Tell Me Something Good

June 7, 2006    By: Kristen J @ 9:30 pm   Category: Life

This has been one of the most difficult years of my life. Dealing with my Dad’s terminal cancer was much more stressful than I anticipated and his final days and funeral were extremely sad and exhausting to me and everyone in my family. Throw in immediate and extended family dynamics and you’ve got a humdinger of a time.

Just recently there was another death in my family. This one was a little less stressful because it was my 91 year old grandmother. While I wasn’t very close to her making the trip and helping my mother get through this emotional time was not easy.

There have been other stressful things in life too: neighbors, work, business, world affairs, callings, fellow ward members, the usual stuff. So I decided that I wanted to do a happy post. I would like you to tell me about good things that are happening in your lives. Kind of like the Relief Society’s “Good News Moment”.

I’ll start with a few of my own. The first good thing is having my mom stay with us. It has been great because she is so good with my kids. My children adore her and they have been having a wonderful time with her. It’s nice to have fresh energy and ideas when it comes to entertaining little ones during the summer time.

My mom has also been doing my laundry! Life doesn’t get any better than that. She has been trying to teach my kids that clothing doesn’t have to be thrown in the laundry bin just because it’s been taken out of the drawer, and cleaning your room doesn’t entail throwing all of your clothes, clean or dirty, into the hamper. I’m hoping that she’ll have them properly trained by the time she leaves.

Another good thing in my life is my decision to become a Sun Devil. I’ve applied, been accepted, and registered for the pre-art program for the coming fall. I really went back and forth with it for a while but I’ve finally decided that I’m going to go for it. I’m not taking very many classes each semester so it may take me 50 years to get through the program but life is about the journey, right?

There you have it, KJ’s good news moments. Even though life has been hard lately I have many more that I could share with you. I am truly a blessed daughter of God.

Tell me your good news moments if your dare!


  1. My father, brother, and I were going to go camping with my ward this weekend. My brother has a accident by falling into a open fire and burned his feet so he can go, but he will be fine. The good news out of all this is my brother got replaced by my friend who is semi-interested in the church. This is a great chance for my friend to hang out with good people and have a great time doing it. The other good news is we will be camping on the beach with some sweet surf waiting for us.

    Comment by Spencer J — June 7, 2006 @ 10:07 pm

  2. I ment he had an accident, so he can’t go.

    Comment by Spencer J — June 7, 2006 @ 10:09 pm

  3. That’s totally tubular man. I hope ee’s feet are going to be ok. Sheesh, I can’t leave you people alone for a minute!

    Comment by Kristen J — June 7, 2006 @ 11:23 pm

  4. Good things:

    I got a raise.

    My husband’s getting a raise soon.

    I may have found a carpool partner, which would cut my commute down a bit.

    It’s summer, and seminary is over. No more getting up at 6:30 to pick my kids up. (Someone else drove them–no way I was getting up at 5:30 to take them.)

    I’m seeing Josh Ritter tomorrow night, and Calexico on Tuesday.

    That’s great you’re taking some classes, Kristen.

    Comment by Susan M — June 8, 2006 @ 7:56 am

  5. Thanks Susan, I’m pretty excited about it. Sounds like you have a fun few days ahead of you.

    Comment by Kristen J — June 8, 2006 @ 8:51 am

  6. Let’s see…

    My daughter is taking more responsibility for her education and has started doing much of her studies independently, which has been a huge relief.

    My mother-in-law, upon hearing that I was going to have Longaberger party in a couple weeks for my 30th birthday because I have been wanting one of those crazy baskets for over 10 years (ever since my bishop’s wife had one in my first ward back when I was 18), said “Why didn’t you tell me you liked those?” and proceeded to give me *3* of them that she had laying around in her garage (one was on a bookshelf where she actually wanted more space). Wahoo!

    My son is finally consenting to at least give potty-training a try. He actually wore underwear for a good portion of the day yesterday.

    I got an amazingly flattering compliment in an email last week from one of the publishers that’s sending books to APoF for review, calling my work “savvy”–I couldn’t believe that! I’m still glowing.

    I’m finally done with a lot of the behind-the scenes stuff that was eating up all my time, and I updated bloglines yesterday. In other words, I get to *read* blogs again instead of just working on them!

    Contemplating a tour of a trip to see some ‘nacle friends, and I have the free plane tickets to make it happen.

    We might be building a house on Bainbridge Island.

    We picked our first ripe strawberries yesterday. Yum!

    Even with peripheral stress, strain, and even trajedy, my life is wicked fun these days! I could go on and on.

    Comment by Naiah Earhart — June 8, 2006 @ 12:43 pm

  7. Sounds like life is good. Bainbridge Island is beautiful, I grew up in Washington. Bainbridge high was our toughest competition in H20 polo.

    I’ve no idea what a Lonaberger party is, you’ll have to educate me!

    Congrats on your savviness, I can only imagine what that must be like.

    Comment by Kristen J — June 8, 2006 @ 3:37 pm

  8. Taking my Dad on a Jeep ride up into the mountains – just the two of us (me skipping work), talking and enjoying the beauty of God’s handiwork.

    Life is good!

    Comment by Daylan — June 8, 2006 @ 8:49 pm

  9. I’m getting Maxwell today for a week, knock on wood. His mom and dad keep the kids from me when they’re mad at me and I haven’t seen him since April. I will get to have the little girls for one night tomorrow night.

    My fence is almost finished and my dogs will not be able to poop on the neighbors’ yards anymore. Knock on wood.

    I went to the temple last night.

    Comment by annegb — June 9, 2006 @ 9:10 am

  10. Hey, did your dog poop in my yard? It’s definitely nice to get big projects, like fences, completed. It takes a load off.

    I went to the temple tonight with my mom and Geoff. That was nice.

    Comment by kristen j — June 9, 2006 @ 10:52 pm

  11. Something I think is good is 2 posts by Kristen in a week! YAY!

    Comment by Jamie J — June 11, 2006 @ 5:05 pm

  12. You are too kind!

    Comment by kristen j — June 11, 2006 @ 5:38 pm

  13. The Congregations of my youth called it “Joys & Concerns” and everyone who had one or both would stand and share. The pastor took notes and prayed afterwards, mentioning each one. It’s a nice part of their services and this is a great idea for a post, Kristen.

    My something good: I got my first pedicure on Saturday. That’s right, my very first ever pedicure, with a friend at a Tucson salon. She even paid for it, so it was my first free pedicure and now I have blue sparkly toenails.

    Comment by Téa — June 11, 2006 @ 11:56 pm

  14. Pedicures are great! Try to keep those toenails looking good for as long as you can.

    Comment by kristen j — June 13, 2006 @ 11:43 pm

  15. We’re going to the BEACH today! No school, No schedules !!! I really need this our new business is keeping me really busy, My friends Pam and Allison are moving to Utah, I really need to lose 10 lbs. But today I am just going to be gald to go to the beach!!!!

    Comment by Paige — June 15, 2006 @ 8:51 am

  16. (#13) Tea, in my sorority days we called it Roses and Thorns. It was always my favorite part of our meetings.

    I start a new job on Monday, one that was offered to me with little work required on my part. And last weekend I flew halfway across the country to spend the weekend with 10 of my girlfriends, laying out in the sun on Rehoboth Beach and getting in some “Girl Time”.

    Comment by Ginnie — June 15, 2006 @ 12:23 pm

  17. Beaches and girl time are both great things!

    Comment by kristen j — June 15, 2006 @ 10:02 pm

  18. I’m going to suck up to Naiah so I can visit her in her house on Bainbridge Island. You rock, Naiah. Tell me when I’ve sucked up enough.

    My dog hasn’t pooped on anybody’s lawn but mine since last week. Plus my house looks kind of nice with this fence.

    Since the fence looks so nice, Bill’s starting to give my other ideas for spending money credence.

    I did get Maxwell and had a great time and today our 16 year old grandson is coming.

    I am going to church today and giving Bill the gift of staying all three hours, keeping my mouth shut all the while. For Father’s Day. Knock on wood.

    Comment by annegb — June 18, 2006 @ 8:03 am