Fifteen Months!

This month has just been MADNESS.
So much has happened in the past 30 days.

-I survived finals week.
-I finished another semester of school
-My older sister, Monica, graduated from San Diego State University.
-My little sister, Ashley, graduated from Desert Ridge High School.
-We took a road trip to Cali!
-I got to Skype Hunter on Mother's Day.
-I finally had time to clean my room.
-I hiked Camelback mountain and didn't die
-I babysat some of my favorite little humans.
-My sister announced that she is pregnant!

It's definitely been an exciting/exhausting/busy/frustrating/happy/confusing month.

Oh the joys of life!
We never really know what's going to happen.
We don't know who will leave our lives or who will come into it.
You never really know when you'll experience something new, or relive a sweet memory.
You just never know.

So this is my thought for the day:

"If we don't change, we don't grow.
If we don't grow, we aren't really living."
-Gail Sheehy

Today marks 15 months since I've seen my very best friend.
I have started to notice how much we've changed, in some of the best ways possible.
It's an exciting, and extremely scary time.
After 24 months of separation, we will one day be reunited.
This thought has caused me many sleepless nights.
Lots of worries, lots of doubt, and lots of confusion.
It doesn't even seem real, that one day my best friend will become more than a letter in the mail, or an email on Monday morning.
8 months to go, and I'm freaking out.
The great thing about this journey is all the lessons I've learned in between.
In the past 15 months, I've grown more than I ever thought possible.
I'm learning to trust in Him above all else.
Even when things are new, scary, or confusing,
 He is there to lead us, guide us, and walk beside us.

Trust in Him.

Happy 15 months down Hunter!
I will see you 8 months from today...
I can't wait.


Good stuff

Life has been pretty darn great.

Here's a little run down of life as of lately:

I finished my second year at ASU. My grades were significantly better than Fall semester, so I'm a happy camper. I've decided that I want to graduate Summa Cum Laude, which means at least a 3.8 GPA. I've got a lot of work to do, but I'm so glad I'm halfway through! 2 down, 2 to go.

My sister, Monica, graduated from San Diego State University! I love trips to Cali, they are my favorite thing ever. It really makes me miss living there. And it also really makes me miss my sister. She got a fever over the weekend, so that was no fun. She also finally announced that she is HAVING A BABY! Baby Stewart is due late November/early December and I couldn't be more excited! My sister and brother-in-law are going to be the best parents:)

My sister's a babe!

I got to Skype with my best friend on Mother's Day! It was a tad bit frustrating because there was a lot of technical difficulties, but I think it turned out okay. He's doing well and is really happy. Technology really amazes me sometimes! We were here in Arizona, Jonathan and Natalie were in Utah, Curt was in Scotland, and Hunter was in Brazil. It was awesome having everyone together for that short hour. Time seems to have slowed down drastically since Hunter's year mark. I just miss my best friend and now the distance seems 5 times more than it ever has been.

{I stole this picture from Jonathan}

Last night I babysat these three cuties. They are some of my favorite little humans on this earth. Such good kids, and their parents are really awesome as well. I love love love them tons! We ate pizza, watched Frozen, and had a goooood time. I also decided that I never want to have twins. Ever. I always thought I did, but two at a time would be difficult, Danny and Laura make it look easy though! I love that even if I don't see sweet Kyria for months, she still remembers my name and hugs me. Kids are just the best! Their innocence, free spirit, and general happiness are just so great.

I'm just really trying to enjoy life. Now that it's summer, I feel like I can actually breathe. My stress level went down 1000% and I am happy. Life can get pretty crazy, hectic, and even surprising. Things you never thought would happen, do, and sometimes things you've counted on, just might not work. I'm learning that you just gotta roll with it, live, love and be happy. I'm also learning that I have to place trust in Heavenly Father. I may not know what's to come, but He certainly does. There's a lot of things in life that I'm not quite sure about, but I have faith that in the end, it will all work out the way it's meant to. This summer is sure to bring many adventures, and I'm going to enjoy every minute of it! Summer 2014 bucket list is coming soon :)


Death Week

This is probably one of my least favorite weeks of the entire year...

It's basically an emotionally/physically/mentally EXHAUSTING week. 
Too much stress, and not enough time. 

I kind of stop eating regularly, and live off of drinks with high sugar contents. I cry at least once a day, and I get way less sleep than I'm supposed to, which makes me cranky and tired. I have stacks of packets, papers, study guides, and old tests sprawled out on my desk and my room is a disaster. I try to cram information into this little noggin of mine, in hopes that I will be able to retain some of the knowledge I am supposed to have. 

I wish finals week consisted of fresh flowers, back massages, and ice cream... but instead it's filled with tears, stress, and paper cuts. {I don't know why but I always get the worst paper cuts this time of year!}

Weeks like this also make me miss Hunter even more. Maybe if he were here, fresh flowers, back massages, and ice cream could actually be a reality. We would be going out to eat so I didn't starve, laughing until I couldn't breathe, and he would somehow make this crazy week a little less hectic. But... life is complicated. And I feel like I'm being stretched and pulled in a hundred different directions. BOO.

This week is halfway over. I have a statistics final {bright and early} Thursday morning, and my accounting final Friday evening.

And then I'm done.
And free.
And can relax...
That is until my summer class starts.

Happy finals week everybody!