I have had this blog account for over a year but obviously this is my first time using it. I never really understood why someone would take the time to update these things because I felt like I could just tell everyone personally in my life. Last night as I was falling asleep though, I realized that maybe this would be a great form of communication so everyone can know what is happening.
Almost two months ago, (June 5, 2009) Casey returned with honor from serving the Lord in the Virginia Richmond mission. Since that time, we became the best of friends again. We have been best friends since we were in 9th grade and we met when we were 14. While he was on his mission, we both learned so much and changed and grew.
One week after he had been home, we went with my mom and sister to tour the brand new Church History Museum. It was great being together and realizing that we were still friends. What is funny about this though is that we never actually took a picture of where we were headed. All of us did take a picture in front of the Salt Lake Temple though. (Casey, Lisa, Carol, and Julie Anna) It was kind of rainy back in June and the weather was really strange for Utah, hence the rain jackets.
Casey and I continued to talk more and more every week either on the phone or in person. We were also going to the same institute class together every Tuesday night. For awhile, I really looked forward to going to this class because I knew that it would be a time when we could be together. Life continued to become happier for both of us. I remember writing in my journal every night that I didn't think that life could get any happier and then it always continued to do so.
I have also been working as an EFY (Especially For Youth) counselor at BYU (Provo, UT). It has been interesting watching how the Lord's hand really is in the details of my life. This has become a huge blessing for me because my testimony has personally grown greatly during these weeks but it has also been amazing because I have been able to be home so much of the summer. The picture I have included from EFY actually has a very funny story to share. I don't normally hug garbage cans but I was trying to prevent the kids from dehydration. Each of the participants were only allowed one cup each and for some reason they didn't get this. I was placed on "water duty" and took it upon myself to keep the camp hydrated by not allowing people to throw away their cups. I got really good at folding the cups so they could put them in their pockets. LoL!! :) By the way: the shirt color that I have on is officially called "algae" and the pink-ish shirt above my right shoulder is called "hibiscus."
Anyway, during my 4th week of EFY, week 8A--July 13-18, 2009, I was not able to talk to Casey very often because my time was so scheduled. On Wednesday July 15, I was granted permission to leave BYU and run to Wal-greens to buy ankle supports. We were walking well over 4 miles everyday and I was beginning to get bad foot pain. I thought of this as a blessing in disguise though and called Casey as I was driving to the store and then walking back up to campus. During our conversation, Casey asked me if I thought we were dating. I had no idea how to answer this question because I thought the terminology would freak him out. So instead of answering, I just gave the question back to him and he told me that he concluded that we were dating. This made the rest of my day and week!! :)
On Monday July 20, we went to Salt Lake Community College to try to get Casey registered for school and to jump through all of the hoops in order to do that. I think we made good progress!! And everything is working out well for him to go to school in Fall. After running errands though, we decided to walk around all of the floats at the Days of 47 pre-parade show. I had never gone before (or at least I don't remember it if I did) and thought it would be a fun date. It was fun to see all of the details and work that so many people put into the making of the floats. And it was nice because it was it was air conditioned! (Seriously--thank goodness for that because the weather now has become super hot--over 100 degrees often.) But, the real reason that I loved touring all of the floats is because Casey and I held hands for the first time. As we walked through the door to the show floor he simply asked me if I wanted to hold hands and of course I agreed! :) In the picture, we are standing in front of the float that our stake made. It had all of the temples in the Salt Lake Valley and looked really good!! I was impressed!
Anyway... this is probably enough rambling for the moment. I am not making any promises how often I will update this but my goal is to keep all of our family and friends informed. I never could have imagined how happy my life would be but now pray that it will never end. I am so thankful for all of the experiences and trials that both of us have gone through to get us to this point because it is the past that makes me love the present so much.