BigKath: Just in case you were wondering, "bigkath" is made up of the first part of my last and first names and has nothing to do with my size. :o)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Egg Wars

Easter was a wonderful day!  Because next week is Stake Conference, it was fast sunday.  It was special to have Fast and Testimony meeting on Easter.  I got up and bore my testimony.  I talked about how this morning on the classical radio station they played the "Hallelujah" chorus.  Hallelujah is the perfect word to describe Easter.  I also talked about feeling Heavenly Father's love the Savior's love and how I can show my love for them.  One of the best ways is through service.  I went to the stake service project yesterday and we were clearing a lot of overgrowth from a big ditch to help prevent flooding.  It was rather complicated to find places to actually pull the branches out of the ditch.  I was working with on of the counselor's in the Bishopric and he just kept saying, "Do your best.  Whatever you think is best."  I learned from that experiece that even though we didn't clear the whole ditch, and even though it wasn't perfect, we did make a difference.  Every effort we make to serve anyone and build Heavenly Father's Kingdom in any way DOES make a difference.

That afternoon I tried to be more social.  We had a ward "Break the Fast" and several of us ended up just stitting around and talking for two hours.  A little later we invited people over to our apartment to decorate Easter Eggs.  That was a lot of fun to bring back childhood memories and get the creative juices flowing. 

Egg War!  I think I lost this one.

I then experienced a new "first" to add to my list of things I've done for the first time.  Egg wars!  I had never done egg wars before.  It is a much more exciting way to crack a hard boiled egg.  So you each hold an egg with the "pointy" end forward and on the count of three you smack the eggs together.  The one egg that doesn't crack wins!  Then you can turn the eggs around and do it again on the other end or the side.  Kind of fun!  he he he
The Plan of Salvation (we didn't plan this :o)

After that a group of us went to another apartment to play games.  All in all it was a great day, filled with the spirit, remembering the Savior, and spending time with great people.  That is what this life is all about: building relationships with people.  As we come closer to other people, we also come closer to Christ.  What a great Easter!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Conquered Clinic!

I finished my university clinic work!  This is a HUGE step and a big relief since clinic was so stressful for me.  Wow!  I made it!  There is still A LOT left to do (one more term of classes, two internships, and a thesis) but I have accomplished a lot and I haven't given up! 

When I came home I found this sweet surprise . . .

My roommate, Jeniel had "heart attacked" my room.  My floor and bed were covered with hearts and showered with "kisses" and mints and there was a sweet note congratulating me on my accomplishment.

That really meant a lot to me.  I almost cried when I saw it.  Thank you so much, Jeniel!

To celebrate finishing clinic we went to the BYU creamery to get a kids meal (they are cheap and yummy, especially the fries!).  This was kind of ironic since my building is right across the street from the creamery.  You would think I would want to get away!

That night we went to a Jon Schmidt piano concert with some friends.  As I listened to the music I was thinking about how far I have come.  A year ago I never thought I would see light at the end of the tunnel and I was looking for any excuse to quit this program.  But I never did give up.  I am still working hard and I keep thinking how good it is going to feel when I finish!