Saturday, February 25, 2012

Home Alone

okay, so I'm not really home alone because I don't live at home anymore
but it still feels like I am because my entire family is over in Denver without me.
I shouldn't complain because I'll be there in couple of weeks and get to stay for a whole 8 days,
but I'm a little Home Family Sick. I wish I could be there with them too.

To console my gloomy self, I turned to the fool-proof home-remedy of...

wearing my dad's socks all day.
It just always makes me feel better, okay?
(I'm weird, I know...)

A little over two years ago, I got deathly ill.
(and I mean deeeaaathly ill to the point that I thought I would die on the bathroom floor)
Luckily my parents were there to take care of me.
That night, my dad put a pair of his socks on me, tucked me in his bed
and stayed up all night with me until we went to the ER in the morning.

Ever since then, I put on his socks when I am not feeling very good or I miss my family.
*sigh* 13 more days...

on a happier note, I started my EFY Training today! :)

(ps. Dad, sorry if you had to find out by reading this that I've stolen your socks.
I don't know if I ever told you I lifted a couple pairs when I moved...)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"I Believe In A Thing Called Love...

Just Listen to the Rhythm of My Heart!"
(ya know, like the song?)

I don't know about you, but I love Valentine's Day.

To all of those peeps who don't, the joke's on you. Go ahead and spend the whole day bitter and angry, because that's really going to get you places in life.
(That's probably why you don't have a Valentine in the first place)

I, for one, am going to enjoy celebrating all those that I love.

speaking of which...I love these girls.

{ Jessica, Jamie, Me, Jessica- The hostesses of the funnest V-Day party ever! }

My roomie, Rachelle, said it best when she said,
"Realize that Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love,
and that doesn't always mean romantic love."

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Especially For Youth

I just got the news & I could not be any happier or excited! :D
This summer I'm gonna be an EFY Counselor!

This might not be a big deal to some, but for me... It's HUGE!

I hadn't even told many people that I interviewed
because I was afraid that if I said it out loud, it wouldn't come true.
I didn't want to get my hopes up.
Ya see...I love EFY an unusually large amount.

It all started when I went to my first session when I was an
awkward 14 year old and got to experience the phenomenon that is EFY.
Every year after that, for my Christmas present,
I specifically only asked to be sent there.

Ever since that first summer, I have wanted to come back as a counselor.

{ 2008 EFY- Dorothy & I }

I am so wanting to post pictures of EFY years gone by, but my old laptop's mother board
is fried, and holding all my nostalgic pics hostage except for the one above.

Some people criticize EFY as not being the "real world", and I say to them, you are right.
EFY is a better world.

For some kids, because they are the only members in their school,
it is the only time that year they get to be surrounded by other kids that believe the same things as them.
For some kids, it's the first place where they realize they actually have a testimony.
For some kids, it is the only place where they have felt the love of the Savior.

But it doesn't have to be the only place. That's my goal.
I was asked in my interview why I wanted to be an EFY Counselor, & the only thing I could think of is,
I want them to feel the love that Christ has for them so badly that my body aches.
I want them to feel His love so strongly that it is as if He were really there to take them into His arms.

I want to be that instrument in His hands to teach them His gospel and to share the happiness that it brings.
I want to teach them the skills to hold onto the Spirit that is felt at EFY for the rest of their lives.
Because my counselors did these things for me, I want to do them for my kids.

EFY is so special, and I am so excited to get to work with the youth of the church. :)

cheesy post, I know. but I mean every word.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Hometown Happiness :)

haha, I think this is only funny because I don't live there anymore.

the "Sandwich Shoppe"

oh cedar city, I miss you.