Posts by sarah

Lehi City Firefighter PT Test

I had the opportunity to participate in a physical training test that our local fire station put together. We have a few firefighters that work out at the gym I train at and I was asked along with a few female’s to participate. They currently don’t have any female firefighters here in the city so they wanted to get a variety of women together to test us on a few techniques and training pieces they work with.   They wanted to get an average time it would take a female to complete the challenge. I was all over the idea when it was presented to me by my fellow firefighter, Jake.  I even enlisted a few other girls here at my gym to come.  Then asked a neighbor of mine to come do it with me too.  I was so excited to do something I’ve never done before. We arrived at the city rodeo grounds and walked through the challenges that were presented to us and did a few trial runs on a couple to “test” it out before we were timed.  During this time of walking through it I kept thinking……… “Oh this is a piece of cake” “I’ve got this, this is nothing” “I’ve carried heavier” and so on and so forth. I walked over and said, “I wanna go, I’m so ready for this!”  I usually like to go first on challenges to just get it over with so I can enjoy watching everyone else.  The next question the firefighters asked me was if I wanted to have the oxygen tank on along with the coat and hat.  I wanted to have the full experience so of course I said yes! Mind you the coat and hat alone weighed about 10-15lb then the tank was another 35lb.  I got all dolled up in the gear and I was set to go!  The two other friends of mine, Christina and Lisa, cheered me on as I began. The first challenge was to take off the caps on the fire hydrant and crank the top to open it up to get the flow of water.  (water was turned off for the test) I was taught a way to do the challenge in the walk through so as I began I noticed that it was taking me a lot longer than I had anticipated.  I began to get frustrated in my mind saying, “Come on, Sarah, what’s wrong with you, they just showed you how to do it and look you can even twist it off!” So as you can see my mind was already off to a not so good start because as I prepped I was overly confident that I had this in the bag!  So I began to doubt myself and to beat myself up in my mind about my capabilities.  I began to get nervous and my heart was racing because it was such a simple task and I was struggling. The next challenge was to drag the hose on my shoulder a few feet down and back 2 times.  Then run to the bleachers and pack the 50lb hose on my shoulder up and down the stairs twice.  By this challenge I was already spent!  My legs were on FIRE, my mind was going left and right about how stupid I was to think this was easy and then I had moments of telling myself that I can do it and to just chill out! The next challenge was to see where you were mentally when your body was exhausted and we had to put together...

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Costa Rica Here We Come

“Why Costa Rica and why for 2 months?”  “How are you making this possible?” “You don’t have to work?” “What’s the cost of living down there?” These are the questions I have been getting from many of my friends who are curious as to why we decided as a family to move away for 2 months this summer. The summer of 2009 we found ourselves in the same situation we are now.  We were in between housing and so we took advantage of the opportunity and stored our belongings and packed our car with what we needed for 3 months and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. to be by my family for a period of time.  We had lived in California since 2001, when we got married. This was a great window of opportunity so we acted on it.  It was such a fun, spontaneous adventure that we wanted to make sure it happened again. Fast forward to a couple of months ago when we finally decided again that the timing was right to now take the family abroad and leave the U.S. to give our children the experience of living in another culture and lifestyle for more than just a few days. We are finally out of the baby stage and diapers!  Its an exciting, new time period for our family.  Our oldest, Reeghan, will be 12 and our youngest, Stratton, will be 4.  Our children are old enough to have an experience like this that they will always remember. For some of you, I’m sure you can think of a time in your childhood that had an impact on you.  I want to create an experience for them that they will look back and easily identify this experience as one that shaped their lives. Trust me, this will not be their only experience, but the first of many.  We have plans for each summer to do a similar “family adventure”.  Maybe one day we will settle down somewhere, but for now we are enjoying the journey.  Why not? I have no fears about this. Last year when we set the goal to do this, Trent had originally suggested we go to Mexico because that is where he lived for 2 years as he served as a missionary for our church (long story, but because of his mission, we met, married and have our beautiful little family).  When we would tell others, often their first reaction was, “Aren’t you scared and nervous to take your family down there?” Ask me a few years ago and I would have had second thoughts, but now I don’t think twice about it because I’ve decided I don’t want to live in FEAR.  Just like the trip I just got home from in Uganda, Africa.  I got the same question.  Sure bad things are out there and yes we need to be aware and take precautions to ensure we aren’t intentionally putting ourselves at risk, but if I think only about the fear and the bad things, then I will likely not do anything out of fear of what “could” happen. What if we all looked at life through LOVE?  Love for others, love to serve and to lend a helping hand, love to share who we are and our families.  That’s what I want.  I want to live out of LOVE and not fear.  So to answer that question, “No I am not scared!”  I have finally come to a point in my life where I’ve decided I don’t want to sit back and watch from the sideline.  I want to participate and I want to create experiences...

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Mother’s Day 2015

We were in CA for Mother’s Day this year due to Trent’s Grandma June’s funeral.  We got to spend it with his side of the family therefore my mother-in-law felt extra special because all of her children were surrounding her except Travis who is serving a mission in Finland but she did get to talk to him on the phone. We spent our church service with the San Pasqual Ward in Escondido with Sean and Allie and Tory and Orchids.  We had a great message about the importance of temples and using the Atonement more in our lives.  One of the speakers shared this powerful poem written by Dr. Robert Morehead titled, “The Fellowship of the Unashamed” “I am a part of the fellowship of the Unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit Power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by presence, learn by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power. My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, diluted, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won’t give up, back up, let up, or shut up until I’ve preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go until He returns, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear for “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes..” (Romans 1:16). Trent went to go talk with Travis on the phone during sacrament meeting so I had the 3 younger ones with me at the sacrament meeting by myself and they couldn’t sit still.  So I began to laugh at first but then I lost my patience and began to become frustrated.  Usually when I prepare to go to church I have to mentally get ready and to speak good things to myself about my children but today I felt rushed to get to church so I didn’t take the time to do so this time.  So I payed for it. But as they went happily to the next two meetings with the children I looked forward to just being by myself and reflecting on motherhood and what it means to me.  I continue to work daily on my skills as a mother and to recommit each day to work on my patience and understanding them in their individual process. One thing I to do with my children is sit down with them...

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Uganda Last Day

I dreaded this day to come.  I have really enjoyed waking up each morning to see these women and learn more about them.  I left the house earlier to be able to be with them longer.  I’ve loved walking up to the workshop each morning and making the greeting call! Over the last few days I noticed I had become more of a physical touch person as I’ve connected with these women.  I’m sure part of it is their culture but I don’t want to think that. I am choosing to think that physical touch comes natural to them therefore it made it natural to me. I realized as I’ve analyzed my experience that once again I went into this experience with love and confidence and not fear. It was that love and open heart that allowed me to be raw and real and present with these women and touch and soothe their minds. I wanted this day to last longer but we had to polish up the library to get it presentable to the community and so I had to step away from what I was feeling and put it on hold. I then came back and videoed two of the women and asked what gift I had given them.  Monica and Sherfia both expressed the gift of awareness to love themselves and to be more confident. I was able to bring a few kitchen gadgets to help ease their preparation in the kitchen. I gathered tongs, vegetable peeler, and paring knives.  I presented it to them on this last day and you’d think they won a car or something.  Repeatedly they said over and over again, “thank you Sarah”  They were so appreciative just as they were with the skirts we gave them the first day.  I had to explain step by step how to use these tools because they had never seen one. We also got Luta to share his talent of dancing with us.  We had learned throughout the week the Ugandan traditional dance move.  Which was basically shaking our hips a lot.  We wore the traditional attire and had straw and fur that excentuated our hip area to help us look like we were doing it right.  It was so fun to see the women’s reaction when they saw all of us “muzungu’s” come out and perform for them. As we made preparations for the library grand opening the Musana women wanted to sing a song so they all gathered in the back area and started practicing.  I came around the corner and saw this beautiful scene of all the women circled around each other looking and singing to each other.  The sisterhood that they share is quite impeccable. They lean on each other in the good times as well as the bad.  When Florenece was sick in the hospital they each took turns taking her meals.  Because hospitals here you have to take care of your own needs.  Or when Rosettes husband died she went right to her sisters at work for strength and support. They are a Relief Society already. Building each other up and bearing one another’s burdens.  So as they sang together I just broke down in tears and Ruth couldn’t join them so I sat next to her and held her and just cried like a baby. These women believe that I will go back home and never think of them again.  But little do they know that I have plans to remember their stories and I’m going to share them and hang their picture up next to my...

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Uganda Day Seven

Started off the morning with a mirror exercise that I do each morning called, “Love Yourself From The Inside Out“(click to download) so I shared it with the women!  So powerful! I gave each of them a handheld mirror and you think they had won the lottery!  They shouted with such excitement and energy it was incredible! I began to share with them that this will help them realize and think about themselves and what they are good at. We give and give to others but we fail to take care of ourself first so that we have the energy to give to others. Some women said after it was over that they never knew that they were to love themselves first!!!!  Wait what??  It was a new concept and they were so appreciative of this very simple exercise It was great to hear what they are good at.  Some said being compassionate, eating, loving others and then they spoke gratitude. Gratitude for their health, a job, their families. Then toped it off with a goal that they want to accomplish that day.  Some said make 70 bumbo beads, be a hard worker, smile at someone new, etc. This experience once again solidified why I chose to do this for myself each morning too.  To take the time each day to express love to myself.  To practice sharing with myself what I am good at and what I am grateful for.  It has built my confidence in myself and I know it can be with anyone who tries it. The remainder of the day was prepping the library with indexing the books, putting down flooring, and polishing up the artwork on the wall.  We are getting...

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