Thursday, December 15, 2016

Grandpa Dale

❤ On December 4th, 2016 my grandpa passed away.  

I was lucky! Some people never get to know their grandparents, and I am thankful that I got to know mine. I have so many memories with my grandpa that I will cherish forever. These 24 years have been wonderful. Here are some of my favorite memories! :)
In September, he and grandma came up to Laramie to visit us for three days. We had such a wonderful time together. Endless card games, ice cream/ popsicles, pizza, chats, shopping, PF Changs, and going down to Loveland Colorado to get Mark a suit, were some of the adventures we had. Grandpa  was selfless. He always made sure that those around him, ESPECIALLY his family, were taken care of.


This is the suit that they bought Mark!
One thing I will always remember about him is how much he loved grandma. While he was here in Laramie visiting us, he told grandma to sit on his lap. "Get over here Linda and sit on my lap. Let's smooch and show these kids how much we love each other!" After grandma refused and told him that she would squish him, he responded with, "Then let me sit on your lap!" :)


Another memory with grandpa is when Breanna and I went to the dinosaur park on our trip with our grandparents. We wanted to get a picture next to this giant dinosaur. Grandpa, Breanna, and I made the trek up to the dinosaur (on rollerblades I might add) and got ready to take the picture. Right before grandma took the picture, grandpa leaned up against the dinosaur and made it "ROAR!" It scared us all half to death! Breanna fell to the ground and we all couldn't stop laughing.
I also can't forget the mickey mouse waffles he would make us when we slept over at his house. Or always offering us a "pop for the road." Or how he could remember anything and everything.. especially if it was math related. He said that he remembered his locker combination, all his past addresses, and anytime he told me a story he always knew the date of roughly when that story took place. He knew everything!
I could spend hours talking with and about this man. He was so kind and loving. He never let you leave his house without a goodbye kiss. He especially loved his family and would do anything for them. In this picture, right before they took the picture he gave me a kiss on the cheek and made me laugh. I wish we would have captured the kiss, but that's okay. I have it in my memory. It is one of my favorite pictures!!! <3

He also had a strong testimony of the gospel, and loved his Savior very much. I am grateful that he stood strong in his faith and taught his children, my father, to live the gospel as well. Because of that, I too have a testimony of the gospel and my Savior. And thanks to that testimony, I know that families are forever, and that I will see him again one day!
Grandpa was an amazing man. Always serving and caring about others. Pushing to do what he wanted to, even when his body wouldn't let him. His dedication to not let Parkinson's completely take over his entire life is inspiring.

I have learned so much from my grandpa over the years, and strive to be more like him each and everyday!
His funeral service was on December 10th. I am grateful that Mark and I were able to make it. It was a sad, but beautiful day spent with family! <3 
His obituary: (In Navy Blue in honor of his love for BYU) :)
Daniel L. Dale passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on December 4, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents Daniel and Alice Dale, and his sister Sharon Dale. Survived by his wife, Linda L. Dale and his family. Children: Denise (Brian) Seegmiller, Trevor (Sharon) Dale, Jeffrey (Julie) Dale, DeAnn (Max) Thomas, Elizabeth (Todd) Benson, 23 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, brother Steven (Beth) Dale and sister Donna (Don) Kitchen.

Dan was born October 25, 1942 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended West, Granite and Granger High Schools. It was at Granger where he met the love of his life, Linda Labrum. Dan excelled in High School in all subjects, especially Math and Choir. He was in many clubs including, Madrigals, Concert Choir and Chess. Dan loved numbers and music for the remainder of his life. He also enjoyed outdoor sports and recreation, especially golf, but he was always up for a game of cards.

Dan attended the U of U and IBM school, he worked at Hercules, Mountain Bell and the LDS Church in Data Management. He was an avid BYU fan for much of his life, including being a season ticket holder for over 35 years. Dan love BYU and was wearing his BYU shirt and shorts on the day of his passing.

Dan was a people person and genuinely loved and enjoyed serving others. Dan served as a bishop for many years and impacted many lives through his selfless acts of service, he never hesitated helping others anyway he could, including with money out of his own pocket. He and his wife loved serving in the Baptistery at the LDs Jordan River Temple with their temple family for over 10 years.
Dan's greatest joy was his beautiful wife and family. Dan and Linda were married October 12, 1962 in the LDS Logan Utah temple and have been by each other's side ever since, even on the day of his passing mom was side by side with her partner, just how Dan wanted it.

Dan could do it all, from electrical, mechanics, you name it. He knew how to do it and had the tools to do it.

Dan was a "Doer" he loved to be active. He loved the outdoors and his favorite place to be was Canyonlands, where he could Jeep, hike, motorcycle and enjoy the red rocks and sand. Canyonlands was truly Heaven on earth to him.

He loved to organize and loved to serve others. Dan was very patient and kind to his children who weren't always as organized as he would have liked. He was always willing to help anyone at a drop of a hat and with his guidance the job was sure to be done right and right the first time. One of Dan's famous quotes was "if you don't have time to do it right the first time, where do you find the time to do it over."

Dan was very active throughout his life and fought a valiant battle with Parkinson's which took away his ability to do his favorite things. Through it all he was positive, patient and steadfast in his Heavenly Fathers Plan. We know he will work hard in whatever he is asked to do in going forward.

H was a kind and loving Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, Brother, Uncle, friend and neighbor. He will be greatly missed by all those who loved and knew him.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Country Park 6th Ward, 11251 S. 2700 W. South Jordan, A viewing will be held Friday, December 9th at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W. South Jordan Pkwy (10600 So.) from 6:00-8:00 pm. and on Saturday at the church from 9:45-10:45 am prior to services. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Our Family Journey

People are starting to ask questions. Considering I was the person who could not wait to have children, I think people are starting to realize that something is up. And the question and wondering is correct; something is up. It has been almost 4 years now and time to break the silence I guess. It definitely is not easy to talk about it, but I feel like it is time. I don't want to make people wonder any longer. I don't want people to feel awkward to ask me about it. And I want to hopefully be a comfort to someone who might be struggling as well. Infertility (ugh... the dreaded word) is something that is much easier to get through when you have support... because it sucks!

I remember playing a game at a Student Council Retreat my first year of college. We had to answer certain questions about ourselves to help us get to know each other better. My question was, "What is your biggest fear?" I wrote, "That I won't be able to have children." People laughed because...
1) I was single and that should be the least of my worries, and
2) chances were it was never going to happen to me.
 I have grown up wanting a large family. If I could have my way I would have 5 or 6 children. Children are my life! I always wanted to be either a neonatal or pediatric nurse... and a mom of course. When the nursing bit didn't quite work out I jumped into becoming an elementary school teacher. Why? Because of the children. I love children. Everything about them. Plus, I thought it would be something that I could do when I became a mother as well. I have planned my entire life over this one thing... being a mother.

Here is our journey so far:

In 2011, (three months after getting married) I conceived after missing a couple of birth control pills. I was pretty upset. I was not ready to bring a child into the world. We barely knew each other still. Mark was delighted though. Everyday he tried to convince me that things were going to be alright and that this was actually a GOOD thing. As the days of our first appointment drew near, I started listening to Mark and convincing myself that things were indeed going to be okay. Unfortunately, I miscarried at ten weeks. It was extremely difficult to cope with it at first, but I soon realized that it was probably for the better. Mark and I were going to get more time to get to know each other better, and strengthen our marriage. In February of 2013 we decided it was time to start trying again. After a year had passed we thought it was odd that we were not getting pregnant. We decided to see a doctor about it since there was a possibility that something was not normal. After not finding anything wrong (other than my Progesterone levels being slightly on the lower end) they decided to put me on Clomid and Progesterone Supplements. I did 6 cycles of Clomid and took the Progesterone for an entire year. Nothing happened again. Then they decided that they could not figure it out, so they sent me down to Denver to see a specialist. Within the first 30 minutes of seeing the specialist I learned more than I had with my doctors for two years. The specialist did some tests and sure enough it was PCOS.

PCOS. For those of you who don't know, the acronym stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Apparently it affects 5-10% of women of childbearing age, but I only personally know a couple other women who have it. PCOS sucks!! Your hormones are completely whack through your entire cycle!! Some cycles are long, some are short; just depends on your hormones that month. The long cycles are the worst because you get your hopes up that you are actually pregnant. When your cycle is late it is impossible not to get your hopes up. I always end up taking a pregnancy test "just to be sure." The months I try not to take one I have constant anxiety because I just don't know. Then I end up googling a million symptoms... maybe in hopes that it will magically turn into pregnancy!?  Each month is a whirlwind of emotions. The financial aspect has not made it easy as well. Between the countless ovulation tests, pregnancy tests, medications, doctor appointments, ultrasounds, diagnostic testing, gas to get down to Denver, etc. we have spent more than we would have ever liked on something that should have been so natural and easy. I know that this is not the end of the world, and that there are people around me who have it much worse, but this is my struggle and my trial right now, and it is not always an easy one for me to handle.

I still feel a little awkward saying the word "infertility," even though I know I shouldn't. It is a word that has controlled my life these past few years, so I am slowly learning to accept it. Even though this trial has been extremely challenging, and I DO get anxious and sad quite regularly, it does not mean I do not have faith. I do. No way in heck would I be able to get through the anxieties and the worries without a loving Heavenly Father by my side. BUT having faith doesn't mean that I don't ever feel sad, angry, and confused. I have faith that He will be with me through it all. I have faith that it will be okay in the end. The battle along the way is still not easy. And it isn't supposed to be.

Luckily, we have such incredible family members, friends, and our religion to help us through this. People truly have been so kind and understanding. We don't want anyone to think that they can't ask us anything, or feel awkward around us. When you ask us about how things are going in regards to our infertility, we know you care! Also, I love seeing/ snuggling your babies and want you to feel comfortable talking about "baby related" things with me. So please don't feel weird about that.. because it actually helps me in the end. Even though sometimes I do feel a little sad/ jealous, I still want to hear the wonderful things happening in your life too. :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

University of Wyoming Graduation #1

May 14th, 2016

Mark Gardner Hyde graduates from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education Social Studies.

(Special thanks to Brandy for the amazing picture) 

I couldn't be more proud of his hard work and dedication. His parents and my family (mom, dad, and Lyss) came down to watch him graduate. I sure do love this boy of mine! <3

Even though he was finally done, he decided to go back to get a masters in school counseling. He loves it so far and I am so proud of him for continuing his education.
These next three years are going to be filled with graduations. Next May I graduate, and then the following May Mark graduates again.. but this time with his masters.
(We are most likely done with graduations after that... but you never know).

(Pictures of Mark with Lyss and John coming soon...)

Friday, March 25, 2016

We love music...

Mark and I really enjoy going to concerts together. If we could go more often we would. On Monday, March 14th (the first day of spring break...woohoo) we went and saw Shinedown in concert. It was a lot of fun. I was a little sad that they didn't play my favorite song, Amaryllis though... 
(check out the song here:
Oh well, we still had a blast together!! :)

Concerts we've been to together so far:

(We saw Linkin Park twice... they are AMAZING in concert)

Concerts on our bucket list:


Friday, March 11, 2016

A recommendation for you...

If you struggle with reading your scriptures like I do, I highly recommend this book for you.
 It has truly changed the way I study The Book of Mormon. <3
Find it here:

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

This one time we actually won...

I swear we never win anything. I enter contest after contest and never hear a peep. Then the week of Valentine's Day I found out that I FINALLY won something. Not only did I win... but it was an INCREDIBLE win. I won a free mini photo shoot with Megan Lee Photography, my hair done by Jennifer Bagley at the Tonic Salon, and a $50.00 gift card to Altitudes. 
You have no idea how excited/ grateful I was. Valentines Day was pretty awesome this year!

My Valentine made the day pretty special too!! I sure do love him more than he will ever know!! <3

(Oh... plus it was seriously the most windy day of my life, and Megan still managed to shoot some incredible shots. Kuddos to her!)
 Thanks again Jenn and Megan for an amazing Valentines Day!! 

Grad school here we come...

This semester Mark has had the opportunity to student teach out at a little (tiny) K-12 school in Rock River about 40 miles out of town. It has been such a good experience for him. His mentor teacher is awesome, and the school environment is perfect for him; small class sizes, cool staff members, etc. They have a bus that takes the staff members out there everyday too so he doesn't have to drive either.. which is a HUGE blessing.
With graduation quickly approaching we knew that we needed to start making some life altering decisions. With much thought and prayer, we concluded that it would be best for him to apply for his masters. He applied for the School Counseling Masters Program here at UW and GOT IN! I am SO proud of him and all of his hard work. This means that we will be in Laramie for at least another 2 years. We are so excited for this adventure.....
(I am not quite ready to give up the college sport experience anyway!!) ;)

First day of student teaching!!
(This picture is terrible quality, but the best I could get! He is not a fan of the camera...)