Friday, September 26, 2008

Random Question

Life is Random, and so am I. (Very unoriginal, I know, but I like the sentiment.) I thought this random profile info question was too funny to just let it disappear into oblivion when I got a new question. So here 'tis.

You laughed so hard you can't catch your breath. Stick out your tongue and show us what's funny:

My roommate, Carrie, & I sometimes have growl fests when we're frustrated. It's a good way to relieve stress, and we usually end up on the floor, laughing. So next time you're just sick of everything, strike a pose and growl it out.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Good News

I have a big brother who I love very, very much. We're not actually siblings, not even cousins, not even related at all, but we've been through a lot together. He helped me survive my sophmore year of high school and my daddy's first relapse. I'm his go to girl when he's incredibly bored and needs some one to talk to while driving tractor for endless hours. We go on dates so we can make fun of the couples that double with us. He's my Tater Bro and I'm his Lil' Spitz. Sometimes a girl just needs a big brother to take care of her, and Tate is an awesome brother to have. I am so glad he adopted me. ;D

This dear brother of mine called me last night to tell me the best piece of news I have heard in a long time: He's going to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have never heard so much determination or emotion in Tate's voice as when he said, "There's no if about this anymore; I'm GOING on a mission." I am SO incredibly proud of him.

We spent quite a bit of time on the phone last night, talking about missionaries, focus, the Spirit, and sharing the Gospel (or, as I have recently learned in my New Testament class, "The Good News"). We shared many personal thoughts, insights, and tears. (I'm lucky I didn't short circuit my phone, actually, I was quite weepy.) This has been a long time coming for Tate, and now he's struggling a bit with keeping his focus, so I gave him a To Do List, which I wanted to share with all of you. Now, I'm not the kind of person that regularly makes lists of goals, so this is a bit out of the ordinary for me, but the Spirit was so incredibly strong when we were discussing the list, I felt like it needed to be shared.

1) Pray - Get down on your knees and bare your heart. Put it all on the line and ask the Lord for comfort, guidance, & strength.

2) Read your Scriptures prayerfully and diligently - Really search for answers, encouragement, and direction.

3) Make a list of reasons you want to serve a mission.

4) Make a list of reasons that you are grateful for the Gospel - revise missionary list.

5) Spread the news - tell your friends and family that you're going, ask for their prayers and support, and tell everyone how excited you are to serve the Lord!

6) Get those papers in!
(LDS missionaries must apply to serve a mission, finance their mission, and accept the call to serve, whether it be in Salt Lake City, Mexico, Bulgaria, or any of the 348 mission areas worldwide. See Missionary PR or

7) Remember that you have a little sister who supports you, believes in you, and loves you very much.

#1, #2, and #7 are infinite. This one goes out to you, my Tater Bro, and all the other missionaries, past, present, and, most especially, future! Go forth! Work hard! Spread the "Good News!"

Friday, September 12, 2008

New Blog

Hey! Welcome to my blog - Rush Slowly. Check out my about me section if you want to know about the woman behind the words, or just keep checking back for random updates.

If you're wondering about the name of my blog, I'd be more than happy to explain. "Rush Slowly" is an Indian maxim, reminding one to do things quickly, but thoroughly. I first encountered the phrase on Ron and Joyce Hanson's blog about their time in India, and it has stuck with me. Rush Slowly. There is much to be done, but we can't blast from task to task without stopping to appreciate the simple things. "Rush Slowly" pretty much describes life at my beloved Brigham Young University - there is so much to do! It's easy to get overworked and stressed out when taking classes, participating in church activities (being LDS, or Mormon, greatly affects life at BYU), while still trying to maintain some sort of life outside the library.

So, my friends, "Rush Slowly." Work hard, but play hard. Get things done, but take time to breathe. Move forward, but don't forget past lessons. Focus on your goals, but don't close your mind to other options. Appreciate the world around you. God has created a beautiful place for us to live in and wonderful people for us to live with, take some time to be grateful. Rush Slowly.