David and I spoke in Sacrament meeting last week. Since I've only done one other talk that my dad didn't write for me (there was a 10 year gap between the last talk I gave before the one I had in my singles ward), I was crazy nervous. The whole week leading up to it, I felt a ton of anxiety. Then as I gave the talk, I don't think my voice stopped trembling so it's hard to say whether or not the members could understand it, much less get anything out of it. But I sure did. It was definitely a spiritually uplifting thing to prepare a talk. I feel like I need to put it here to have a record of it and to remind me of what I spoke about and hopefully do as I preach. So here it is...
brother and sisters. I am very excited to speak to you today in regards to a
subject that I myself am rediscovering every day and hope to learn to keep in
my heart always. When Dave and I were asked to speak, for some reason, I
strongly felt the need to choose my own topic. I think it’s because when I
watch conference, I hear the General Authority talk about how they were
inspired and the spirit helped them to choose what they should address the
members about. Not that I’m a general authority or anything, but I guess I just
wanted to pray and let the spirit guide and see where it took me. But I found
myself struggling to find the topic because I kept on wanting to narrow it down
to something specific. The funny thing is, the more I kept trying to whittle it
down, the more I was feeling to draw back and be broader. I kept fighting it
until I realized that that was exactly what inspiration is. So here goes.
I want to
speak about our Heavenly Father’s love for us. Let’s just take a moment to try
to let that sink in. Forget about all the bad things that have happened over
the past week or even this morning when you contemplated whether or not you
were even going to church and just try to understand this one thing: Heavenly
Father loves us so darn much. Despite all of our humanly imperfections, He
loves us in a way that we will never completely grasp. He sees us as a complete
picture of flaws and goodness and not just where we are in our progress, but
more importantly, what we have the potential to become. When I think of this,
it doesn’t really matter how crummy things are going because I feel happy just
knowing that there is nothing I can do in this life that can make Him love me less.
This doesn’t make me feel like I can just get a pass on making bad choices, but
just helps me to remember that no matter what happens, He’ll never turn his
back on me or leave me alone.
Father shows us His love in countless ways each and every day. I know that for
me, I can very easily get caught up in the day to day so that I forget about
all those ways and end up focusing on all the things that are going wrong. I
think I even start to make a list of all the ways God shows me that he hates me
because he would have to in order to allow L.A. traffic to interfere with my
daily life. I think that in order for us
to remember how much He really does love us, we need to bring it back simple
existence is proof of Heavenly Father’s love. He gave us life so that we can
have this earthly experience to have the opportunity to choose to follow Him
and someday return Him and be exalted as He is. To live life on Earth, he gave
us our physical bodies. With that, He gave us the ability to touch, to smell,
to taste, to hear, and to see, and while all of these senses can definitely
give us unpleasant experiences, they can also bring us great joy and happiness.
Another big way Heavenly Father shows us His love is by giving us our families.
The special relationships between parents and children, brothers and sisters,
and husband and wives are all meant to give us the care and support we need and
also allows us to have a little taste of what God feels towards each one of us.
Understandably though, not every person is born with all the ideal physical
capabilities or even the ideal family situation. Life can still be pretty
unfair to even those who seem to “have everything.” This is why our individual
earthly experiences and what we make of it determines the happiness we’ll feel
and where we’ll go after this life over.
Father loves us but He does not want to make us love Him back. Instead, He
wants us to show Him. By giving us free agency, we can choose whether or not to
show our love for Him. We may practice our agency to make wise or not-so-wise choices
that can lead to good or bad consequences, and then it is up to us to either
learn and grow from these experiences or repeat and regress. Life is a constant
cycle of stumbling, getting back up and continuing on and we are always in a
“work in progress” state. The point is to just keep on trying and learning each
day. Another way to grow is through enduring trials. As a part of our probation
on earth, being tested and tried helps us to reach our full potential by being
able to overcome hardships through the guidance and companionship of God. There
are many times in my life that I know that the only way I can make it through a
difficult situation is by trusting and having faith in Him.
When I was
in 9th grade, my father bought a business that moved my family to a
different state. I was scared and angry at him for making me leave my friends
and home to live in a strange place and start all over. I remember him asking
me to have faith that everything will be okay and to trust that this was the
right thing to do. When we got to our new house, within minutes, the whole
neighborhood was there to help us move in and when I went to our new ward for
the first time, as soon as Sacrament meeting was over, three very sweet young
women approached me and swept me away to Sunday school. These same three girls
took me to school the next day and made sure that I never felt lost or alone.
To this day I will never forget the feeling of relief and happiness they gave
me by becoming my instant friends and making me feel so welcomed and loved. After
just a few short days, I felt completely happy and comfortable in our new home.
Of course, at the time I was told about the move and feelings of anxiety and
fright overwhelmed me, I had no idea what great blessings were in store. We
tend to only see what’s right in front of us and only Heavenly Father is
capable to seeing the end result. I could’ve saved myself a lot of crying and
worrying if I could’ve just trusted Him from the start. A couple of my favorite
scriptures that come to mind when I am needing a little more faith in times or
trial are Isaiah:55 8-9.
thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your
ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
I think that
during tough times, we often want or even expect Heavenly Father to spare us
the difficulty and remove it from us and when he doesn’t, we become bitter and
resentful. But why would He if he can see clearly how the trial will benefit us
and help us become the people we are meant to be? I’m certain that as we
suffer, he and suffers with us, but would he still rob us of a chance to grow
and learn if it meant that we can be prematurely relieved of our pain? No I
don’t believe he would. He loves us too much. In a talk by Elder Richard G.
Scott called “The Sustaining Power of Faith in Times of Uncertainty and Testing,”
given us the capacity to exercise faith, that we may find peace, joy, and
purpose in life. However, to employ its power, faith must be founded on
something. There is no more solid foundation than in the love Heavenly Father
has for you, faith in His plan of happiness, and faith in the capacity and
willingness of Jesus Christ to fulfill all of His promises.”
during this life, we find ourselves feeling lost and confused. Our mortal
existence was never meant to be easy or else there would be no point in us
being here in the first place. But it was never intended for us to wander
aimlessly or without guidance. In fact, our loving Heavenly Father gave us
everything we need to make it through any situation and return home safely. Whether
we choose to use the help is up to us. I am a big fan of obscure analogies so
when I think about this concept, I think of a literal classroom. We are
obviously the pupils and since life is a test, we are there to take an exam. I
think of our prophets as the teachers. They have taught us what we need to know
and have painstakingly tried to instill the lessons in our hearts. They have
given us most of the answers but often we’ve either daydreamed through the
teachings or have gotten distracted and ignored them all together. I know that
I personally have many times taken for granted that we have living prophets to
guide us in this day and age when we need it so much. I have slept many times
through conference and am definitely guilty of moments of thinking that I am
smarter than the inspired men who communicate with God. I end up learning the hard way and come to
find that the things they preach are true and there to aid us. In a First
Presidency Message, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “Because Heavenly Father
loves His children, He has not left them to walk through this mortal life
without direction and guidance. That is why He pleads so earnestly with us
through His prophets. Just as we want what is best for our loved ones, Heavenly
Father wants what is best for us.”
the best teachers that we can have, God has also given us the best materials to
study and learn from. In my classroom analogy, those vital materials are of
course the scriptures. I am embarrassed to say that am I twenty five years old
and just a few short years ago I started using the scriptures more regularly.
But what a difference it has made. So many answers to questions, examples of
how to lead a righteous life, and personal messages lie in the pages of the
scriptures and we truly cheat ourselves when we don’t take advantage of it. It’s
like taking an open book test and refusing to use the thing that will give us
the answers we need. Heavenly Father has literally given us books with the
answers and we could always use it more often. As we read the scriptures, we
can find simple truths and promises that are so clear that confusion can
instantly dissipate. I remember during a trying time in my life, I heard
someone read the words from D&C 82:10 and even though I have read it
before, it took on a whole new meaning at that time. It says, “I, the Lord, am
bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no
promise.” Scriptures like that bring us back to the knowledge that if we just
do what Heavenly Father has commanded us to do, we will be blessed.
Back to my
analogy. Here we are sitting in a classroom, having been taught be amazing
teachers, been given textbooks with all the answers and Heavenly Father goes
one step further to help us. He gives us tutors to sit with us and guide us to
through the exam. They can point us to the answers we seek, or even whisper
them in our ears. The tutor is obviously the Holy Ghost. How blessed are we
that as long as we live righteously, we are promised a constant companion by
our side to guide us through life.
When I was
in high school, I began dating a boy that would be my boyfriend for years. He
was a non member who was never very interested in the gospel. I’m sure that I
could have tried harder but at that time, I let my inhibitions control and I
failed to share it with him the way that I should have. Around the time that we
had been dating for about three years, the Sacramento Temple was built. At that
point I had put church low on my priority list and had gotten comfortable
living without the spirit in my life. One morning, my mother come into my room
and reminded me that the temple dedication was coming up and asked me to come
to it. Suddenly, a feeling swept over me like I had never felt it. At that very
moment, I knew that the temple was so important to me and that I couldn’t live
a life that didn’t include it. I also knew in my heart that the relationship I
had with my boyfriend wouldn’t lead to a temple marriage or life of church
activity. I’m not telling this story to make judgments on non members or even
to discourage having relationships with people who is not LDS. That is a very
personal decision and Heavenly Father has a different plan for each of us. I am
telling this story to remind myself of a time that the spirit testified to me
strongly and I followed the promptings. I ended the relationship which was one
of the most difficult things I’ve ever done and began to transform my life. The
gospel is now the most important thing in my life and I now enjoy a temple
marriage. We were even married in the Sacramento Temple.
Father loves us so much that he couldn’t let us take the test without everything
we need. He provides us with prophets, scriptures, and the Holy Ghost. So
basically its open book test for a class is taught by the smartest teachers,
with tutors telling us all the answers. We have no excuses to fail since He has
given us all the tools to be successful.
major tool God has given us to be successful and without there is no success is
the Atonement. After the Fall of Adam, we became subject to opposition and
temptation. As we use our agency, we can make decisions that do not align with
God’s plan. When we use the Atonement, we are able to right the wrongs and wipe
away sins that pulled us away from the spirit. Through repentance, we are able
to be clean again. Heavenly Father provided us a way to have this through his
only begotten son.
teacher this world had and will ever know is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
This is the most powerful way God shows His love to us, His children. He sent
his son to be to atone for our sins so that we may someday be resurrected and
live forever in His presence. His plan could not have been fulfilled without
the sacrifice Christ made by suffering in Gethsemane and dying on the cross.
But as significant as his death was to us, his life and ministry is also
equally important. His life stands as the perfect example of service and
obedience and if we try to follow him and do as he did, we can be the happiest
that we can possibly be. I think that the scripture that encompasses this the
best is John 3:16. It says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
Atonement is key to having everlasting life. In order to continue to grow and
be free from sin, we need to be able to repent. Repentance can often be linked
to negative things like suffering, guilt and shame. Even though it is necessary
to feel those things to truly repent, repentance is also meant to bring us
peace, happiness and hope. One of my earliest memories of repentance is a time
when I was in elementary school when my family and I lived in Okinawa, Japan.
The school that I went to split the classes up between an early schedule and a
late schedule. The late scheduled half of the class stayed after school each
day and thoroughly cleaned the classroom and would alternate with the early
half. It was a day that I had to stay and help my class clean and I that
particular day, I was not interested in cleaning at all. I found a corner
behind some cabinets and hid there while my classmates did what they were
supposed to do. I found a crayon and began drawing on the white cabinet door.
When it was time to go home, my teacher discovered my artwork and calmly asked
the children who did in. I was so nervous and scared that I didn’t dare admit
it. She then said that if the person who did it told the truth, they would not
get in trouble. At the time, I saw it as a trap and not as a lesson the teacher
wanted to teach about honesty. As I was walking out the door, I almost told her
that it was me but I chicken out and ran passed her. I remember how awful I
felt that I hadn’t told the truth. When I got home, I found a place to be alone
and prayed for forgiveness. As soon as I sincerely asked to be forgiven, I felt
a warm feeling and felt some of the guilt lift. That experience helped me as I
grew older to go to Heavenly Father to repent so that I may be set free from my
wrong doings and be happy again. We can find much comfort in D&C 58:42
which reads: Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and
I, the Lord, remember them no more.
Atonement not only allows us to repent, but also saves us from physical death. Christ’s
sacrifice to us gave us a way to be resurrected and live forever. Resurrection
provides us a way to live after death, with the knowledge we gained from life,
and with the family members that we love. Heavenly Father created us so that we
can become like Him and live for eternity.
We are all
so very loved. From creation to resurrection, Heavenly Father has provided us
with ways that we can be guided to the fullness of joy that he has in store for
us. I have strong testimony that God
knows each one of us individually and wants nothing but the best for us. He
wants to see us accomplish our goals, overcome trials, and serve one another.
He wants us to be happy because He loves us. He’s given us life, assistance
through prophets, scriptures, and the Holy Ghost, and the Atonement to give us
a safe passage home. Through life’s hardships we can learn to trust Him, endure
faithfully, and lean on Him for comfort. We are so lucky to have the gospel in
our lives and to be able to enjoy its rich blessings. I hope that we can all
come to know the great love our Creator has for us feel it always.
I say these things humbly in the name of Jesus
Most days I feel like my life is somewhere between average and boring. Its probably is more exciting than I give it credit for, but its just hard to remember when life's routines take over and the day to day is forgettable.
Well this last Wednesday was a little out of the ordinary and most definitely not boring...
First off, our dear friends Matt and Meredith Nickle flew here to LA and we were graced with their lovely faces. The reason for the trip is actually pretty cool. Matt and a few of his friends made a video of them drumming (more like smacking) on a big guy's belly. Since all of them are talented drummers, the video was both highly entertaining and very funny. Turns out Jimmy Kimmel had the same opinion and they were asked to come to LA and perform it on stage in a bit called "Can They Do It Live?" Naturally we wanted to take the opportunity to tag along and we did! Backstage passes to the greenroom for VIP treatment and lots of free food.
If you didn't tune into Jimmy Kimmel LIVE on Wednesday, February 20th, then you missed out! The guys did a great job and were even featured in several parts throughout the show. The only thing that could have made the night better would be meeting the man himself but even without experiencing that, I'd say the night was pretty dang exciting and not at all average or boring.
Well here I go playing catch up again. Maybe one of these days I'll post a blog about something that happened that day or even that week but for now, it'll be every few months at the rate I'm going...
So we made it a year!!! Is it weird if I feel like that's kind of a big deal? Everyone who said that the first year is the hardest was actually right. Lot's of adjustments and all kinds of compromises but all worth it at the end of the day. We're still in love, even when we hate each other ;)
For our first anniversary, I ask Dave to plan it and surprise me. I am the hardest person to surprise and I have spoiled many would-be surprises in the past so I decided to give him a chance to plan something fun all on him own and hope I'd love it. Good news: I LOVED IT!!! But who wouldn't love to spend a weekend in a quaint little beach house with the blue ocean in the backyard?
The beach house in La Mision, Mexico
The amazing ocean view
I knew we were going to Mexico but Dave had told me that we were going to drive there so I didn't know what to expect. After two hours of driving we crossed the Mexican border and I would be lying if I said that I wasn't feeling anxiety. We decided to bring Indy since Dave said that where we were going allowed dogs so a part of me was worried that he wouldn't be allowed to cross the border back with us. It ended up being a silly thought since what are the border police going to do with a dog? We all made it back just fine. Anyway, as we crossed I was amazed at how different the land looked from the US to Mexico in just a few yards. We were definitely in a different country. As we navigated to the place we were going to stay at, I was also worried that Dave would get lost. But being a man with a mental GPS, arrived without a hitch and got there around 11:00 PM. Since it was dark, I couldn't see much of the outside but I could hear the waves crashing close by so I was satisfied. When we got into the beach house, I was more than satisfied because it was the cutest, coziest, nicest beach house I'd ever been in. It had a living room, little kitchen, big bedroom, and a balcony facing the ocean. I found myself pleasantly surprised and Dave seemed pretty pleased with himself too.
The next day, I woke of to take in the gorgeous scenery. I absolutely love the ocean so I was excited to walk down to it and feel the warm October sun.
It was also Indy's first time at the beach so we were excited to see what he would do. I look back and wish I had video recorded it because it was hilarious! He loved the sand and ran around like a maniac. Since the beach was private and no one was in sight, we just let him run and run as far as he wanted to and he would always run back with such a happy look on his face and it just melted my heart.
This is one of my all time favorite pictures. Such a happy boy.
The next day he made a friend on the beach :)
Over the next couple of days, we went to Ensenada, and Rosarito. We bought a leather jacket for me and a leather duffle bag mostly for the purpose of letting Dave use haggling as a sport. We ate Mexican food everyday and spoiled ourselves to great little restaurants over looking the ocean. We even went horseback riding on the beach at sunset. I'm sure that as the years go on, life could get more hectic and anniversaries may become less romantic (hopefully not) so I just reveled in every moment of our weekend get away in paradise. We made so many wonderful memories.
Unforgettable sunset in Rosarito
When our weekend came to an end, I was really sad to be heading home. The past few days had been so relaxing and fun and full of love that I just didn't want to go back to reality. But before we left to come back home, we had one last stop. We stopped in La Gloria to go to church and spend time with some of Dave's old friends. For years Dave volunteered with a group that come to Mexico to build housed for families. He had made some good friends in the branch there and it was great to see them so surprised to see him and so happy to spend sometime together again. Even though I can't speak or understand Spanish, I felt the spirit strong during the church and it felt like home.
After church I got to experience the long process of crossing the border. It was crazy seeing people selling things on the side and even in between cars on the freeway leading up to the border. We even got harassed but the border patrol for having Utah plates and coming in to California so we really got the WHOLE experience. Despite the little unpleasantries at the end of the trip, the weekend spent with my sweet husband, silly dog and the Mexican sun was more than I could've ever hoped for. Dave did good. Now it's up to me to plan next year's anniversary and I am not sure how I am going to one-up this...
It's official! We live in LA. Even if it did take me three months to update this blasted thing, I'm proud of myself because a whole lot has happened and thinking about blogging all of it gave me a headache.
Here we go...
After a super long drive in a packed to the T car with a restless 50 lbs dog in the front seat, we're here. Sometimes it still feels like we are on a weird vacation and we're going head back to Utah soon but then it hits me that we're here to stay.
First off, lets talk about the drive. Never one to do something the "normal" way, Dave decided that in order to save some money, we should pack our car with everything that we need for the next 6 weeks and wait for the rest of our stuff to come with my brother and his family when they come to LA for a family vacation at the end of July. They have a SUV that can tow a trailer so they were kind enough to agree to bring our stuff with them when they come. Once we got the car stuffed (minus a ton of my shoes because they weren't "A" items), all I had to do was take my final and we would get on the road.
I had such a fun time getting to know the girls in my class and also our wonderful instructor Krystal. The ten weeks flew by and I was actually sad to be done. After we were done (and we all passed), we all went to Krystal's for pizza and a good time. We had a little party full of laughter, awkward poses, and a frisky game of Spot It. She even gave us all a sweet gift of really nice resume paper to celebrate graduating. I am going to miss the girls so much...
I almost forgot to mention that a few days before we left Utah, my dear friend Summer threw us a going away party. It was so thoughtful of her to take the time to contact our friends and to give us another chance to say goodbye. I don't know what I'll do without her.
So anyway, after the party I went from Krystal's to go pick and Indy and we left to go catch up with Dave. He was on his other motorcycle so he got a head start and we ended up meeting in St. George and I followed him the rest of the way. We drove through the night and I had some close calls with death when Indy decided that he would rather lay on my lap and block my view instead of sitting in the passenger seat. Other than that, the drive was smooth thanks to my trusty 5-Hour Energy shot. I take that back...
So I've always heard that LA traffic is infamous for being, well terrible. I had NO idea. Not only did we hit some major traffic but it was fast moving, bumper to bumper, weaving in and out, about to die at any moment traffic. On top of that, I was trying to follow Dave who was from the looks of it having trouble figuring out where he was himself. So here I was with a phone about to die, freaked out about getting lost in LA, following a lost maniac on a motorcycle, and with a dog walking all over me. I found myself screaming at the top of my lungs, cursing at Dave and the other crazy drivers because I was trying to follow him and people kept squeezing in between us. The worse part is that the car was jam packed so I had a million blind spots and whenever I would follow Dave into another lane, I had to just pray that I didn't get hit and killed. Now come to think of it, I was probably the worse driver on the freeway that day... After what seemed like forever, we got to our destination which was Dave's brother's apartment since we hadn't signed on our place yet. When the car was parked and the ordeal was over, I had a total meltdown. It was possibly a combination of the sleep deprivation, caffeine overdose, migraine, and PMS that set me off but I just let it all go. At one point, I even called my dad to "tell" on Dave for being a meanie. We all had a good laugh later (much later).
We found an apartment!
A couple weeks earlier Dave had gone to LA to look for a place but nothing seemed quite right. When he got home, we found a cute place online so we called the landlord up and sent him a deposit. We felt okay about it because he told us that if we got there and didn't like it, he would give us a full refund. When we got there, I fell in love. It was a adorable one bedroom, one bathroom apartment in a sixplex right in the Arts District. The floors had been freshly refinished, everything repainted, new appliances installed and was the only unit in the complex with a balcony. I was sold, Dave was not...He felt the the rent was too high and convinced me that we need to keep looking. After A LOT of pouting, like a good husband, he gave in.
Since the floors has just been refinished, we couldn't move in right away. As luck would have it, my wonderful friend Molly whom I have been close with since junior high was visiting her aunt and uncle in Valencia at the time of our move. They were so gracious to let us stay there for a few days and it was even greater that I got to spend a little time with Molly since she lives on the east coast and I don't get to see her much. I got to meet her boyfriend and we all had dinner together, saw Prometheus and even got a swimming day with them before they had to fly back. It was an awesome time but far too short.
After a few days, we finally got to move in. This cute little apartment has some surprises in store for us...
Here are some of the issues we've dealt with so far:
-the floors wouldn't dry because of the weird finish that was used so they had to be redone
-4 days of no hot water and a weird faucet that wouldn't work right
-the fuse kept blowing whenever the air conditioning unit was going at the same time as the microwave
-there was no hot air in the dryer so it would take HOURS to dry anything
Despite all the things that were going wrong, I still love the apartment and as soon as the kinks were straightened out, everything was fine.
The Job Situation:
So here's the part of the settling in process that had been the biggest problem but the biggest blessing. After finishing the dental assisting program, I was a little worried about finding a job once we moved to California. Not because of my knowledge or abilities, but due to the different state laws, my certification and X-ray license were not exactly valid California which I didn't know at the time of signing up for the classes. I was encouraged however from many assistants and my instructor that that shouldn't be a problem and getting the proper licensing would just come as I worked. So I decided to stop being the usual pessimistic person that I am and start applying for jobs.
I started with Craigslist and attacked it with my resume. Surprisingly I got my first call back just a few hours after sending out my resume to a handful of dental offices. The doctor who called asked where I lived and when I told her North Hollywood, she gasped and said that their location was too far for me to drive. But I was too eager to let it go that easy. I told her that I will come in for the interview and see how the drive would be. She was excited to hear me offer to come so we set up the interview for the next day. I woke up early in the morning to give myself enough time to drive to wait for it... San Juan Capistrano. Yup talk about eagerness for a job, ANY JOB. Anyway, I got there after an hour thinking it wasn't so bad and finally met the doctor. She seemed young and nice and after a few questions she asked if I could start that day. I was thrilled to say the least. She wanted me to be an assistant part time and front desk the other half so I would be able to experience both. The pay wasn't great but I figured I should take what I get since she was willing to train me and give me time to get the proper certifications. When I got home, I was excited to tell David. He was less excited to hear that I took the job. After a deflating conversation about how low the pay was and how far I would have to drive each day, I finally convinced him that I should give it a try. But before consenting (like I need it ;) ) he warned me that since I was going to my real first day tomorrow in real rush hour traffic, I should leave early. Traffic schmaffic no big deal, I'll just leave a little earlier I thought.
HOLY MOSES LOS ANGELES TRAFFIC!!! Apparently I totally forgot about my ordeal from a week ago.
To make a long story short, three days and six hours of driving later, I told the nice doctor it wasn't going to work out. And Dave was even nice enough to not say "I told you so."
Back on the hunt. Even after the turned down job opportunity I tried to keep my spirits up. After all it was on the same day that I posted my resume that I got a call back so I figured there are people out there willing the take a chance on me. Sure enough, Heavenly Father was watching out for me because a couple of days later, I got a call from an office manager in a Beverly Hills dental office asking if I were interested in working the front desk there. Even though it wasn't assisting, I figured a front desk billing/scheduling position can still give me a lot of great experience in a dental office and I can get my foot in the door so if I want to assist in the future, I'll have more clout in my resume.
When I got to Beverly Hills, it was everything I thought it would be. Palm trees everywhere, obscenely huge mansion lining the streets, and cars that make my 2008 Honda look despicable. When I met office manager and we had our interview, I was surprisingly very comfortable. The office was small but nice and all the other employees had warm smiles on their faces and the doctor seemed very laid back and friendly. It felt right. When she asked me to come back for a working interview, I began to get my hopes up. I knew they were interviewing others so I tried my best not to place all my eggs in one designer labeled basket. But the fact that working interview went very well didn't help me to not imagine working there. The manager said that she would call me the next day so I eagerly waited. No call. The next day, sad and disappointed, I decided to call her to get the closure that they didn't hire me. When I called, she confirmed my fears and told me that it had been a tough choice but they went with another person. I spent the rest of the afternoon eating my feelings and laying around watching sad movies and telling myself that even though I was unemployed, I deserved a day of vegging out and feeling sorry for myself. Around 3:00 I got a phone call from the office. Confused, I answered and it was the office manager. She apologized for yanking me around and asked if I was still interested in the job since apparently the girl they hired wasn't a good fit. I accepted and waited till we hung up to scream with joy. What a great blessing. At a time when so many are unemployed and jobs are scarce, I managed to land a great job in less than two weeks. Did I mention they are paying me much better than the job I quit, the drive is only 30 mins versus 2 hours, and I also get to meet some pretty well known people on a regular basis? Well I do :)
So here's the scoop on the haps of this summer thus far:
The biggest event of the summer or even of this year was that my mom's family from Japan come to visit the US for the first time. They stayed for two weeks but sadly Dave and I were only able to spend of week of that with them since I just got the new job. It was still amazing and so much fun. Here are some of the things we did...
We went to Disneyland and California Adventure
San Diego Zoo
And beautiful Yosemite.
It was a GREAT week. Not at all relaxing and more chaotic than anything but soooo much fun. I'm so grateful to have been able to spend that time with my aunts, uncle, and sweet cousins and I will never forget the memories we made. I really hope that they can come back soon, or Dave and I can at least make a trip to Japan in the near future. Family really is everything.
Other fun things:
Our wonderful friends the Chadburn's came to visit! Since we had a extra day left on our Disneyland tickets, we used those and a couple of my family's leftover tickets and took them to the Happiest Place on Earth. Despite the relentless heat, we had a lot of fun and I may even be good to not go back for a few years... We also went to the beach, ate some sushi and just enjoyed the time with familiar faces.
And just last week, I had Krystal come visit. She had never been to California or even seen the ocean in her entire life so we had a blast. I took her to Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica and Venice. My only regret is that I wish the waves at the beach weren't so huge so that we could have been able to swim instead of just being tossed around like rag dolls. But we did get some tans! Even if they are now peeling off...We also went to the sideshow in Venice and checked out the Greystone Mansion where they filmed Spiderman, X-Men, Ghostbusters, There Will Be Blood and a ton more. Good times :)
Seeing the ocean for the first time in Santa Monica
Santa Monica Pier
We went to the boardwalk Sideshow and I met one of the "Wolf Boys"
It was a fun Labor Day weekend with her and it was so nice to get some quality girl time in.
So far, life in LA has been an adventure as I expected it to be. There have been bumps in the road of course but I feel like Dave and I have been so blessed in so many ways and have had so much fun that I really can't complain. I do have my moments where I miss Utah terribly and wish we had more family and friends close by but it just makes for more quality time when we do see them.
Sorry for such a long post. Now that we have internet in the apartment, I really am going to try harder to stay up to date on the blog thing. Until next time folks!
I'll leave you with some pictures of summer beach days since those are the days we've enjoyed the most!