Sunday, December 30, 2012

"Best friends are people you know you don’t need to talk to every single day. You don’t even need to talk to each other for weeks, but when you do, it’s like you never stopped talking." 

 I am a firm believer that every person you meet play a roll in your life.
I met 5 girls about a year and a half ago. All of us but one was from Utah the other was from Idaho. I consider these girls my BEST FRIENDS.
I felt like I have known them my entire life.

Cheyenne: She is one of the most caring people I know. she always has a big smile on her face. She is easy going. She has the best taste in music. Cheyenne is a great listener I remember one Sunday we sat in my room and talked for hours! she always looks at the positive in people. I admirer that about her.

Sheridan: She can make you laugh even if you want to cry. She is kind, she loves the New York Yankees more than life its self. She always is down for some kind of an adventure. between our weekly hot chocolate runs or simply just hanging out in Greenwich talking about life. She has the best personality!

Amy: My favorite sister missionary, Always gives the best advice. She is confident and doesn't take crap from anyone. Amy was my visiting teacher she is the main reason I was semi active. she would call me on Sundays and tell me I had 30mins to be ready for church and come and pick me up. Amy is a great example of "don't judge a book by its cover" and if anyone knows her you know what I'm talking about.

Jenna: Always has been there for me to lean on. I met her 2 weeks after moving to Nyc at that point I had been kicked out and really uncertain about the whole nanny thing, She gave me comfort and told me not to give up. As I was preparing for a mission a bunch of things kept bringing me down. She was the person who simply reminded me of my worth and how important I was, and that I would make a great missionary. She told me that she knew I was suppose to go on a mission. She is one of the strongest people I know. She knows what she wants and goes for it and doesn't stop until she gets it.

Kristin: She is my partner in crime. I know I can count on her, She is always there for me to vent to. She isn't afraid to speak her mind or let you know where she stands. I honestly don't know how I would have survived living in NYC with out her. She is my shopping partner. She would be the first person I would call if I need help hiding a body. She got me addicted to the band Parachute and I'm so happy she did!

I'm So grateful for each one of these girls. I'm extremely lucky to have such great friends!
I'm so happy I got to see kris chey and sher last weekend.
I wish Jenna and Amy could have been there!!

Going Going Gone!

2012 has been an interesting year to say the least.
This year started off amazing! I rang in the new year in Time Square with 3 of my Best Friends and 
about 1 million strangers. It was a night I will never forget. 
I moved back to Utah when I moved I really had no reason for moving just a feeling that I need to be home.
about a month later my family experienced betrayal that Shattered all our hearts.
It completely tore apart our extend family.
I remember many nights where my family cried together.
I remember writing a missionary to tell him what had happened and how heart broken he was.  
As time went on the situation just got worse to the point where we finally had to cut certain people out of our life's. It was hard but we didn't want anymore drama.
Looking back this is why I needed to move home Heavenly Father knew I need to be close to my family when this would happen.

 I went to Dallas with my mom and sister during the summer we had a blast. Dallas is one of my favorite city's (besides NYC of course) I love the weather. I love the shopping, I love the people. I would move there if I could! 

Back October of 2011 I had started talking to my bishop in New York about serving a mission, not a lot of people knew I was even thinking about going. I had a Very powerful missionary experience and I knew that I wanted to serve a mission. After I moved home and the "DRAMA" went down I put my mission on hold.
Finally in June I told my family and friends I wanted to go on a mission. 
Every little thing I felt was holding me back. I really had to trust in the lord and tell my self that it was on his timing not mine. 

November 23 2012 I went to the post office and picked up a large white envelop addressed to 
Sister Lauren Markel Crandall. That entire day I was so happy and excited. I remember looking at the envelop and thinking inside this envelop is a sheet of paper that will tell me where ill be serving the lord for 18 months yes I kinda freaked out. 
Later that night my amazing friends and family gathered to watch me open my call. 
Houston Texas Spanish Speaking!!!
I was so excited! My love for Texas and my want to learn a language all came together! 

This year has had its Highs and Lows but I'm so grateful for every experience I have had in this last year. I learned how to trust my Heavenly Father and with his help and love I became a better person. I know that everything happens for a reason. We just have to remember there is a reason why bad things happen to good people. We have to remember by trusting and having faith things will work out.
2013 is going to be an amazing year! 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Dec. 14 2012 Newtown CT

 twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.
their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
they were filled wit
h such joy, they didn't know what to say.
they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
"where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
"this is heaven." declared a small boy. "we're spending Christmas at God's house."
when what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
those children all flew into the arms of their King
and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.
and as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."
then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!"
"may this country be delivered from the hands of fools"
"I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!"
then He and the children stood up without a sound.
"come now my children, let me show you around."
excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
and i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
"in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."

Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Missionary Blog

I have made a new blog for my mission! Follow IT! :) 

 My mom is going to be a peach and update it when I leave with Pictures and my letters! 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


I am so so sorry I'm such a slacker!! I keep telling myself that I need to Update My blog but do you think I ever do it??

All i have to say about this is getting your teeth out Sucks!! Hunter and I got them out at the same time. and of course hunter is completely fine right after. I think i cried that whole first day. I'm sure my mom loved me that day! ;) Hunter would not shut up, and I couldn't talk to tell him to shut up! he didn't swell AT ALL!! and I on the other hand looked ridiculous !! It was soo soo bad! but I'm all better and back to normal. (thank goodness).

 So about a month ago I went to the BEST concert of my life!! PARACHUTE! I am so in love with this band. I was front and center. They pretty much played every single song that I'm obsessed with!
(ask my coworkers that's all we listen to) So after they play you could go and meet and greet them! I got to meet the ENTIRE band! yes I about died, Boys Like Girls were also there and they actually surprised me, they were really good!

I hate Halloween with a passion. I have really never liked it. This year my plan was to hand out candy to all the little monsters who came to my house (fun right). Then Connor said there is a Jazz game that night so of course I was sooo down for a Jazz game! so then they tell me I have to dress up for the game. NO NO NO!!  They were NOT going to get me to dress up! Connor dressed up as Peter Pan, Kalli went as Minnie Mouse, Jake went as a Construction worker (very original right??) and guess what I went as........ a ARMY Girl. for some odd reason I actually trusted Jake to do my face paint, big mistake! Over all we had a Blast! I'm happy I went along! oh and the Jazz Won! :)

For almost 2 weeks my mom and dad went to Houston and guess who was in charge? yup you guessed it MEEEE!! I guess you could say that I really like being the Boss! It was actually really fun Clayci and I pretty much had a girls night every night. Hunter seemed to survive well (he was never home).

okay so everyone I think knows how long I have waited to turn in my papers / get my Call.. well Hunter and I had a meeting with the Stake President November 4th he told us that our papers had been sent and to expect them about a week later. That next Monday I got a Phone call from my Bishop he told me that Hunters papers were in the mail and that mine were not. I felt very disappointed and discouraged, for a split second I wanted to give up and just not go. I felt like I had been waiting for 7 months and every little thing was in my way of going on a mission. I called my mom in tears, the first thing she told me was "its not your time its Heavenly Fathers Timing and he isn't ready for you to serve quite yet" after hearing that it made me feel a lot better. It was so true who knows why I hadn't received my call I might not never know but it happen for a reason, and I just needed to have faith.
Last Wednesday Hunter received his mission call! I was so excited but a bit jealous because I wanted my
call. For the pass month or so I have been telling Hunter he was going to go to Ghana! I think I told him everyday or close to everyday. so when he opened his call he paused and just looked at me, at first I was a little confused? Then he said Accra Ghana! I couldn't Believe it! I have never felt so excited for one of my siblings! I know that you are called where your needed. Hunter is going to make a great missionary.
On Saturday I got a text from my bishop telling me that my MISSION PAPERS were in the MAIL! I wanted to cry/scream/laugh/jump all that the same time! Now I'm anxiously waiting to pick up my call... 2 more days 2 more days.. I have waited 7 months whats another Day right??  WRONG its bee the longest weekend of my life and 2 days feels forever away! moral of the story??? HAVE FAITH and TRUST IN HEAVENLY FATHERS TIMING. EVERYTHING WILL WORK OUT HOW ITS SUPPOSE TO WORK OUT!  

Monday, October 22, 2012

You Decide 2012

    Honestly I had no idea on how to start this post, I was kinda scared to write my feelings on this touchy subject. Every one has an opinion when it come to who they think is best for OUR Country.
 I recently stumble upon this Quote by Abraham Lincoln which says,
 "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
Abraham Lincoln
    I sat and really thought about this quote, and to be honest it kinda scared me. How could we lose our freedoms?? No one can take that away right?? WRONG!! The government can. In New York City they now have a law where you can not buy any type of soda over 16oz, umm hello I love Pepsi if I want to drink 20 or 32 oz of it I'm going to. Small things are being taken away from us. the past 4 years have been no quite what the American people expected when Obama said he was all about CHANGE. what did he change??  Gas Prices from $1.85 to $3.79 Health care.. so now we pay for peoples health care who can't afford it but can afford iPhone, new cars, trips and whatever else? hmm doesn't seem fair. Obama said College tuition would go down so that everyone can go to college,  yeah I'm pretty that hasn't happened. 

     As you all know in 15 days We The People of this Great Nation will elect a man, who we want to lead our country for the next 4 years.

   I am one of those weird people who love Politics. I have watched all the primary debates between the Republican Nominees. I watched the Republican Convention and I also watched the Democrat Convention. I watched the previous 2 debates and the Vice President Debate.

     As I looked in to both candidates I have found things that I REALLY like and things I REALLY DON'T like. I am 21 a lot of the things are being decided that will affect me. I have a lot of friends who don't care about politics. I just want to shake them and say " HELLO ARE YOU STUPID THESE THINGS EFFECT YOU!! EDUCATE YOUR SELF"  I think that is my biggest problem with people and politics, you get people who only vote for some because he is a Republican or Because he is a Democrat or because he is black or because he is Mormon or because Mitt has great hair.. lets be real Mitt has a great head of hair but don't vote for someone because of that!!! Vote for the Right reasons. Education, Jobs, Business, Values etc. do you want small gov. or big gov?

The candidate that matches my Values and what I think is the right path for America is Mitt Romney.
EVERYONE should check out his 5 Point Plan
I honestly think that  he can do what he says he will do.
   He has experience in Making jobs. how many of us College students want a good job when we graduate?? I know I do!!
    He was the Governor of Massachusetts and while he was the schools were in the top 5 in the country.
    He obviously knows how to budget money, and obviously we need someone who know how to budget 16 trillion dollars.
I am not writing this to tell you to vote for Mitt Romney (even though I think you should.. ;))
I am writing this to tell everyone to be educated about this Election. not just presidential but on a local  politicians. People in Utah say that voting is pointless.. but its not!! you still need to elect  your local leaders. IF YOU DON'T VOTE YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO COMPLAIN!!
I encourage everyone to watch the last debate tonight and then VOTE on November 6th. Only you can decide which of the two is a right fit for you!! 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Black Out

This weekend has been great! I'm obsessed with fall! Rainy weather, cotton like clouds, Jackets, Scarfs, Football the list could go on and on.

Saturday was Byu's black out game! The game was good until the 4th quarter that's when Riley threw the game away! Blah blah blah soo mad!!

This week I have really been trying to study the Bom and preach my gospel.i went to mission prep and Thursday night I went and studied with my grandpa. I'm so glad that I have these opportunities to learn more about the gospel! I'm feeling a little nervous about this whole mission thing but I'm extremely excited! My papers are done and I'm just waiting on hunty to get his done so we can submit them together!!

One of my favorite things I came across was a quote that says,
"We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day.
-Richard G Scott"
I love this because, it shows us that it takes time and consistent work to become what we want to become. Nothing happens over night!
Hope everyone has a fantastic week! Watch the debate educate your self then vote!! :)
Xoxo -M

Monday, October 1, 2012

Guilty Pleasure

Ok ok it is now fall which means fall season premiers And football what is better than that?? Ummm nothing well.. Maybe a trip to Disneyland or a trip to Europe, but I have to save my money so college football and tv shows will do! :)
I think I'm most excited for GG or VD. This is GG last season which I'm sad about, now how am I gonna get my NYC fix? #gonnamisstheuppereastside.
Yes I just used a hash tag in "real life" judge me if you would like!
I can't forget VD yes I'm kinda freaking out, last season was amazing the finale was AMAZING!!! Damon is AMAZING! yes I think I'm #teamdamon but I do love Stefan too ahhh it's just so hard!! All I can say is season 4 better be good! :) or ill be so mad!!
So if you don't hear from me for a while it's because I'm too busy watching my shows! Jk.. But really ;)
This fall season I will be watching the following...
Gossip Girl: Season 6
Revenge: Season 2
Once Upon a Time: Season 2
The Voice: Season 3
Modern Family: Season 4
Vampire Diaries: Season 4
Scandal: Season 2
Smash: Season 2

Don't make fun of me I love my T.V shows :) if you wanna hang out you know where to find me!
Xoxo - M

Monday, September 17, 2012

Kennadi LAUREN Richards

On thursday September 6 I got a text message from my bestfriend/cousin/ex roommate/partner in crime Cami saying Kennadi is coming. She was already at the hospital at that point! I was so excited I was also a little mad because I had to go to work!! So that whole day I was checking my phone to see if she was there yet.. But She was a bit stubborn she didn't arrive until 5:37pm.
She is the cutest thing in the world I can't wait to spoil her rotten
And yes she was named after me!! So I'm kinda like the god mother! She Loves me already! :) anyways here are some picture Of Her!
Xoxo -M

Monday, September 3, 2012

Last weekend of summer

This weekend was amazing it was a perfect end to a great summer!
My beautiful friend Laurin got married so kristin and I traveled down south to good old Delta.. Can I just say delta isn't so bad. I had a lot of fun. I got to see some of my nanny friends from New York! It was a great night!

Sunday was pretty amazing to! Church is always good and Sunday nights with good friends aren't so bad either ;)

Today my BFFITW and I went to lagoon and it was so much fun! I haven't been to lagoon in years! It was a lot of fun!
It was SO nice not working for 3 days! Fall is my favorite season can wait for all my fall activities!
Summer has come and gone. It's now football season, hoodies and colored mountain's, crisp cool weather. I'm pretty excited for fall this year. I love everything about this time of year!
I have to admit that I'm SO excited for football season! Nothing beats sitting in a stadium full of fans cheering on your favorite team right?? Right!!
Also My Jazz season starts pretty soon as well. Sports make the world go round :)
Xoxo -M
Ps if CAMI PACKER RICHARDS doesn't have her baby soon I will CUT someone! :) peace and love!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

6 weeks

Can you believe that august is half over? Ya me either..
It's nuts to think I turn in my Mission papers in 6 weeks.
Yes you heard me I'm going on a mission.
Last thing you thought I would say right? Well to be honest I have always seen my self going on a mission I guess the older I got the more stubborn I became. Everyone I knew told me I would be a amazing missionary. In some ways I believed them, I'm not shy I guess you could say, I have lived away from my family, I have always loved sharing my testimony and telling people about my church.
After everyone I knew was telling me I needed to go on a mission. I got really annoyed and pretty much told people "no a mission is not for me." I some how got my self to believe it.
I went to a R.S meeting one saturday and heard a story that pretty much changed my life. In that moment I knew I had/WANTED to go on a mission. I don't think I have ever been so excited or nervous in my entire life.
I'm excited to see where I'll be serving, I'm excited to learn, I'm excited to make new friends, But what I'm more excited about is to be apart of a bigger plan, to be a tool for god to find those people who are seeking to find the "Light".

Matthew 28:19
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the father, and of the son,and of the holy ghost.
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen

I'm so grateful I went to that one special meeting and listened to that speaker. I know I was suppose to hear every word that was said. I can not describe to you how happy I am to be apart of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints.
Don't worry people who read this I will probably be talking about this subject a lot in the next few months be prepared. :)
Love y'all!!
Xoxo Kel

Sunday, July 1, 2012

As of lately

So its been a minute or two since I last updated the world on my life.
A lot has happened in the last couple of months.
First off Hunty and Kels graduated high school!! 1 week later he moved to Kansas City to sell.
Last week My Mom, Clayci and I went to lopqqDallas for the Trade show! It was a lot of fun! I got to see one of my good friends Jade while I was down there. I have come to the conclusion that i WILL live in Dallas one day.
My best friend Kristin is moving back to Utah from New York!
Cami is Prego! She is have a little girl!! She is due sep 9th ( I think? ) I can't wait to spoil her rotten
I have been meeting with the missionaries and the bishop talking to them about going on a mission.. (it's not official) but I'm defiantly considering going. It has been something that I have always seen my self doing.
This summer has been so much fun Kourt, Nic, Mere, Syd and I have been soaking in the sun.. Well not really we pretty much work durning the day but between fires, friendship bracelets, jamberry toes, sushi, Pretty Little Liars,
"Black" Movies, the list could go on and on! We have had a blast!
So that's pretty much my summer so far! I'm super excited for july! Hopefully it will be amazing!

Dallas Market Center
20 hours 7 mins to Dallas
Hunty is all Grown up!
Road trips to dallas.. we where a little excited.
Dallas Market Center. 15 floors +3 buildings = amazing week of shopping!
First day at the show
Dallas Temple!
Jade and I
New Mexico
Friendship Bracelets

Friday, May 18, 2012

Summer Bucket List

Drive-in Movie Theaters!
Roast marshmallows
Water balloon fight
Star gazing
Read a book
Hike the Y
Go to 7 peaks 
Go fishing
Go camping
Watch Fireworks
Play in the Lake
Take a random road trip
Entire day watching Disney movies 
Make Sparkler Messages
Go to a Concert 
Go on a picnic
Take LOTS of Pictures! 
Play Night Games 
Go to a Parade 
Go to lagoon
Cover the drive way in side walk chalk drawings 
Make a Fort
Sleep in my back yard
Go to the zoo
Ride fourwheelers
Make a Movie
Make a new friend
See old friends 
Save Money
Read The BOM

Im determined to make this summer AMAZING!! 

Music and Memories

Soo one day I was driving and I was have a really good radio day! 
all these songs were apart of this good radio day! 
These songs remind me of last summer! 
Its so crazy how one song can make you think of so many memories! 
I honestly can say that I will never get sick of these songs! 



Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers Day!

"A Mothers love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible"

When I think of my Mom a lot of things come to mind, happy, kind, smart, beautiful, hardworking, creative, supportive, strong, stubborn, hardworking, gentile, whitty, independent the list goes on!!
My mom has always been my number one cheerleader! She has taught my how to be strong hardworking independent.
My mom wasn't like most mothers in Utah, she had a full time job as well. A lot of people judged her because she wasn't a "Stay at Home" mom. She never miss any of my softball games parent teacher conferences (all though I wish she would have) choir concerts or any other activity. Looking back i still wonder how the Heck she does it. When I go with her to different things at work or shows I always think to myself "man if only I could be just as smart as her." she always gave everything 100%.

I'm pretty sure I got my traveling bug from her!! She has been so many different amazing places in this world! I have been on Many Many different trips with her. Going on vacations / business trips with my Mom is THE BEST thing in the world!

When ever I have a problem or decision I always ask her. She doesn't always tell me what I want to hear but she always seems to be right!
Sometimes I don't always take her advice, like when i wanted to chop my hair off. She told me not to, one thing I wish I would have listened to her about!

My mom has always had open arms to any of our friends that would come over! Its funny when I talk to friends they always say, how is your mom?? I miss her so much or they tell me how lucky I am to have such an amazing mom! She defiantly has more than 4 kids!! She loves our friends like her own kids and would do anything for them!
Words can not describe how much I love and look up to my mom. I HOPE I'm half the mother my mom is! She is my best friend and I know I can always count on her! I LOVE YoU MOM!!