8/30/14

Book Worm

Soo I love books. I love reading. I love getting lost in another world.
I love strong character development, and a good story line.
I love how attached I get to the characters, as if they were real people.
Vacations and breaks are really the only time I can just read and read and read.
So that's exactly what I did! I read 7 books in about a week and a half, it was great!
I loveeee just being able to do that.
Textbooks are definitely not as exciting.
But unfortunately, from August-December and January-May, that's my life.
So I take advantage of any free time I get.
I have a goal that I started this year of reading 20 books while I'm 20.
21 books when I'm 21, etc. etc. 
Hopefully I can do this until I'm at least 30. I love books!
Anyways, here is a list of my vacation-reads:)

1. The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright
I LOVE this book. It was just a pleasant read! Basically, an older couple dies at the very beginning of the book, and their children discover letters that their father wrote to their mother, every single Wednesday. How romantic is that? They figure out some very interesting things about their parents, and a lot about themselves and what true love is. An easy read, but entertaining nonetheless.

2. The Shack by William P. Young
I borrowed this book from my wonderful friend Dominique! This book changed the way I view a lot of things. In this book, the man's daughter gets abducted and he receives a note from "God". He goes to this shack (you'll learn about its significance if you read it), and he basically meets God. It's a fictional story, but it made me reevaluate how I view God! I loved it so much. I want to buy my own copy so I can mark/highlight it. Definitely one of my new favorite books.

3. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I knew there was a movie coming out, so I read the book before. I always do this, it's so much better. I really liked this book a lot too! It's pretty emotional, but an interesting concept to understand. She basically has an out of body experience where she can choose to live or die. A lot of bad things happen, but she ultimately chooses. I watched the movie last week, it was soooo good. I definitely cried throughout the whole thing. SO MANY EMOTIONS. Ahh! I definitely recommend both. (But read the book first so you have more background and character development.)

4. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
5. The Messenger by Lois Lowry
6. Son by Lois Lowry
Books 4-6 are part of series-type of thing. They are called companion novels because they all relate to each other, but focus on different aspects/societies/characters. It's really cool to see all the stories come together at the very end! Anyways,the first book is The Giver. It was actually one of my favorite books growing up. I remember reading it in the 5th grade and being so confused, but I've read it a few time since then and I love it! They recently made a movie about the Giver, so I thought I'd get caught up and read the books. They are really short reads, but are SO interesting and well-written. I definitely recommend them.

7. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Ahhh. This book. I absolutely LOVED Divergent and Insurgent. The movie made me very happy too! (I'm in love with Theo James, by the way). But this book... I have mixed feelings. I've heard that this book was pretty bad, so I avoided reading it for quite some time, and now I just feel bleh about it. It switches from Tris' point of view to Tobias'. The problem is they both sound the exact same. If you've read the books or seen the movies, you know that Four and Tris are completeeeely different. It was disappointing that they were kind of blended into one voice, and one character, instead of being two distinct voices. They added a bunch of random twists, that ended up not enhancing the story line. And then ending was just awful... I'm not going to ruin it, but let's just say I was disappointed. Ahh Veronica Roth, WHY?! 

And that's the end of my random book tangent. If you have any good recommendations, please send them my way! :)

8/27/14

Eighteen


Eighteen months down...
5 to go!


Where the heck did August go? Seriously.
I think going to Cali and Hawaii definitely made time go by ten times faster.
(Okay, not really, but it sure felt like it!)

Speaking of Hawaii, I have yet to upload pictures. Life has been so busy lately!
I just started my junior year at ASU. 
I have 17 credits --> 7 classes --> ONE HUGE HEADACHE.

It hasn't even been a week and I'm already overwhelmed.
Not to mention I'm working 6 days a week --> 35 hours.
I think I'm just asking for a metal breakdown...
I do think I work best under pressure though.

Anyways, I haven't seen this cute boy in 18 months.
A year and a half.
HOLY HECK.


Just five little months to go.
I'm stoked.
It still hasn't quite hit me, but really, all I have to do is get through this semester.
And then he's homeeeeee.

P.S. We met 4 years ago, August 2010! This picture was taken like 6 months after that but it's crazy to see how much we've grown/changed since then:) 4 years flew by, although I feel like I've known Hunt my whole life!


He's been doing so great and just loves the work. Nothing makes me more proud than to see Hunter lose himself completely in the service of others. He's such a wonderful example to me, and I adore him so much! Being the zone leader has definitely been stressful for him, but I think he's doing wonderful. The amount of love he has for other people just amazes me. He sees people who literally have NOTHING. They are so poor and so damaged, but they manage to keep Christ at the center of their lives each and every day. I love that. I love that he gets to see and experience their humble nature and loving hearts. I hope that one day I get to be part of something that's so life changing and wonderful:) 

18 months since I've seen my best friend...
Here's to just five little months left until we are together again!

8/25/14

HOLLY COMES HOME!

I was lucky enough to take some quick pics of this cute girl coming back from her mission in England! She's adorable. Anyone that knows Holly, just loves her! I have no doubt that she was/will continue to be an amazing missionary:)

Waiting for cute Holly to get off the plane!



18 months without her best friend came to an end! :)



 Mother/ daughter lovin' 



 Tears of happiness!


Dixon Fam!






Don't they look so happy/lovely?!



Cutest girl everrr. 

So glad I got to be there:)

Welcome Home Holly! 

P.S. I am not the best at taking pics, so these will have to do! I wasn't quite sure how I should upload all of these, so I thought a blog post would suffice. :)

8/18/14

I'm lucky.

I am extremely lucky to love someone who loves me so wonderfully.
Hunter is so special, and anyone that knows him, knows that.
I just am so grateful that I am the person who gets to receive his love!

I've always thought we were different.
We just didn't act like other couples.
From the very beginning, selflessness was priority.
We served each other wholeheartedly.

It's been 18 months, and those things haven't changed.
I can still feel his love, although we are separated  by over 6,000 miles.
We've experienced more love in 3 years than most people feel in a lifetime.
I am respected, loved, and trusted all the time.
Hunter is honest, kind, forgiving, patient, and loving.
He keeps his promises, no matter what.
He treats me better than anyone else I've ever known.

I'm lucky.
I know that.
I'm grateful for that.
And every single day I thank Heavenly Father for a love as sweet as this one.