Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Product Endorsement

Who am I to make a product endorsement??? A satisfied consumer is who! Every year we have to get our drains snaked by a professional, one year we even had a flood in our kitchen. Well, my shower drain started to slow down again, and I thought to myself, "darn, time to call roto rooter again." But this time I wanted to give it my own try. I went out and bought a bunch of different drain cleaners, thinking I would have to use all of it to clear my drain. I am here to tell you right now, this was the first, and only product I had to use. I was incredibly shocked at how well it worked. I only used it a couple minutes ago, so I hope it doesn't disappoint me in a few days, but geez... right now my drain runs with no problem--I ran the shower for 10 minutes and there was no problem! So, if you have a clogged drain, please consider Liquid Plummer Power Jet!!

Stake Conference Talk

Well, here is the update on my Stake Conference talk. I was chosen to speak, and I was given notice about 15 minutes before the meeting of what my topic was going to be on. I was asked by Elder Workman to speak about my experiences with the young women (I am currently the 1st counselor in the YW in my ward) and how it has strengthened my testimony, and also to give the adults "tools" on how to help our young women as they have to live in a world with so many hardships. And I only got 10 minutes. So, as I sat on the stand next to Matt's dad (1st counselor in the Stake presidency) I quickly wrote out some notes.

Now each of the speakers were asked to speak last minute, so we all had to rely on the spirit. It was such a beautiful meeting and my heart was so full, I could not deny the spirit that I felt. And then, I got up to speak, and all those good feelings left! EEK! Well, not entirely, but I did have to use my notes, and I felt like I was just reading a list to everyone. However, many people did approach me and thanked me for my talk/testimony. I hope the spirit translated my talk for the congregation. I don't think I did a bad job, but I also can't really remember what I said anymore.

Well, it was a great stake conference, I learned a lot about myself and I am anxiously looking forward to general conference now!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Stake Conference

About a week ago I was called by the Stake President. That is a pretty hefty call to have to take. I was asked to speak in the adult session of Stake Conference (tomorrow). The only problem is, I won't be given the topic until about an hour prior to the meeting, then there is also a chance that I won't be speaking at all, the general authority who is coming will call on a few people who have been "prepared" to speak. I have made a list of topics that I think I want to "prepare" for a potential talk. They are:
•Role of a woman/wife/mother
•2007 mutual theme
•The Living Christ
•The Family
•Modern day prophets
•The atonement
•The fall
•Missionary work
•Balance in your life
•Honoring the priesthood
•The young women/the youth
•Youth Conference
•The plan of salvation
•“And Nothing Shall Offend Them”-a talk by David A. Bednar

I am kind of nervous, but I will rely on the spirit. I will let you know how it goes!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

10 Things I Learned About Valentine's Day

This year, Valentine's Day was a special one. Matt surprised me with a brand new, pink iPod shuffle! I had no idea that he was going to do that for me. In fact, I was under the impression that we weren't going to do anything "special" this year...just like last year. Valentine's day is just another day, and our love can be shown 365 days a year. So, I was completely taken by surprise and left unprepared! Well, all I could do was get up and make a nice breakfast and iron Matt's clothes for the day (things I don't do usually).

So, to make up for my lack of gift giving this Valentine's day I attempted the romantic route. Here are a few lessons I learned:

1. Rose petals can stain, use the fake ones
2. Dessert toppings are...cold.
3. Buy unscented candles, too many of them smell like clean laundry and fruit...not so romantic
3b. About 8 candles make the room look just perfect
4. You better make dinner plans a few days in advance... Denny's just isn't screaming romance.
5. NEVER assume that we aren't doing anything "special"
6. Plan time to shave your legs... sheesh
7. When you buy a card, put something kind of fun in it... or at least give a hint of what is coming.
8. Valentine's day is still Valentine's day at 8:30pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm, then...that is about it, if it is on a weekday
9. Send a lot of text messages/emails/voicemails/whatever throughout the day
10. My husband still loves me, even if I was unprepared.

Hope everyone had a great Valentine's day!!

Friday, February 9, 2007

Generations of the Worley family

There has been some new growth in the Worley family lately! I thought this was a sweet picture of the 3 generations of Worley men.

Here is Grandpa with his two grandkids. I think this is the first picture we have of both kids and him. I just thought it was a fun picture, quite frankly I am so impressed that the kids cooperated, and look at Lauren, that girl knows how to pose!

Monday, February 5, 2007


My dad is in his fifties. My dad is a CPA. My dad collects cars...well, he collects "Cars" cars. After the release of the Pixar movie "Cars" my dad discovered these little toy cars, he thought they were so fun he began his search to collect them. He began searching online, and has covered all toy stores in the Ventura County area. He currently owns 39 cars, and there are still more to be released. In the picture above you may notice that some of the cars look the same, well they are indeed the same character, but like in the movie some of the cars' appearances change, therefore they have created different looking cars to correspond to the movie. My dad can name them all.

This isn't the first time my dad has collected toys like this. A few years ago he collected kids' meal toys when they were from Star Wars Episode 1. But this time, his cars are very important to him. They sit on top of his filing cabinet at work and they have a particular formation they sit in. They are getting excited about their Oscar nomination. Good luck "Cars"!!

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Best friend

In seventh grade I met my best friend. We had an English class together and we really didn't know one another until one day there was a fire drill. Candace was on crutches, and I saw she might have a hard time getting out of the classroom and walking to the "safety" zone. So, I went up to her and asked her if she needed any help. I don't remember, but I may have carried something for her, either way that was the day I met my best friend.
We discovered that we were both LDS, and our parents even knew one another from years past. Candace and I became inseprable. I loved being around her and she really brought me out of my shell (yes, she is the one you have to "thank"). Candace and I have had many years now of great memories. We did silly things at school, like wearing dressing up like complete goofballs (a slipper on one foot and a dress shoe on the other...and so on), we would sing and dance along to music as it blasted in the car, we toilet papered boys houses, and we shared our secret crushes with each other. We did everything best friends do.
Candace moved to Iowa in High School (to live with her dad) and s
o we were seperated, but we continued our friendship. When she got home, we had a great time taking college classes together and going to the Young Single Adult Ward together. I eventually got married to Matt and Candace got married to Tyler (a boy from my home ward).
This is life now. My bestfriend and I are able to talk anytime, and sometimes not enough, but we are always still connected in our hearts. I just went to Candace's baby shower for her first child. I can't believe my life has changed so much. It was an emotional experience to realize that after 11+ years of friendship our lives now are transitioning to motherhood. I love Candace dearly and I wish her all the best. She is going to be a great mom, and I can't wait to see her little girl!