Friday, June 22, 2012

This is the something that I said that I would post about.  It is the story that our sealer told us before we got married for time and all eternity.  It is such a great example to me of what a marriage should really be about, sacrifice for each other.  I hope you enjoy this!!

A Pearl of Great Price[1]

In Tahiti there are divers that search for a mother of pearl oyster.  They dive hundreds of feet and have to gather as many as they can in one breath, while keeping their minds on the fact that they need to give themselves time to get back to the surface.  Usually there are two or three deaths a season because divers become too greedy.  As a diver collects the oysters their goggles press tight against their eyes, the only light is given off of the reflection of the shells.  In a batch of one hundred oysters you would be hard pressed to get one pearl (which is worth enough money to buy a gas station). 

The pearl is the only jewel made out of sacrifice.  The oyster, as it breaths in water will, in a small chance, get a grain of sand in its womb.  The oyster is in extreme pain and secretes a special type of mucus called nacre and coats the sand attempting to relieve the pain.  It continues to do that for many years, in constant anguish, till a pearl is formed.

The same is true for you.  You are the oyster, and your spouse is the pearl.  Each time you give of yourself in sacrifice, you help culture your “pearl.”  Through years of sacrifice you will find your beloved, as well as your love for each other, has become a pearl of great price.

[1] Story told to Brandon and Kelsey Norton on the day of their wedding by the sealer, Brother Cave.

I am so awful at blogs!

So, I am finally going to give this thing another shot!  If my mom can do a blog, I certainly should be able to!  It has been about a year since I last started this blog, or even posted a thing on it!  Here are some things that I really do enjoy about this past year:

  • Brandon Graduated from the U!!!!  Great job love!!
  • Brandon got a 4.0 his last semester!!  WOOT!
  • I got great grades, even if I had to take a week off for surgery.
  • Brandon says he loves me every night.
  • We have not missed a singe night praying our entire marriage!
  • We saw WICKED!!!
  • We went to New York for our Honeymoon!  
  • We met some great people up in SLC!
  • We moved back to Provo.
  • Both my brother and sister married their sweethearts!  
  • We thank the Lord each day for eternal families, and that we found one another!
  • Having amazing parents and families that help us at the drop of a hat!
  • There are many more, but I do not want to bore you all with a list of hundreds of things!

Life is something that we should never take for granted!  Each day should be lived so that you are trying to improve and grow with each breath you take.  Love is something that should always be at the forefront of your life: Love of Heavenly Father, Love of yourself, Love of your significant other, Love of your family, and Love of your friends.  If you have love, nothing can happen that you cannot handle. 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The best day EVER!

Well, Brandon and I are married now!!! I'm Mrs. Norton. . . Kinda strange, and I'm still not used to it. But Life is wonderful! The sealing was amazing! And I will post something more about that soon. I am so grateful to be sealed to the man of my dreams!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

"This is a week we'll never forget"

Well, Brandon said something tonight that really hit me. He said, "This is a week we'll never forget." It made me think if there were ever any weeks other than very important occasions like a wedding or a birthday that you never forget. So much of life passes us all by so quickly, minutes turn to hours; hours turn to days; and days turn to weeks; weeks to months; and months to years. It all passes so quickly. It seems like just yesterday that I had no idea who this guy named Brandon Norton was. . . I didn't even know he existed. . . and now he is going to be my eternal companion. That is just one way that time seems to just escape from you. I know that from this Friday on, life will pass so quickly, but at the same time, I will do my best to savor each moment that I can.

Talking about time makes me wonder what forever feels like. . . I cannot fathom it. It is hard enough thinking about two years in the future, let alone eternity. I can honestly say that I look forward to the day when I can understand all the things I do not understand now.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Beginning of the Beginning

Well, it is seven days before Brandon and I get married. . . and I can't sleep, so I decided I wanted to try starting a blog that I would actually attempt to use. We shall see if it works.

Life is pretty much amazing right now. I still have a lot to do before I actually become a Norton, but I am SO excited to take that next step in my life. Brandon is more than I ever could have imagined my husband to be. He is amazing, and I can't wait to start life's adventure with him as my partner in crime.

I guess there are some things you should know about Brandon and I. . . first and foremost, we love to quote movies, and each other. I would have to say one of my favorite things Brandon has ever said is, "You can read me like a book. . . . DAW. . . You're good at reading books!!!" It makes me laugh every time I think about it.

Well, that is all for now, I hope to continue this blog during other nights when I can't fall asleep quite when I want to.