March 13, 2013


I'm leaving for Texas in a week.

I'm setting out to serve the Lord.

I'm fine.

I will be ok. It doesn't mean I'm happy to leave everyone I love and move to a different country. (Texas really is practically its own country). It doesn't mean that I'm going to be perfect at it. It doesn't mean I'm leaving problems behind. It doesn't mean I'm running away from my life. It doesn't mean that I'm not going to miss every single person in my family, my friends, from my ward, from work. It doesn't mean that I don't have fears, doubts, and even excitement.

it just means
I am calm. 

I've been overcome with a sense of peace that everything will be ok.

Be still my soul. The Lord is on thy side. 

December 3, 2012

Here's the thing...

I was venting to my little sister about my love life... and afterward I was just thinking about all the grand things about having sisters.

I was talking to one of my best friends today on the phone... and afterward I was just thinking about all of the grand things about having best friends. 

When I was a child my mama used to tell me that I was somewhat co-dependent and relied on others a lot. I took a lot of offense to this, but in retrospect -like always - mama was right. 

Here's the thing.

I've decided I'm no longer co-dependent. I just really love the people that make me a better person.

So here's a shout out to my family and friends! Because as a strong independent woman, I rely on you in my life because you make me a better person.

Thank you. Your love means everything to me. 

October 30, 2012


Today I was driving home from the gym. My mind was focused on what the numbers on the scale had said, what I was doing later in the evening, and the ridiculous amount of traffic. I soon spotted the source for the traffic.

Someone had gotten pulled over by an unmarked cop car.

Haha. Sucker!

Being the nosy rubber-necker that I am, I watched what transpired as I was stopped at the red light. I had the perfect view.

The car had pulled onto a hill of a little driveway close to the Smith's parking lot, and the cop had pulled up right behind the car. The cop went to the window of the tiny red car and spoke to the driver. Then he went around to the back by the trunk. (drug bust, anyone??) He put his hands against the car and started to push.

This was the point where I felt like a total jerk. The poor little car had run out of gas 100 yards away from the gas station and now couldn't make it up the hill.  The cop pushed and I mentally cheered him on. Go! Go! GO! Just then a white suburban stopped his car on the other side and another character came into the picture. A young hipster jumped out and ran to help the cop. Together they pushed the car up the incline.

The light turned green and I drove home.

I witnessed common decency from the human race. And it made my heart swell. I'm grateful to be a human today. I'm grateful to be alive. I'm grateful for cops and hipsters. I'm grateful to have witnessed such a simple yet immense act of service.

January 19, 2012

Chinese New Year

Today we celebrated Chinese New Year in our third grade classroom.  We made fans, wrote about the zodiac signs, and colored a picture of a dragon.  In honor of the fun theme day, we passed out yummy fortune cookies.  The students had a lot of fun comparing their fortunes and deciding what they meant.  The best part of the day was when a little boy comes up to me and says “My fortune is kinda weird.”  I took the fortune and read it aloud.

‘You will soon have a romantic encounter.’

 I giggled to myself.

Another little girl approached behind Boy #1. “Mine says the same thing.” She stated disappointedly  

I giggled to myself some more.

What I wanted to say: “It’s a match made in Heaven! You two should fall in love! What wonderful fortunes! Hooray for Chinese New Year!”
What I did say: “That’s cool; have a seat.”
I love teaching. (:

December 4, 2011


Student teaching. Finished.

Substitute job. Attained.

Long term substitute job. Planned.

Teacher? TBA