I keep thinking that when I become an adult than I will take pictures all the time- I mean, without Mom around to take the pictures of major life events/activities for me, I will get all picture-happy right? WRONG. Three years of college and a summer of "adulthood" after school, and what do I have to show for it? A journal full of entries, a handful of programs/movie tickets with my familiar scrawl on any blank spaces, and a rather active facebook account. Sorry y'all, looks like I'm not the picture taking type :) 21 years, 18 journals in various stages of completion, and very few pictures. Maybe I'll become the awesome amateur family photographer once I have my own kids to take a million pictures of. We'll see.
Anyway. How's life treating you blog readers? Are you having the best day of your life? You should! Life is a wonderful thing! I've had a lot of fun the last couple weeks of my life, and I'm pretty sure that that is pretty normal for you as well- so you should keep on smiling my friend. Your life is as awesome as you make it.
What has made my life so fun lately? Here's a nifty list just for you:
1. Teaching Sunday School. This summer I've had the great experience of teaching the 12-13 year olds about the Gospel. I love my class- they are wise beyond their years sometimes, while other times they are monsters. It's always a challenge, always a place I can improve and we can grow together. We've had really great lessons where I really feel that the spirit is there, and then we've had lessons where I try to take charge and then the spirit isn't quite there. It's pretty much the best mission prep EVER because I get to explain things that I usually take for granted. It's not often that adult sunday school classes will ask me where the topical guide is or what exactly an ordinance is and why they are important. I love being able to go back to basics, plus any time I get off track I get a kick in the pants that reminds me this is the Lord's work and I just need to prepare the best I can so that He can use me to teach His children what they need to know. Pretty awesome!
2. Hanging with the Fam. I've been to the cabin so much this summer its crazy! I love having the time to hang out with the family and not to worry so much about my work schedule or homework or anything like that. My job has been so nice because I can spend all my evenings and weekends with my family, but I still have a pretty steady source of income. I seriously love spending time with my family- even just eating dinner and talking about the events of the day can change my day. For a while it's seemed like I lost a lot of freedom when I moved back home, but the family time is far sweeter than having my own bathroom, my own kitchen space, and my own schedule.
3. Friends! My friends have been so fun this summer! It's great to be back in Murray so that I can hang out with the old group again. I've got mission friends coming home or going out to the field all the time and letter writing has definitely given me a boost. My cute friend Annie threw me a surprise party a couple weeks ago and it was so sweet! We played Super Frog and Vegetable Masters and I felt right at home! I love when my friends will play crazy games with me and spend time being kids at the park and such. It's great to know that I have people who care about me and understand my phase of life. We're all in the weird transition stage, but at least we've got each other. Love them :)
4. Mission Prep. Now, getting my call was exciting (and helped me stop having marriage dreams- thank goodness!) but having the privilege to attend the temple and study the scriptures more and more has be even better! Sometimes I don't feel like I'm doing enough to get ready- like I should live the missionary life RIGHT NOW- but when I look at where I was a year ago, I'm so grateful for the way my testimony has grown the last little while. It's incredible! And yes, Xander says I'm "churchy" on a regular basis, but you know what? Studying the Scriptures is cool.
I turned 21 recently and I don't feel much different than I did 5 years ago. On my birthday I was talking to a family friend and she said "Wait, you're 21 today and you're hanging out here with your parents? You must be a good girl." That's right- I am a good girl! Deal with it! I find joy in the simple things and that is the best way to live! I challenge you to do the same: find your simple pleasures and keep being yourself - no one else can pull it off quite like you :)