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Monday, April 27, 2009

Nos Vemos Amigos!

I came home from my mission to Puerto Rico, almost three years ago now! It was such an amazing experience, and when I left Puerto Rico at the end of my mission, I felt like I was leaving my home. I didn't know when I would have the opportunity to go back, but the day has finally come! Caleb and I are leaving to Puerto Rico tomorrow morning!! I am anxious and excited and nervous all at the same time. I have such a wonderful husband who is so excited to see my mission and where I served for a year and a half. Hopefully we don't get much rain, as we are almost in May and it's the rainiest month there! But we figured we need to do stuff like this while we still can. So I won't be blogging for a while, but many pictures and hopefully good stories to follow! Adios!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My Husband..the genuis!

I am really excited to share our fantastic news with you! We just found out! A couple of months ago Caleb submitted a paper to a competition that his school holds yearly. The paper topic, was Good Conduct. Caleb spend tons of time working on his paper, and it took a lot for us to actually get it in on time! They told him he would hear back by April 15th...and since that date has come and gone he just assumed he hadn't won it, and to be honest...not that I don't think my husband is brilliant...i wasn't really expecting him to.

But a couple of hours ago, Caleb called me in from the kitchen and said "you should come look at this e-mail." We got an e-mail saying he won!! And guess what the prize is...$4000 big ones!!! I am soooo proud of him! And the extra money will be nice for us starving students! He goes to an awards ceremony next month, and he'll share some of his paper with the committee. We couldn't be more excited!!! Congrats Caleb!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

The View From Our Apartment

Oh Halifax, you are definitely not Alberta. 

Sunday, April 12, 2009

La Conferencia General

Last weekend was fantastic. We had a lazy weekend watching conference and sleeping in. We are three hours ahead of Utah here, so it was nice to sleep in late! We enjoyed the talks so much, and I especially liked Elder Uchtdorf's talk. Saturday morning we ventured down the street to a little pastry shop I have been dying to try out. 

It's a European pastry shop that sells delicious cakes, breads, and of course pastries! I had a hot chocolate, and a chocolate croissant...(chocolate overload) and Caleb had his fave, a hot-cross bun. It was adorable, and so yummy! I'm sure we will be back. 

And this is what the rest of our weekend looked like...

We love Conference! 

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I Hate Good-Byes

I began my University career many years ago as a naive 17 year old. Looking back now it is hard to imagine that I had the slightest clue of what I wanted to do in life...and really I didn't. It took 3 years of being a "pre-ed" student with a major in English to finally realize that I did not love what I was fact I didn't even like could even go as far to say that I hated it. I had no passion for it, I was miserable. After returning home from my mission I had a semester where I had no idea what I was doing, and no idea where I was going. I had always however been interested in one field of study that I had pushed could I change my major where I had gone so far in my degree already? But how could I get a degree that I really had no interest in? It took a lot of thinking to come to a conclusion. I also had the support of my then "secret friend", now husband, to chase my dreams. How thankful I am for his help, because without him I'm not sure I would have had the courage to make a change. But I did, I applied to the school of health sciences, with a major in addictions counseling. I was accepted into the program and since then I have never looked back. I have absolutely loved the program, it is different than any other type of schooling I've had. Caleb calls it really expensive therapy. I never thought I would find something I love so much. 

For the past 12 weeks I have been working at a mens residence for individuals who suffer with addiction.  It has been part of my junior practicum, and next week it is coming to an end. Throughout this experience I have had many challenges, which have mainly been the staff I have to work with...I was hoping to learn more from them, instead I find myself critisizing them more than anything else. But what I never expected is how much I would learn from the men that I work with. 

From my first very nervous, awkward day, they have been nothing but kind and welcoming. They are always there to chat with, to joke around with, and I have found myself on more than one occasion, in awe at their strength and courage. In their eyes these men are the lowest of the low, they have made so many mistakes, that have led to such catastrofic consequences for them. They keep making the same mistakes over and over, they feel that they have nothing to offer. But I have watched these men over the past few months grow and change, and to me what they are doing is so courageous. I don't know if I could be in their position and be as strong as they are. They are giving themselves a new life, another chance to make reconciliations and become better. They are all such genuinely kind people. After I do group sessions with them, they always thank me for the class I put on, and tell me how much they enjoyed never fails. They will never know how much that means to a student who is struggling to "get it right". They have come to talk to me personally with their biggest issues and challenges. At times it has been scary for me, and sometimes I don't know what to say, but I am humbled to know that they would seek me have confidence in me, which I most of the time am lacking myself. 

 I have grown to love these men. I never thought I would. As I think about my final week, I can't help but get emotional. I have to leave and cut all my ties with them. It will be hard not to know how they are doing, and if they're making progress, if they've relapsed, what's happening in their lives. One thing is for sure I will never forget them, and I don't think they'll ever know how much worth they truly have, and how much they have touched my life. 

Good-bye for now Alcare Place, I will miss you. 

Friday, April 3, 2009

Welcome to Halifax!

This is what our life has looked like for the past three months...

And it just keeps on coming. We returned home from our visit to Alberta with a big snow storm waiting for us in Halifax. Typical. I am so sick of the weather here! The snow has cleared up, but it's been raining and dreary all day makes me depressed!

Caleb now says that we should never clear up any preconceived notion that people have of Canada. Yes, it's freezing cold here...all the time, we basically live in igloos, and if we owned a dog sled it would probably actually be the best mode of transportation for us at this moment. 


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Alberta...the land of Sunshine!

Caleb and I returned back to Lethbridge this past weekend. I had to do a presentation for school, which went OK, I'm mostly just happy to have it over and done! I kept telling Caleb that we needed to take a lot of pictures on the weekend, but I think we ended up with only four...oops! We flew into Calgary and picked up the car at the hanger, and we found this little surprise still on our car from our wedding!

Our car got decorated after our reception with the pompoms we so lovingly hand made! This little guy held on for dear life! I can't bear to take it off, so there it stays! It used to be red, now it's more of a pinky white!

We got out to a movie while we were in town with Caleb's sister Britt, her "friend" Ian, and newly engaged Sam and Melissa!! We are so excited for them! We all went to see Monsters vs Aliens in 3D and it was SO funny! I highly recommend it. It was a lot better than I had expected it to be. I'm usually not that into cartoons, but this one was hilarious.

We had a fun weekend visiting with family and friends. And we decided that we will never complain about Alberta again. We couldn't believe how sunny and beautiful the weather was there. We had a great time and we miss you all so much!!