Tuesday, February 09, 2010

fresh from an anxiety attack, and feeling fine

all of a sudden i feel really good. feeling really good is feeling really welcome, because i have been feeling really anxious. how's that for a sentence?

kelly mentioned it on her blog, but it bears repeating. she fell over backwards (and i'm talking straight over, onto her back, hitting her head and elbows, kind of fell) on the sidewalk by the southwest skycap at the reno airport. i cannot emphasize enough that this was the funniest thing i have ever seen. i am laughing right now just thinking about it. you know when you think of something and start laughing out loud no matter where you are? i did that about 20 times yesterday, whenever i would picture her falling in my head. the best part was, she was just standing there... she didn't trip, stumble, nothing. she just fell over. also, there were lots of people around, one of which yelled out, "oh sh**... is she alright?"

also, we got another call to meet with the stake presidency last week. we were like, oohhhh boy. luckily it wasn't for me this time. tyler is now the first counselor in the elders quorom presidency. i think he'll do really good cause he is such a hard worker, and there is ALOT of hard work to be done here. there's over 90 prospective elders in our ward boundaries. the field is white...

another cool expereince was getting set apart on sunday. the stake presidency was all there to set apart the new elders quorom, and then the first counselor (the one who we met with when i got called as the seminary teacher) stayed and set me apart. it was just him, tyler, and me in the room, and it was a pretty cool experience. he said in the blessing (among lots of things that i can't remember), that although i may feel at times like my teaching is not getting through or having an impact, that specific phrases/lessons/stories that i teach will stay with these kids and affect their lives in the years to come, changing generations. it makes me kinda choked up as i'm typing it. i feel like a missionary again, except without the sucky parts this time. haha. when he finished the blessing he told tyler and i that he usually just says amen and shakes hands and that's that, but that he wanted to share more with us. he talked about the glimpse he got of tyler and i during the blessing, and the things that are in store for us, etc. he was choked up talking about it, and tyler and i were also. it was a sweet spirit. the church is true my friends.

can i just say that i love my sisters? they are amazing and i admire them so much. i have my whole life. do you know that you three? i have idolized you since before i knew what the word idolized meant. i could not ask for three better examples, or three better friends, or counselors, or surrogate mothers, etc. you guys are the bomb.

this post is getting pretty intense again, so how bout we lighten things up? we (dad, kathi, kelly, and i) were in a thrift store on saturday and a guy saw dad's byu sweatshirt that he was wearing. i was across the store, but i heard the guy say, "do you know what the mormons say when they talk about reno? it's so close to hell you can see sparks!"
*for those of you who don't get that joke fully, sparks is the town that borders reno on the north. get it?

5 comments:

heather said...

i am laughing so hard about that last joke about reno. love it!! I once did the funniest fall. I was in the MTC and it was icy on the ground outside. Our district was taking a walk and I must have begun to run because I slipped on the ice and flew up in the air with my whole body parallel to the ground and then boom down all at once. My whole district couldn't stop laughing for so long. Nancy said she will never forget my hair flying in the air.

kelly said...

was the fall i had when trying to kick tyler more funny? i didn't see either, so you'll have to be the judge. and yes, i know you idolize me.....

Kirsti said...

man...you two were just what that ward needed i guess! it's crazy that you would both have such important callings so soon after getting there. you guys must have really impressed them. i'm jealous that kelly got to visit you, i wanna be there with you sooooo bad! when will you be in rexburg? are you working out?

Teija in PDX said...

I love that Sparks joke. And what I love more is that it came from some random guy at a thrift store. Random thrift store encounters are always memorable.

GRodenberg said...

mike and I are totally laughing at a lot of things...the joke, the fall, teija's comment. I have always idolized and loved you too! My little ragamuffin sister who turned into the most beautiful woman I've ever seen. I love the picture of me and mom at the hospital after you were born, and I love how I always pretended that you could have been mine. But I really love the person you have become-very soothing and calming to me, as well as hilarious and nonjudgemnetal. I so need that (YOU) in my life. love you