Tuesday, December 8, 2009

An even bigger deal.

So I told my sister Jasmine, "Hey guess what! I finally updated my blog!"

To which she replied, "Let me guess, it's about Chad."

What else would I update this thing about?!

I've become so predictable...but in this case, I'm quite okay with it.

So, I was thinking about the words I miss you...it's almost like saying "I love you" just in the way that it is an overused phrase, thereby lessening its meaning tremendously for most. But not really. I mean, I miss lots of things. I miss things about elementary school, junior high, and high school. I miss building forts in the palm trees with Jamie, trying to keep pet rollie-pollie/potato bugs in a jar in my garage, that first taste of freedom having a driver's license, the thrill of sneaking out of my house and climbing through windows, the risk of getting into trouble, but knowing it will be worth every second. Nowadays, I can't even remember the last time I stayed out past 11 p.m. That is not a joke. But regardless, my point is that I honestly don't feel like I'm missing out on anything by waiting for Chad. I like knowing that if we can make it through this, we can make it through anything.

I will say that he has given me a whole new perspective on what it really means to miss someone.

Lucky for me, I don't have to miss him for too much longer...

Yep, that's the official document, my friends!!!!! Chad will be released May 13th, which also coincides with the day of my graduation from good ol ASU!! So, since he will be flying from Argentina, if his flight doesn't go into Salt Lake City until May 14th I will most likely be headed straight to Sky Harbor right after ASU's Commencement.

Reality is starting to set in....5 months and one week from today I get to see this fine specimen:

Good heavens, I love this boy.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Kind of a big deal...

mmm...November 7th, 2009. Felt like Christmas. Can you guess why?

I'll give you a hint....

Elder Moody + Argentina + 6 more months = SLC airport!!!

ok. that wasn't a very good equation...but you get the picture! The last time I saw Chad was pretty much right in this very spot! It was April 21, 2008 and I was lucky enough to get a good kiss & hug goodbye from him as opposed to the classic "handshake"! (I was headed back home to Arizona and he still had another two weeks until he had to report to the MTC. ) These next 6 months are going to FLY, and I couldn't be happier with how everything has worked out for us!

Really, truly, I am so blessed.

I love my missionary!

I know, I know...6 months still probably seems like a loooong time to most of you.

But, when you haven't seen the love of your life in EIGHTEEN MONTHS, trust me, it's nothing!

A quick story:

A couple weeks ago Chad and his companion were on their way home to their area in Bragado, Argentina with two other elders on a double decker bus like this one:

aaand it crashed into a small car, swerved out of the way to avoid hitting a huge semi-truck, and went onto two wheels into a ditch on the side of the road.

Thanks to some serious divine intervention, there were no fatalities. But, that's still pretty crazy!

Anyway, can you believe it's already November? I can't. But I'm definitely not complaining!

Well, in conclusion, I would like to share this little quote with you that I came accross the other day. Sylvester Stalone said it...random...but it's a good one, nonetheless.

"I learned the real meaning of love. Love is absolute loyalty. People fade, looks fade, but loyalty never fades. You can depend so much on certain people, you can set your watch by them. And that's love, even if it doesn't seem very exciting."
Amen, Rocky Balboa.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

All you need is love.


What is it that compels you to wake up and get out of bed every morning?

Is it work? School? Money? Or is your morning breath so bad, you can't wait another second to get up and brush your teeth? Mine always is. Sorry, Chad.

Well, whatever the reason is, we all do it. We all find a reason every single day to get up, get out of bed and face a brand new day.

Here is mine:

Don't worry, in less than 7 months Chad and I will be taking a picture similar to this...haha

Elder Dalin Petersen and the missionary...Chad is sportin' his Bahama Bucks t-shirt...woo!! He loves Mesa...haha

This picture combines the greasiest-looking pizza I have ever seen with the hottest man alive.

I hope he ate that entire thing by himself. I'd be so proud.

a UTAH license plate...in Argentina???!

Sorry but I can't get over how cute he is! Let it be known that I love this man and I am jealous of whomever he is on the phone with in this picture...haha

Sweet bruise, sad story...Chad was playing soccer and messed messed his foot up!

Elder Mills & Elder Moody in front of the Buenos Aires Temple. Love this picture!

Arts & Crafts?

Ha, I love his facial expression.

I totally went to school with and worked with Elder Lane (front right) at Lou Coopey Photography! True story.

Told ya he still loves me! haha just kidding...but not really.

Always have to end with the best one...

Ohh Chad...he must have known this picture would make me want him even more. But I will say, the snot rocket one in my 2nd blog post still takes the cake!

So, there you have it. Chad Moody is my reason. My motivation and determination to take hold of every opportunity and rich blessing that life has in store. Chad is my best friend and he is the reason I wake up every morning feeling like I can take on the world.

It seems there is a neverending struggle to define what love really is. Trust me, I don't plan on attempting to put an end to that struggle. But I will attempt to tell you what I think love is.

First and foremost, love is God and God is love.
God's love is infinitely pure and endless for every human soul. When we have found someone we love and view as perfect, despite all his or her imperfections, we have found true love.

During general conference Pres. Utchdorf said, "The closer we approach God, the more profoundly we experience love."

Love is not claiming to be waiting for a missionary. Truth be told, this means absolutely nothing to people. Love is not just sitting around for two years, twiddling your thumbs and waiting for your dream man to come home from his mission, sweep you off your feet all over again and marry you when he gets home. No, love is really working hard for what you want, really being faithful, and KNOWING that the boy you fell in love with on a beach in Hawaii, the boy you have been told by friends and family is likely to want nothing to do with you by the time he gets home, the boy who has already grown and changed immensely from serving a mission in Argentina the past 17 months, the boy who has never taken you for granted, the boy who still treats you like a princess thousands of miles away, the boy who gave you a promise ring promising himself to you as much as you did to him, is literally going to come home and marry you within two months after he gets home from his mission. Bam. Said and done. How can a girl be so sure? Because he has given you his heart, completely, in exchange for yours. Forever.

Love is sounding like a complete idiot in a feeble, amateur attempt to define it.

Love is when you're not afraid of looking, sounding, or being perceived as a fool.

Love is knowing what you have when you have someone who ALWAYS knows what they have when they have you.

Love is fighting for someone who has always fought for you.

Love is sitting in your car in the Bahama Bucks parking lot making a tape for your missionary on your birthday.

Love is cheesy to the max, and at the same time, so undeniably captivating and profound.

Love is wishing everyone could feel even just a fragment of the love you feel so lucky to have.

Love is Chad Gary Moody and Anais Genevieve Durney.

Chad and Anais love is...a force to be reckoned with.
It's head-spinning, persevering, selfless, fearless, timeless, metaphysical, ridiculous, blissful, forgiving, eternal, grounded, indescribable, unconditional, unfeigned, passionate, ever-growing, and INFALLIBLE.

Chad & Anais' love story?

It can't be beat.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Poetry is good for the soul.

Let me not to the marriage of true minds

Admit impediments. Love is not love

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove:

Oh no, it is an ever-fixed mark

That looks on tempests and is never shaken;

It is the star to every wandering bark,

Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.

Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks

Within his bending sickle's compass come:

Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,

But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

If this be error and upon me proved,

I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

William Shakespeare

Sonnet 116

So let us melt, and make no noise,

No tear-floods, nor sigh-tempests move ;
'Twere profanation of our joys
To tell the laity our love.

Moving of th' earth brings harms and fears ;
Men reckon what it did, and meant ;
But trepidation of the spheres,
Though greater far, is innocent.

Dull sublunary lovers' love
—Whose soul is sense—cannot admit
Of absence, 'cause it doth remove
The thing which elemented it.

But we by a love so much refined,
That ourselves know not what it is,
Inter-assurèd of the mind,
Care less, eyes, lips and hands to miss.

Our two souls therefore, which are one,
Though I must go, endure not yet
A breach, but an expansion,
Like gold to aery thinness beat.

If they be two, they are two so

As stiff twin compasses are two ;
Thy soul, the fix'd foot, makes no show
To move, but doth, if th' other do.

And though it in the centre sit,
Yet, when the other far doth roam,
It leans, and hearkens after it,
And grows erect, as that comes home.

Such wilt thou be to me, who must,
Like th' other foot, obliquely run ;
Thy firmness makes my circle just,
And makes me end where I begun.

John Donne

Sometimes, other people just say it so much better. Chad Moody I love you. The end.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Hau`oli la ho`omana`o.

Today is mine and Chad's 2 year anniversary! We count it from our first kiss on this very balcony, in fact, overlooking Waikiki! Haha...all I remember is we were slow dancing out on the balcony to a Rascal Flats song we were listening to on my ipod with one earbud each! And then he spun me around and kissed me! And then I saw Savanna peeping through the glass sliding door behind us...bahaha I love my friends! Anywho, I can't tell you how much this man has changed my whole view and outlook on life, love, and what's worth fighting for. We have both grown and changed SO much, but without question we have grown together and fallen more truly in love since the day we met. Just for fun, I decided to post some pics from that dream-of-a-week when we met in Hawaii!

Bahaha...Chad and Savvy...I love this picture!

Just waiting for the bus stop in Waikiki!

Ok, really? How much more ridiculously good-looking can he be?

My beautiful friends...oh and there's Chad trying to ruin our picture! haha, wow.

The boys... ...and the girls!

Eating dinner at Cholo's for Savanna's B-day!

Last day there! Can't wait to go back...July 2010!!!

So, even though you won't see this for another 9.5 months Elder Moody, I just want to tell you Happy Anniversary and I love you!!!!! I can't believe it's been TWO YEARS since I met you in Hawaii, and let's be honest you've had me in the palm of your hand ever since.

"Palm trees, ocean breeze

Toes beneath the sand

The sun is high in the blue sky

and I'm holding your hand..."

(...just part of the song chad wrote for me on his ukelele! He's pretty much the cutest man alive.)

My Hawaiian lingo quiz for Chad made possible by Google:

a.) Hau`oli la Ho'omana'o = Happy Anniversary.

b.) Aloha No Au Ia 'Oe = I truly love you.
c.) E hoomau maua kealoha = May our love last forever.

d.) all of the above.
That's all for now. Adios amigos!!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Still alive, still in love...with Chad.

Dear friends, we have made it passed the year mark. The half-way point is old news. It's the dawn of the my 2nd and FINAL summer I have to spend without the Chadster and this makes me happier than you could possibly comprehend.

Still haven't missed a single week of writing/emailing each other.
Still LOVE each other.
Still waiting faithfully...we're talking Aimee Gurr faithfully, other boys don't exist faithfully, engaged faithfully... what more can I say? He's a keeper.
Still putting stickers on my lovely countdown sticker chart EVERY day that Chad got me before he left.
Still need to shed some unwanted poundage before Chad gets home. (But that's another story)
Still fall into a daze when some dude wearing Acqua DiGio walks by me, because it makes me think of Chad.
Still haven't taken this promise ring off of my finger. (Except for when I went to Lake Powell last summer with Chad's fam and kept getting scared it was going to fall off for some reason)
Still motivated as ever to work hard and have my bachelor's degree in hand by next Spring when Chad gets home.
Still 100% sure that Chad Moody is the one.
Still preparing to be sealed to him for time and all eternity in the temple.
Still always celebrating the "20th" of every month.
Still rip open every letter I get in the mail from Chad like it's the first.
Still convinced that Chad is the most amazing man alive.
Still haven't convinced most of you that this is NOT bogus...I've never been more sure about anything in my life.
Still wake up everyday and he is the first thing on my mind.
Still get butterflies as if he were sitting right next to me.
Still somehow have a voicemail saved from last July when Chad called me from the airport when he left to Argentina that I listen to all the time.
Still have a playlist on my iPod dedicated solely to songs that remind me of him.
Still know he loves me.
Still, he is everything I need.

But there is one thing that is no longer a "still," one thing that seems to consistently change...which would be...how much I love him. I haven't even physically seen Chad with my two little brown eyes in nearly 13 months, yet I feel closer to and more in love with him and his big blue eyes through ways that the 5 physical senses could not possibly detect better than my heart can. If this all sounds like gibberish or over-the-top, that's okay. It just emphasizes my point that there are literally no words. Call me a lousy journalist, but this is one never-ending story that is void of words remotely sufficient enough to explain the insurmountable love we share. And it keeps growing stronger every day. I'd say that's more than enough reason for me to stick around and do everything I can to not let this one get away.

What more can I say, I'm ridiculously in love. And I don't care who knows it.

Ready for some new pics from the missionary? Enjoy.

Awww I love this pic of him!! Why is he so cute?!

Chad and his comp. Elder Mills from Mesa, AZ!

haha I'm guessing this was in LaFerrere...

Evidence that he's working hard : )....he's look pretty happy that Gary and Sherry sent him some new shoes!

Chad and Elder Steve Frost...he loves Mesa people! haha

As a special treat, and after five hours of trying to upload this video...here's Chad playing his own little rendition of Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. Grab some tissues Sherry Ann, you know this makes us cry every time we watch it : )