Lovin Life

Thanks for stopping in!  This is why we are lovin life!
Miranda and I were married in the Washington DC Temple on May 5, 2005.  
Since that special day, we have had our ups and down, 
bumps and bruises like everyone else. 
 But we are lovin life because we love each other and are so grateful to be a family.

You are invited to share a few moments of life with us; 
to share with us laughter and tears, triumphs and failures.  
In short, to share life!
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Christmas Time 2009

Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for Miranda and me. We love to be with our family and experience this time with them. Our schedule was JAMMED with acitivities, and instead of making this an eternal blog entry, I wanted to share some of the most eventful things that happened, and some fun traditions.

We always go up to Washington, DC with the Robertsons to see the lights. It's fun to spend that day with our family, bask in the glorious lights that surround the temple, and enjoy a wonderful concert in the Visitor Center.
This was a fun new thing. On Christmas Eve, we started at the Dudley's house and had a "Bethlehem Dinner." We enjoyed food that would have been eaten at the time Christ lived. While we ate, we read about the traditions of Christ, His birth, and other aspects of His life. In between narrations, we sang songs. It was fun to eat with our fingers (those of us who were brave enough to do so!).

One of the greatest experiences in life, and the most special of this Christmas time was when Ryan blessed baby Quin Robert Dudley. It was a beautiful blessing, and a privilege to be a part of that sacred prayer. Miraculously, this wonderfully colicky baby was completely quiet the whole time. We are so excited that Quin is part of our family! We love you Quin!



Thanks for all of the prayers!!!!!
God truly works miracles.

If anyone wants to follow our experiences as Rob fights cancer, his blog is
Fight It, Survive It.  
The address is robmirandacancer.blogspot.com


W&M Graduation

I am a college graduate! I can't believe I am done, but I am sure it will sink in soon ... I hope!

The main commencement ceremony was first on the agenda. Sandra Day O'Connor, the Chacellor of the school spoke. 

I received my Bachelors of Business Administration. 
Major: Accounting

 Professor Irving - an amazing Accounting teacher

Tom Zeni - my mentor

My amazing parents who made it all happen! I can't thank them enough for what they have given me. 

My wonderful support, who has believed in me and helped me achieve this dream! 

My parents gave me this beautiful engraved frame.

And then what's a graduation without a little party?

And the Winner Is...

My last semester at William and Mary I decided to take an entrepreneurship class. I have had a business idea and thought this would be a great opportunity to learn how to start a business. And see if this idea had any potential. Well the class was phenomenal, and I was able to interact with Executive Partners and experienced businessmen. I had a great mentor and teacher. I entered a business competition where MBAs and BBAs could participate. I submitted an Executive Summary, and made it to the Elevator Pitch round. That went well and I had fun pitching my idea to 3 men! And then I made it to the very last round in which 3 judges were brought in to hear us present our business plan. After presenting our plan we had 10 minutes to take questions and defend our plan. After answering 2 questions, I spent the rest of the time listening to suggestions. i thought this was a good sign but i wasn't sure ...

Riley and Elisabeth, my niece, came to model for me!

My business OhSnap! is all about fashion accessories. I can't divulge to much info ... I am working on a Trademark and patent.

.... there was an award ceremony the evening of the presentations. Rob surprised me, and came down from D.C., and went to the reception with Riley and myself. Then it was time for the award ceremony. My teacher had positioned his chair so that he was facing me (which was strange with where he was sitting so I was a little curious). They announced the 1st place first. Before announcing the winner they spoke about the person and their presentation ... when they said this person had great financials I knew I hadn't won.
But low and behold ... I WON!
I was and am still stoked. I received $1000, that I am putting towards starting the company.
Here's an article the school did featuring the competition, look here.


Shrine to Schylar

Happy "April Fools" Birthday!!!
I love you and am grateful you're my sister.
I love you for so many reasons.

These are just a few ...

You are Crazy! I can count on you for a good laugh.

"This is why YOU're Hot!"

You keep me looking Fashionable!

You are athletic!
Wakeboarding. Running.
You push me to try harder.

You are my sister!
You love to sing and jam with me in the car, and anywhere else for that matter!

You are Gorgeous!!!! S.t.u.n.n.i.n.g.

Because of you we are "the Girls".

We couldn't live without you.
I hope you have a wonderful day!


Families Can Be Together Forever

I have always loved this phrase. It uplifts, gives Hope, and just makes me smile.

We are so grateful for wonderful family and friends. Though this week has been tough, we have had our testimonies strengthened. We know that families are most important to our Heavenly Father. He knows us by name and he loves us. We know that we go through trials for our own good. Most of all, we know that through the difficult times are Heavenly Father extends his tender mercies. He allows us to see His hand and He reminds us that he loves us and is watching out for us. We have seen these tender mercies this week and they have not been unnoticed.

I am grateful for a supportive husband. Who honors his preisthood and is sensitive to the Spirit. I am grateful that he is willing to be by my side and be my support. I am grateful for a mother who is still willing to take care of me (in ways she thought should have been done years ago), go to doctors appointments, comfort me, and share spiritual moments with me. I am grateful for sisters who step up to the plate and act so mature, and remind me that they love me. I am grateful for a loving Father who honors his priesthood, and reminds me that my husband is my #1 man and that he is #2. I am grateful for family and friends who are kind, loving, and willing to lend a listening ear.

The Ensign this months is filled with talks that I swear were written for me. Elder LeSueur wrote:

"Apostle Orson F. Whitney (1855–1931) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, explained: “No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire.”

Trials give us opportunities to show the Lord and ourselves that we will be faithful. We can choose to feel sorry for ourselves and ask, “Why me?” or we can grow from our trials, increase our faith in the Lord, and ask, “How can I be faithful in the midst of this trial?” We can let adversity break us down and make us bitter, or we can let it refine us and make us stronger. We can allow adversity to lead us to drift away from the things that matter most, or we can use it as a stepping-stone to grow closer to things of eternal worth. Spiritual growth can often be achieved more readily by trials and adversity than by comfort and tranquility. Trials can teach us that faith in God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ is the source of inner strength. President David O. McKay (1873-1970) recounted the testimony of one of the survivors of the ill-fated Martin handcart company, who said: “We suffered beyond anything you can imagine and many died of exposure and starvation, but . . . [we] came through with the absolute knowledge that God lives for we became acquainted with Him in our extremities.”"

Though having a miscarriage my seem so small in comparison to what others face, I have learned so much. I know that we will be stronger and better for this trial. I know that God has a plan, and though I don't completely understand why we needed this and why we are going through this, He does, and it will be okay. And I am starting to see how this can be and why this is a blessing.

President Gordon B. Hinckley said, "Our individual testimonies of these truths are the basis of our faith. We must nurture them. We must cultivate them. We can never forsake the. We can never lay them aside. Without them we have nothing. With them we are everything."

How grateful I am for this knowledge. How grateful I am for my faith and testimony. How grateful I am for my knowledge of families and their divine role and importance in this world and in God's plan. Not only am I grateful for my family but for the one we will one day have.