Sunday, July 29, 2012

I'm a Traveling Girl (Kind of)

About twice a year, I have the opportunity to travel a little bit. Why twice a year? That would be because the rest of the year, I work every Saturday morning and it is just not worth it to leave town unless I have the following Monday off. Anyways, those months are usually January and July. Seeing as July is almost over, I thought that I might update you on the happenings of my life during the month.

July consisted of a couple trips up to Pocatello. Real exciting, I know. Each trip had a purpose and was much needed. The first full weekend of July, I spent some time here doing some fun things with my amazing friends. It was so nice! I even got to spend some time with my amazing married friends, Robert & Andrea. We went and watched Brave and went to dinner. That night was spent with a newer friend that is just so much fun. Sunday, after church, I loaded up my car and headed to Poky for some much needed time with the padres. Thanks guys! That was the best Sunday afternoon! It was so hard to come back so I ended up leaving Monday morning, early, so I could get to work on time.

The next weekend, I headed up there again. This time, I was able to spend some time with one of my amazingly great friends. We had a Girls Night with her nieces for a little bit and then went and got ice cream and talked for a while. So grateful that her husband was totally cool with us hanging out for a while. There is nothing like a good friend. The next morning, I woke and headed up to Rexburg to see my brother and his girlfriend. We ended up spending a little time there and in Idaho Falls and getting new phones. After that, we did a little shopping and went to lunch. That night, I went to dinner with the padres and spent the rest of the night relaxing. I ended up going to church there on Sunday and spending the rest of the day there, because I had forgotten to get gas and, once again, ended up driving home on Monday morning.

Needless to say, I had to start working the next Saturday, so this should be where the travel saga ends. However, the 24th is a State holiday here so I had that day off work and it just so happened that Heather and her family were in Pocatello during that time. Fortunately, I was able to head up there right after work on  Monday and spend that night and the next day with them. It consisted of frozen yogurt, little people, good conversations, a run for me, playing at the park, reading, the zoo and a pancake dinner. So much fun! It was great spending time with them. I left shortly after dinner, because there were fireworks down here and if possible, I don't miss fireworks ever. I was able to watch those with some great friends.

Thus ends the tale of the traveling girl. Ha Ha. Oh wait. It may not end there. There still may be a few more trips to take before the summer ends.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

People and Connections

Have you ever met someone and felt like you have known them forever, or at least a lot longer than you have. In a strange but good way, it just fits. These are the people that you just seem to click with. It is amazing who these people are and the impact that they have in your life. Stop for a minute. Think about some of these people in your life. Let me share a few examples.

As a missionary, I remember a lesson with one lady. My companion and I showed up at her house and she excitedly let us in. At this time I was a newer missionary and the language was not quite in my grasp. My companion started teaching this lady but she kept looking at me. As we got to a certain point, it was my turn to teach. I'm not sure that anything I said really made sense but it was a neat experience. After the lesson was over, we talked with her. She and I quickly felt like we had known and seen each other before and she soon shared that she felt like she had seen and known me before. The feeling was mutual. Maria was a very special woman.

One girl has had a major impact on my life. She was definitely amazing. Shortly after her graduating from high school, she became my visiting teacher, and probably one of the best ones that I've had. She came in and we talked. We hit it off immediately. She has been there for me ever since and has been a major blessing in my life. Even when we weren't in the same place, she would have contact with me in one way or another when I needed it.

About a month or so ago, I met another one of those great people. She and I were put together at the temple. When we met, it was like we were not only immediate friends, but sisters too. We talked and laughed and got a lot done. She is incredible. After that we didn't see each other for a month. We saw each other for the first time again this morning and it was like nothing had changed. She is honestly like one of the greatest people that I have ever met.

Now, this does not discount all of the wonderful friends that I have. Not going to lie, there are some amazing people in my life. With some, I have developed that connection. It may not have come naturally, but it quickly stuck. Each of my friends has been put in my life for a specific reason. It has been interesting to see the hows and whys. Like the one friend I really got to know well and she ended up being one of the greatest supports for me. Or another from my ward who has seriously been a tender mercy to me.

It is incredible how people come and people go, but the impact they leave, changes your life forever. When I moved away from Pocatello, it was hard to imagine making friends and creating friendships that would last like the ones that I had. However, it was very possible. The people here have molded and shaped me into a different me, and that's not different in a bad way. It makes me excited for whatever changes are still to come and many more wonderful people that I will meet. Each one of you have made a difference in my life. Thanks!!!