The Chosen

"One learns of the pain of others by suffering one's own pain, by turning inside oneself, by finding one's own soul. And it is important to know of pain. It destroys our self pride, our arrogance, our indifference towards others."

I recently finished reading The Chosen by Chaim Potok.

It is a novel I have wanted to read for years but because of my English Major, I haven't been able to read for fun in a long time. And this book was a perfect start to free reading.

It is a Bildungsroman novel about a boy named Reuven Malter who is a Jew growing up in Brooklyn. He becomes friends with a boy named Danny Saunders, a Haddistic Jew in the same neighborhood, who has a photographic memory and a brilliant mind. It it set during WWII and shows the American Jew's reaction to the Holocaust, which was sad but thought-provoking.

It was philosophically rich, but even better taught me so much about the Jewish culture. I love Judaism. I took a Judaism class at BYU and came to appreciate the culture and faith of this ancient religion. Although the book itself is dated, it is an excellent read. It made me question my own existence and my placement in life.

For another awesome read about Judaism check out this book. It totally enlightened me.

Have you read The Chosen? What did you think?


pretty things

I have a bad habit of purchasing items because "I'll use them for my wedding."
This gorgeous purse and bracelet from DownEast are no exception.
I might not feel like carrying around a purse on my wedding day,
But better safe than sorry, right?



June was a crazy month for me.
Here is what happened:
  • I finished my last full semester at BYU - (with all A-'s) I'm pretty proud of that considering I took an advanced philosophy class and I didn't know what was going on all semester. My grade was kind of confusing, but I'll take it.
  • I got a job, after a long and stressful job hunt. I am currently the Marketing Staff Writer for HCG Platinum (don't judge, tough job market guys) I actually really enjoy it and have an office all to myself.
  • I moved into mine and Kevin's apartment, without Kevin until we get married. It is so nice living alone, I don't know how I lived with roommates for so long.
  • I went to her wedding, and her wedding. Both lovely.
  • I had my first bridal shower, thrown by the lovely Lizzie and Lyndsey. Thanks to all the friends who came. I loved it so much.
  • I said goodbye to her and her. Those were sad days, but I am excited to send letters!
  • My dress is finished.... And it is exactly what I wanted. Pictures of that to come too.
  • My family is moving back from Connecticut! (And they are on the road now).
Even though it was stressful and sad at times, I loved you June.
How was your month?



i can't wait to hang this print in my new apartment.
i love the textures and simplicity.
found via


picnic in the park

Kev friend and I enjoyed a lovely picnic on Saturday at Rock Canyon Park.
Croissant sandwiches with Swiss, avocado and bacon,
Reading in the sun,
Jones Soda,
and each other.

It was perfect.

How was your weekend?

(photos taken with Kevin's iPhone app - Shakeit)



More engagements from Cody Buell.
Check out his blog post here.
And his facebook page here.
We love Cody! We would recommend him to anybody,
Especially if you have a fiance (like mine) who isn't too enthusiastic about taking pictures.
Cody didn't make anything too girly or cheesy, which is pretty important to a guy like Kev.



when I said yes I
meant it from my soul to my
lips i meant it - yes.


welcome morning

Sweet Ashley shared this poem today.
It is one of my favorites, and I thought it might become one of yours too.
Goodbye to Ash, such a beautiful person inside and out.
She will be so missed by me.

There is joy
in all:
in the hair I brush each morning,
in the Cannon towel, newly washed,
that I rub my body with each morning,
in the chapel of eggs I cook
each morning,
in the outcry from the kettle
that heats my coffee
each morning,
in the spoon and the chair
that cry "hello there, Anne"
each morning,
in the godhead of the table
that I set my silver, plate, cup upon
each morning.
All this is God,
right here in my pea-green house
each morning
and I mean,
though often forget,
to give thanks,
to faint down by the kitchen table
in a prayer of rejoicing
as the holy birds at the kitchen window
peck into their marriage of seeds.
So while I think of it,
let me paint a thank-you on my palm
for this God, this laughter of the morning,
lest it go unspoken.
The Joy that isn't shared, I've heard,
dies young.

-Anne Sexton


wedding thoughts

Originally my colors were navy, light pink and gray.
But I really love these soft pinks, blues and creams.

Is it too late to change my mind?


lucky find

I forgot to share this when it happened,
but on our March trip to Vegas,
I found these beauties in the Anthropologie at Caesar's Palace.
I have been looking for months after seeing them in this photo shoot:

And they were sold out online.
At $6.00 each I couldn't pass them up,
and proceeded to skip all the way to the car in the Vegas heat.



I experimented with glogster for my first time this week.
Have any of you heard of it, or do you have glogs?
I had never heard of it before this class.

It was for a folklore project I did on fast food horror stories.
Although I love the personal and creative nature of blogging...
Glogging was so much fun to play with.
Try it out!

Click here to see the full page of my first glog.



i just need some time.
not the kind of time when i can do homework and wedding planning,
i just need some time
for me,

to be quiet inside.