Synopsis: August, September, and October

Well, as we all know, I have not been posting frequently like I usually do. Mostly because I’ve been sick and blogging while your on so many medications should be illegal. So, now that I’m mostly better, here’s a little update about what’s happened the last little bit.

1. First and foremost, Mom is a college grad! Isn’t she just the cutest thing ever?! I’m so proud of her. She’s now in a Master’s program kicking butt! Go Momma, go!

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2. Meg, Buddy, and I survived the move! They love their new school and are rocking the world of junior high.

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3. I’ve seen the doctor five times plus a visit to the ER. My lungs still suck. We still don’t know what’s wrong. I’ve seen the lung specialist and he’s a little stumped. This picture is when I was sick and had to get an X-ray of my lungs. A few weeks later, I was almost better and then I got sick (again). While that was happening, my roommates and I had a game night because I wasn’t contagious and we all were laughing. For me, the laughing turned into an asthma attack which lead to seeing stars and then a trip to the ER (the doctor said to go if I had a bad asthma attack which is what happened). An hour and a half later, with Sarah, Jake, and Carson all in the ER with me (plus my roommate L), I was free to go with a lung and a half. It was great. Aug and Sep 007

4. I’m in love with watercolor! Need I say more? I think not.

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5. Even when your sick, you need SEVERAL girl nights with the roommies and they must include ice cream runs. Super unhealthy, but worth every single bite! And we just rock at facials.

 

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6. Double date with Sarah and Jake! Carson took me to a corn maze with Sarah and Jake. It was a blast (despite all the times he freaked me out–I don’t do scary!)

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7. Crafts of all sorts are a must when your sick. So are movies, Netflix, and lots and lots of reading. These are the coasters I made for the table. Aren’t they cute?!

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8. Sometimes your siblings kidnap you to go to the cabin. Only went because I love them!
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9. Adventuring with Sarah never ends! We finally made it to the beautiful canyon and I have to say, the pictures don’t even do it justice! IMG_4703

Well, that’s all the excitement that has been happening here. What’s new in your life?
xo
Sam

Watercolor Paintings (Part Two)

My last post was all about the watercolor paintings that I’ve been doing. Seriously, I cannot get enough of this. I’m in love with watercolor (never thought I’d say that!) and it’s been so much fun trying different techniques that I’ve learned. Here are the latest paintings!

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Determination

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A Final Finish A Final Finish

Ballet Shoes & Me

Ballet Shoes & Ballerinas

In The Rain of AfricaIn The Rain of Africa

So what do you think? The photo quality isn’t the greatest (I’m working on that) but once I have that all ironed out, I was thinking about selling them on Esty.com or something like that. What do you think?
xo
Sam

Watercolor Paintings

Painting is something that I’ve always enjoyed. I love the way the brush moves the paint and how the texture forms after layer and layer. I love the colors. I love the feel of the paint brush so much more. Lately, I’ve been painting with watercolor and I’m finally getting the hang of it. Here’s what I’ve done lately:

 

Flowers
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Tiger
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Mountains
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Italy
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Fall Trees
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Eiffel Tower
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A Day In The Life Of An Aggie

Hello dear readers!
It’s been awhile. I swear I’ll get better about updating my blog eventually. But since it’s been a while, I thought I would give you a slim glimpse into my everyday life as an Aggie.

6:50 AM: “I belong with you, you belong with me, in my sweet hearts . . .” The Lumineers “Ho Hey” song scares me to death every morning (you would think that it wouldn’t because it’s a fairly quiet song). I hit the snooze button and then I eventually get up–usually no later than 7:30–to get ready.

8:07 AM: Now, that I’m out the door ready to face the day I hike the hill of death. Well, at least it’ll be my death. The bronchitis combined with the asthma doesn’t help with the climb. This is usually about a five to seven minute walk depending on how quick everyone is moving that morning. Eventually, I make it to the top and have a few minutes to run to the middle of campus to go to my math class.

IMG_41958:30-9:15 AM: Math 990. It’s as dull as it sounds.

 9:20-10:15 AM: Chill at the Quad Café. I usually grab a hot chocolate and do homework here for about an hour. Sometimes, I’ll just waste time or start a new blog post (which clearly hasn’t been successful) or play Candy Crush. Yes, it’s pathetic.

10:18-11:22 AM: My Folk Art & Material Culture class is fabulous. I’m in love with this class. We recently studied graveyards and IMG_4445what they represent. I am loving every minute of it (probably because I’m minoring in Folklore).

11:30-12:22 PM: I’m in the Old Testament Institute class with Brother G. He’s a great teacher and I’m learning so much about the Old Testament. It’s great being able to take a break from the crazy morning and to just study the scriptures.

12:30-12:50 PM: Lunch time. Well, more like snack time. I keep a stash of snacks in my bag because hiking the hill of death isn’t worth getting a real lunch. So I eat snacks instead.

1:00-1:45 PM: Last class of the day: Family Finance. It’s a huge class. I always heard people joke about having classes in big lecture halls and how the professor has no idea who you are. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s true. My class seats 500 students. I’m just a number in the crowd. It’s a pretty intense class but I’m learning so much and I’m really enjoying it.

1:47-2:00 PM: This is usually about the time when I walk down the hill of death. It doesn’t take long walk down it. Once I get off the hill, I have to walk a few blocks to get back to my apartment.

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2:00-10:30 PM: Depending on the day, I’m either doing homework, at work, in my American Literature class (great class, by the way!), or reading a good book. From there, my nights are all over the place. Sometimes I do homework. Sometimes I watch movies with my roommates (who I love very much!) or just chat with them. I haven’t done a whole lot since I’ve been sick (I’m still sick, guys! Seriously. I’m considering putting my lungs on Ebay and asking for new ones in return) but as soon as I’m better, the adventures in Logan will begin again! Oh! And then bedtime hits and then it starts all over again (except Tuesdays and Thursdays because I don’t have classes on those days).

xo

Sam

 

College Adventures: Les Miserables (And I’m still alive…barely)!

Wow. I can’t believe that I haven’t posted for almost three weeks! I survived finals week and boy, can I just tell you how stressed I was that I wasn’t going to do well. Thankfully, I did! I got an A in my Storytelling class and a B in my Math 950. Math is something that I’ve always struggled with and I am so grateful that it’s finally starting to “click” with my brain.

Anyway, as a celebration for my good grades, I baked some cookies (they didn’t turn out so great because I may or may not have burnt them. I’m tellin’ ya, my baking skills are not great. I can cook a handful of things but baking . . . oh, my poor future children. They are going to grow up on burnt cookies. Bless their souls) and watched “Saving Mr. Banks” with roommate #2 while we did nails. It was super nice just relaxing after an insane semester.

Then I moved into my new apartment and school started. And the cheery on top: I have pneumonia. So, there are no pictures to post of the new roommies or apartment. Once I’m better, we’ll do that. However, I failed at posting about seeing Les Miserables on stage a few weeks ago with Sarah. Here we go!

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We kicked off the night with some homemade pizza that Sarah’s husband Jacob made. It was amazing and I’m pretty I can still taste it as I write this.

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Then the time came for us to see the incredible production of Les Miserables! And boy, was it amazing (though I must say the gal who played Fantine was a little weak compared the rest of the cast)! I really loved the opening scene and if I could I would’ve recorded the entire musical.

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And of course, we just had to take pictures of our beautiful faces!

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Very beautiful, right?!

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All in all, it was a great little adventure in Logan. We loved it! Five out of five stars!
xo
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“Lord, Give Me Mountains To Climb.”

President Eyring gave a talk a few years ago called, “Mountains to Climb.” It’s always been one of my favorite talks and it was one that I frequently shared on my mission (you can watch it at the bottom of this post!). Anyway, lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the trials that I’ve been given as of late.

As most of you know, I came home six months early from medical reasons. Unfortunately, those reasons have yet to be solved. I keep getting phenomena or bronchitis and for some reason, I can’t get over it. Many doctors have called me a “medical mystery” and have told me that there isn’t anything that they can do. But I’d beg to differ. There is always something that can be done.

I went to the doctor’s SEVEN times last year because I had bronchitis/pneumonia . This year, I’ve gone three. Three years ago, I went twice. Year before that three times. So on and so forth. You get the picture. It hasn’t been easy and believe me when I say that I’ve gone insane just sitting around watching Netflix. But the one thing that has been consistent is the Lord’s hand in this whole thing.

I’m glad that He gives me those mountains to climb so I can become more like Him. I’m grateful for the opportunities I have to learn and grow from the hard moments. But most of all, I’m grateful that I’m given so many chances to come closer to Him each day. That’s what makes climbing the mountain worth-while.

xo
Sam

His Plan A

Samantha:

Throw back Thursday to when I wrote this a little while ago.

Originally posted on Destination Sunshine:

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This is the week that I would be returning home from my mission. In fact, it would be this Thursday that I would be walking off the plan and seeing my family for the first time in 18 months. But seven months ago, I came home early. My health wasn’t going to allow me to stay and finish the last part of my mission and it was devastating for me.  I loved being a missionary. I loved sharing my testimony of the Savior every single day. It was the best thing that I have ever done in my life.

For the past seven months, I’ve wondered a lot about why I had to come home. Why couldn’t I have just gotten over the bronchitis/phenomena and regained my health back? Why couldn’t the doctor’s find out why I kept getting sick? Why, why, why? All I wanted was answers. Seven months…

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