Wednesday, December 17, 2008

so a quick update:

last saturday, the 13th of december, we had a mission reunion. president and sister daetwyler were in town from switzerland. it's been about 8 years since i've seen them. love that they remember me so well. such a hidden blessing for coming home sick!! the BEST part was that em van dyke got to spend some time together!!

how lame are we both for forgetting that mike and i both served in st. petersburg!! i was standing there loving that i didn't know anyone and in walks mike!! i was ThRiLLeD!! THEN in comes EM!!!!!!!!! em and i were roommates before and during when she and mike were dating. needlesstosay, i LOVE and miss her lots!! mike was so good to be our apartment boyfriend and take care of things we didn't want to - taking out garbage, carrying heavy things, etc.

blessed, blessed reunion!!
me, em, and em's little girl aliva
me with president and sister daetwyler :)

Then - i took the GRE last night!! the best part is that i decided over thanksgiving weekend flying home from my friends house in california that i wanted to apply to grad school. but the application for Stanford (yes, you read that right!!) is due january 6th.

thus, i needed to do the speedy course of study!! so, like any brilliant person, i grabbed GRE for DUMMIES!! it became attached to my hip for the last few weeks!! but don't worry. because the dummy book and i became such great friends, i totally looked like this girl taking the test!! :)

we'll see if i really get in. i decided that even if i have to apply every year for the next 10 years just to show them that i am dedicated, i really want to get there. so, i may have no other life, but studying, but oh well!!

next, BECCA GETS HOME TOMORROW MORNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i bought 6 dozen cookies from the cafeteria today so that we can give all the BYU Jerusalem kids their first taste of home when they get off the plane (miss' idea!). i am so excited for her to be home. i have missed her lots and lots. AND miss and tillie get home tonight, well early this morning!! hooray!! i love having everyone home!!

finally, these were quotes that i found or were given this week. i referred to sister beck's quote in one of my essays for the GRE last night. :)


To nurture and feed your family physically is as much an honor as to nurture and feed them spiritually. A young mother will build faith and character in the next generation one family prayer at a time, one scripture study session, one book read aloud, one song, one family meal after another. She is involved in a great work.

Julie B. Beck, “A ‘Mother Heart’,” Ensign, May 2004, 75

"My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at His feet." Harijan, July 21, 1940 Gandhi


Heather said...

emily - i love your post. thanks for sharing the quotes. I LOVE them! And that is awesome that you so quickly took the GRE. That test seriously scares me... but so does the thought of going back to school and taking a math class. I hope you get into Stanford. What a fun adventure that would be!

Emily said...

Girl you made my NIGHT when I saw you! Can't believe it wasn't earlier, but glad we were able to meet up! I miss the apartment days where I feasted on your cute writing, crafty ideas, and late night talks...