Monday, July 20, 2009

Another Semester Gone

Time sure flies when you are having fun...or something like that. It is amazing to see how many things can happen in such a short time! It is amazing how life just keeps flying past and it is a challenge to be able to stop and enjoy the blessings that you have been given.

Heck, when I look back at the last 2 years, a LOT has happened.

It seems like just yesterday I was here...when in reality this was August of 2007. CRAZY!

and then a few months ago this happened....August 26th, 2009...the most bitter-sweet, the best, and the hardest day ever. I got to see my family again, but I also got released....sad, but I have learned great lessons from that year and a half, and I have also been able to apply a lot of those lessons and let them aid me in the lessons I am learning now.

And here I am now, having completed another semester of college, and waiting to go back and hang out with these people for 4 or 5 weeks. I have the greatest family EVER!! Love it!

Then I come back up here to school so that I can work here...Gorgeous.

And hang out with cool people like these guys...I love these two girls. Brittany...we wish you were up here...Brandi, we need to hang out more!!!
With finals this week, I needed to take a break and do a quick post. I have one final left, and then a different test tomorrow! And then Wednesday is studying and cleaning. Thursday cleaning and packing and starting the trip to CALIFORNIA!! Love it.


Friday, July 10, 2009

The Things I Love

There are a lot of things in life that I love. I love the fact that I am healthy, and attend a great school. I love the fact that I have so much knowledge of the plan the Lord has set up for us...but lately I have just been so grateful for all the blessings I have. These are some things that I really love!
I love my mission! I am so grateful for the chance that I had to serve in the best field of service that I could've ever been assigned to labor in...the Illinois Peoria Mission. The people I met there have forever changed my life and taught me SO much!! My mission means absolutely EVERYTHING to me!
I love my friends!! I love taking trips with them to go hiking in caves with gear that makes you look dorky, and playing games every sunday night. I love being able to just call them up and know they are up for a girls night. Friends are the best. (Lots of friends not pictured...don't feel bad, just don't have pics of you all!!!)

I love my dog! She is so darn cute and so fun to play with! She is the best dog ever!! She even plays hide-n-go seek with us and doesn't stop till we are all found!! Smart little pup!

I LOVE Nauvoo, and the great spirit felt there. I am so grateful for the sacrifices made so long ago. On Parley street they have a lot of plaques as you wlak down to the river of quotes that the pioneers said as they were leaving Nauvoo, and at the top of them, they all say "Exodus to Greatness". To me, those three words and this picture say it all!

I love Ultimate Frisbee! I had a great team this year, and met some amazing people and friends. I can't wait to play next semester! We will see what happens!

I love the BEAUTIFUL campus where I get to go to school. Summers up here are the absolute BEST!

I love how this temple overlooks campus. It is truly a miracle how everything fell into place up here at this great University. The spirit is so strong up here because of the temple that stands at the top of the hill, a sure sign of steadiness in these days where everything is crazy around us.

I have the BEST brothers in the World!!! Andrew, Danny, and guys are the BEST!! (Even if family bonding time turns into family bondage time when the camera comes out!!!!)

And last but DEFINITELY not least....I have the BEST parents a girl could EVER ask for!! I am so blessed because of the things they taught me and the way that they have loved me and been so patient with me! They are simply the BEST!!

We are all so blessed, and since I have been home from my mission I have realized that even more!! I love life!!


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Weekend with the WHOLE Family!!!

Well, this weekend has been a lot of fun! I flew home from school on thursday afternoon and I have been here for a few days now and I am LOVING it! It is the first time in over 2 years that my whole family has been in the same place and it has been so so so fun!

Friday, after David got into town, we went to Dai Bai Dang for dinner. I was excited to take pictures...the boys, not so much! but here are some from there.

Here is me and the parentals!!

My Brother Danny!!!
David, me and Danny

Me and Andy

All four of us! We are having great fun heh?

we had a lot of fun hanging out together....unfortunately, it is going to end all too soon!!! But I have more pictures that I will put on here later, with more info on all the family time we have had!!