The day of weddings.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Yesterday was certainly the day for weddings. From the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in London, to Brooke & Joe in Omaha, Nebraska, it was quite the day. As I sat in St. Johns (certainly the most beautiful Catholic church) looked at Brooke, who looked stunning and listened to the Priest's homily, I found myself with tears in my eyes. Joe's sister had just read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 which is the perfect wedding verse and she reminded all of us the very important characteristics of love. The Priest then spoke about the sanctity of marriage. He talked about the challenges and the day-to-day commitment it takes. But he also talked about the rewards that come from marrying your best friend. He talked about a kind of love that is only shared between a man and woman. He reminded us all that a love like that is something to be cherished, and never taken for granted. Yesterday was a great day. It was nice, in the midst of finals, to sit back, and be a part of Brooke and Joe's fairytale. It was nice to see, first hand, a type of love that everyone dreams they find someday. So to Will&Kate, Brooke & Joe, thanks for letting me be a part of your day. 
 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Joe & Brooke. 
Me and the beautiful bride
William and Kate. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"Never, never, never, never give up." -Winston Churchill
Finals start today. Let's do this. We're never gonna give up. 

Happy Easter!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy (day after) Easter everyone! I hope it was a wonderful day spent celebrating the real meaning of Easter, enjoying family, and maybe decorating some Easter eggs :) I didn't get to spend Easter with my actual family, but I got to spend it with Adams, who, in the goodness of their hearts took me in for the day, and it was a great day. And, in less than two weeks I get to be back with mine, celebrating Tom & Camila and finals being done! But, for the next two weeks it's all about Property, Civ Pro, Torts, Contracts and Constitutional Law. Here we go. Good luck to everyone who's in the midst of finals. We'll get through it, we always do.
Happy Easter! 

Do not be anxious.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I had a little bit of a panic attack tonight. One week from right now I will be done with my Property final, starting my preparation for Civ Pro on Thursday. Needless to say, I'm starting to panic. Everything I've done this entire semester rests upon the next 3 weeks. Everything. I just want to succeed. I just want to make everyone proud. I want to feel good about a job well done.

What if i fail? 
What if this is not what I'm supposed to do with my life? 
What if I'm not good enough? 

One week away and the nerves are here. The anxiety is here. I just want to do well. I just want to be proud of myself. So, in the midst of all this panic, I picked up the Bible I've had for 10 years and started paging through. There is so much hi-lighted in there that it makes it hard to decipher. But I found a sticky note on this page. It's such a good reminder. And it sets my heart at ease.
Philippians 4:4-9 - 
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."
Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. -Sean O'Casey
I've had this quote in my blog drafts for quite a while. It was one of those days when I was scoping through random blogs, people I didn't know, looking for something. Entertainment, inspiration, the meaning of life. Who knows, but I came across this quote. And it struck me. What we do now, is going to be something that sets this world on fire, be that good or bad. What we do now is going to effect something, someone in years to come and it's possible that we will never know it's affect. Kind of makes you rethink your actions, words & motives, doesn't it? It definitely has gotten me thinking. The people you pass on the street, the ones you meet on the elevator, picking up trash, planting a flower, giving someone a hug, all the little things we don't realize, all the things we do day-to-day could be the very thing that changes something or someone. Maybe, I've thought too far in depth to this quote, but for me it was sort of eye-opening. It's a good reminder to do something good, everyday, because you never know its effect.

Work diligently.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

"Hard work is the key to success, so work dilligently on any project you undertake. If you truely want to be successful be prepared to give up your leisure time and work past 5 pm and on weekends. Also, have faith in yourself. If you come up with a new idea that you believe in, dont allow other people to discourage you from pursuing it."
Charles Lazarus
I was given this quote right after I graduated college, and at the time I really didn't know what it really meant. To say the least, I wasn't that diligent when it came to my homework. I did what I needed to get by and I got by, but I definitely wasn't the one with all the cords around my neck come graduation.

Then I went to law school and my whole world sort of changed. I couldn't just get by because I was "naturally smart." Spending 30 minutes on class reading and 2 hours for a paper due the next day soon turned in to 5 hours of class reading and days of preparation for a paper. This past year I've definitely been challenged mentally more than ever, physically & emotionally.  It's more work than I've ever known. But I have hope because one week from today, I will be finished with my 1L year classes. I will have pushed through, fought the good fight and finished. (Besides finals of course). This year has been a rush, and in one short week it will be over. I will be a 2L, I never thought I'd ever be able to say those words. But, I keep reminding myself that I'm doing what I love, I'm doing what my heart wants. The next three weeks are going to be challenging, there will probably be tears of stress, anxiety and utter-frustration, but I will keep my faith in myself and my abilities, and I will find solace in that.

So to everyone in my boat, to everyone who's working hard towards their dream, to my 1L class, it's been quite a year, let's kick these finals where they deserve it and move on, let's be 2L's. So, keep studying, keep pushing, keep working dilligently. Because, I can guarantee you, it's going to be a proud moment when you can say, "I did it."

homesick.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I'm getting a little homesick. I LOVE Omaha, but there's something about home. But, in 24 days, I will be home, and bringing Adam with me. So, let's just get through these finals and then I can go home and see these lovely people. Thank Heavens.

I miss my family....
....All the girls &
....these two, good thing I'll be making it home for their engagement party!! 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other."   
AUDREY HEPBURN

the best kind of love.

The perfect reminder that love is everlasting is always there, even when it seems nowhere to be found.
I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness."Jeremiah 31:3

The A,B,C's of me.

With finals only two weeks away, I thought a post about absolutely nothing would be a good energy and stress reliever. I found this from one of my favs over at Scenic Glory. (Go check her out!) Enjoy. 
Age:23
Bed Size: Queen
Chore you hate:  Vacuuming. 
Dogs:  Henry - he's the cutest Yorkie ever.
Essential start of your day: Taking Henry outside.
Favorite Color:  red
Gold or silver:  gold
Height: 5'8
Instruments I play (or have played): Piano and clarinet (what's up JH band!)
Job Title: 1L law student, daughter, sister, friend, girlfriend.
Kids: Henry is the only kid I could handle. 
Live: Omaha, Nebraska
Mom's Name: Cindy
Nickname:  K, K-Diddy, Kris, Krist
Overnight hospital stays: Nada, Thank the Lord, I hate hospitals.
Pet Peeve: When people chomp their food.
Quote from a movie:  "The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds, and that's what you've given me. That's what I hope to give to you forever. I love you." The Notebook
Right or left handed: right
Siblings: 2 - broder, Tom, sista, Erin. 
Time you wake up:  6:30.... on a good day
Underwear: Hanky Pankys
Vegetables you dislike: I <3 all veggies. 
What makes you run late: Trying to find something to wear
X-rays you've had done: ankle, knee, tailbone, arm, wrist, shoulder. I got hurt a lot when I was younger. 
Yummy food you make: Steak. 
Zoo animal: Giraffe.

This is dedicated to the one(s) I love.

This is post number 600. Can you believe it? This blog has now been going since August 2008, and this is the 600th post. I've been waiting to create a 600th post because I wanted it to be something that meant something. I wanted it to be something that people read and we're inspired by, words that changed people, words that meant something. But, I went back to my first blog, the reason for this blog, and I realized that this blog started for me. So I decided I was going to write this blog for me. So, this blog is about the people, in my life, who inspire this blog, who inspire me, and who mean the world to me. [This is dedicated to the one(s) I love.]

This is dedicated to my all over-extended-non-traditional family. Living in Scottsdale, Arizona, Omaha, Nebraska, Malibu, California, Boston, Massachusetts, & Florence, Italy,  I've learned the real definition of a family. It's the people in your life, who regardless of blood line are your everything. It's not necessarily those to whom you are blood-related. It's the ones who make you feel comfortable and loved regardless of where you are. In Arizona, my family is obviously my beautiful and wonderful mom, dad, erin & tom. But not only that. It's Coti and Whitney (even though she's in Utah), it's the entire Urtubey family who will soon be my [non-blood legal] family. It's Brooke&Kelcy who I worked with at Oregano's who still amaze me. In Georiga, it's Lauren. In California, it's Callie, Kate&Kate, in Colorado, its Car-bomb. In Omaha, it's Kristin, Lyndsey, Britt, Alyssa & Adam (& his fam). I've been more than blessed to have extended family all over. They are the ones who will be forever joined with me. They are the ones I turn too when I really need help, someone to listen, someone to care. These are the people that will forever be in my heart. They are the ones I laugh with till I cry, the ones I drink copious amounts of wine with. These people (above) have the hearts of angels, and will always be my guardian angels. They have forever changed me, and molded me into who I am today. Without these people I wouldn't be who, where or what I am today. I am everybit of who they all are. They have made me courageous, strong-willed & motivated. They have shown me what true love means; that regardless of mistakes & faults, that their love will never falter. They have never given up on me, and I know they never will. These people are the greatest people you will ever have the privilege of knowing.

Family is God's daily gift to us, and the easiest thing to do is take that for granted. But one thing I will work daily at, is making sure I never take them for granted. So, this is to my 'family,' thank you for being exactly who you are. Thank you for being in my life, I only hope I can be as much as a blessing to you, as you are to me.

While I'm far away from you, 
I know it's hard for you
Because it's hard for me
And the darkest hour is just before dawn---

"Life" can never be exactly like we want it to be.
I could be satisfied knowing you love me.
But there's one thing I want you to do especially for me---
And it's something that everybody needs.

While I'm far away from you
Whisper a little prayer for me,
Because it's hard for me,
And the darkest hour is just before dawn.

Each night before you go to bed,
Whisper a little prayer for me,
And tell all the stars above---
This is dedicated to the one I love.

What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life - to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.  ~George Eliot
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