Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009 to a close...

That is right! We have made it to the end of 2009 and it is hard to believe!  Where has the past year gone?  It was one year ago this week that Garon and I moved to AR.  It is crazy to look back and see all the things we have done.  I have been trying to recap in my mind the past year and the influences it will have on our lives as we grow older and see years to come.  Let's moving to AR we were able to attend school at a lower rate, we were supplied with jobs, an income, a home, and great opportunities to meet new people.  We have been able to do some traveling back and forth to TX and we have been able to have people come visit with us.

We have had many challenges to overcome in the past year but we have done it.  It is through these trials and errors that we have grown closer together and stronger than ever.  We wouldn't be where we are today if it weren't for our families and our friends.  You were all there when we needed you most, whether it be a few blocks away, miles away, or just through the phone.  We cannot express the gratitude and love we have in our hearts for each and everyone of you.  Life is an amazing thing and I am absolutely positive that we cross paths for a reason.  There are many qualities that I do not have that many others do and I am able to grow and learn by example.

I have learned a great deal of patience over the past year, still have some improvement to do but I understand that we are all individual and don't need to be like "everyone else".  It has been difficult to put this in words but it all makes sense.

So, here is a little bit of a re-cap for the past year...if there are blanks, we will fill them in later.  This is actually harder to do than I thought.

January: Started work and school in Arkansas
March: Garon's 24th Birthday and we moved in to our house
April: Laura's 23rd Birthday
June: 1 Year Wedding Anniversary
July: Garon's Brother TJ got married and Garon surprised me with a trip to TX to visit my cousin
August: My cousin Rachel got married and we had a house full of people for about 5 weeks
October: Made a trip to Utah for the funeral of Garon's Uncle Pete
November: Thanksgiving trip to IL with Aunt Becky to see her daughter and family
December: Tis the Holiday season and we made a trip to Texas

I am kinda sad that there are blanks.  I suppose those blank months all we did was work and go to school.

Friday, December 4, 2009

December Already!?

I cannot believe that it is already December.  This year has just kind of flown by, a lot  has happened, many lessons have been learned and I am so grateful for the life I have.  With it being the wonderful holiday season, I can't help but have my heart softened.  I have had the wonderful sound of Christmas playing at my desk and in my car.  I love this time of year, the weather, the smells, the company, and the happiness that is felt everywhere.

I have been reflecting the past few days as to what is the purpose of Christmas and do we all remember the true meaning?  Between all the shopping, baking, decorating, and all the other busy moments of the holiday I am trying to sit back and think, "Why is Christmas important to me?"  The decorations are nice (not that I am doing that this year), the gifts are thoughtful, and the treats aren't bad either but when it comes down to it, it is the Spirit of Christmas that I enjoy.  The being able to help another less than I, doing a good deed just because, and remembering to be a little more Christ-like.  After all, He is the "reason for the season".  

I heard the following song and it kind of touched my heart and hope it does the same for you.

Welcome to Our World

Tears are falling, hearts are breaking
How we need to hear from god
You've been promised, we've been waiting
Welcome holy child
Welcome holy child

Hope that you don't mind our manger
How I wish we would have known
But long awaited holy stranger
Make yourself at home
Please make yourself at home

Bring your peace into our violence
Bid our hungry souls be filled
World now breaking heaven's silence
Welcome to our world
Welcome to our world

Fragile finger sent to heal us
Tender brow prepared for thorn
Tiny heart whose blood will save us
Unto us is born
Unto us is born

So wrap our injured flesh around you
Breathe our air and walk our sod
Rob our sin and make us holy
Perfect son of god
Perfect son of god

Welcome to our world

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Possibly Going Private:

So, I was just looking at my past blogs and going through e-mails and notied that I had one post from November of 2008 that had 26 commets left to it! I was like what the crap...there was nothing exciting on it and nothing fun and all the coments were just links to other pages and who know what else. I did not look at any of them and after trying to delete all th comments and not succeding, I just deleted that particular post.

I am on the bridge of going private, I got really irritated by this.

Anythoughts or if you would like to be on the "approved list" you can send an e-mail with your address to us at


Monday, November 16, 2009

Beat to the Punch

It's 4:00 am and I don't know what woke me up, but I can't go back to sleep. I was just looking at the blog two days ago and noticed how nothing new had been written in a long time so I wanted to take this time to thank my wonderful, beautiful, amazing bride for putting up with me and all my stress from this semester. Then I see that she posted just yesterday! Lol.

Laura, I love you with everything good that I posses within me. When I wake up in the middle of the night and find myself almost falling off the bed cause you have snuggled up to myside, my heart melts and it keeps me up wondering how come you love someone like me so much. To everyone reading this blog, Laura is truly one of a kind. She is the "butter of my bread!" She is my joy!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Life's Journeys

Well, I have not blogged in a while and not a lot has gone on so here I am. It is a wonderful, beautiful, fall afternoon and we are just enjoying our time one with another. Garon and I have been staying pretty busy but with just the normal routine things. We are approaching the holiday season and we are figuring out what to do, how to do it, and at the same time we continue to find deeper meaning for everything.

We will be making a trip to IL for Thanksgiving which we are pretty excited about. My cousin lives up there and has no family around so it will be a great thing to be able to help her out a bit.

For Christmas we will be going down to Texas. We miss all of our great friends and family down south but I must say the weather is much better up here.

For New Years, we don't have anything too exciting as of right now, I am sure we will come up with something though.

It is crazy to think that the year 2009 is coming to a fast close. Where has time gone and what have we done. I have been thinking about the past year and the things I have accomplished, the things I should have accomplished, and the many great moments I have shared with those around us. In October we were able to make a trip to Utah and I absolutely loved it. We were going on not so great circumstances but it was such a humbling and self-fulfilling experience.

My life is truly blessed to have some really wonderful people in it. I know that when things get difficult and the way a little weary there is always somebody or something I can lean up on. This life is a grand adventure and I am so happy to be here, to wake up in the morning and to witness the growth of others. As Chicken Little says it, "Today is a new day".

I am so grateful for Garon and the companionship which he offers. I am "one of the lucky ones". I never imagined how great it would be to have somebody by my side who would hold me up through the darkest of darks and rejoice in the happiest moments. Thank you Garon. Over the past year and a half we have seen a lot, been through a lot, and have managed to help each other along as we wondered the path of our journey.

Everything seems to be pretty much same old same old.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Garon Chillin in the Pool

So, Garon has no clue this is here yet...I am waiting to see just how long it takes for him to realize I have updated (again)...



Sorry it has taken so long to get some pictures up. We have been a little crazy and I wasn't exactly the most computer literate but I have conquered and here you go...

These are our latest family pictures and had a fun time taking them. Hope you have enjoyed

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Time Has Passed us by...

Well, I have done it again. I have let the moments of time pass me by just as sand through the finger tips.

We have been going non-stop pretty much the entire month of July but I have been loving life. I went to Houston and saw my cousin Monica and her new little bundle of joy and had a wonderful time with the Hindmarsh family. I miss being so close to them but we are finally starting to slowly adjust to it. Two weeks after that visit Garon and I both made a visit down to SE Texas (Lumberton, Beaumont, and Groves) for the wedding of his brother T.J. We really miss the people but realized that we don't exactly miss the weather.

Meanwhile, two weeks ago, my cousin Corrie and her family came in for a visit for you sister (my cousins)'s wedding which happened today, August 1, 2009. It has been a crazy but fun-filled couple of weeks. We weren't exactly use to having eight people in our house all the time but now that we are approaching the go home time we are wondering what we will do once everybody is gone.

The past few weeks Garon and I both have had some eye-opening moments and I am so grateful when they come along. We have learned much about our families, each other, and most of all ourselves. There is nothing like taking a moment and stepping back to take a glance of the big picture. What I mean is when things get crazy and chaotic we tend to forget about the "end goal" and have a hard time seeing past the fog in front of us. We have so much to be grateful for and I cannot even begin to put it in words (mainly because I know I will leave a bunch of stuff out and that just wouldn't be good).

We are anxiously awaiting the quick approach of school which starts ummmmm...THIS MONTH...Garon will go back full time and continue working part-time and I will continue working - ANYTHING TO GET HIM THROUGH SCHOOL!! :) Love you Babe! We have recently started tossing the idea around of me going to school but are just trying to figure out how to make it work. I know that is what I NEED to do and it is something that I WANT to do. I do realize or hope to realize that I wouldn't finish school here in Arkansas but I so okay with that. Somehow the mention of going back somewhere in TX after his graduation keeps coming up but I keep reminding him that since we have met we have said we would like to live somewhere where they have four different seasons, a place where it is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. I guess only time can tell where we will go. Now, if Garon does go for his Masters which I believe he wants to do that would in about a year and a half put us in TX for that degree but who knows from there. But, all of this is a LONG WAYS DOWN THE ROAD...

Now that I have taken a step into the future lets come back to reality, we are here in AR, going to school, working and trying to pay the bills. Which means, we are NORMAL young married people who have an amazing road of love, laughter, joy, and friendship ahead of us. Life is Great!

I love you Garon and am so happy that I will be able to grow old and gray with you (try to keep out the gray part though)!!

Side Note: I tried to upload some pictures but after over an hour of waiting I gave up. Garon has got to clean out the computer or the uploader thing-a-ma-jig isn't working day I will get some put up.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


So a few weeks ago I let the world know that I have been overwhelmed with happiness and no sooner than I speak trials tend to come my way.

Life is an interesting thing that I am so thankful to have. No matter how trying people, places, or circumstances may be I know that it is all going to be okay.

I am so grateful to have such an amazing husband who really cares about me and looks out for my best interest. I have been pretty much an emotional wreck for a week and he talked to the boss and is sending me away for a weekend so I ca relax and not worry about anything. Thank yo so much Garon for everything that you do.

All in all we are doing great. Ready for school to start (or more like be done) but that will be sure to come in time. I don't exactly know what all we do to stay busy but we tend to have something all the time.

Friday, June 26, 2009


I don't know why but I have been amazingly happy the past few weeks and I am loving it. Life has been good. Nothing has really changed in our lives. We are still working eveyday. Garon is working extra through the summer to cover missed hours during school. We are looking forward to the upcoming semester.

My cousin Monica brought little Daniel Tucson Hindmarsh into the world Thursday 25 June 2009 and we are so excited for their family. You can see pictures and details on her blog,

We are preparing a trip to the south in July for TJ's wedding.

All in all, life is good and no room for complaints. I am learning to look at the cup half full and I love it! It kind of stinks that it took me 23 years to figure it out but bettr sooner than never.

If you are reading this I hope you have a marvelous day and enjoy the sunshine.

P.s. If I am missing letters and stuff my keys aren't all hitting on the keyboard,it is tempermental...

Sunday, June 21, 2009

My Wife is the Bestest!!

I want every one to know that I, Garon Tidwell, married the best woman in the whole wide world. My lovely bride tried to get up before I did but that didn't happen this morning. So I was ordered to stay in the bedroom. She had a surprise waiting for me and she didn't want me to ruin it.

Laura made me a wonderful breakfast and served it to me while I was still in bed. Hootnannie pancakes!! Some people call them German pancakes, but the name is not as important as the taste. She called my sister, Jacee, to make sure she had the recipe correct. It was a wonderful breakfast that gave me so many childhood memories to think about this morning.

Now, on to the gifts!! My wife went way beyond the little trinkets. She bought me a radio doc for my iPhone. It has a bright display, a remote, dual alarms, and sounds crystal clear! I have been looking at them but never thought she would get me one. I love her so so much! She also got me lots of sunflower seeds and sunscreen. Both of which come in really really handy while I'm at work.

I regret that I don't get on here more than I do. I am so grateful to have found the love of my life. She is the best person. She goes above and beyond to make me feel like the only person in the world. I absolutely love my moments with her when time stands still, and I get to be with her in our perfect little house, all alone in this world like no one else exists.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Biggest Slacker EVER!!

It is official! I am the biggest slacker there is in the blogging industry. Truthfully, I haven't been doing a whole lot lately but haven't seemed to have the free time to do anything extra.

May 16th we celebrated my nieces birthday (pictures are coming, just haven't had time to clear off the camera)

May 20th we made a little trip to TX for Memorial Day weekend and had such a wonderful time. We got in about 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, stayed with my aunt in Lumberton. Drove around Beaumont and did stuff Thursday day, had lunch with a great friend and that evening drove down to Groves to be with Garon's family. Friday we were in Groves just spending time then that night we went and saw the amazing musical "The Scarlet Pimpernel" Jill Hayes did a fantastic job directing. The cast and performance was beyond words.

May 28th we had Dad's birthday

Today, June 2, is the anniversary of my parents. Happy Anniversary to them! :)

June 4th is the anniversary Garon's parents. Happy Anniversary to the also!

And now for the big one!!!.....You ready?
Sunday, June 7, 2009 marks the 1 year for Garon and I. We are pretty excited and cannot believe how fast time has flown by us. We have been through so much the past year but we wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I am so happy, so blessed, so amazed that we have each other.

BIG NEWS: WICKED is coming to TULSA!!! I am so excited. Garon and I are trying to find anyway possible to pay for this extravaganza. I have wanted to see Wicked for a really long time and now it is here. We have pretty much narrowed it down to the fact we will have to go on a weekday show because the good seats in the Saturday shows are ALL sold out but I found a few weekdays where they are still good. This hopefully will all fall into place to help make July a bit exciting.

Then, July 25th, T.J. (Garon's brother) is getting married so we will be headed down to TX that weekend to enjoy the festivities.

Aug. 1st my cousin Rachel is getting married, yes, in the heat of the summer and I believe it is going to be outside. Will have to find a light summery dress for that one.

Then in Sept. I am hoping to go down to TX for Labor Day weekend to help my cousin out with her kiddos and the new no name baby boy that will be coming in just a few short weeks. We are really excited about this one!

Well, now you have my update. If I forget to blog again, you will have a little bit of an idea what is going on in my life.

Reading other blogs gives me a desire to get in a better blog routine. I love reading about the adventures others go through. Thank you all for blogging and reading, if you read. we will post some pictures! :)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

Well, it has been a very busy weekend but I wanted to take just a moment to post a little something because I feel the urge to do so. Easter is such a wonderful time of year and the older I am becoming the more special and dear I hold it to my heart. Not only it this a time for families to spend time together and enjoy friends. I enjoy this holiday because it is a bit more personal. This is a holiday that affects each person in an individual way.

This life is amazing and we are all so blessed to be able to participate in daily miracles. As I have gone through the Easter Sunday I have had many reflections and thoughts go through my mind. It is so hard for me to comprehend what all my Savior has done not only for my sake but for every single person. The agony and torment the Savior felt days before the crucifixion and then the loneliness as he tread the path burdened with the cross and then the wonderful blessing of Eternal Life because on the day, Easter Day, the Savior rose again. He lives, He knows us, He loves us, He understands our needs, and no matter how difficult or rocky our path may seem we will always have the comfort of our Savior by our side.

We had an Easter Contata at church this evening, "I Stand All Amazed" written by Sally DeFord and it is so moving and inspiring and I would like to take a moment to share the words of a commonly known hymn in which she added a fourth verse:

I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me,
Confused at the grace that so fully He proffers me.
I tremble to know that for me he was crucified,
That for me, a sinner, He suffered, He bled and died.

Oh it is wonderful that He should care for me enough to die for me
Oh it is wonderful, wonderful to me.

I marvel that He would descend from His throne divine,
To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine.
That He should extend His great love unto such as I,
Sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify.

Oh it is wonderful that He should care for me enough to die for me
Oh it is wonderful, wonderful to me.

I think of His hands, pierced and bleeding to pay the debt,
Such mercy, such love and devotion, can I forget?
No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat,
Until at the glorified throne I kneel at His feet.

Oh it is wonderful that He should care for me enough to die for me
Oh it is wonderful, wonderful to me.

I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me,
Secure in the promise of life in his victory.
So ransomed from death I will live to my Savior's praise,
And sing of his goodness and mercy through endless days.

Oh it is wonderful that He should care for me enough to die for me
Oh it is wonderful, wonderful to me.

Oh it is wonderful. wonderful to me.

This hymn has always had a great impression on my heart but for some reason I have felt impressed to share with those of you who read my blog. This life is a wonderful thing and the atonement of my Savior is absolutely indescribable. I am so thankful for the knowledge I have, for knowing that I will be with my family forever and one day be able to meet my Savior face to face.

I hope you all have had a wonderful Easter Holiday as you take time to draw near to your Savior. I love you all! :)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I love CRAZY weather!!!

It has been a really LONG time since I have had a really good thunder storm and here it is! There is nothing like hearing the thunder roll, the patter of rain and being inside my home able to watch it all. I am a little concerned though because Garon is actually in class at the moment but I am trying to convince him to come home before it gets too bad but you know how those classes go...I have been watching the news and in Downtown Fort Smith they have a light sprinkle and are beginning to watch the sunset and at my house about 10 min. from where the news anchor was it is pitch black and pouring down rain with high winds. This has been the perfect topper for my day. There has been 3220 strikes of lightening in the past 20 minutes and they are starting to slow down.

Well, I just thought I would share my weather excitement since I had some time. Hope you enjoyed my Crazy Weather Update!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

My Wife Rocks!!

So my lovely wife Laura gave me access to the blog and now I get to post my very first blog! I just want to take a minute to brag that my wife is the best in the world! In one week, she put up with me being stressed out about midterm tests, she moved our stuff from a garage across town and then unloaded everything, set up our house and made it a home, and THEN, to it all of, she through together a wonder birthday party for me with friends and family at the home!

We had approximately 13 people, including ourselves, over at the house yesterday. It was supposed to be a surprise dinner for my birthday, but it was a little hard to keep a secret when Laura is cracking the whip at me to put together pantry units and computer desks to get the house unpack in time for company. Laura worked all day and all night to get the house ready. She had all the boxes unpacked and almost all the pictures hung by the time company started arriving. We really cut everything close to the wire. I didn't even buy a propane tank for the grill until around 5:40 and the party started at 6!

It was wonderful and I want everyone in the world to know that my wife, Laura the Great, is the best woman in the world!!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Birthday...

Happy be-lated blog birthday to my Hubby! Garon's birthday was Tuesday 17 March and we had a nice quiet evening at home, kind of. Garon has class on Tuesday evenings so we did not do anything big. He wanted me to make dinner so I did his favorite, meatloaf, onion potatoes, green beans, salad, and broccoli (for him). My amazing aunt made a like triple chocolate birthday cake for him and I graced his presence with a new grill for our new patio. He was pretty excited, not so much about putting it together but about the whole situation. I love him so much and it was a year ago on that day that our lives truly changed FOREVER.

Saturday (the 21st) we are doing hamburgers/hot dogs with the family for his "birthday party" so it should be fun and exciting. We are working hard at getting the house all together by then so it can be enjoyable all around.

Well honey, this one is for you "HAPPY BIRTHDAY"! I love you!! :)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Home Sweet Home Part I

So here is a little glimpse of where we started and soon to come is where we will be. Things are going great and there has been lots of hard work (by the all AMAZING Garon, Kelley, Jason, and Dad). Things are going well and we will be moving things in this weekend, March the 14th. I hope you enjoy the pictures and pretty soon we will be up for visitors!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cold! Again??

The weather has been absolutely CRAZY!! Every other week it seems as though we drop back down to the freezing range. Earlier this week we had weather anywhere from 70-80 degrees and it was absolutely beautiful outside. Today we are featuring a misting semi-sleeting wetness outside with a spiking temperature of 35 degrees if even that (the wind is blowing so I am sure that is making it a little colder). Don't get me wrong, I am not ready for the heat of summer but at the same time where is SPRING?

Garon and I are staying busy with our new callings. He is the new Young Men's President and I am the Relief Society Secretary. The house is almost ready to be moved into, we will be posting pictures shortly, and work and school makes for a busy week. We are looking at a possibly move next week! Time has definately flown by quickly. Garon and I have been married for nine and a half months and while we were talking the other day we couldn't believe that it has been that long, it is a short while but so much has been done!

I suppose that is it for now, if you have anything you would like to see us blog about just let us know and we will see what we can do.

For now, I am going to take in the cold weather because I know it will be gone all too soon!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Here we are!

It has been a while and not much has gone on but I feel the need to put something. Garon and I are staying busy with life but it is all good. Here is a picture for you to enjoy since I haven't posted any in a while!

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Wow! The new year has come and is well on its way. Garon and I made a move up to AR on the 23rd of December and yes here we are nearly a month later. Life is a little crazy, we are staying busy with work and Garon has recently started back to school but things are great. We are currently living with the parentals, kind of weird at times but all in all it is going well. The paper for the house is in the works and we are going one project at a time. I put this background up for Garon, he loves his M&Ms so "cheers to you hun!"

Life is going quickly, Garon and I have been married for 7 months and are beside ourselves, who knew time went so quickly. Well, don't really know what else is going on but I will try to get some pictures taken and up...not my specialty but we shall see. I hope all is going well for those of you who follow. Take care and enjoy every breath you take! :)