I wish I could smile harder!

Due to the wisdom teeth extraction and the extreme happiness I've had in the past few days, I feel like my smile can't express enough. 1. I can't even say how much I love my family. How I could just cry anytime I think about how much I love them. I wrote a card to my mom when I was 5 that we've kept through the years. It says, "I love you so much, I could squish you like a lady bug" We all laugh so hard about it, but I think about how that simple phrase describes how I feel more than any other choice of words could. The kind of love that as a 5 yr old you find a lady bug and you are so excited and love that lady bug so much you just can't control yourself and unintentionally squish it between your forefinger and little thumb. I've been in a ladybug sort of love with my family this entire summer. It has been peaceful and wonderful (helps that I've matured a little too). 2. I have been spending this last portion of my summer doing my least favorite thing ever; job hunting. Countless resume submissions and application forms. Multiple phone interviews and other fun side requirements. I called the Health Center a couple weeks ago to ask Daneen for her permission to be my professional references. She told me that a couple main people left the health center, but they were denied the ability to hire new employees; technically I had never been terminated, so I was still on the job 'roster'. She told me to call her this week and touch base w/ her. With no expectations, I called the Health Center yesterday and spoke to Betsy....She said they found out that morning that they can hire me again. Needless to say, I wanted to smile so hard my face felt like it might explode, with or w/o swollen jowels. Daneen called me this morning and said I could start Monday. I told her I needed to take a fieldtrip via uta buses to walmart to get staple items, so Monday probably wouldn't work. But ladies and gentlemen, Tuesday I get to restart at my fabulous job. I am blessed far more than I deserve and I am seriously being looked out for. I receive blessing after blessing and boy am I grateful for it. 3. I got a flight for Sunday mornin @ 6am to head back to Utah. I'll miss my family, but be at peace, knowing I had the greatest summer of my life. I am also excited to go join Kristin in Provo and enjoy Utah's summer nights! 4. My mom and I have been making an apron. It's been so fun having her teach me more about something she enjoys so much, but doesn't have much time for. It's meant so much her taking the time out of her busy schedule to teach me what to do. I've had the best summer with her, chatting about who-knows-what til who-knows-when and watching So You Think You Can Dance with her (including all the tryout episodes) and Grandmother has also recently joined us! I'm so blessed to have such loving and righteous examples in my life! 5. I'm so blessed to be surrounded with such wonderful friends too. Just thought I'd share a few of the reasons I have been smiling intensely on the inside.


  1. I watched your post teeth extraction video on Dani's blog and giggled the whole time!! Thanks for that smile! :)
    So...you're in Provo again? I'm glad they held that job for you and everything worked out! I've been prayin for ya too!
    love and a hug. :)

  2. And that's why we love you so much. You express gratitude better than anyone I know.

  3. Rachel...All I can say is "Back at ya!" It was MORE than a joy having you home this summer. You are blessed for a reason! And we are blessed too by having you as a daughter!


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