Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday, July 24, 2010


I just finished the most intense semester of my life. I feel like a burden has been lifted! Grades turned out ok, but the most important thing is that I finished still sane. This 7 week break is much needed.

I havent posted pictures FOREVER. But, I have lots of fun adventures planned with cousins, mission comps, and family. So stay tuned!! Pictures will come.

For now, its time to party, relax, and gear up for seminary and school in just 7 short weeks!!!!

Most exciting thing this week: I get to see my mission president and wife again. Cant wait. :):):):)

have fun. I will be back with pictures shortly.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

My New Loves....

This semester has been by far the busiest semester of my life, and yet it has been so good. I have learned so so so so so much. Temporally and spiritually. It has been a very successful semester....but lets be real, I can't wait for it to be over.

However, because of how busy this semester has been, I have found a few new loves...things that I can do to rejuvenate myself.

the SHreD. Amazing.
Taking my perfect drive (I say "my" drive, because it is the same course everytime and it is gorgeous and I love it) while listening to switchfoot, lifehouse, and taylor swift.
and lastly, something that I have come to love that I never have before is laying out in the sun with my ipod, doing my homework.

These are my new loves. They make me feel like a whole new person. at least for a little while! :)


bytheway......9 days till Vegas, 11 days till Cali.

Monday, July 12, 2010

I'm trying.

Patience.....It's a virtue.

And I am working on it.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Are we there yet??

I have been asking myself this lately....only worded slightly different.

The real question is, "Am I there yet?????"

I don't know about everyone else out there, but this summer semester of school has kicked my butt. i have 4 of the hardest classes I have ever taken, and three of those classes are graciously accompanied by labs, which are just as much work. I have 11 weeks behind me and 1 1/2 to go. I think I need to book a cruise and just get away for, eh, I don't know, 6 months?

I don't think I have ever been this tired at the end of a semester. In fact, I don't think I have been this exhausted ever. I fall asleep everywhere, it has happened in the testing center the past 3 times I have visited that wretched place. I fell asleep standing up in my friends kitchen yesterday, talking to her. Heck, I have to look at my birth control container to figure out what day of the week it is.

So, the countdown/crunch time/final two weeks have begun.
7 tests
2 projects
6 meeting for Relief Society
2 ward activities
and 18 days till I am in the sunny california, relaxing by the pool with my cute little dog maggie.

So, back to my question: "Are we there yet?" Just about, then about a 5 week break before I do it all again. Graduation can't come soon enough!!


Saturday, July 3, 2010

My. Job. Is. AWESOME.

My Job is awesome. In more ways than I can count. I absolutely love working for the Church Educational System. This job was given to me with nothing short of complete intervention from the Lord. Last fall, I was looking for a job harder then I had ever had to before. I have always just known people and I got jobs without really even trying. I was getting discouraged and I wanted so badly to just be working and have income and be able to feel better about what was going on in life. Well, I decided to enroll in an institute class, and within 4 or 5 weeks, I got put in the classroom to teach a practicum, and the next week I was offered a job to teach release time seminary (something I was completely unfamiliar with growing up in California) for the Church. I was STOKED. I couldn't believe that everything fell into place so smoothly and I couldn't wait to get started...especially since it was Book of Mormon.

Well....Last year I was assigned to Shelley Idaho to teach seminary and I absolutely loved it. I loved seeing my kids and feeling of their testimonies and seeing their happy faces. It was hard to see some struggle, and even harder when they were so discouraged they forgot where to turn. It was amazing when they turned to their one source of strength, their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to help them. I saw miracles happen in the lives of my students and I absolutely LOVED teaching at Shelley High School. (Even though their mascot is the Russetts. Seriously? But take my word for it, they are PROUD to be potatoes, and they will stand by it. I learned that asking them how they felt about it was a huge mistake!!!) The 45 minute drive each day to work was completely worth it when I knew there was a chance that I would go and be able to see one of my students feel of the spirit, and see their countenance change and their testimony grow.

This year I just got my new assignment. Everything isn't completely set in stone, but it is for the most part. I got assigned to teach Seminary in a small town about 20 minutes North of Rexburg called St. Anthony.
Let me tell you a little about this place:
Population: 3,401 people (AKA smaller then my high school)
Average Age: 30 (Seriously, if this is the average age, how many high schoolers are there going to be??)
Elevation: 4972 ft (Not sure why this matters but hey, just more info)
Amount of land the city takes up: 1.30 Square Miles

So, as you can see, St. Anthony is a small town full of youngens. But, I am SO excited to start teaching seminary again! And, I can't wait to be in St. Anthony. I am interested to be in a small town and kind of see how things roll. This year the topic is Doctrine and Covenants and Church History, and not only do I love the Prophet Joseph, but being able to serve my mission in the land that is hallowed by the life and death of the Prophet Joseph, and sanctified by the sacrifices of those early saints, makes it even more exciting. I. Can't. Wait.