Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas comes again...

It's amazing how the year flies by. 
I remember feeling like Christmas was always so far away when I was a kid, and now it sneak attacks me every time. 
Finals have come and gone again. And just like all the years before, I somehow find out I have more time than I think and that i'm better prepared than I realized. My roommate put this quote from Winnie the Pooh on our white board this week...
Promise me you'll always remember: You're BRAVER than you believe, and STRONGER than you seem, and SMARTER than you think 
However, I feel like this finals week over almost any other has really reiterated to me that people are always more important than papers and tests. Maybe it is because I am growing up and getting closer to graduating, but I was more willing to spend time being with friends who needed me than I was willing to lock myself up at my desk. Even if I didn't get a great grade on these tests (which I still hope I did), I don't think i'll ever look back and wish I would have studied more instead of taking time to care for someone or myself for that matter. 
And I feel like Christ would feel the same way. He was the epitome of focusing on people and relationships even when there was work and scheduled appointments. Isn't this time of year all about being more Christlike after all? 

I hope you spend some time this season with the people you love! 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The End of the Rainbow

Dear Blog,
I am sorry that I have ignored you this past little while. Life just passes by so quickly these days. Two holidays have come and gone - And I didn't even get to write a "Thankful" blog post. I can't believe I am already heading into finals next week. Finals are draining and sometimes I wish I could just take the Ostrich approach and stick my head in the ground, hide, and wait until Finals week passes. But, alas - I will take these tests and papers head on knowing that no matter what happens...I will be home with my family in a week preparing for Christmas to arrive.

I need to keep studying, but I thought I'd just share a special picture or two from a few weeks ago. It was a rainy day, and as I looked out my balcony - I noticed a beautiful rainbow.

You'll never guess what I found at the end of that rainbow!
They say there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but I think what I found is much more precious

Here's to Rainbows, symbols of a covenant, reminding us of the covenants made in the Temple (my own pot of Gold)

See you after Finals!