Full of the Spirit

My alarm didn't go off and we almost missed church this morning. But we hustled our butts there and it's a good thing we did. Today was awesome, and full of so many testimony builders and lessons to be learned. The Savior is so amazing. One guy gave an incredible talk today about Him. He said that he went on splits with the missionaries once a few months after he was converted and baptized in the church, in a neighborhood that was really bad. They approached two gangsters who were smoking, drinking, and had terrible, vulgar music blaring. The guy giving the talk said he grew up in Miami so he knew this situation was dangerous and he was just praying to God that they wouldn't get shot for being in the wrong neighborhood. One of the missionaries approached them with his hand held out and said "We're missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints. We'd like to share a message with you about Jesus Christ." He said as soon as the missionary said Jesus Christ, the gangsters countenances changed. They hid their beers, turned off their music and talked with the missionaries. They said they knew Christ because they had been taken to church by their mom's when they were little. Whichever church it was, he could tell that they had really come to know Christ, and he talked about what an eye opener that was for him.

The purpose of his talk was about how it's not enough just to proclaim to know Christ. We have to live our lives so that others know we're following Him. He gave us the chance to live here on Earth and it's our job to live like Him, not just say we know Him and do what we want. It was really awesome. The speaker also said that although he makes many mistakes, as all of us do, he's going to live his life so that not a single drop of Christ's blood shed at the Atonement will be his. He doesn't want anymore of what Christ suffered to be from his actions. What a powerful thought. He also talked about how having a relationship with the Savior helps us to know we've been forgiven. It was really powerful. The thing that really struck me was he talked about how when Jesus was dying on the cross, He pleaded with Heavenly Father for the forgiveness of those who had persecuted and killed him. I've heard that a million times before, but today it hit me. I've said on a couple occasions where someone has hurt and/or wronged me in some way and they get away with it that "Well, they'll get their reward in Heaven." I think we've all thought that about someone at some point - even if it was just a murderer on the news. Christ begged for the men who beat Him, whipped Him, spit on Him, and nailed Him to a cross, to be forgiven. All He cared about was their salvation and happiness. I should do that to those who hurt me as well. Instead of wishing they'd get their punishment, I need to hope they are forgiven so they can experience happiness as well. It was a powerful thought that I am going to work on.

I also had a strong impression about the spirit world today. I felt that my Aunt Kim, my mom's sister Marilee, our Grandparents and even Adrianne, are up there playing with our future children. It brought tears to my eyes to know that when those sweet spirits grace our family on this Earth, they will have just come from playing with those that we love and miss so much. What an awesome thing!! I miss them a lot. Thank Heavens for the sealing power of God so that depending on our righteousness, we can all be together forever.

I also wanted to thank those of you who care about us enough to want to be a part of our lives. I was expecting maybe 5 people to ask to be invited to be readers to this blog, 3 of those being family, and I was touched by the number of people who wanted to read. It wasn't TONS but, it was so comforting to know that we have so many friends and people who love us. Thanks for blessing our lives and being so great. We love you!


I Can't Wait for March!!!

So, If you've been on Facebook then you already know the exciting news but I have nothing to do right now so I'm going to blog, too. Yesterday a good friend and co-worker of mine mentioned that Brian Regan was coming to town in March and that we should go. We looked up tickets but the only seats left were the ones in the very back at the very top of Abravanel Hall. Basically meaning he'd be a tiny speck to us. Anyway, we noticed they were adding another show and tickets were going on sale this morning at 10:00 am. So, we logged on first thing at 10:00 and bought tickets and we're on the FRONT ROW!!! I've never been on the front row of anything but a movie, and that's not a good thing lol. We're really excited!! Cory is coming to. Brian Regan is my favorite comedian. Now I have something to look forward to before April :)



This kickboxing class is going to be the death of me. Tuesday, some people in the class didn't have the right form, so she made all 30 of us line up in plank pose, like this:

we had to hold that pose while the person on the end stood up and ran to the other end and got back down in plank pose, then the next person, and so on. If someone dropped, we started over. I almost died! My abs hurt so bad it almost hurts when I eat.

Today she was sick but she still kicked our butts. I think overall I'm managing well, I just hope by the end of the semester I'll be able to participate the whole class time and not have to stop gasping for breath or sit down because my legs can't support my body anymore. And I'm not in great shape, but I wasn't in bad shape either... my goal is to not die before the end. Seems good, right?


Up and Running

Well first off, sorry to everyone for having to make our blog private. There's a small handful of people that I know who don't have good intentions when they read about our lives, so I decided to restrict them access and cut some crap out of my life. But here we are, back to blogging!! Our lives have been really awesome lately. School is up and running. Cory only has 2 classes so he doesn't even have to go to school on Tuesday's and Thursday's. My academic classes are online, but I'm also taking a kickboxing class just for the heck of it. It's going to whip me into shape, that's for sure.

This past weekend we went to the auto expo. It wasn't terribly exciting this year, but I had fun watching Bradlee buckle herself into just about every car there. Tyler and Collin had a good time, and Cory was there somewhere, but he was going at his own pace. I doubt we'll go next year, but who knows. Enjoy the pictures!!


OK, It's official

Alright, we're officially going to become a private family. Either text or send me your email address so I can invite you to read it. I'll probably change it early next week.



Blogging has been a challenge for me lately. There are so many things I want to report to those of you who care for the right reasons. But I've felt our life should be more private as the world gets more and more corrupt. So, I need to know . . . HONESTLY, if I turned this blog private, how many of you would be dedicated enough to sign in every time to read it? Let me know. I'd be more keen on blogging if I knew just people who cared about us were reading it. :)


Now THAT'S a New Years Weekend!!

If I had to vote, I'd say we brought in 2010 the best way possible: with FAMILY! :) The 'Hagloch's from the south' came into town New Years Eve as well as Alicia and her parents. We decided to stay home with cousins and play games (sorry we missed your party, Amy!). Us girls went and bought snack food and by the time we returned, all the guys were engrossed in the Wii. So, we decided to have a girls night in our basement. It was fun talking all night. I never get to just veg and have girl talk so it was nice. So nice in fact, we missed the ball drop. But that's ok!

New Years Day was the annual Hagloch family ice skating extravaganza! We were all really tired, but we still had lots of fun. We missed those that couldn't make it this year!

After ice skating we went to our church and had a WONDERFUL lunch! I'll tell ya, Cory's family can cook! Then Cory's cousins who recently returned from missions told the family about their experiences. It was awesome. Later that night, we also went bowling and we all got creamed by Braden. He was really good at letting us know it, too haha.

It's always fun when we get together with all of Cory's cousins. They're such great people. I really got lucky with the family I married in to. Thanks for being amazing examples, guys!

Today Cory and I got up early (8:30 has become early in my 2 weeks off of work... I'm in big trouble Monday...) and went to our primary activity where we met our new class. They seem like really fun kids. Then we headed over to my parent's house to go sledding!! We ventured up to the Eaglewood golf course. It wasn't too crowded and the snow was slightly iced over which made for ridiculously fast hills! We had a lot of fun and almost no injuries. I ate it hard on our "short cut" to the car that was an icy hill with a jump and twisted my knee pretty bad. But I'll be ok. Be sure and watch the video on the bottom. Tyler and Cory kept trying to hit a HUGE jump. They both succeeded. I put Cory's up. If you want to watch him fly, I urge you to scroll down. You WON'T be disappointed.

Cory hurt his hip...