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The Utah Series: BYU Memories

T.J., Eva, and I headed down to BYU on Wednesday where we visited our old offices and walked around campus a bit. It was so fun to be back on that gorgeous campus. Made me miss the old days! After lunch, we went to the renovated Bean Museum on campus with T.J.’s parents and my sister-in-law Lindsay, along with her two kids. I was pretty impressed with the renovations and the kids enjoyed it, as well.

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Rise Up


The start of something new…

7:45 a.m.

T.J., let me take your picture!

Katie, that’s embarrassing!

Back to school, back to school…

Last night I went to Target while I was waiting to meet up with a friend and the place was packed with everyone and their moms. That’s not a joke. The moms and dads were there with all the kids and college freshman buying back-to-school stuff and things for their apartment. I was so jealous of all of them. I wanted MY mom to be here helping me pick out things for my dorm and MY dad buying me new school supplies (my dad would always let us get the name brands at staples, BTOML).

But all of that is over.

For the first time in more than 17 years, I will not start school this fall. And before the thought of that brings tears to my eyes, I have to hurry up and remember that for the first time in more than 17 years, I will not have to write a single school paper or take a test this fall! It all evens out!

So, if anyone needs/wants me to take them to Target to pick out stuff for their new apartment and get new notebooks, PLEASE give me a call because I am dying to go “Back-to-School” shopping!

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It always works out, I tell you!

K, so you see my last post, the one how I was worried about how to pay tuition? Well, we honestly didn’t know how we were going to pay. In the past, miracles have happened right when we needed them, such as the FAFSA coming through paying for all of our tuition or our tax refund being larger than expected, paying for T.J.’s hospital bills. But it’s not FAFSA or tax refund season, so unless we found a check for $1000 in our mailbox from a stranger or deceased relative, we weren’t sure how we going to pay for the tuition next week.

Then last night, I kept having thoughts about loans going through my mind. T.J. really doesn’t like taking out any loans, obviously, so I kept putting off the thought.

But this morning, I received an email notifying me about BYU’s short term loan. If you pay it back in six weeks, there’s no interest or extra cost to you. It’s basically like a payment plan.


I’m in tears writing this, which isn’t saying much considering I’m a hormonal pregnant woman who cries about everything. I just have such a strong testimony of tithing and that our Heavenly Father is aware of our personal needs. He looks our for us and when we do what we’re supposed to do, things will work out somehow.

And when things work out, it isn’t just a coincidence.