Sunday, August 7, 2011

Update for the Year

Probably, right? I guess it's time for me to update the cyber world about my life these days.

Crazy. Changing. It's been good and bad all rolled together. Here's what's gone on for the past six months:

*Finished my first semester back in school (finally!) - and just about to start my second. It's about time I grew up ;)
*My sister-in-law, Mandy, passed away a couple of months ago and I gained such an amazing testimony for our Savior because of her. So blessed for that.
*I was built up, only to be torn down and rebuilt to be stronger
*Had probably the craziest month in my working life. Our manager had twins and we had one teller leave and I had to play boss for a while. So hard, and so glad we have help and it's calmed down!
*Took an adventurous Bahamas Cruise/Orlando vacation with Marne' and KayCee (post of its own coming later)
*Spent a fabulous weekend in St George with my nieces and nephews. I need to go down more often!
*My dad had a motorcycle crash that nearly ripped my heart apart (all is well now...I just don't handle it well..Daddy's girl)
*Made the decision to move back to Bountiful the weekend after our vacation and it took me totally by surprise. The three of us are moving on.
*Found out a little boy is joining our family in December. Can't wait for the little guy.
*I get to live with the sweetest kid in the world again.
*I've had my front tooth chip three times now (for the love Sammi, stop grinding your teeth at night!)
*Been surprised at myself a LOT this summer with a lot of things changing!

Anyways, lots more and of course, there are stories with each of the bullets. All in all, life is great. It's wonderful and I'm so blessed. I have a lot of things racing through my mind that I want to figure out, but I am so lucky. I've laughed a lot, played a lot, and I've learned a lot. There's not much more I can ask for!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Easy E

Back in August, my cousin Eric passed away suddenly. I hate to admit, but we weren't as close as I am to some other cousins, but I looked up to him and loved him the same.

Not a day has gone by since his death that I haven't thought about Eric.

Eric and I are only a month apart, so we grew up going through the same things, but ultimately changed paths the older we got. He made a name for himself and lived life fully. He has completely changed my outlook on life. When I went to his funeral, I was stunned at how amazing his funeral was. Seriously, I had never felt a more powerful, wonderful, and beautiful love and admiration for someone than I did during those two hours. I listened to the many kind things people said about him and the wonderful things he did and the life he lived. He chose to be happy and accomplished just about every dream he put his mind to. He was successful, funny, talented, well-rounded, and terrific. I made a conscious decision then and there that I would strive to be as happy and successful as he was. (you can read his obituary/life story HERE)

I want to feel as happy about life and accomplishments as Eric did. I want my happines to radiate and touch others like his did. I don't ever want to take my life for granted. I want to finish school (which I've already started again), I want to see the world (more of it), I want to be educated, charitable, civil, polite, sympathetic, religious, and successful.

On that note, I'm adapting a new theme song. This song was used (among others) for a medley composed for Eric by Kurt Bestor.

Feelin' Groovy

I re-dedicate myself to living life! Here's to you, Easy E, and for the influence you've had on me. Until we meet again!