Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Yes, the rumor is true. I am headed to Utah in a week. I leave the eighth and Chris is staying here. I'm torn about this situation. I am more excited than I have ever been to see my family. But then I'm leaving my new family here.

Another sweet part about this trip is I will fly in on my sister's birthday!! So happy Birthday to Susan!! 

The reason I'm leaving you may ask? I've had a really messed up shoulder for a long time. I've been through it all to try and help it; several months of physical therapy, cortisone shots, and even a surgery. None of this has helped. 

So when Chris and I went home for Christmas, my mom took me to the doc. Sure enough I was right, I need another surgery. He didn't even know what's going on. 

I am more scared for this surgery than the first one. I know the pain. Waking up after is horrible. Not being able to do ANYTHING is horrible. Ever since my mom scheduled the surgery  I have been in a foul mood. I've had scary dreams about it going wrong. I dwell on things like this. 

I know I will be fine. But is it wrong to ask others to pray with you, for you? I know that's all I have been doing. I feel like I need more than just me. Comforting comments are gladly welcomed!  

Monday, March 28, 2011

surfing king

when kai and amy came to visit, the boys (chris and kai) were lucky enough to have an  photographer/friend of kai's take pictures of them out on the waves. they are rad.

no, this is not my husband but i thought this picture was awesome!

this photographer is well known and does some beautiful work.  is the website where you can find some of his work. he is truly an amazing artist. 

Saturday, March 26, 2011


lately i have been working on a few projects. there is a weird but awesome website called that has so many fun and crafty ideas. so, this is what i have been doing with my spare time. :) 

me and my mirror right after i finished it!

my new duvet and pictures hung by clothes pins 

a magazine frame with roses

h is for hendrickson!

so far, this is what is going to make my house a home. :) a colorful home. 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

my flavor

Today I stumbled upon a few quotes that brightened my day. So I thought I'd share them. 

"Happy girls are the prettiest".

"When something bad happens, you have three choices. You can let it define you, let it destroy you or let it strengthen you".

"Crying is not a sign that you're weak, it is a sign that you're alive".

"Sometimes we expect more from others because we would be willing to do that much from them".

"Start each day with a grateful heart."

"If you're quiet, you're not living at all. You've got to be noisy, colorful and lively!"

"When nothing goes right... go left".

"Happiness is a decision". 

These make me happy. 

A while ago I started a folder for colors and ideas I want to do with my house. Here are some.


I already made this!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

feelings of a grown up child

Lately I have been feeling horrible. I feel sad. Upset. Depressed. 

I think part of it is because I have had some family here in the last two weeks and they leave me. First the Davis family. We had so much fun. I was the happiest girl around.

 Then they left. 

Then the Skillmans (my second parents) stopped by for the day. We went to PCC and had a blast.  

Then they left. 

I feel left behind. 

It's not at all their fault, that's just how it feels. 

I miss family. Friends. I miss Mesquite. (as silly as that sounds). I am forever grateful for them though. That they would spend their time with me. 

Then the other thing making me feel horrible...

Some one asked me how I was doing. I have never been one of those people to lie and say "great" when I'm not feeling it. So I said "ticked and upset". 

He then proceeded to ask "What in the world does Sarah have to be upset about? You don't have two kids (like him), you don't go to school, you don't have a job. Your life is easy". 

For all the women who are reading this, you know that is the most WRONG thing you could possibly say to a "ticked off" woman. 

Just because I don't have kids, does that mean I can't be stressed out about things? Or upset about situations in my life? Are you kidding? 

On one hand, this made me furious. I had some very vulgar things to say back and if it weren't for my friend who stepped in, these remarks would've come out at him. 

Then on the other hand this made me feel sick. Who does that? Who is that insensitive? I have never met some one who is truly that horrible. So thanks to him, I feel worse as ever. 

 I want to get one thing straight, I am not posting this so you would feel bad for me. I am simply posting this because you NEVER know what goes on behind closed doors. We need to always be careful of what we say to others.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011


A couple days ago a magnitude 8.9 earth quake slammed Japan causing a 23-foot tsunami wave that swept homes, buildings, cars and people miles inland. 

When the news came to Chris and I, we were actually at a birthday party. A few other couples with us having a great time. Laughing soon turned into a silent fear. News reporters told everyone to evacuate immediatley. So we did. 

Luckily we had family visiting for the week. They were packed and ready to pick us up. Chris and  I had never gone through something like this before so we honestly didn't know what to bring with us. We packed our computer, extra clothes, and lots of food and water. When Kai and Amy came to get us, the car was jam packed with stuff. 

The kids weren't as scared as I thought they would be. (Probably because they were falling asleep). We started driving and the roads were bare. Eerie. We had turned on the radio to see if we could find out more. All it said was that the sirens would go off again around one in the morning. The tsunami would hit at three. 

Chris being the manly man that he is wasn't scared at all but me on the other hand.. just the sirens going off did it for me. There is nothing like knowing something is coming but not knowing when, and then to hear loud sirens going off in the middle of the night, warning you.. it's unsettling. 

When we finally go to Uncle and Auntie's house, all the kids were asleep. Kai and Chris carried them in one by one and they finally got to rest. The adults stayed up to watch the news. The sirens went off again. We were all so silent. After we couldn't stay up any more we went to bed. 

Later that morning we woke up to hear about the damage this tsunami had caused. It had hit Maui and the Big Island hard but only moved some boats a little here. It was amazing to see just what one wave could do. 

I'm so grateful we were safe and that we were able to evacuate to higher ground. I am grateful for Kai and Amy who said let's go. 

One thing I learned from this is that we always need to be prepared and not only listen but DO what the Prophet says. We know so many people that were so upset with the fact of evacuating that just didn't. What would have happened to them if the tsunami really did hit Laie? I think we all need to be a little more prepared and jump on what the prophet has asked up to do. 

Just some pictures from the tsunami in Japan. My heart goes out to all who have lost loved ones.  We will keep them in our prayers.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Thanks to my wonderful husband and my awesome bro in law..


Standing and everything!

It was amazing. Amy says I've caught the bug.. the surfing bug. I love it. 

Pictures will be up soon. :) 

Another first was eating real Hawaiian shave ice. It's different than good old Mesquites kind. It's wonderful.