Wednesday, July 15, 2009

High School Musical Marathon..and other updates!!

My roommates and I and some friends from the ward had a "high school Musical marathon" last week... full of home made shirts, dancing, and pictures at East high. You your jealous..don't make fun!! Some guys in our ward mentioned that they had never seen the movies, so they were good sports adn agreed to watch them all with us!! We watched all 3, in a 3 day period. My roommates and I thought we were hilarious and made shirts and surprised everyone. We had way too much fun. But the guys loved them..they think we are funny! We had about 8 people over, and it was so much fun to watch it with a bunch 0f 23-24 yr olds, we made fun of it alot but we also danced and sang along! oh we walked down the street to east high and took some picturesjust because we could!! Anyways Salt Lake has been great, i love my new ward the people are so nice and the area is great, we have alot of new friends that live nearby so we do lots of fun stuff..we are currently planning a ninja turtle movie marathon!! Yay! Lets see what else can i update on...... i've kept myself busy, i have been volenteering at the homeless shelter and we play adn read with the kids there, its really a neat experience and i have alot of fun. Also i have been shadowing an Occupational therapist, and i love it, im getting in my hours so i can apply to the program. Anyways thats my update for now!! Love ya all!!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Happy Birthday wonton!!

Out newest family picture!! Bolwing at fat cats!!

Mikay and mommy!!
Me and my wonton, and one of her many silly faces!
Mikay at her b-day party!! Happy 14th!!

Ill try to make this short...... cause pictures seem to speak louder than words!! But as i've been thinking about Mikayla on her b-day today, i have just felt so blessed to have such an awesome little sister, and i am grateful to have her in my life. YEARS ago, when we had 7 kids everyone always thought we were done, because 7 seems like a handful, but i always felt like we were missing someone, and it turns out that many of our family members felt that way, someone was missing. I'll never forget the day i met my little "wonton" she was five years old, and came to us from florida. As soon as she got off the plane, i started crying, i felt like i had seen her before. My whole family was crying, we found her!! And the rest is history, we were sealed to mikay a few years later, and time has flown by, i can't even remember life without her!! She is one of my best friends, we are differant but we balance each other out. i could chill with her all day!! I have alot of fun memories about her, when she was like 5 years old she was obsessed with the movie "stuart little" she watched it like a million times a day, and she would talk in her "stuart little voice" it was a high annoying voice, but cute nevertheless. i will never forget watching her play soccer fot he first time, she fell alot at first but pretty soon everyone was gathering to watch her, she was amazing for a 5 year old!! And of course i will never forget when she was about 6 or 7 and i found her with a pile of things that did not belong ot her, she informed me that they belonged to her because they "were made in china" and she was too!! So i made her a shirt that said "made in China" and she wore it for years!! One day i started calling her my little wonton and it has stuck, she was even amazed later to find out that wontons were things in soup, she thought i had made up the word!!
I just love this girl!! Happy Birthdya mikayla!!! Love ya forever and ever!!!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Moving on up...

Yay!! Today I am offically moving back to SLC, i am very excited but at teh same time sad to be leavign home. I have loved being home these last 9 ish months. I have such an amazing family, and i had missed them. BUT i feel good about moving back to SLC, and it'll be nice to stop commuting everyday to work.
I have been sick since last saturday..i have felt miserable!! i went to my work clinic on Monday and they said i had "laringitis" and sent me home with musinex, and sudafed. But by Thursday i was even more miserable and so sick, i couldn't breath, or talk very well, my voice was shot!! I had an awful cough,a nd my back started aching from all the hard coughing. I went to work everyday and was miserable. Finally on thursday they sent me home from work early and i went to a now care, wher ei was diagnosed with Bronchitis, and given some antibiotics, and now i feel much better. I still have an awful cough, but its getting better.
So since i was sick all week, i hadn't really packed, But some how i managed to do a little at a time. And now in abotu hour we will pack it all up and go!! Thanks to my family, and Kate and other friends who are helping!!
Yay! I'll let ya know how it goes.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Adding to brother farley....

I found this post from a Blog of a friend of brother Farley. This man was not a member and was pretty anti-mormon, but from this post you can see what a great effect brother farley had on him. ( This man also was the last man to see brother Farley alive, Bro FArley died while leaving this man's house after working on their motocycles together)


A final wrap-up....

Mike's funeral was yesterday at 5:00 p.m. Mrs. Sahagan and I attended (the crowd was over 100). It was our first time in a Mormon church function, and I must say the service was dignified, in a beautiful sanctuary, and yet, at the same time, very mournful, for Mike was an integral and very appreciated member of the congregation.

I spoke to the assembled group and conveyed the sincerest condolences, prayers and well-wishes from this forum and everyone who replied to this thread.

Mike is now on his way to Wisconsin, his home, to be laid to rest. Were he aware of it, I'm sure he'd hate the ride in the hearse, preferring to make such a trip on two wheels.

As to the disposition of his wrecked '09 Vulcan (it is expected the insurance company will return the bike to the family, and I've been asked to retrieve it and store it), and the Connie sitting in my shop, the family has asked me to hold on for a couple of weeks, when they will call and talk to me about them.

A couple of things really hit home for me. At 72, Mike had lived a long and amazingly productive life. His accomplishments read like those of many more famous men, and yet, he never once reeled them off to me, preferring to be just himself, a motorcycle nut, plain and simple.

But that was just the tiniest part of his life. His family was large and extended, and the impact he had upon many people was great and lasting. As it was for me.

Mike and I had theological incompabilities, and yet, when we mutually realized neither of us was about to make a new convert, we decided instead, to make a new friend. And a true friend he was. I never saw Mike exhibit anything but a laid-back attitude, never losing his temper, even when his Leatherman tool closed up on his finger....we agreed wholeheartedly on the conservative political stance, and between us, we had corporately seen not one single episode of Saturday Night Live. And while that probably means nothing to anyone reading this, it meant something to us.We shared a total disinterest in modern humor, the lack of morality and the loss of consideration for others that is so rampant today.

So Mike will be missed. Here are two direct quotes from my short address to the group, that sum up for me, the way I feel...."If Mike Farley excelled in being a family man, a father, husband, son, grandfather and great grandfather, if Mike Farley excelled in being a member of the church, and a servant of God. Then know this....Mike Farley excelled in being a friend as well."

And, to close out I said, "If Mike Farley is the greatest man the Mormans have ever produced, they have no reason whatsoever to feel anything but a justified sense of satisfaction and well-being".

The family and the church congregation asked me to convey their appreciation for your kind words and condolences. You already know how I feel about your outpouring of support and concern.

Thank you. After all, can it really be Heaven without motorcycles? And maybe we'll join Mike riding along the dappled roads of Southern Heaven one of these days. After all, he loved the South.


Happy and Sad news!

It has been a while since i'm "blogged" it's been crazy! I have been working in SLC now at the U of U hosp for 3 weeks. My "training" is done and i go into shift tomorrow! I only trained for 15 days which is a new record! It went by so fast, there are alot of new people at work and i am starting to feel more comfortable around them, BUT there are alot of my old friends there too, adn i lvoe seeing them again! It's been a blast. I've been commuting back and forth and its been a pain in my behind! I am gone from 7:50 am to 10:30 pm mon-fri. BUT i have finals this week then I am done with school...untill August!!
More good news I have an Apt in SLC.... We found it 2 weeks ago and we are moving in May 9th.. so 2 weeks!! It is on 6th south and 12th east, its two blocks form teh U of U, the aprtments are nice, and the area is safe! It'll be so nice to live in SLC, but I will miss my family I have loved living with them as crazy as its been these last 9 months! Micheel,Andrea and I are way excited, we haev almost all the things we need, couches, microwave, New flat screen T.V, dishes, silverware, beds!! It's a working progress! Michelle, Andrea adn I have hung out a bunch lately and i just lvoe those two! We have alot in common and we are gonna have so much fun in SLC, and it turns out that we will be inteh same ward as some of my good pals from work..yay!
Ok now for my sad news.. I'm syill emotional, i don't know what my deal is....I just cry alot!! Today i was in Sacrament meeting when ilooked down at my phone to check the time, i saw that i and two texts, so i read them and a former companion informed me that TWO people from my mission dies this past week.I just started bawling, and i cried so hard that i had to leave. Of course evryone started at me. but it was such a shock. Both members from the Paris Branch ( my frist area i served in for 6 1/2 months) i was really close to both of them. One of them was Sister Mcfarland, she was a lessa active that i worked with, When ileft she was active adn happy, and her haelth was better! she also helped us baptize a friend of her living with her. She was in her 80's and had bad health, luckily I got to see her when I left TN and my parents got to meet her. She was amazing and had such a strong testimony. I felt prompted to call her adn her daughter Donna about 2 weeks ago, and i left htem a message adn told them i loved them, She called back and left a message but I never called her back. I feel so bad that I never got to talk to her, but I can't dwell on that, I know she knows that i lvoe her!!
The second person was Brother Mike Farley. He was so Christlike and Service oriented! I could go on and on with examples of this! He helped us out so much, he drove us everywhere, we taught investigators in his home more than a dozen times, he came on dozens of exchanges and he was amzing with new converts, less actives and investigators. He and his wife fed us often and i just loved visiting with them, they were SOOO happy, such a cute couple! He held up our little branch, he was in charge of geneology and members of many differant faiths came to seek his help weeklly. He was alos a writer in the local newspaper adn was well kown by many people. He home-taught over 10 people and took such good care of them!! I got to say goodbye to him with my parents and I am so glad they got to meet him. He loved fixing cars and motorcycles and he died last week in motorcycle vs. Van accident while he was driving to the church on a wednesday night to help with geneology. I feel so bad for his family, and for the paris branch, he was such a light. He will be deeply missed. But i know that He and Sis Mcfarland are in a better place and God must need them to help with missionary work cause their both amazing member missionaries!
Four peple that I was really close to on my mission have died since i've been home
( 9 months) It's been super hard for me, but i am so lucky to have met such amazing people who taught me so much!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

2 weeks notice!

Well it's offical, I got a job at ARUP again in the Stat Lab at the University Of Utah Hosp. I worked there before my mission for almost 3 years, when i left it was way hard I loved my job and the people i worked with. It alll happened so fast but basically on Friday God told me I could move back to SLC, I prayed and felt good about it, so i looked at the ARUP website and saw a shift that would work with school, so I called a friend who worked there, and on monday I got 2 calls from supervisors and they basically hired me back before i even put an application in. So i put in my 2 weeks notice in at my current job and my last day will be April 2nd. and I start my job in SLC April 6th. I'll have to commute for awhile school doesn't end unitll April 30th, and after that I'll move back to SLC sometime. I already have 2 amazing Roomates and we are all way excited to find an Apt. It's funny how things just work out. I've learned patience these past 8 months, and i'm glad i stayed homw ith the family, but i am also way excited to move to SLC and go to school and just have a fresh start! Yay!