from Monticello High School Mustang to Brigham Young University Cougar
"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can." ~John Wesley~

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tender Mercies Day 5-7

Oops... so I didn't blog them but I saw them, so here's my catch up blog post.

Friday: Heavenly Father thank you for hugs. I love hugs! and my Heavenly Father is so aware of me and knows exactly when I need a hug. I walked in Friday night not so happy at about 2 am... by not so happy I mean crying. And my roommate Davi just comes in my room and gives me the world's biggest hug. I needed to be comforted and Heavenly Father knew I didn't have my mommy to run to, but instead he sent the next best thing, a roommate who cares and is aware of my needs.

Saturday: Heavenly Father thank you for Courtney. Courtney went to stay at her grandparents house on Friday night, and when she came home you would have thought she had been gone for an entire year by the way I reacted. She is one of my closest friends here in Utah, and I feel like I can trust her with everything. We stayed up sooo late just talking about everything last night too! So Heavenly Father thank you for Courtney.

Sunday: thank you for church! I loved today's church. I felt the Spirit, and I heard things that I needed to hear. I honestly feel that now since I'm taking notes at church I get more out of it, and I feel the spirit stronger. Today was great, we talked about motherhood and it was just so sweet and made me miss my mom and want to be a great mom when I grow up. I love church and it makes me a better person, so Heavenly Father thank you for church and especially for my ward!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tender Mercies Day 4

Today I'm grateful for Mom's specifically my Mom. I missed her today as I saw my FHE brother Taylor with his family. I love my Mommy... she's my best friend and I can't wait to hug her and squeeze her when I go home for Christmas.... so today God thank you for mothers!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tender Mercies Day 3

So right now is a really hard time for me to come up with a tender mercy. I seriously just burnt my finger while making Courtney some brownies.... like really bad.... there's a blister and everything. But since that put me in a bad mood I decided now would be the perfect time to write a tender mercies blog for today. So today's tender mercy... the ability to express yourself! I feel lucky that I am able to write and speak as often as I do... and I know some of you are nodding your heads going yep she talks a whole lot. But I was thinking about that yesterday as I watched a member of one of my classes struggle to express himself due to a disability, and then it came to mind today as we were talking about our argument papers in English. I am so blessed to be able to talk, and more blessed to be able to sing.... my world would be entirely different if I was unable to do those things. I'm also blessed to have been raised in a home where education is important. I love to write and it's one of the easiest ways for me to express my thoughts. So today's tender mercy.... God thank you for being able to talk and express myself!

Cornbelly's and Group Dates

I pretty much planned the best group date ever with the help of my roommate Courtney! We decided to take 5 couples to the Cornbelly's Cornmaze at Thanksgiving Pointe! I went with my boyfriend Gariet, my cousin Alyson went with her boyfriend Seth, I set my roommate Kara up on a blind date with my cousin Bryant (I'm the best blind date "setter-upper" ever), Courtney went with her friend Michael, and we invited our friend Shelley from upstairs and she went with Erick from our ward! It was soooo much fun! There was a non-haunted and a haunted cornmaze, duck races, bounce houses, awesome jack-o-lanterns, a bumpy hayride, and fun straw slides. My favorite part, surprisingly, was the haunted corn maze. It was slightly creepy, and the room that spun was awesome! Some of the stuff was so real and yep probably the scariest thing I've been to. I loved every minute of the date! It was actually worth the money we spent (it was slightly pricey for college kids). The night ended with a stop at In and Out for some milkshakes and talking in the basement lobby until it was time for the boys to go home!

Here's some pictures of our awesome Date:
michael, erick, shelley, and courtney
me and gariet.... both pictures we took one of us made a silly face
some of the group in the giant rocking chair

the "blind daters" I did such a good job

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tender Mercies Day 2

Today's tender mercy could only be observed in Utah this early in the year! SNOW! It was light and didn't stick around, but it was beautiful! I love seeing the snow on Mt. Timp, it's beautiful! I couldn't have picked a prettier campus to come to. There is just something perfect about waking up from a nap to warm poor mans stoup, snow, and hot chocolate. It's also the perfect temperature, not to hot and not too cold, perfect for a jacket and scarf but not so cold that you feel like you're frozen solid. So today's tender mercy is, God thank you for the snow!

Fall 2010 Part 1 Highlights

So the first half of the first semester of my freshman year at BYU has officially ENDED! I have lived through scary midterms, and came out alive, but with a very sad blog to show for it. So, although it would be fun to give the details on everything I'll just give the highlights

Roommates and FHE Family:
I lucked out in both categories this semester. I seriously have the 4 best roommates: Courtney, Kara, Davi, and Rachel! We get along so well, but we are totally not cookie-cutters of each other! I love being with them, they are so much fun, and they make me want to be a better person! We have the 7 most amazing FHE brothers, and 5 wonderful FHE sisters. Our FHE family is the bomb! We have fun together, and I know I can run to any of my FHE siblings for advice, and to my FHE brothers for blessings!

Well my very first "date" of the semester was going to watch P.S. I Love You at the Bean Science Museum with this guy named Gariet from my ward. One thing lead to another and Gariet became my boyfriend. He is great! Sweet, funny, and a gentleman! Totally a great guy! He makes me laugh, and yep he's great! We've been on a couple really fun dates and outings since we started dating. We've gone star gazing which is fun, although I'd rather make up my own constellations then try to figure out the real ones. He also taught me this crazy game... Commando.... sounds bad but isn't. Seriously so much fun, it's the most intense game of tag, hide-and-go-seek, and man-hunt smashed together. I love it! I also got to meet some of his family, they are soo sweet and so fun. My favorite date though was going to the Cornbelly's Maze at Thanksgiving Pointe! It was the best group date I've ever been on. There was soo much to do and see, and we seriously went with the best group. I even faced my fear of haunted corn mazes.

I took 13 credit hours this semester, not a lot, but still a full time student. I'm doing well in the majority of my classes, but I'm going to be spending some more time in the library to solidify my grades! The best part about BYU is that they offer religion classes. I love that I can go and be spiritually strengthened in a class setting Monday through Thursday! Book of Mormon is great but I really love my Living Prophets class with Sister Woodger, she's one of the most amazing professors here in my opinion.

the Cougs were a little disappointing so far, by a little I mean a lot. Due to random going-on's I've had to miss a few of the home games, but the few that I've been to were fun none-the-less. We won our first home game, although I only stayed for half. The best was going for homecoming. I went with a group from our ward and we did facepainting and it was just a blast! We even ended up winning! The best part of football season so far though was driving to Denver for the Air force game and getting to see my cute cousin Cori's family!

Miss Birdy:
Already this semester I got to go see my sister and her classroom at Heber Valley Elementary school. Her students called me, Miss Chelsea, not Miss Birdy. It was seriously one of the best days! Her 3rd graders were sooo excited to see me, and I really got some hands-on experience which makes me so excited to get my own classroom. The Miss Birdy part comes from Carter! The Ailshie's are some of Mallory's closest friends in Heber, and when I go to visit her I usually get to see them too. I love the Ailshie's too and they are definitely a highlight of any Heber trip!

Visitors and Draper:
The first half of the semester was full of visits to Draper and visitors to Provo. My first visit to Draper was the weekend before Conference. I had stayed in Provo with Mallory and we decided that it was about time I went to go see my cute Aunt Brenda and Uncle Lewis. It was really fun, and we even got to go shopping with Mel for craft supplies for Ash's b-day party and I love going off campus to shop so I couldn't resist a black cartridge and 2 headbands. The second visit to Draper was the following weekend for Ash's b-day party! It was so fun, I honestly felt like I was in young women's again with all those 12 year old girls. They were so sweet and fun! Then there were visitors to Provo! I got to have Alyson stay in my dorm room 2 weekends in a row. I think I got her super excited for college, and I really just loved having her around. While her family was here they took me to Temple Square for the first time which was soo amazing, and we went to Draper again where I got to see all the cool stuff Mel is selling... let's just say I know what I want for Christmas. I had one other visitor to Provo, even if it was just for an afternoon. Halle came to look at schools and although I only got to see her for about an hour, I totally loved every minute of it!

Basically I'm happy and healthy in Provo. Loving college and loving life!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tender Mercies Day 1

So I stink at blogging, but after Sunday's amazing church, I decided to challenge myself to blog once a day, a short blog. Just to record the tender mercies of the Lord that are present in my life. I'm hoping that it will teach me to better recognize it, and it will give you a small glimpse into my daily life at BYU.

So Sunday's tender mercy:
Sunday I got set apart by Brother Graves. The setting apart in and of itself was really sweet, but it was what he said afterwards that really made me go, "Oh my gosh, you are the sweetest man ever." As I was walking out he said, "You have the most beautiful smile, keep smiling." It may not seem like much, and may be a slightly lame tender mercy, but I think it was fitting for Sunday. I am grateful that Heavenly Father has placed me in such a great ward to start my freshman year, with such a great bishopric. I really feel like I needed those 3 men in my life right now. I've learned so much, and most importantly being away from home, I feel like I can turn to them whenever I need help.

Monday's Tender Mercy: Roommates!
I love my Roommates! And I think I have taken that fact forgranted. There are plenty of people who are as sweet as can be but still don't get along with their roommates. I really noticed it today that one of God's tender mercies to me this year was providing me with such awesome roommates! Here's just a little reason why I love each of them...
Rachel-- Our roommate and RA! I don't know what else to say other than, she is the spiritual giant I needed in my life. She makes me want to be a better person. She is so kind, and so righteous, and is so fun! I love when she teaches Sunday School, I know she loves the gospel and I know she loves the Savior, and she makes me want to grow and to love as much as she does!
Davi-- she is so spunky! She seems to always be genuinely happy! You cannot feel sad around Davi, she truly is like a ray of sunshine on my cloudy days. She gives the best hugs, and her smiles light up the room. I also love that we love to share... I love to hear, "Do you think that I should try some of that?" when I'm cooking in the kitchen, it makes me laugh and I just love her!
Kara-- she is so funny! She is so witty and makes me laugh all the time. Although she can be a goof ball she is also so sweet and considerate. I love getting notes from Kara. She seems to know exactly what I need to hear, and always comes up with a cute way to remind me she cares when I'm feeling down! She gives great advice and she's so sweet!
Courtney-- my room roommate, who feels like a sister. I can tell her absolutely everything and know that not only will she not judge me, but she'll actually listen and give me advice. She is so easy-going and I cannot get mad at her regardless of how hard I try. She gives great advice and is always there for me!