May 17, 2012

jessica 101 (crash course)

So much has been going on lately, all VERY thrilling and good things :)
I thought I'd do a little up-date on my life.
Partly as a check-list to myself to see what I've actually accomplished and what still needs to be done.

First of all, there is a new ray of hope that I'm actually going to graduate high school! To clear up any confusion, I had failed to earn my (stupid) .5 Fit For Life credit yet :/ I somehow managed to avoid that class my entire high school career... :/ and after YEARS of trying to motivate myself to complete an on-line course
 (which I literally started in summer of '09)
 and finally buying a packet
(which was WAY too pricey)
 I have finally COMPLETED it and passed my final with an A in the class!!
Word of advice to new coming sophomores:
HALLELUJAH! And just in the nic of time! because...

Graduation is right around the corner! 10 school days left. 10 EVER high school days left! Crazy crazy thought! June 1, 2012. announcements will be on their way soon, Thanks to my lovely aunt Jennifer Anderson!
Jenn was SO great and took a few hours a couple Sundays ago to photograph some 'senior' pictures of me! She is very talented and it was super fun :)

Also a few Sundays ago, on the 22nd of April, I had the opportunity to receive my patriarchal blessing. This was the most incredible, coolest, most spiritual experience I have ever had in my life. I love my patriarch, Brother Pincock, SO much and I feel like I've known him my whole life. I have a testimony that they are true and they truly are you're own personal scripture from God. They really are a fathers blessing from our loving Father in heaven and are filled with so much guidance. I've never felt the spirit so strong and I will cherish that moment, and my blessing for the rest of my life! Receiving one is definitely something that you don't wanna pass up in this lifetime.

THIS Sunday (May 20) I will officially graduate from seminary! After four years I can say I've had some great experiences, and some rocky moments haha. But overall I know I would regret it if I wasn't graduating. The program has truly blessed my life. I just can't believe it's over! I remember my first class in ninth grade with Bro. Johnson and I couldn't get over the fact that I was going to 'sunday school' right after math, in my normal clothes, with a bunch of class-mates haha. But I've learned so much and have grown a deeper love and appreciation for the scriptures.
 this definitely isn't the end, bring on institute!
I am still employed at Bohme Boutique in the Layton Hills Mall. :) I love it! It's been such a fun job and I've learned a lot from it! And i'm SO grateful for it because come Fall, I will actually be able to be transferred up the Logan Bohme! It has been SUCH a relief knowing that i'll already have a job set up for me when I go up to college!
(Between books, food, and sending packages i imagine a poor college student like me will appreciate some extra cash)
p.s. friends and family if you come into Bohme on Thursday, May 17th from 8-10 only you get 20% off!

So some VERY exciting news came today! I got an e-mail while sitting on the couch
(thanks to insta-access to my internet, via iphone)
that I am an Awardee of the TH Bell Scholarship!
Dear Awardees,
Congratulations! You have been selected as an awardee for the T.H. Bell Teaching Incentive Loan Program for the 2012-13 school year. The number of highly qualified candidates was very high and selection was difficult. An official letter from the State Superintendent will follow in the mail. It will briefly explain the loan program and that further instructions will be sent to you from the Office of the Board of Regents.
I am now just awaiting the letters to give me fuller details and information about what it all entails... I know that as part of it i'll be required to teach in Utah for how ever many years they pay for my schooling... or something like that. But teaching was the plan anyway, so i'll take it. i'm stoked! And I feel very Blessed! This really will be an awesome thing.

 Last Sunday, May 13th marks the ONE more month mark til this awesome guy embarks on his journey to serve the Lord for two years...

Let me just tell you, this isn't going to be easy! haha I love this kid so much! But I know he is going to be an AMAZING missionary because he has the type of personality that when he sets his mind towards something, he really gives it 110% no less!! I wouldn't want him doing anything else. and I am extremely proud of him! I just am going to enjoy all the time I can with him while he's still here
(26 days- but who's counting)
 and keep having a BLAST like we always do, and then happily send him off to Mexico to bless lives and serve the Lord!
Who invented 'missing' people anyway? It's silly.

WOW. so thats kind of a lot to digest but thats the basics of whats been going on with me lately. I'm super excited for the future and all the new adventures it's going to bring me!
 so grateful for my parents and family to support me with everything.
don't know what I would do without them

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