Hey everyone it’s that time again, and happy Easter!!!!!! So I have some funny stories to share, so here comes my week: On Monday I went to First Aid and I found out scary stuff! My teacher was telling us all about bites! Animal bites, insect bites, human bites, you name it! It was terrible! I had nightmares of being bitten by Rattlesnakes and waking up searching my bed! Serious! But here’s the first funny story: so my teacher told us this story about how she was on a call (she works as an EMT) and she got to this house (she didn’t really tell us why she was there), and she went into their basement, and she found… (remember this is in Utah!)… their pet Crocodile! They blocked it in with those guards you use for toddlers, it had it’s own pool, they fed it 20 pounds of meat a day, and they let their children go and play by it! What the freak?!?!?! Anyways, on Tuesday was my parent’s 22nd anniversary! Woot woot!!! And I saw this super funny video, which I will now share with you, please watch, and laugh as hard I did: if it doesn’t work… just copy and paste the link. It’s totally worth it hahaha. Wednesday was a sad day for me. For one, my neighbor, Luwena passed away, which was sad, but I’m so happy that she now gets to be with her husband. That same day, a woman very dear to me also died. Her name was Betty. As some of you may not know, I lived at an Assisted Living center last summer, and Betty was one of the people that helped take care of me. I read her obituary the next day and somethings really stood out to me about her: she was a WWII nurse, she was super proud of her Scottish heritage and her red hair, her favorite color was pink, she loved her cell phone (it helped her keep track of her family), and she was always afraid of driving over bridges and every time she went to do so, she would grab her grandchildren’s hands, close her eyes, and say, repeatedly, “Face your fears”. I got to see this last one first hand. Betty was a diabetic and I worked in the kitchen, and every so often, she would leave her shots at the table. Every time I found them, I’d run down to her room, with the shot as far from my body as possible (I’m very afraid of needles), and then burst into her room and say “Betty! Take this!”. She knew about my fear and she’d say, “Batma’am! You did so good facing your fears! You’re my hero!” (I got the name Batma’am from someone else down there that was really close to my heart). Betty was so great, and I’m so sad I didn’t get to see her before I left, but I know she’s watching over me with her husband. Anyways, Thursday my roommate and I found our MacLaren’s. Most of you probably don’t understand this, but if you do, you understand how important this was. For those who don’t, it’s our new hang out place! It’s this place called Sparks down in Provo! It’s awesome! So happy! After my roommate and I went there, I went up to Sandy, and I hung out with a really good friend of mine! We watched White Collar (Super good! Totally recommend it!), and, as my mom put it, conquered the world (basically, we talked about everything, trying to find a solution for everything), which was super nice! The next day, my sister and I went to mall, listening to ‘Let’s Go To The Mall!’, which is super entertaining, and then went home and hung out with another good friend of mine, which was also super fun! We’ve both been crazy busy, so it was nice hanging out! Saturday, the Easter Bunny came, and gave me a lot of batteries. Awesome, right? Then I cleaned up the yard, had an Easter egg hunt, wore pink (it was Betty’s funeral), went to the Jazz game (where the bear walked straight up to my littlest sister and gave her a ball. And one of my cousins was there too, and if we had met up, there would have been too much awesomeness in one spot, so it wasn’t possible), and then watched the Weeping Angels with my family… Scary stuff right there… Sunday was Easter and I went to a homecoming for an old friend of mine and it was super good!!! It was also fun hanging out with them afterwards!
So this week I decided to focus on trials. This whole year has had trial after trial for me, and it’s been so hard. I had to make choices and do things that were hard for me. So trials have been a big part of my life lately. And I have just wanted to complain about all of them, but I have to tell myself that trials are given to us for a reason. One of my favorite quotes about this is:
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain: When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what the storm is all about.”, by Haruki Murikami. This is so true! Trials help us become more of the person we are meant to be! God gives trials to his children he thinks are ready for it. He doesn’t give trials to just anyone, because he never gives us anything we can’t handle. So if you have trials in your life, it’s because God knows you are strong enough for it. He knows you won’t just give up. He’s there when you need you, He never leaves you, but He gave you this trial so you can learn and become greater for it, become the child of God you are meant to be, and receive blessings. Heavenly Father loves us so much that He gives us trials! It’s amazing! Here is my most favorite quote of all time. I want to read it everyday, because applies to me everyday.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’. Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God this is withing us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” By Marianne Williamson. This is my favorite quote! This is so true about everyone! This is the reason we are given trials, so that we can show who we are and how important we all are! We are children of God, and our trials are to help us become more like Him! I love my trials! I know that sounds weird, but I know something great will always come from them, no matter how much it hurts or how long it takes! So this week, look at your trials and say “I can do this and I’m going to love it!”. Have an amazing week everyone!!!