8.31.2011

Live, Laugh, Love #2- Plus Sponsor Info

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Mt. Index and Red Currant Bush


President Hugh B. Brown, formerly a member of the Twelve and a counselor in the First Presidency, provided a personal experience. He told of purchasing a rundown farm in Canada many years ago. As he went about cleaning up and repairing his property, he came across a currant bush that had grown over six feet (1.8 m) high and was yielding no berries, so he pruned it back drastically, leaving only small stumps. Then he saw a drop like a tear on the top of each of these little stumps, as if the currant bush were crying, and thought he heard it say:
“How could you do this to me? I was making such wonderful growth. … And now you have cut me down. Every plant in the garden will look down on me. … How could you do this to me? I thought you were the gardener here.”
President Brown replied, “Look, little currant bush, I am the gardener here, and I know what I want you to be. I didn’t intend you to be a fruit tree or a shade tree. I want you to be a currant bush, and someday, little currant bush, when you are laden with fruit, you are going to say, ‘Thank you, Mr. Gardener, for loving me enough to cut me down.’”
Years later, President Brown was a field officer in the Canadian Army serving in England. When a superior officer became a battle casualty, President Brown was in line to be promoted to general, and he was summoned to London. But even though he was fully qualified for the promotion, it was denied him because he was a Mormon. The commanding general said in essence, “You deserve the appointment, but I cannot give it to you.” What President Brown had spent 10 years hoping, praying, and preparing for slipped through his fingers in that moment because of blatant discrimination. Continuing his story, President Brown remembered:
“I got on the train and started back … with a broken heart, with bitterness in my soul. … When I got to my tent, … I threw my cap on the cot. I clenched my fists, and I shook them at heaven. I said, ‘How could you do this to me, God? I have done everything I could do to measure up. There is nothing that I could have done—that I should have done—that I haven’t done. How could you do this to me?’ I was as bitter as gall.
“And then I heard a voice, and I recognized the tone of this voice. It was my own voice, and the voice said, ‘I am the gardener here. I know what I want you to do.’ The bitterness went out of my soul, and I fell on my knees by the cot to ask forgiveness for my ungratefulness. …
“… And now, almost 50 years later, I look up to [God] and say, ‘Thank you, Mr. Gardener, for cutting me down, for loving me enough to hurt me.’”
Read the amazing talk in it's entirety HERE.


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Thank you to my awesome readers! Seriously, you guys are the best!

P.S. I guess GFC has officially changed me from Gentri Lee to "Jessie Ann"... GAH! So no worries, I still follow you, I'm just not me anymore apparently. Why is this happening??

8.30.2011

Best Time Of My Life- Thus Far

I know it's long... But for me it goes by too fast, just like my trip did. But If you'd like to see the best time of my life thus far- condensed to 10 minutes, watch it. :)

I also know the last song I used is played a lot on the radio, but I don't listen to the radio (most of my favorite songs are not and will probably never be played on the radio), so I still love it and it reminds me of my trip so much. So I used it. I am also not a professional in any sense of the word, every video was taken with my iphone. So, sorry if it's painful... ENJOY! haha!

Untitled from Gentri Lee on Vimeo.
Songs: The Wind or the Wine- Elijah Ocean, Something In The Water- Brooke Fraser, Good Life- One Republic

Notes...

  • Aren't my nieces and nephew awesome car dancers?? You should see them when they're not restrained by seat belts.
  • yes the only shots of me are crazy and quick head shots
  • That first panoramic shot is a glacier
  • The town shown is Talkeetna, Alaska
  • All of the airplane shots are from when we flew over Denali/ Mt. McKinley
  • During the airplane videos there's a part that looks like a road of some kind. It's a glacier.
  • The hotel videos were taken at 3 AM. We were planning on driving through the night and couldn't do it. Hence the crazy children.
  • The buffalo shot was when my BIL's car almost got rammed by the LARGE bull.
This post includes videos from the following places (links will take you to my posts about them)

8.29.2011

Blogger of the Week: So, hi.

Today we have our new Blogger of the Week with her guest post! This week it's Rach from her blog- So, hi. I love her blog. She posts about fashion, life, and awesome tutorials! She's also having a giveaway right now, and it's amazing. So you should probably all go enter... or don't really. That decreases my chances of winning. :) Take it away Rach!

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Hey guys, 
Rach here from So, hi. Haven't heard of it before? Well let me tell you something about my little blog. It's legit baller. So check it out and you won't regret it. It is primarily a beauty blog with blurbs of life, love, and food thrown in. I also sometimes venture into the "tutorial" part of blogging, I know, I'm adventurous. ;)  But anyway - onto what you guys really want to see. Pictures. 

So, hi. This is me. In aviators, making a silly face. Story. Of. My. Life.


This is what I did to my nails - they are awe-to-the-some. 

This is my kittie, Big Mama. 

This is my man, Bug. (No, that is not is real name, it's my pet name for him. Don't judge.)

So - that is just a taste of my life. I hope that you guys will come and check me out. I mean, if you like this girl here then I know I would love to have you read my blogs too. :) 

Much love, 

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Aren't those nails fantastic?! She did a post with Comic Strip nails a while ago and that was equally fantastic. :) So now it's your job to go over to her BLOG and give her some love!!

8.28.2011

An "UP" Adventure!

Yesterday I learned something AMAZING! I learned that the house from "UP" resides just a little ways from where I live!! So my sister and I headed off to see it, immediately.

I'm sure you've seen or heard of it on or from National Geographic. The builders of the home did such a great job with the details. It felt like I had a little piece of Disney World with me. :) There are a lot of pictures, and none of my collage makers are working. So I won't say anymore, just enjoy. :)
(sorry the pictures aren't great. My sister's not patient when it comes to picture taking... I just had to snap and go.)

They had added a basement to the home which included two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a theater room (which was playing UP, of course). The upstairs also had the nursery that they started creating in the movie. But I tried to spare you from double picture overload.

Isn't it so amazing?! :D My favorite part? The kitchen appliances! I WILL have appliances like those! Look, I even found their website for you! Now you can all have fabulously vintage appliances too!

Oh, and one more picture. On our way home I couldn't resist snapping a picture of the beautiful mountains.

Happy Sunday everyone!

8.26.2011

Should I? Would you?

Soooooo I'm CONTEMPLATING/ tossing the thought around inside my noggin about starting sponsors. I love sponsoring others I just don't know if I am at the place where people would want to sponsor me yet. IF that's something you would be interested in (sponsoring me, that is) please email me (gentrileeblog@gmail.com). I've had a couple emails about it and am wondering if it's something I could really make a reality. :) I LOVE blogging and receive an average of 200 page views/ day. I have no idea if that is good or terrible. I have no idea what rates would be like yet, because I'd want to see what type of interest there is first. I do know that it would include some perks for those who sponsor, as well as their add/button on my homepage sidebar. So let me know! :)

Remember when I showed you these awesome bracelets in THIS POST a few days ago??


Well, Lindsay (the creator of these beauties) from Delighted Momma is having a GIVEAWAY of a set of these! Awesome! Don't enter. Because I'm going to win. :) Thanks. haha!

I know my posts have been lacking...something lately, but I promise to get back to normal soon. Let me get used to my new job, and I'll be back.

OH!!! I need help! So, lately when I try to follow other blogs I can't because blogger decides to change my name to "Jessie Anne". I am not and do not know a Jessie Anne. Does anyone know how to fix this?!?!

8.25.2011

Take Me Away

You guys... You are AMAZING! Seriously. Your comments yesterday helped so much and even brought more tears to my eyes- but for good reasons! Thank you all so much for your kind and motivating words! Can I say I love ya (not too creepy)?? Cause I DO! I will be responding to each of your comments ASAP!

If you read yesterday's post you'll know how I am looooonngggiiiing to go back to Alaska. But there are some other places that I am absolutely dying to see. I pretty much daydream about them all day long. So here are my top vacation picks for right now-

Washington State. I know I just mentioned my need to visit recently, but it's at the top of my list! I feel like Washington would be a dream place to live! It's enough like Alaska to keep me very happy, BUT if you live on the Western side there's only enough snowfall to satisfy, instead of Winter for 7 months out of the year! Heaven.


I've also blogged about my need to visit this next one before, but that was a few months ago.

Next- Arizona. My dad's working down there right now, and I'm hoping to take advantage of a free place to stay before he heads back to Utah. I'd love to be able to go to the Grand Canyon Skywalk! It's a glass walkway (even the ground is glass so you can see down the canyon) that stretches over the canyon! AH!
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Now for the more impractical trips I'd love to take...

Switzerland... I hadn't REALLY thought about it too much until I saw this picture... wow. Now it's a MUST! That is breathtaking!
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Norway. For as long as I can remember Norway has been the top of my list! Not sure why, guess I need to go find out!


Same with Germany. For as long as I can remember I've had this need to go to Germany!


And of course there's my constant need to visit Disney World. It's been 5 years since I worked there and almost 5 years since I've been there at all! I can't believe and hardly stand that fact... I miss it so much!


Where are you dying to visit?! Please share and we can daydream together. :)

8.24.2011

Failure to Rant

While I usually try to stick to the happier sides of life and not vent on my blog, I can't help it today. I am incredibly blessed and I shouldn't even complain or wish for something different than I have, because truth is- I have it pretty easy. But today all I want is to be back in Alaska living my vacation.

My sister and her family left this morning to head off to their new home in Missouri and I started a new job. Both of those things are wonderful, yet both are bringing tears to my eyes. I didn't get to hug my nephew goodbye and I was rushing out the door so I barely had time to hug my sister and nieces. I am terrible at starting new jobs (ok, I'm actually pretty good. I pick up quickly and retain information well) because I stress way too much and I hate getting in trouble. I am also having a serious battle in my head right now about calling my old job and seeing if they'd need me back... just so I don't have to start a new one. I was incredibly lucky with that job as well. PLUS if I had it my way, I wouldn't work. I'd stay home, go on adventures, and work on projects all day long. See?! I'm ridiculous!

The minute I started driving home today I turned on the music I'd listened to the most while in Alaska. I couldn't help but dream that I was back there now, or dream of packing up and heading that way. I should have waited to get a job and headed off to Missouri with my sister and her family. But I didn't. I made the smart decision instead. Go me.

So now that that is all out, my tears have stopped flowing and hopefully that's all I needed (doubt it). I didn't take one minute for granted in Alaska- except for the little time I spent stressing about the future. If I could do it over again (oh how I WISH I could!) I wouldn't stress one bit. But there's no point in thinking about what could have been done. I am glad that I was able to enjoy it so much and have such an amazing experience. I hope and pray that one day I'll be able to do it all over again. :)

What was the point of this post? To calm me down mostly. I stress over everything (obviously) and had to let it out. If you're thinking that I'm absolutely ridiculous right now, you're right. But do not worry, this is not the worst of my trials and worries in life. But trust me, you don't want to get into that. I thought this little bit would be safe to share and help me get over it. If you actually read all of this, thank you! You're amazing! If you didn't, eh, I don't blame you. Who wants to read the rants of a spoiled girl?

Want to know what else made it so I really have no right to rant?? Today I won a GIVEAWAY. Yep. And I am so excited about it! Yet I'm still trying to complain. Boy was this an unsuccessful post. That's ok. I don't care, because I feel better.

Oh, and if you care- my first day of work went really well. It was training day so it was very overwhelming. That's probably where this post came from. And I'm super nervous for tomorrow. But no, I'm not going to tell you where I work, because that's creepy. :)

Ok, promise this post is over. What a ridiculous post. And I just used the work "ridiculous" for a 3rd time in one post. It's all I've got. My brain's full. Have a great night everyone! haha!

OH! One more thing- promise. If I am a terrible comment-er from now for the next who knows how long? Blame my job. :(

8.23.2011

Live, Laugh, Love

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The Oak Tree
by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr.


A mighty wind blew night and day.
It stole the Oak Tree's leaves away.
Then snapped its boughs
and pulled its bark
until the Oak was tired and stark.

But still the Oak Tree held its ground
while other trees fell all around.
The weary wind gave up and spoke,
"How can you still be standing Oak?"

The Oak Tree said, I know that you
can break each branch of mine in two,
carry every leaf away,
shake my limbs and make me sway.

But I have roots stretched in the earth,
growing stronger since my birth.
You'll never touch them, for you see
they are the deepest part of me.

Until today, I wasn't sure
of just how much I could endure.
But now I've found with thanks to you,
I'm stronger than I ever knew.
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In other news- Madison from Yours Truly, Madison is hosting the first ever "Bushy Brunette Women Week" since she lives in the Bush in Alaska (that's where they have to fly you your food etc). To go along with this awesome week she's hosting a giveaway! Hop on over to HER BLOG and give her some love! (She was also my Blog of the Week a couple of weeks ago! You can read her guest post HERE)

Also make sure to check out this week's blog of the week! GUEST POST or SARA's BLOG
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