Thursday, June 25, 2009

Summer School...

Well, we made a safe trek from Washington to Utah. It went without remark except for almost running out of gas. I am firmly convinced that we were going to run out of gas. I've done it before in my car and I can't think of any reason why we didn't except for one. My mom's faith. I had said a prayer, but was still losing hope, we we're so far from a station and had been below 'E' for so long. So after voicing my despair to my mom, she calmly and firmly said that we weren't because she had prayed. I knew that if I didn't have faith, she at least did. So I endeavored to trust in her and her faith. As it turns out, we made it to a station not a second too soon. Thanks mom for teaching me such a lesson. I spent some time at my sister's house, then I went to Provo and stayed with my Grandma and brother. It was nice to see them. We went back to my sisters, over to Ogden to my Aunt's and to Kayseville to my aunt's. It was a nice trip. But I am officially back in Provo. Before the weekend was over, I went to float Provo Canyon with some friends from my last ward. It was an awesome adventure. I highly recommend it. Cold water, but super fun nonetheless. The pictures below are from that. Monday I had the difficult task of being in class straight from 9-2 and then work from 2-8. Then I went home and moved in and bought groceries, not to mention do my homework for the next day. Arabic 102 is kicking my butt, but I think I'll manage. I still love it and get a rush out of speaking/reading it. What an incredible blessing I have been given. I just hope I can develop this talent. Wish me luck so I can survive summer school and continue making friends in this new ward. I, so far, have survived!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Life as I know it...

So, I have been spending an incredible break here in Washington. I have loved the time for working, and doing not much else. I have also loved spending time with my parents. The best part of it all is having time to read for fun. Freshman year of college and this past year of college I have not had time to read anything for pleasure really. While on the mission, we weren't allowed to read but four books. So, for four years I have not been really able to enjoy one of my favorite past times. So, in order to make up for it, I have been reading up a storm here, in addition to reading the Book of Mormon, and a book on the Atonement of Christ called the Infinite Atonement (both of which I very highly recommend) I have read 5 books-Angels and Demons, the Eragon series, and a book on the Middle East. Now I am diving into the depths of 1776, one I have been wanting to read ever since I haven't had time-4 years ago. So between reading, working endless hours at Subway, and the occasional singles ward activity, I am staying moderately busy. I took a physical for the ROTC and realized God has blessed me so dang much with such good health. Wow! I'm still trying to polish up a semesters worth of Arabic as well as learn some new vocabulary, what an awesome language. Other than that, life goes on much as it should for the summer break (except I haven't been to the lake, nor have I cliff jumped).
What surprised me was an epiphany I recently had. While working at the glorious store of Subway, I realized that this could be the last time I worked at the store. And since I only work while I'm home, that means that this could be the last time I am home for any appreciable amount of time. Why? Well, I am leaving the 16th for summer term classes, then I'll be there for Fall and Winter classes as well. Following that time, I have the awesome opportunity to do a study abroad in the Middle East for my major. Which means I will be gone all summer. And when I get back, I'll be running off for Fall and Winter classes again. And, as the Arabs say إِن شَأ الله which means, if God wills it, I will be married during the course of that time. Then, I will finish school, join the Air Force for four years, quit that and then join the government in some sort of foreign service job. Thus, my life starting in 2 weeks, will spiral into the craziness of adulthood-a change I am reluctant to make, but determined to succeed in. So, life as I know it is changing fast, and dramatically.
On a less reflective note, leaving Mackenzie Madsen's house last Thursday, Cami Nelson and I saw her truck headlights reflecting in the weeds in front of us, and it was awesome. So these shots are a few from that adventure. Enjoy!