A summer of great memories

Today my heart is feeling very full. I just got back from a beautiful lunch with one of my dearest friends. There is nothing better than spending a lovely afternoon with someone so dear to you and laughing, crying, reminiscing, and leaving with a warm embrace. Afternoons and moments like this are what make up a lifetime full of happiness.

This summer has been one of the greatest summers of learning and growth for me. Just as every season of our lives has its ups and downs, this summer has had its ups and downs. I am so grateful that today while driving home, I was finally able to see things in perspective, and realize that everything that has been hard is foreshadowed by everything that has been so good.

When I think of this summer, I think of sitting in Todd and Ashleigh's living room in Indianapolis watching TV shows with two other beautiful women, and laughing and conversing about life. I think of an amazing day at an amusement park and racing down water slides and watching Olivia's joy as we floated the lazy river. I think about spending wonderful, relaxed Sundays with Craig, Olivia, family, and friends. I think about getting on that escalator in the airport and seeing my brother and sister for the first time in four months, and feeling completely overwhelmed with joy and relief. I think of being there to witness Chris and Alycia being sealed in the Temple, and the sweet and pure love of a beautiful new couple, as they embrace with tears of joy in their eyes. And I wouldn't change a moment of it.

I want to thank my Heavenly Father for teaching me that the greatest things in life and the things that really matter are: Craig, Olivia, family, the Gospel, dear friends..and the blessing of being able to crawl into bed at night with my best friend and the love of my life. Nothing could ever bring me more joy and peace. My heart is overflowing with gratitude.

Craig, I love you and hope you know that you are my hero and my best friend. I can't wait to see you soon and jump into your arms. I think I will probably never let go!!