"Go through life with a smile on your face,a twinkle in your eye but withgreat purpose in heart."

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Dreams DO come true! :)

Ok, so since I have graduated, well maybe even before then I have always had a dream to sing for the church. I love to sing, I especially love singing church music. I relate to more than any other type of music and always feel strongly about the words I am singing. And in my opinion it matters more when listening to someone sing how they are making you feel other than how they sound. Don't get me wrong...they have to at least hold a tune. haha Anyways, I am getting off on a tangent. SO, last semester I decided I am going to start doing something about this dream I have been having and to start small. I got together with one of my friends, Rachel Mitsvotai and we started arranging primary songs together. Then, I wrote out this whole entire fireside that involved a children's choir. The theme of the fireside is "Walk in the Light" inspired by a song that we are doing a rendition of in the fireside that is on the "Reflections of Christ: Another testament" CD by Clyde Bawden. It is an arrangement of Teach Me to Walk in the Light and Love One Another. It's beautiful, hopefully we do it justice at least a little bit.

The whole experience has been amazing. We had auditions and got sponsored by the Hurricane Stake and have about 30 kids. I wanted to make the choir not just a singing experience but a learning experience as well. We talk about ways we can and have "let our light shine" in practices and why the songs we sing make us happy. When last practice I asked, "Why does it make you happy to know you are children of God?" The answers were so sincere and priceless. One girl said, "because he loves me." another, "I know I can repent and be with him." They have ended up teaching me more than I could teach them. We also wrote the  missionaries in our stake! The kids loved it! Each was assigned a missionary and wrote their own little note then we included this picture with the letter.(above) You could tell they knew they were doing a good thing. There was one little boy who just talked about transformers his whole letter, but you know what? I am pretty sure that Elder Braden Barker will love it. :) I even felt good while doing it. Service is definitely something that can bring instant happiness. Last Saturday we also sang at the beehive home. Before we went in I huddled them all up and challenged them all to shake the resident's hands and tell them thank you for having us. They were really nervous to do it. But, they did it! After we were done singing a whole line formed to shake their hands. We gave them a card when we left and I am not sure whose smiles were bigger the residents, the kids or mine!

Now, Sunday is the day! I am so nervous. I feel like how I feel the week of an opening night of a show I am in. It doesn't seem like it's going to come together. But, I know it will, it always does. :) It may not seem like such a big deal to a lot of people, but this is something I have put a lot of hard work and effort into. This combines three things that I am very very passionate about; music, the spirit of little children and this gospel.And I know this is something that I was supposed to be doing this summer at this time. How do I know this? Because there has been trial after trial on trying to make this happen. Thankfully because of many amazing people to help overcome and make everything work. Laura LeBaron has been an amazing help in this whole entire thing. She is definitely one I know I can count on and is so willing to help me out and is so amazingly talented. I don't know what I would do without her by my side in this! Sharlee Jepson did so much for the service project and making that happen. She is just a gem in more ways than one. These two girls I owe a lot of credit to for this whole thing. I am so thankful for them!! Michael Morrise and Kyle Turman have also helped out with their great musical abilities. And last but not least the amazing Andrea Stackhouse. The girl that originally arranged all the music with me had a conflict with the fireside and had to quit. Andrea willingly and happily accepted to take on the huge project of learning all of the arrangements and writing out music to a song we only had on cd. They music sounds amazing because of her. She is a superstar that is for sure!! I know that all of us were given these talents for a reason. Every talent we have is a blessing that can help us help others learn more about this gospel. I am a strong believer in that! Hopefully, we can do that this Sunday and have done it just a little with the kids in the choir. I have learned so so much through the experience and I just hope to perfect and refine it even more and hopefully do more of this in the future. I am just so grateful right now for everyone in my life, most of all my parents, who have helped me out so much in all of my crazy dreams and plans for life. I would be nothing without them. :)  I am so happy an grateful that I had to blog about it ;) haha.  The church is true!!! And life is amazing because of it!

P.S if you are reading this and wanting to come to the fireside it is this Sunday ( August 14th) at 7pm at the Hurricane Stake Center!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Ok so far I am really bad at this blog thing....

There is so much that has gone on this summer!! It is flying by WAY to quickly. I have loved every minute of it though being involved with my 3-letter programs, EFY, GHA and LCA! It has definitely kept me busy. I don't even know where to start. I will probably just have random posts about each every once in a blue moon. 

I did a "Lights! Camera! Action!" camp (LCA) in Salt Lake. It turned into more of a family thing because the majority of the kids in it were my cousins. But that just made it so much fun.I am pretty sure I have the cutest family on the face of the earth, every single one of my cousins just melt me to pieces!! My brothers did it to and they were just the cutest and go around the house singing all of the songs still. It was so fun to live with my Grandma again for a week. She is just one of the most amazing people along with my Aunt Sarah. They are like  my best friends! I love them! The program was Disney themed and I figured out how to mesh songs together and make my own little ten minute medley, I was so impressed that they learned the whole thing in four days, choreography and everything! They did such a good job though! I am pretty certain I have THE best jobs this summer! And it is basically something different every week!! At the end of the program I sang Tangled's "At Last I See the Light" song with the kids while I played the guitar. Um...little scary, I am still not very good at the guitar. But good practice eh? 

I just love kids way to much. I am serious, I get a long much better with them and would sometimes choose to hang out with them than kids my own age. Is that bad? I don't know! But I am fine with it. :) When we had our GHA counselor meeting/dinner one of the directors, Melinda (one of the greatest ladies ever by the way) brought her twin baby girls and her little girl Addie who is 3. First off, I LOVE the name Addison and if my future husband is reading this right now we are naming our little girl Addison. Anyways, she loves Tangled and princesses, so immediately we got along. But she was so adorable we reenacted all of the Tangled songs and dances. And she would run around and sing:

"I'm running, and skipping, and dancing, and jumping....that's where my LIFE. BEGIIIIIIIIIIIIINS." 

And she would belt it out at the top of her lungs. Then we would pretend we were in a boat and sing "And at Last I See the Light". She had the cutest little voice too. Her Mom and Dad are excellent singers and performers so naturally her daughter was just a little ball of talent. I just loved her! Moments like that make life worth living to me. Just the simple, innocent and carefree moments! :) I love it.

The other day Kyle, Shad, Taylor and I got to light TANGLED LANTERNS!!!! I sang the song the whole entire time and it was a very magical experience. I decided that I am for sure having lanterns at my wedding and we are playing that song. I can't wait!! haha Well, actually I can wait to get married but can't wait to see all the lanterns. ;) But anyways, for those who do doubt (mom) that those lanterns work, THEY DO!!! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Well, here goes nothing...

So, I have had a little extra time on my hands these days and I have always loved reading everyone's blogs, so I thought "Why not!" Now that I am here writing it I have no idea what to talk about. :)

I guess I can just update on everything that is going on. The latest thing that is just blowing my mind is Bryce turning 16 this week! Ladies step back! I just think that is the weirdest thing. He is so excited to date though and drive. He already has his first date planned out, what he is going to wear, what he is going to do, who will be in the group, what time of day it will be at...all but the actual girl he is going to ask. I am sure he will figure it out. I have my preferences...but I am his sister, what do I know? All I can say is whoever has the wonderful opportunity to be taken on a date by him is a lucky girl! Carson is 11 now and is pure entertainment for everyone he comes in contact with. He is also getting really good at the piano. I swear he is related to Jim Carrey though. He can be entertained so easily by himself. A while ago he was telling me about how he pulled his first all nighter...by himself. He said it was because he drank so much mountain dew he just jumped on his bed all night and didn't sleep a wink. Mountain dew does crazy things to us Drawe's. Wyatt and Walker are 4 and just melt me...seriously! They are my favorite people to hang out with. Wyatt loves to sing and Walker is just smart as a whip. There favorite thing to do now is say things at the same time they just crack themselves up. My Silly Twins, I love them though! We must be related. I have great brothers though and I am pretty sure I am ok with not having a sister now.

Jessica Beck and I have been partying in cedar all of May and its our last week here!! Depressed!! Thankfully, I only live forty minutes away so I can just shoot right up here when needed. We have loved being roommates though and not having to drive to each others houses every moment of the day. Just love her though!! Last night we made up a very nice song and dance and went and caroled to all those who live in cedar city. I am pretty sure all who saw it were very impressed, and I say that in the most humbling way possible.

I am also still doing my princess parties and loving every minute. Yes, I am twenty years old and still dress up like a princess. But hey! I get paid for it so its a great excuse. Rachel and I just did a party in Park City for the cutest little three year old. We had so much fun. We had to change into our princess get up in a close by gas station and it was priceless to see everyone's faces when Cinderella and Belle walked out of the bathroom or when Belle gassed up her "carriage". I am also starting a Hurricane stake children's choir and putting on a fireside. I am so stinkin' excited for it! Rachel and I have been arranging primary songs and music for it and so far its been an amazing experience. The auditions are June 4th so everyone in Hurricane spread the word! Ever since I graduated from High School I have been wanting to do something like this. I am hoping it will be a really good experience for the kids as well. It will be a tri-stake fireside called "Walk in the Light". The summer is going to be filled with so many great experiences with GHA, EFY, Lights Camera Action camp and this fireside. I am so excited!!!!!!!!

I loved spring semester! I had great roommates on Kayenta circle. As you can see in the picture we all loved each other. :) They were so much fun and there was never a dull moment with filter-less (in a good way) Jordann, Laura and Dillon, sweet Nicole, Vanessa yelling at me to shut the bathroom door and Aleshea's delicious cooking! I love them so much!

Anyways, well I am glad I found things to talk about. Life is pretty exciting right now and I am just so thankful for all of the AMAZING people in it and a good family. Love ya all! :)