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My good friend Hilary gave a lovely lesson in Relief Society yesterday about the ministering of angels, and how they are all around us. I love Relief Society, by the way. I have been so blessed to see 137 girls through Heaven’s eyes. When they shared their experiences of angels, and how certain people are angels in their lives–my heart smiled. I see how my prayers are answered every day, and that it is through the ministering of angels. roommates. friends. family. a homeless lady wanting to hear a song. they are everywhere.

I had my own yesterday. (and everyday).

The beautiful girls of San Juan 303 came a’ knockin’ at my door last night to bring me a warm loaf of poppy seed bread. (How did they know poppyseed was my favorite?) I can’t even begin to describe the joy and gratitude wrapped up in that one little moment. Attached to the bread was one of those time-old picture greeting cards, with the “Happy Holidays” graphic frame.  How cute! …Because, here, at school, our roommates are our family. Relief Society is our extended family, and we’re loving taking care of each other.

I couldnt wait until after I took the picture to dig in, my apologies.

I couldn't wait until after I took the picture to dig in, my apologies.

My good friend Marci stopped by a little later. I came up the four– energy draining, life-sucking, air supply emptying– flights of stairs after taking our–nose hair singeing (that’s really how it’s spelled, tricky!), gag provoking, eye watering–garbage out to the dumpster, when much to my surprise, popped out a cheerful, brownie-bearing Marci!

(That one’ll throw your brain for a loop. It took me 3 times to read it right. Best of luck.)

I couldn’t have been happier to see her–what an angel!

The Stake Relief Society also baked a loaf of bread for me, just to top it off.

After a calorie-filled indulgence and some heartfelt gratitude, my amazing roommate Kayt offered to paint my nails all festive-like. They have holly berries! ( I would post a picture, but something just doesn’t sit well with me having a blown up picture of my toe floating through the cybers). She’s a master, and one of the most heavenly angels in my life. I don’t know what I would do with out her.

Challenge: Look for your angels this Christmas Season–you’ll be surprised, and overwhelmed at how often they cross your path.

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I have to say, for a girl who despises potatoes, hates turkey, and gags at the thought of putting cranberries on top of it all–I had a deliciously lovely Thanksgiving. But nothing less could be expected of the one and only Gramma Nan. She knows how to please the pickiest.

It was so good to see the Folsom family. What an awesome bunch of people! We were very blessed in the family department, we have it all. Even better for me, was being able to see my own family! Minus Megh and Brad whom we missed dearly (4 weeks!). It was so fun for me to get to hang out with Brock, mess around with Cameron, bake with MJ, and joke with Papanwa. I am so lucky.

We got to have a second Thanksgiving of sorts at our good friends’ house. The Fongs had this fancy, innovative dinner set up at their beautiful, new home. They had little friers in the middle of the table and vegetables and meats of all kinds to throw on there to put on our bowls of rice. It was a night of firsts for me! Squid, eggplant, seasame oil with soy, some other vegetables that I cannot tell you I know the names of….etc. It was DELICIOUS. I am a huge fan of squid. And new experiments. The food possibilities are endless! Mmmmm…

Sunday was a dream. Grams invited me and MJ (mama) to be the special musical number at the assisted living home she plays hymns for on Sundays. It was such a cool experience. There’s a special spot in my heart for the elderly. They are so wise, and friendly–I think they’re the only ones who see life for what it really is. They know what it’s all about. It was so fun to spend the morning with them. On top of that, Brock was giving his “homecoming” talk in our old ward. It’s always a little awkward going back. I’m not a huge fan of being the center of attention–hoarded by “how are yous” and “look how grown up you ares”. As much as I say I don’t like it, it’s nice to have something like that to come back to. A home. They’re so great–the good hearted Tenth Warders. Brock gave an awesome talk about missionary work, and it was on to the “open house.” Lucky for me, a lot of my friends are friends with Brock too, so I got to catch up with a few of my very favorite people.

The 5 hours of baking me and my mom did on Saturday paid off, and everyone was well fed and happy.

Then–on my behalf, the fam accompanied me downtown on my way home so I could see Temple Square with them. That has to be one of my very favorite parts of the holiday season. Thanks guys!

 

Now it’s back at Utah State…studying for finals, and enduring to the end. Wish me luck!

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