Monday, December 15, 2008

The busy, crazy life I lead!

Wow! What a weekend! I feel like the energizer bunny that never stops! But I do love it! My philosophy is you only live once so why pass up the opportunity to have fun! I feel like from sun up to sun down I always have something to do. I actually had 4 hours to myself on Friday afternoon and it was nice but at the same time all the craziness I would really miss if it was quiet all the time. From going out with friends, working, parties and get togethers at our place this weekend it really all just blurs together and its like BAM its Monday again! And then the week starts and I begin to lose sleep because I am a night owl and like to stay up late hanging out when I have to be at work at 7am! But again, oh well! Who needs sleep? Obviously not me!

And then there is our apartment! Which I have now began to call Grand Central Station. There is rarely a dull moment in our house. You never know who is going to come through the door, but I enjoy having people over (even if its the middle of the night ;) and am glad people are comfortable coming over. Who ever knew you could fit that many people into our little apartment. And you never know what is going to happen from wrestling matches, pillow fights to games! It is pretty much always a blast! I think a lot of people think we are crazy! My room-mate has begun to call it the crazy house! Which I have to agree, we are nuts! There is so much going on always. And you know what? I really don't want it to end, because I love having so many great friends. Where even if we're sitting around doing nothing it is a blast!

But...... then comes the next week when my room-mate and a few of my closest friends leave for a week :( to go see their families. I really hope I do not go crazy without all the people it is going to be very weird!

Friday, December 5, 2008

"Because I Have Been Given Much"

Because I have been given much, I too must give. Because of thy great bounty, Lord each day I live. I shall divide my gifts from thee with every brother that I see, who has the need of help from me.

Because I have been sheltered, fed by thy good care… I cannot see another’s lack and I not share-my glowing fire, my loaf of bread-my roof’s safe shelter over head, that he too may be comforted.

Because I have been blessed by thy great love dear Lord, I’ll share thy love again according to thy word. I shall give love to those in need. I’ll show that love by word and deed, thus shall my thanks be thanks indeed.

So yesterday was a whirlwind of a day for me and others also. We received a call that someone needed help that we did not know through our missionaries. And of course knowing me I have a problem saying no. I look at everything as a learning experience and think that everything happens for a reason in our lives. I feel that me and my friend are probably two of the most compassionate, giving, and open people. We want to help in any way we can when it comes to anything. Which you know sometimes you have to draw the line somewhere. This situation may have been a little more sticky than we had anticipated. All I could think about while being taught by the missionaries that night was the song "Because I have been given much". The lyrics just kept playing through my head. I mean really, who am I to deny someone shelter or food? When my entire life I have had the luxury of never going hungry or being homeless. Service is one of the greatest gifts we have and it is what we are asked to do all the time. And yes, I do believe service is a gift and that we are blessed.

In this particular situation it may not be best for it to continue with us, but we are going to help this person as much as possible. We want to keep ourselves safe and comfortable.

I also received probably one of the best blessings I have ever had in my life which had so much counsel and good words in it. It was almost to much to take in. I am so amazed that I can just say "give me a blessing" and he knew exactly what to say. This is not the first blessing I have received from this person and I don't think he knows what an impact his example and blessings have made on me.

All in all yesterday was crazy but a great learning and uplifting experience. I hope that I can continue to do good and give service to those in need for the rest of my life. If I have it, why not share?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

One Year Later

Well it has officially been 1 year that I have lived in North Carolina! It is crazy to think how time has flown by! It seems like just yesterday me and Lacey were driving across the country with my car full of stuff. Again, I still think this was the best decision for me. I have grown so much in the past year. I have made a lot of great changes in my life.

This year has been full of excitement, new friends, and great adventures!!!

I have been on some of the best road trips ever!!!!

I have enjoyed the great east coast!! From Skiing, to river rafting, mountain trips, to beach trips and theme parks!!

I hope to continue my adventures here in North Carolina! I have made such great friends and hope to make more and many more memories!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Some great quotes that I think can pertain to anyone!

"Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk."

"When you lose, don't lose the lesson."

"Remember the three R's: Respect for self, Respect for Others, and Responsibility for all your Actions."

"Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck."

"Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship."

"Open your arms to change, but don't give up your values."

"Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer."

"In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past."

"Remember the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other."

"Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it."