Blogmas 2016 – December 4th!

Hey y’all! Can you believe there’s only 21 days til Christmas?! Today’s theme as the picture says is, Jesus Worshipped His Father and So Can You.

So today I woke up feeling like absolute crap and I wasn’t going to go to church, but I decided to go anyways. I wanted to put an effort into fulfilling all 25 of the “challenges” that the church has done, so I went. But when 3rd hour came around I hurt too bad so I had my mom take me home. But I feel happy that I showed my Heavenly Father that I was making an effort for him.

Since this isn’t really a one day thing, I’ve made a goal to be more grateful for the things I have and see every day and to realize that they all come from Him.

So these are some “small” things I noticed today and last night that made a big difference.

So I used to play basketball, and I loved it. But now because of the pain, I can’t play. My brother still plays though so after his game last night I just started crying super hard out of nowhere. I had no idea how much I missed playing. One by one each member of my family came into my room to hug me. My parents said that I could just try to play on a rec level so it would be just for fun- and without the pressure.

My dad has always been really gung ho about basketball, so hearing that he was fine with, and actually wanted, me to just do whatever would make me happy was really nice.

Not only did my mom take  me home, she stayed with me and made me as comfortable as possible. And when I asked to go home she didn’t question me at all. It actually made quite a bit of a difference, I always feel like I shouldn’t use my pain as an excuse.

When we went to get the car key from my dad he just hugged me and didn’t question anything either. And at this point I was already crying because I hurt so bad, and when I looked at my mom she was about to cry too.

And no its not a good thing that I made my mom cry, but it did help me realize how much she loves me.

When my parents left today for a bit my little brother came and laid down next to me and just hugged me.

He also made brownie cake pops and when I felt good enough to get up and help him make them, I had a lot of fun. He kept doing weird things to make me smile,and at some points I thought I was going to pee my pants I was laughing so hard.

So all in all, I’m extremely grateful to my Heavenly Father for giving me a family who loves and supports me through everything. I am so grateful for the gospel he gave us and for the blessing that I will be able to be with them eternally.

I hope you guys liked seeing a bit more of my perspective on life and what goes on during some of my not so good days. Remember that finding happy things during the hard times is even more important than when you’re in a good place.

Comment down below something you were grateful for today!

Love y’all! – Aspen AKA The Author

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Blogmas 2016 – December 3rd!

Hey y’all! So today’s topic was Jesus Helped Others to See and So Can You.  I don’t really have anything super vision related that I could do… but there was a story on mormon.org of a paralympic man. So I thought I would share his story.. This is what he has written:

Hi I’m Jason Smyth

I’m Irish, I’m a 4 time Paralympic gold medalist, a world recorder holder, a husband and I’m a Mormon.

I was born and grew up in Ireland. I was diagnosed with an eye disease at 9 years old which has reduced my vision to under 10%. In spite of this I have been blessed to have achieved some fantastic things in my life thus far. I won gold medals in both the 100m and 200m In Beijing 2008 at the Paralympic Games whilst breaking both world records. At the Paralympic Games in London 2012 I repeated my achievements and won gold in both the 100m and 200m, again setting new world records and becoming the fastest Paralympic athlete ever. I narrowly missed out on making the 2012 Olympics by 0.04s. This was my first attempt in my quest to be the first visually impaired athlete to make both Games in the same Olympiad which I hope to achieve in Rio 2016. More importantly I am very fortunate to have recently got married for time and all eternity to my wonderful wife who is the greatest blessing in my life.

Hi I’m Jason Smyth

I’m Irish, I’m a 4 time Paralympic gold medalist, a world recorder holder, a husband and I’m a Mormon.

ABOUT ME

I was born and grew up in Ireland. I was diagnosed with an eye disease at 9 years old which has reduced my vision to under 10%. In spite of this I have been blessed to have achieved some fantastic things in my life thus far. I won gold medals in both the 100m and 200m In Beijing 2008 at the Paralympic Games whilst breaking both world records. At the Paralympic Games in London 2012 I repeated my achievements and won gold in both the 100m and 200m, again setting new world records and becoming the fastest Paralympic athlete ever. I narrowly missed out on making the 2012 Olympics by 0.04s. This was my first attempt in my quest to be the first visually impaired athlete to make both Games in the same Olympiad which I hope to achieve in Rio 2016. More importantly I am very fortunate to have recently got married for time and all eternity to my wonderful wife who is the greatest blessing in my life.

WHY I AM A MORMON

I have come to know that the teachings of the church are true, and that in living them I am a happier person. By following the teachings of the church I believe I am always striving to be a better person. It brings me great joy and comfort in my life to know where I was before I came to earth, why I am on this earth, and where I am going when I die. Perhaps one of the greatest comforts the church brings me is the knowledge that families are forever. My family is the most important thing in my life, and knowing that even after we die I will be with them gives me more happiness than I can express. Living the teachings of the church does not mean life is always easy, as we all experience difficulties in life, but I have learned as I trust in our Father in Heaven I will be better able to cope with them.

HOW I LIVE MY FAITH

My eyesight affects everything I do, even how I am able to live my faith. Sharing the gospel with others is valued in the church, because we want everyone to feel the joy of having the knowledge of our Heavenly Father and his plan for everyone on earth. I was not able to serve a traditional LDS mission as a young man because of my visual impairment. Instead I have been blessed with a talent that takes me all over the world and allows me to meet many different people. I try to use these opportunities to share some of the things I know through interviews, public speaking events, and by sharing my beliefs with the people I meet. An athlete’s life is a lifestyle choice, much the same as a lifestyle taught to live by the church. I do not drink alcohol, smoke, or do drugs of any kind. These things are some of the ways I live both my religion and my career. I have come to know and understand that the choices I make daily lead me to do better now, and will benefit me in the future.

 

I loved reading this story! No matter how cheesy they sound, hearing real life stories of people overcoming their infirmities is always a good thing. I hope you all liked reading this story!

Love y’all! – Aspen AKA The Author

Blogmas 2016 – December 2nd! 

Hey y’all! So today’s theme was Jesus Honored His Parents and So Can You. 

And seeing as I live with my parents, it didn’t make sense to call them up or anything. So instead I simply spent time with my mom doing something she liked to do. 

I also spent it with my almost second mom Amy, so it was a win-win. 

So some background first, Amy works for a company who auctions of their IT equipment (computers and such) every 3 years. That money is then spent to buy things for the homeless shelter (We call it the Road Home) 

Last week we spent $4,500 on bras, underwear, socks, and shoes for both men and women. 

Today we spent  a little over $8,000 more on hats, gloves, and coats for men and women again. 

The sheer amount of stuff we were able to buy, was mind blowing to me. I loved being able to be a part of something so meaningful. Knowing that such a large amount of people would have protection against the cold, and the necessities of daily life is truly amazing. Especially since they get to open it on Christmas, so they still get a “present”. 

Before buying all of this stuff though, we went to Costco against and bought about $2,000 worth of soap, deodorant, pans, blankets, toothbrushes, laundry detergent, etc. for 4 refugee families. 

These are people with children who have a house from the gov. with nothing in it. So we bought some more home necessities for them, and other employees will be buying them clothes and the kids toys and such.  

If you have people around you in need I highly encourage you to help out. I promise you can make a difference. Even without money, just volunteering is very important. We’ll be going up next Sunday to actually volunteer at the Road Home, and I love it. It’s such a humbling experience every time I go. 

And I know this was supposed to be about parents, but in a way it is. I am  so grateful that my parents have taught me to give to others and have been such and great example of it. I’ve genuinely loved the opportunity to serve with and learn from them.  

Please don’t forget the people less fortunate than we are. Give what you can, even if that’s just a thought or a smile. I hoped this inspired you to go and help someone.

As always, love y’all! -Aspen AKA the Author 

P.S. Thanks to Lauren for coming, and helping get the work done faster. You’re such an amazing person, let’s keep lighting the world together xx

Blogmas 2016 – December 1st!

Hey y’all! So this year for Blogmas I am going to be doing something a little different… The church is doing something called Light the World just like Jesus did because he is the light of the world. So, they’ve come up with 25 ways over 25 days to do just that. And here is what I will be doing for it too, along with random “fun” posts too.

If you want to check out what things they’re going to be doing each day, and watch the really awesome video they made (I highly encourage that you watch it, it’s short and really cute) click here!

So, today’s theme was:

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So today, to help “lift other’s burdens” I went to one of my really good friend Taelyn’s swim meet. And that may not sound like much, but it doesn’t have to be. Before the meet, she was nervous for her events and I was able to help calm her down and support her. I’ve never been to one of her meets so I had a lot of fun, and she was really excited to see that Ryann and I came. I love to know that the little things I do can make a difference in other people’s lives. I’ll definitely be showing up at her next meet, just to see her smile the way she did today!

I hope you guys liked this short little post, I’ll have another one up soon about something different. If you want to do the 25 ways over 25 days don’t forget to check out the link below! Tomorrow is Jesus Honored His Parents and So Can You.

See ya then! Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author