Wednesday, October 31, 2012

H-a-l-l-o-w-e-e-n

 
So it's that time of year again when I can make PUMPKIN cookies anytime I want
...
Well, not that one couldn't make them any other time, I'm just saying now is the acceptable time to have said pumpkin cookies or anything pumpkin for that matter
 
What better time to make them than on HALLOWEEN!
Such a fun time of year when all the holiday festivities begin and the creativeness in me gets to craft all the fun stuff I have saved on Pinterest. 
The cookies are yummo
...only bad thing is...
I've already eaten
NINE
 {I can feel a stomach ache coming on already}
 
Good thing there is a gym 3.5 minutes away by foot
I'll be needing it
Look at all the candy too
I'm in trouble  

 Shaynold and I even got to put together this fun puzzle the other day
I put in the very last piece....of course, because I rock
or maybe he LET me put it in, oh well.
Either way it was fun to find all the pieces TOGETHER
when he wasn't being a puzzle hog that is
 
I love that word: together
I'm so happy and lucky to have the chance to be here with him everyday
He seriously has the coolest job!
I seriously have the coolest man
...
I mean not everyone gets to fly jets everyday
and
not everyone gets to see and hear jets take off a dozen times a day
I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
This is my home
He is my home
 
HAPPY HALLOWEEN ALL!
 
XOXO
 
Tara Ashley
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Welcome Back to Korea!

 
 
Korea and I meet again
"Annyong haseyo"
{HELLO}
 
It's been almost a year since I was here before.
Let me say that again...It's been almost a YEAR since I was here before.
Can you believe that?!?
 And what a year it has been. I survived...WE survived and I am so proud of US!
 
Long Distance is:
hard
lonely
a time to grow
spending time with friends & family
trust
love
missing them
etc,etc,etc
 
Which ever adjective you choose to use
IT'S WORTH IT!
 
I didn't think I'd actually ever say that, but it's true.
 
Shayne and I have gone through a lot this year, but I honestly couldn't be more thankful for the lessons I've learned along the way.
 
I have him to thank really
...
He was always so patient with me and loved me even on the days I didn't deserve it.
I wish I could say I was a perfect girlfriend/finace that never got upset or mad at him, but HELLO this is not a perfect world and you better believe there were days when I was a monster.
And you know what I realized during those days?
Was how much we have grown together and truely love one another.
Crazy huh?!
 
So many AWESOME things have happened in the last 13 months too!
Seriously!
Many blog posts to come? I think YES!
 
In the mean time
Meet The Green Jap
 
 
Yep, that's right...it's a right drive vehicle...in Korea, Craz balls.
 
Meet my old school DAK phone
{I wish I could tell you what that means, but if any Koreans just happen to read this they might hunt me down}
 
 
It totally doesn't even have T-9 texting. I have to type out each letter!!!
Blasphemy, I tell you.
But at least I don't have auto correct fail, like I do with my iPhone.
HA!
 
Let's talk soon
 
PIU!
 
 
XOXO
 
Tara Ashley
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, June 25, 2012

My Child



Confession: When my mom sent this to me this morning, I cried....no, I balled....like a baby.
Sensitive much?!?! I couldn't believe I was just sitting there crying my eyes out from just a few words. But I realized after I read it again....and again that it was exactly what I needed to hear (or read, rather).

How is it that My Heavenly Father sent me here to be with such an amazing mom?! How'd I get that lucky?
Both him and her always know exactly what I need and for that I am so thankful.

I think this quote really hits home...probably for a lot of us.

Why do we worry so much?
Because we fear failure? Because we don't want to disappoint our loved ones? Because we want things to go a certain way?

Whatever the reason, it's always going to be ok!!!

If we don't fail, we don't grow or learn. If the person or people whom we wish to not disappoint can become so mad or hurt by a situation or event and not find forgiveness then perhaps those people shouldn't be in our lives....do you agree? And when it comes to "things" going a certain way...we have to remember that free agency is a blessing, whether we always chose to believe that or not.

So, at the end of the day when all things are said and done, we have to remember that this world is craaaazzyyyy and sometimes it can effect us in ways we don't like, so that's when we have to remember God is there and he knows EVERYTHING, he is with us always and loves us regardless of our mistakes or choices that may not always seem wise. I know that he has the most beautiful plan for each of us and while it may not always be what we or others may want, it is going to be what's best for you!!!

Do not ever forget that!!

And remember, "he's got this"

So let him hear it!! And let him WORRY about it!


XOXO

Tara Ashley



Monday, April 23, 2012

Be Stong




Being strong is not something that comes easy to some. 
I know I personally have had to work exceptionally hard at it.
And even more so this past year as I am becoming accustomed to the Air Force life and it's unpredictable nature.

I'm not sure if I'd really call myself a STRONG person, but I am stronger then I used to be for sure. 
And I know that is something I can thank my Heavenly Father for. 

I'd say that maturity and time also help when it comes to having a sense of strength along with a decent amount of patience to hold yourself together. 

It's amazing how much a person can change in a lifetime, really.

My mom and I were talking about how people change this weekend in fact and how much we ourselves have changed. 

I'd like to say that I have changed for the better and become more of the person I want to be at 25.
Which is good news and I certainly wouldn't be who I am without having had the experiences I have.

I say this because this morning I completely surprised myself .
I received some very disappointing news but instead of becoming upset and mad, I simply accepted it for what it was. I immediately prayed for peace to come over me and that any bad feelings would simply stop.
 I knew that I was not in control and unfortunately I had to be ok with that, which I am.
It doesn't make it any less disappointing or upsetting, but having strength and keeping faith does make it a little bit easier.














Thursday, April 12, 2012

It's OK Thursday


HELLO ALL!!
I know you ALL have probably been so worried I had fallen away from blog land for good
...
But no need to worry folks
I am in fact alive!
Sooooooo it's time to have a little fun with Amber & Neely 
on this beautiful Thursday


It's OK
...

That I am still only in chapter three of Hunger Games but decided to go see the movie because I just couldn't wait any longer and LOVED IT!

That sometimes I lose my patients when it comes to Korea.

To be SOOOO beyond excited I get to see the Pilot in 16 days...people you have no idea what a blessing this is. I'm pretty sure I prayed everyday for months that I would see him sooner than July and it's happening!!!

That I'm so sad that One Tree Hill is now in fact over for good.

That my Pandora is constantly on the Josh Groban station at work...hello he's amazing!

That I'm obsessed with my new Louis purse ;)

That I have more Easter candy than one person could possibly eat. Okay... maybe 'could' isn't the right word...'SHOULD' eat is more like it.

To be super flattered that a co-worker said I was full of Sunshine and smiles...that's what I hope to always be. 

Well, that's all for now.
I sure have missed blog land.
I'll write again soon

XOXO

Tara Ashley


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Full {HEARTS}


A BABY IS BORN

There is something about a newborn baby that brings everyone together filling their hearts with joy and love!!!

"There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family. Many are able to be “full-time moms,” at least during the most formative years of their children’s lives, and many others would like to be. Some may have to work part-or full-time; some may work at home; some may divide their lives into periods of home and family and work. What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else." Elder M. Russell Ballard   “Daughters of God,” Ensign, May 2008, 108–10 

Last night I fell in love...again
the newest arrival to our family
GRAYSON MICHAEL LAUER
He was 7lbs 15oz and 21 1/2 inches long
Born March 7th 2012
at 5:51PM

Waiting and waiting for the doctor to come


Mommy and Daddy

"...one of the greatest things a father can do for his children is to love their mother."



Grayson in the nursery
We all wanted to hold him soooo bad


Momma first seeing and holding her new love


Momma and her three boys

Big brothers

Ethan and Grayson

He may not be my baby, but I love him like he is.
Last night as I left the hospital I suddenly felt a sense of separation anxiety come over me and the thought of leaving Grayson made me want to stay all night.
It's amazing to me how with one look into those innocent eyes you fall in love and want to give them the whole world.
Many happy blessings to my aunt and uncle on their new bundle of joy!


XOXO


Tara Ashley





Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sweet Notes


This morning this sweet note was on my car
...
What a great way to start your day, right?!
Thanks, Roomie!

Days like today make me so thankful to live in a house full of sweet, caring, CRAZY girls. 
Of course there are always going to be those days when the kitchen is a mess, the floors are gross and we run out of TP or the dog happens to pee in your room....but I know that these are the days we will look back on and laugh because no matter where life takes us, the year of Family Fairmont will always live on in our hearts.

Here's to Sunday Funday roof top hang outs, pool parties and game nights!

What are you thankful for today?

XOXO

Tara Ashley






Thursday, March 1, 2012

Journey Forward {3}


Hello All!
It's time for another challenge in our Journey forward series with Chelsea at life is a sunset.


The challenge this week was to write a letter to yourself one year ago.


Dear Tara,

This will be the year you find true love, real I can't go a day without you love. It will happen unexpectedly but you will finally learn what it means to love someone unconditionally and put all that you learned from your past into action. You both will grow close to one another as the year progresses becoming each others best friend and lover. There will be worry and heartache on your part at times that may keep you awake at night, just know that not everything needs to be analyzed and by asking "what does it mean" isn't going to get you anywhere. Enjoy the time you have together because soon you both will have to make a difficult decision and commitment to one another when it comes to his job and living the life of a fighter pilot.

You'll learn that you can't always trust everyone you meet and although you love your job and have learned a great deal from it there will be some unfair faults placed on your shoulders bringing you to make a rash decision and lead to unemployment. This will bring you to some rough times financially, but not to worry you will have loved ones around who will help you through the struggle and support you no matter what.  

You will also meet some awesome new friends and family both in the Air Force and civilian world that will become near and dear to your heart. 

Most importantly, despite all life brings your way you will find what it means to live a life full of {happiness} and love. Remember those little moments, cherish them and tuck them away so that you will always have them especially when the hard times roll in and it comes time to say "I'll be seeing you" to the man who has become your whole world. You will be in search of a great deal of strength and if you remember that Heavenly Father is with you always, in every situation, you will already be ahead of the game.

With all my love,
Future you

Monday, February 27, 2012

Songs

...
for strength



The Lord can reassure that He is near and that He will lead us through the darkest days of our lives.
 BY ELDER L. LIONEL KENDRICK
Of the Seventy

Life is not always easy to live, but the opportunity to do so is a blessing beyond comprehension. In the process of living we will face struggles, many of which will cause us to suffer and to experience pain. Many people will suffer in personal struggles, while others will suffer as they watch their loved ones in pain.
To gain strength in our struggles, we must have a positive perspective of the principles in the plan of salvation. We must realize that we have a personal Savior whom we can trust and turn to in our times of need. We must also learn and live the principles that the Lord has given to receive the strength needed during our struggles.

Positive Perspective

In the Grand Council in Heaven, the decision was made to “make an earth whereon these may dwell” (Abr. 3:24). This earth is the place to prove ourselves worthy and to prepare to return to the presence of the Lord. He explained, “And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them” (Abr. 3:25).
The Lord explained the purpose for which we must be tested during this earthly experience: “My people must be tried in all things, that they may be prepared to receive the glory that I have for them” (D&C 136:31).
Part of the plan is “that there is an opposition in all things” (2 Ne. 2:11). We are given the agency to choose between these opposites in the proving process (see 2 Ne. 2:27D&C 29:35). In our pre-earth life, we understood and sustained the plan of salvation with the principles of opposition and agency. We knew we would have experiences in this life that would cause us to struggle and sometimes to suffer.
Some of our struggles involve making decisions, while others are a result of the decisions we have made. Some of our struggles result from choices others make that affect our lives. We cannot always control everything that happens to us in this life, but we can control how we respond. Many struggles come as problems and pressures that sometimes cause pain. Others come as temptations, trials, and tribulations.
Yet struggles are a part of the sacred sanctification process. There are no soft or slothful ways to become sanctified to the point that we are prepared to live in the presence of the Savior. And there can be blessings in the burdens we bear. As a result of these struggles, our souls are stretched and our spirits are strengthened. Our character becomes more Christlike as we are tried and tested.
Even though these experiences may cause pain, suffering, and sorrow, we have this absolute assurance: “No pain suffered by man or woman upon the earth will be without its compensating effects if it be suffered in resignation and if it be met with patience” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball [1982], 168).
The Savior gave comfort and counsel to the Prophet Joseph Smith while he was suffering in Liberty Jail, explaining the beneficial effects and blessings that come if we bear our burdens well: “All these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good” (D&C 122:7). He continued:
“My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;
“And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes” (D&C 121:7–8).
People respond to struggles in different ways. Some feel defeated and beaten down by the burdens they are called to bear. Many begin to blame others for their difficulties and defeats, and they fail to follow the counsel of the Lord. It is a natural tendency to seek the easy road on life’s journey and to become discouraged, filled with doubt, and even depressed when facing life’s struggles.
Elder Neal A. Maxwell, then an Assistant to the Twelve, distinguished the difference in responses to difficulties: “The winds of tribulation, which blow out some men’s candles of commitment, only fan the fires of faith of [others]” (“Why Not Now?” Ensign, Nov. 1974, 12).
If we follow the revealed eternal principles, we will gain strength during our struggles and will be blessed as we bear our burdens and deal with difficulties and overcome obstacles in our lives. If we are to gain thestrength that we need, we must come to know the Savior and follow His counsel.

A Personal Savior

The Savior knows each of us in a personal way. He has assured us of His personal acquaintance, His awareness of our needs, and His presence in our times of need. He counseled, “I say unto you that mine eyes are upon you. I am in your midst and ye cannot see me” (D&C 38:7). Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained, “The Savior is in our midst, sometimes personally, frequently through his servants, and always by his Spirit” (The Lord’s Way [1991], 14).
The Savior knows all things past, present, and future. Jacob taught, “For he knoweth all things, and there is not anything save he knows it” (2 Ne. 9:20). He knows the things that we stand in need of even before we ask (see 3 Ne. 13:8).
He also knows our thoughts and the intents of our hearts and sees into the innermost parts of our eternal spirits. He taught, “I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them” (Ezek. 11:5). Ammon stated, “He knows all the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Alma 18:32).
He knows the temptations we face. The Savior was tempted beyond any temptation we could ever face. The scriptures say, “He suffered temptations but gave no heed unto them” (D&C 20:22). He stands ready to deliver us in our times of temptation. Paul wrote, “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour [help] them that are tempted” (Heb. 2:18). Peter proclaimed, “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations” (2 Pet. 2:9).
The Savior “knoweth the weakness of man” (D&C 62:1). In spite of our weakness, He loves us in an incomprehensible manner and offers us great hope: “I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them” (Ether 12:27).
In addition to knowing our thoughts and intents, temptations and weaknesses, He knows all that we do in this life. He said, “Behold, mine eyes see and know all their works” (D&C 121:24; see also 2 Ne. 27:27). “I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works” (Rev. 2:19).
The Lord stands ready to help us through our struggles. We have His assurance and His promise that He will be there to assist us in the days of our difficulty:
“Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
“Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name it shall be given unto you, that is expedient for you” (D&C 88:63–64).
He stands ready to comfort and counsel us in our season of struggles and suffering. Jacob taught, “Look unto God with firmness of mind, and pray unto him with exceeding faith, and he will console you in your afflictions” (Jacob 3:1).
The Lord gives us a spirit of hope and a feeling of comfort and confidence that we can overcome the obstacles we face. He has shown the way to gain strength during our struggles. With His assistance, we have the ability to succeed. Listen to His words of counsel and comfort: “Fear not, little children, for you are mine, and I have overcome the world … ; and none of them that my Father hath given me shall be lost” (D&C 50:41–42).
Again, with a feeling of love, He reassures us that He is near and that He will lead us through the darkest days of our lives. His strength will sustain us during our struggles even when we feel weak: “Wherefore, I am in your midst, and I am the good shepherd, and the stone of Israel. He that buildeth upon this rock shall never fall” (D&C 50:44).
Because of His infinite love for us, He is our advocate with Heavenly Father. He pleads our cause with Him. He pleads to the Father forforgiveness of our sins and gives us this counsel of cheer: “Lift up your hearts and be glad, for I am in your midst, and am your advocate with the Father” (D&C 29:5; see also D&C 45:3D&C 62:1D&C 110:4).


XOXO

Tara Ashley

Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Funnies


Here again for another week of
...
FRIDAY FUNNIES!!
How was your week?
I'm so thankful for the weekend and the chance to sleep in...
YESSSSSS!!
Perhaps do a little shopping or finally she The Vow with my girlfriend.


Well said.....the last one gets me everytime...too soon?? NO WAY!

 For real!!

I LOVE THIS SHOW!! That's pretty good.

True story

That's what I wanna know.

 I laughed sooo hard at this yesterday

My thoughts yesterday

So last night I gave into the "trend" of painting your fingernails (YES...That's new, didn't you know?? ;)) hahaha
JUST KIDDING! No, but really have you seen on Pinterest or possibly in any magazine around were you paint one nail a different color or with a design? Yep, I did just that!

What do ya think?
Not sure of the color combo, but I'm taking it for a trial run.
Don't mind how wrinkly and old my hands look by the way

So what are your plans this weekend???

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Journey Forward {2}


I missed the first link up last week with my friend Chelsea over at life is a sunset because I was sick and out of the game, but I'm back...kinda.
Just taking a semi - break from the blog world, hope y'all don't mind.

 I did although make a commitment to myself...I must continue the CHALLENGE of LIVING my ONE WORD 
...
In order to do so, I've decided to join up with Chelsea every Thursday!!
AND

The first challenge for Journey Forward was to define our word through the dictionary and through our own words.


The Marriam-Webster Dictionary defines con·fi·dence as
a NOUN
a: a feeling or consciousness of one's powers or of reliance on one's circumstances 

b : faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way 
c: a relation of trust or intimacy



When I originally started thinking about the different words I wanted to live out and work towards, I had a couple options, one being trust the other being truth.
As I discussed this JOURNEY FORWARD with the pilot and explained "MY ONE WORD" he mentioned that my word be confidence...it was perfect!!
It was trust and truth in one!
Everything I need!
I often struggle to see myself as a strong, beautiful, intelligent woman and that I have a lot to offer at whatever stage I am at in life.
...I need to trust in the truth of that...
So with a lot of consideration I have decided to
 LIVE, EAT, & BREATH CONFIDENCE!
To "Let virtue garnish your thoughts unceasingly"
...in ALL situations...
_____________________________________________________________

This weeks JOURNEY FORWARD is
create a Journey Forward pinboard on Pinterest and fill it with anything and everything that reminds you and inspires you to work toward your word.

The good thing is...I LOVE Pinterest!! AND this is something I had already started.
Chelsea and I think alike!

I couldn't say it better myself!!

XOXO

Tara Ashley