One Year Down…Eternity to Go!

Well, we made it! One year. There were moments where I wasn’t sure how we would pull through, but on our first year anniversary I remember thinking: “being married to Kendall is the best.” And I honestly feel that way everyday.

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For our anniversary, Kendall took me into Salt Lake where we ate at the restaurant we ate at on the second day of our marriage before we flew out to Mexico. It is a little place called “Eva’s.” It’s a total hipster joint, and we were definitely the only people at the place not drinking, but it was a lot of fun. Kendall and I ended up talking to two guys next to us from San Francisco and told them a lot about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Their eyes lit up with excitement when we told them that we were Mormon…it’s like they hit the jack pot…they found Mormon’s in SLC. It was an awesome conversation.

We then went to a hotel where we spent a relaxing evening. The next day we went to the outdoor retailer’s expo where we walked away with swag…for our dog.

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Speaking of: we have a new addition to the family. Meet Leonardo. He is named after both the painter and Ninja Turtle. He is a HANDFUL, but brings so much happiness into our home.

Everyone has only told me that marriage just keeps getting better. I can say with all of my heart that that is 100% true. I love Kendall Tingey more and more everyday.

Answered Prayer

DISCLAIMER: I have discovered that by writing the way I have been feeling in a lot of posts recently, that friends and family are worried. Please know that I don’t write these things to cause anyone to worry or worse, feel sorry for me. I’m not looking for empathy and help…I simply need an outlet to share my story. My hope is that I can help a few of you see that things like “Depression” are OK. You are not alone.

Today has been particularly rough. I have started taking the anti-depressant medication, “Zoloft,” which has left me feeling a bit lifeless and unable to eat. I’m going to stick it out though and see if it doesn’t start to help me feel better in a week or so.

I spent the morning crying and feeling really down on myself. In one of my crying fits, I finally just asked Heavenly Father if he would let one of my sisters or my mom know that I needed help. I’m too embarrassed to ask them myself…because I’m really ok. (To all those reading this…I REALLY AM OK….I’m just on crazy medication.)

Heavenly Father heard my prayers and no sooner than ten minutes later, my sister-in-law Melissa called and said, “How about a girls day!” Melissa, her sister, Bekah, and my mother-in-law are all headed to Provo to have a girls day with me. What a blessing.

As soon as I got off the phone, I felt the terrible dread of having to get myself ready, and then having to appear happy around them.

Blessing #2: A text message then came from Melissa that said: “ONLY GET YOU READY! 🙂 we’re coming to help clean the house and do dishes!”

Heavenly Father really does know who I am, and he knows exactly what I need.

He knows you too…if you give Him a chance, he will bless your life immeasurably.

ps Thank you Tingey gals for being so in-tune with the Spirit. Love you all!

Lions, and Humans, and Witches…OH MY!

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Today I finished rereading “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” by: C.S. Lewis; and I thank him for reminding me of 3 of the most precious things in life:

1. Children 

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Two of my three beautiful nieces

“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and becomeas little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:3

Children are such a precious gift. As we spend time nurturing them we must grow to be like them. The wonderful story of children entering Narnia and becoming valiant, virtuous, and nobel Kings and Queens reminds me that it is in becoming like a child that I will  obtain my birthright of returning to the Kingdom of God to one day become a Queen myself.

2. Simplicity

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A painting by Rothko: an artist who found truth and beauty in simplicity

This book is written so simply; in a way that anyone could understand it. This has reminded me that things do not have to be complex to be glorious. Simplifying is always the answer.

3. My Savior

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One of my favorite depictions of the Savior appearing to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection

Above all, “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” is a profound testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. C.S. Lewis paints a heart-felt metaphor of the Savior’s pain in the garden and suffering on the cross through Aslan’s sacrifice for not only Edmund, but all the creatures of Narnia. He reminds us that because of the Atonement and the love of our Savior, good will ALWAYS conquer evil and spring will undoubtably come forth our of the darkest winter.

I am so grateful for my Savior and I am grateful to C.S. Lewis for finding such a creative and beautiful way to share his unwavering testimony.

To learn more about my beliefs about Jesus Christ and the Atonement, visit: lds.org or mormon.org.

Some Twang

Today I am so grateful for creative expression. I am currently sitting in my car, parked on the aide of the road. It’s about 9:30pm and I’m listening to NPR late night jazz. There is a particularly twangy piece on now, and I’m loving it. It’s seeping into all those little empty places in my soul and filling it with twangy sunshine.

Today was filled with wondrous creativity:

I had so much fun with my middle school dancers. We projected giant silhouettes of ourselves in positive/negative shapes on the wall.

I was able to hear Kendall play an original song. I loved it.

The cherry on top was dancing with my dear Stephanie White. There is such a joyous creative realease that comes with dancing.

Home Depot Healing

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The smell of wood and sawdust, paint chemicals in the air, the distant sound of a saw…This my friends is the Healing Power of Home Depot.

Today I ventured into the lovely land of home improvement (I went to Lowes first…then Home Depot). It brought healing to my soul. These stores just feel me with creative thought and excitement of things that could be if only I took the time, money, and energy to construct. EMM I just LOVE IT! I told my mother this, and she said “you must get that from your dad.” And it’s true. I totally do. Some of my favorite memories are going to the hardware store with pops.

I walked away today with 30 5′ PVC pipes. I am starting a my modern dance unit in school on Monday. We are going to be learning the concepts of Space through using props. One of my lucky classes gets to help me create a dance using the PVC pipes. Since the pipes are white, I am taking it a step further and making it a black-light dance. One word: SWEET!

I love my life. I love my dad. I love being creative. I love Home Depot. (My name is Kelli Tingey, and I’m a Mormon…It just feels right to tag that on the end…ha ha).

Dear Old Davis

“Were up to snuff we never ever ever bluff?”…. ‘Nough said…

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Kendall proudly wore this little number to school the other day. It brought back some good old Davis Dart memories.

This is also a little shout out to my brother, Scotty. He is a forever track star from Davis, and I’m guessing this wind-breaker dates back closer to his day than Kendall’s and mine. (Kendall got it at some sale at Davis one year…).