Bonjour!

Bonjour!
I’m a 45 year old mother of five amazing daughters and wife to a caring, sensitive AND sexy husband. I adore my family. I’m dedicated to my faith. I enjoy a good laugh. I'm nostalgic and love to reminisce. "Remember" is my favorite word in the English language. I love life! I’m passionate about music, food and travel. I’m fascinated with anything European. {PARIS! Hello!} I love celebrating anything and everything! I love to read, especially a good biography, mystery, Regency Era or Historical fiction novel. I love thoughtful gift giving. To me the gift wrap is almost as important as the gift itself. I love being creative…bolts of ribbon, coordinating scrapbook papers, producing a tablescape, or décor for a themed party etc. puts a smile on my face. I love the details! I’m a freak for anything theme oriented. I enjoy event planning, but oddly enough do not like to host or entertain. I enjoy fashion, but have to be really in the mood to clothes shop. I love purses and funky jewelry. I’d rather wear wedges or heels any day than flats. I enjoy decorating and searching for the perfect decorative pillow or picture. However, you’ll never see me frequent high-end stores. I'm more of a Ross, TJ Maxx, Tuesday Morning kind of gal. My favorite decor style is an old world rustic chateau look with a hint of bohemian, baroque and vintage shabby chic, like an English cottage. {confusing I know!} Autumn is my favorite season. I’d go through childbirth a million times. I enjoy biking with my man, Pilates, and jogging. BUT you’ll never find me in a gym working out. I love movies, whether watching them in the theatre or cuddled up on the couch with my family. I enjoy a good chick flick or real life drama! I'm a sucker for movies on the Hallmark Channel. I love the elderly. I love Disneyland. I love being in the canyon on a summer or fall evening at dusk. I love my friends. While I have some extroverted characteristics. I’m a self proclaimed introvert. I’m generally quiet, calm, reserved and pretty darn private. Why in the heck do I blog? It’s a creative way to record family history. I enjoy photography. I really don’t like to write, although I write in my journal almost every day. I love the beach. I enjoy WWII history. I love a clean, orderly house, but ours looks lived in. ;) PBS Masterpiece is my friend. I adore Jane Austen films. They transport me to another time and place. If I had to choose another time period in which to live, early 19th Century England would be my pick. "Sense and Sensibility" is my all time favorite movie. My favorite TV series is the 1950's Spanish Drama "Velvet." My biggest pet peeve is people who blow their noses in public. So gross! {Take it to the bathroom people.} I’d go on a wine tasting vacation if it wasn’t against my religion. I’ve always wanted to adopt a baby from a foreign country. I’m an avid BYU football fan. I love our campfires at Scofield Lake. I have a 'thing' for fairy gardens and Gallic French roosters. I love summer rainstorms and warm baths. I'm a Rush Limbaugh and Hannity Talk Radio Show listener. Also a fan of several Fox News shows. I hate when my kids have homework. I collect quotes, Madame Alexander Dolls, and Disney pins. I always prefer sitting in a back row versus the front. {I'm sort of a seat snob..yikes} I also have high expectations for my lemonade, salsa, and french fries too. HA! I work well behind the scenes. I love a good Dateline Mystery and the genealogy TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?" I’m a night owl. I'd rather be cold than hot. I enjoy being a chauffeur to my children. I’m an Anglophile… love anything English! I would like to serve a church mission to England with Jaren someday. I'm queen of paper towel, used kitchen hand towels and dishrags make me squirm. You’ll rarely find me out of the house not ready for the day, except when driving the kids to school on the days I don't work. I feel naked without lip gloss. Pairing up white socks, chipped fingernail polish, chapped lips and brownie crumbs on the floor drive me nuts! I like to organize and BE organized..but not saying I always am. ;) I enjoy hiking to waterfalls, ATV’ing with my family and snowshoeing with the hubs. Although I enjoy collecting recipes and occasionally watch cooking shows... (Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade, Paula Deen, and the Pioneer Woman are my favorites) I’d rather not cook. Eating out is so much more fun. I live to eat! LOL Trying new foods and restaurants is a favorite pasttime. I love the joy of anticipation and the celebration of holidays. Family traditions are important to me. I'm a memory preserver. I'm a pathological picture taker ;) and I love happy lists!

My Fam!

My Fam!

Mr. and I

Mr. and I

My Girls!

My Girls!

Kyleigh Dawn (21)

Kyleigh Dawn (21)

Emma Abigail (19)

Emma Abigail (19)

Hannah Isabelle (17)

Hannah Isabelle (17)

Brielle Olivia (12)

Brielle Olivia (12)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (7)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (7)

My Man!

My Man!

Good Times!

Good Times!

What I Believe!

Our Missionary

Our Missionary

My list of favorite movies!

Learn more about Dyslexia!

Music To My Ears!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

What's On My Happy List?


Kyleigh in Korea 

Hello Everyone! 
This week was rough. We literally have no investigators. It’s hard sometimes because I’m like “why don’t you people want to learn about Jesus???  It’s the last week of the transfer. After this transfer ends there are only four foreigner sister missionaries older than I am in missionary age…if I end up training I will do the best I can. :) The language is getting better…I know I will never be super amazing, but I can get by. It’s interesting because I’m noticing that people come to me for advice and they feel like I am easy to talk to…I want to improve my leadership skills and hopefully I will have the chance here soon.
I will tell you a cool experience from this week. I had to give a talk at District Meeting. I was really nervous because I’m on my seventh transfer ... so I should be able to do it all in Korean.. There are a lot of problems in our District right now. There are 10 missionaries in our District… five companionships {my companionship is just fine} but some others are really struggling. They don’t get along… just having some major, major issues. Our District Leader called me and said, this assignment is from the Lord, but I also knew you would be the best person to give this talk. These people need your help.  The topic he wanted me to speak on was “How can we become closer to Christ?” We talk about it all the time, this is something we want, but why do we want this, and really how can we do it? I had a ton of thoughts running through my mind as I was trying prepare. I was sitting at my desk one day and I was like K…we are going to go fairytale style! :) I thought of Cinderella’s quote “HAVE COURAGE AND BE KIND.”  I made a cute handout and I found three general conference talks and three scriptures that would be perfect for them to read.
I talked on HAVING COURAGE to defend our beliefs because as missionaries it’s hard when people reject us, but as we continue to defend our beliefs our testimonies will grow. HAVE COURAGE to use the atonement because it’s a huge gift to us. If we don’t use the atonement it just goes to waste and we are not showing Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ gratitude if we don’t use it. So have courage to use it even though we don’t like to admit that we are not perfect. We all have weaknesses that we are trying to overcome. I encouraged them to BE KIND to everyone… No matter who people are we have to love them. I shared some of my personal experiences, then shared a story from the conference talk “Latter Day Saints Keep Trying”.. It was about a missionary, one who seemed to do everything right and got a lot of praise. He got put with a companion who struggled… a little slower and less excited to do the work.  This "so called perfect Elder" kept praying to Heavenly Father, “why did you put me with this Elder?...I really want to serve hard and my companion isn’t doing anything.” The thought came to him that from Heavenly Father’s perspective we are all exactly the same. No matter who we are, we are all loved the same. We shouldn’t judge people, nor be mean to people. 
Afterwards the sister sitting by me leaned over and said, “That was a slap in the face, but I needed that, thank you.” I really wanted to prepare well for this talk and so I put a lot of effort and prayer into it. Heavenly Father just made it all work out. I prayed that he would touch the people that needed to be touched through whatever I shared. Two Elders came up to me personally, one on one, to tell me thank you and that they really needed my talk that day and that it was really good. Phew! I did it! Thank you Heavenly Father.  I was very happy that it turned out well. SO… always remember to HAVE COURAGE AND BE KIND.  
Love you all!
Sister Cooper
xoxo 




This is Ashley, the Filipino member.


My shoe died!



In other family news...

Fun Run!
Our Elementary held it's first annual fun run.
I got to help on the planning committee.
Here I am the night before with some neighbor ladies placing the arrow markers along the route.
This was as entertaining as the event itself.


You could walk/run 1.5 or 3 miles...




It was super fun participating with the kids.





We celebrated Earth Day! 
With pudding cups and doing yard work.
{idea from marcicoombs.com}



Hannah was so sick with cold/cough crud she was just standing there for moral support...
{cuz some of my kids would rather do just about anything other than yard work.}
 ;) 

YW/YM Spaghetti Dinner and Auction!
The Youth raised over $3, 000!
We have such an awesome, supportive ward.

Some random...


Kindergarten cuties!

catch'in up time over lunch! 

Dance shoe shopping with Hannah. 
{I don't think she's worn heels a day in her life.} 

She's decided to just wear a pair of Kyleigh's. 
{Kyleigh would get such a kick out of all of this. If she were here.}

Let's just say Hannie's been practicing walking... ;) 

My favorites from this week! 
I die. 
{The cuteness just kills me.}

Speaking of the Royals...
What true royal watcher would not remember the epic wedding that took place 5 years ago tomorrow? 
{actually Emma had to remind me. haha} 
It's cause to celebrate a tiny bit. 
British style.  
Which we ARE going to do. 

My new favorite snack!
...Rice crackers, with turkey pepperoni and carrot chips. 
Sounds so weird, but such a tasty triple combination. 
There are very few things that my WHOLE family LOVES to eat. 
Fully cooked pepperoni straight from the bag just happens to be one of them. 
It's always on the grocery list.   



Porch Pillows!
I'm a little obsessed with decor pillows. I love to switch up the ones on the porch when the seasons change. My current Spring-y Summer ones make me smile :)
*****
Taking it back five years ago this week HERE for Throwback Thursday!

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