to think, especially with horrific earthquake, tsunami, and radiation explosions that are happening in Japan that this world is doomed or whatever news story is currently breaking. But than I remember my Grandpa and try to look at it from how he would, it makes me want to ask "Are the things going on in Japan sad and scary?" YES! But what a great opportunity for a nation to come together and for us as a human race to help people across the world that we haven't even met (or plan on meeting).

I know the trials that I am experiencing at this time in my life are nothing to compare to what Japan is going through, to the "Great Depression," or of the pain of having your body fall apart and know that you are preparing to leave this earth. But the trials that I am going through are real to me and at times they get the best of me and its easy to say at time "Hope ya know, I am having a hard time."

How grateful I am to have the example of my Grandpa! To just be able to muster up a small smile and say thank you. Even when I am praying. How grateful I am to know of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I don't understand it fully but the great thing about life is we get to be reminded and come to a new knowledge of this principle!

To end my thoughts on this post I would like to quote President Dieter F. Utchodorf. He once said: 
"The adversary uses despair to bind hearts and minds in suffocating darkness. Despair drains from us all that is vibrant and joyful and leaves behind the empty remnants of what life was meant to be. Despair kills ambition, advances sickness, pollutes the soul, and deadens the heart. Despair can seem like a staircase that leads only and forever downward.
Hope, on the other hand, is like the beam of sunlight rising up and above the horizon of our present circumstances. It pierces the darkness with a brilliant dawn. It encourages and inspires us to place our trust in the loving care of an eternal Heavenly Father, who has prepared a way for those who seek for eternal truth in a world of relativism, confusion, and of fear."

I guess the point of this post it to remind us that optimism doesn't have to be a thing where you are overall dramatic or its all about the presentation. It can simply be laying in a hospital bed and looking up at the the doctor, that just told you that you will never be able to eat again and saying thank you. That sometimes instead of letting everyone hear you say "I hope ya know, I am having a hard time," we take the time to reestablish our hope and let it penetrate us like "sunlight rising up and above the horizon of our present circumstances." 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Hello There!

Hi! We are the Sawyer's! We both hail from Southern California and currently are out of the state going to school! My name is Kyle and my wife's name is Erin. We both come from amazing families that we are proud of. We are in our mid-twenties and love life! We were friends for the longest make a long story not as long we started dating. She moved away and shortly after that we were engaged. I followed shortly after we were engaged and continued my education. I have changed my major a couple of times and have narrowed it down to two, we will keep you updated on what is picked! My wife is almost done and will be graduating in the next year in Community Health. So proud!! I will be next to follow! We are expecting our first kid! It is a boy and we couldn't be happier! He will be with us here shortly! 

As for us we like the outdoors and love living in the Rocky Mountains. We both love to travel and wish we had a lot more money so that we can visit other placed around the world! Hopefully one day! I personally like to fish...haven't gotten Erin out yet. We have tried to set up trips but things seem to get in the way, and with the kid on the way that might not happen for a little longer. Erin will post about herself so that it is accurate! We both love music and enjoy going out and spending time with each other. Erin is the love of my life! I can't imagine my live being happier if she wasn't in it!

Well thanks for reading and hopefully we will be better at posting stuff so that others can keep up! Love ya!