Together Through The Years

The other day I was reading an article online that discussed the importance of parents continuing to have time together after having children come into their lives. I guess every night after 9 PM the parents would send their kids upstairs for at least an hour so that they could continue to have time together and develop their personal relationship. I thought this was interesting because you would imagine that parents spend a lot of time together throughout the day but how often do they get to spend quality time together just talking about their day? I would say that it isn’t often they get to sit down and talk about how they’re doing and the things going on in their lives.

The reason I thought it was interesting was because when people are dating, they often times spend so much time getting to know each other and spend time together and falling in love. However it is a very normal thing that once children come into their lives or some other type of time consuming activity occurs (job, church callings, etc) that they quit spending time together developing their relationship.

Which brings me to what I wanted to talk about this week. Why people need to continue to build their relationship through the years and not just during that time dating before they get married. I was reminded of a movie that I had the opportunity to watch during my sophomore year of High School. We had been discussing mental illnesses and this movie in particular showed the effects that depression and suicide can have on a family. Towards the end of the movie it shows the parents discussing their relationship after their daughter had passed away and they both decided that they were going to get divorced because once their daughter was gone they just felt like they didn’t have anything in common anymore. That for so many years their main reason for being together had been because their daughter was in their lives and that once she was gone they felt like they didn’t know each other and no longer had a reason to go through life together.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want this to seem like I am discouraging parents from having kids. I know that having kids within the means of marriage are a huge blessing and they can strengthen families. I just know that if couples don’t continue to build their relationship once they’re married then the marriage is going to struggle and in extreme cases it can end in divorce.

There are always going to be things that come up and distract or pull marriages apart. That is just part of the world that we live in today. That is why it is so important for us to continue to develop those sacred relationships as we grow old and go through the struggles of life together. It reminds me of this quote by Russel M. Nelson.

“Meanwhile, mortal misunderstandings can make mischief in marriage. In fact, each marriage starts with two built-in handicaps. It involves two imperfect people. Happiness can come to them only through their earnest effort. Just as harmony comes from an orchestra only when its members make a concentrated effort, so harmony in marriage also requires a concerted effort. That effort will succeed in each partner will minimize personal demands and maximize actions of loving selflessness.”

I know that as people continue to develop their relationships throughout the challenges of life that they will be able to have successful marriages and happy families. It just takes a little bit more effort than you may have been expecting. The Lord expects our marriages to work out but He also knows how much work those successful and happy marriages take. Lets make sure we are doing everything we can to either continue building our marriages or preparing ourselves for the marriages that await us.



Christmas Icons


Hello Everyone! This week in the Visual Design section of my blog I am going to be talking about the icons that I have been making with the Illustrator program that Adobe offers. This post is going to be really similar to the Magazine Spread post that I made a couple of weeks ago. This class is really geared around these programs and it has been good to be learning these programs for future use. Once again this was another program that I had absolutely no experience with! However I think I fared far better this time when it came to figuring out what I needed to do and what I needed to learn. This  The last two weeks our teacher assigned us the task of creating 4 icons that centered around a certain topic of our choice. I decided on Christmas because I felt like it was something that adults and children could relate to and would enjoy seeing.


Overall Design

As far as the overall design goes, I wanted to focus on Christmas because it was something that I felt like everybody could relate to. I think when people see Christmas they are filled with warm feelings and happy memories and it brings them back to either their childhood or family times. The shapes used for all the characters were similar and I wanted to model the faces in a similar manor as to show the consistency of the icons. I debated on a couple of different designs. My early designs had full bodies but I decided that they would be better suited as icons if they had simply their heads. As far as the colors go, I decided that I wanted them to be warm and welcoming. I just feel like there is a certain warmth that comes from Christmas and I wanted that to be replicated in every aspect of these icons. As for my target audience, I really wanted to gear these towards children. I think children are the driving force behind Christmas a lot of the time and I feel like they are the ones that really get the parents excited about Christmas. That is why I wanted to gear these towards kids everywhere.


In closing I decided that this entire project was enjoyable as well as a great learning experience. I really hadn’t ever had the opportunity to use this program and I noticed that there were a lot of similarities between using Illustrator and InDesign. I hope everybody is able to see the theme and meaning behind these icons. They were enjoyable to make and I feel like the theme is something that everybody would be able to identity with and relate to.

My Classmates Blogs


These are the blogs for all my classmates in my Family Relations class this semester. Feel free to follow along with their blogs as they will be discussing similar material to what I will be writing about.

Their Blogs

Austin Lee –

Becky Gietzen –

Kaylie Winninger –

Jordan Wolff –

Rebecca Anderson –

Anabel Vela –

Megan Greenman –

Dillan Birch –

Kristen Helsing –

Esther Deakin –

Madi Voyles –

Shad Geist –

Shayla Bates –

Marissa Holtz –

Amanda McGuire –

Jacob Atwood –

Sarah Black –

Rocio Reyes –

Samuel Tarlton –

Kristen Smith –

Marc Burnside –

Brianna Murray –

Sydney Barber –

Krystin Ulassin –

Kylie Clement –

Jessica Curtis –

Kali Machuca –

Julie Bingham –

Rachel Adams –

Teigan Miller –

Becca Owen –

Peyton Scow –

Alex Escobar –

Sadie Myers –

Kaylie Winninger –

Jared Pierce –

Alyssa Roberts –

Harmony Garfield –

Ali Duncan –

Jordan Jewkes –

Taylor Araujo –