Tuesday, March 19, 2013


So, you know how they say "today is the first day of the rest of your life?" Well, today really feels like that. Tonight will be the last time I attend a class for my second bachelor's degree. I don't really even have to do anything, just show up and evaluate my classmates' presentations (we did ours last week). But it will be bittersweet. I've spent the better part of two years getting to know these people. A number of us are graduating after this quarter and the rest will finish up in June. Some have become like extended family and it's going to be strange not seeing them for the three months between now and commencement in June. So there's an ending there...

But there's a beginning too, because this means that I'm moving on to a new career in IT! I worked an internship last summer and was offered a position with the group I interned with. It's kind of exciting (and yet a little scary, too) to think about. A 40-hour/week job after 20 years of raising children? Ought to be a cakewalk, right? Well, it'll be different, anyway. And hey, it'll be nice to actually be earning money instead of constantly writing tuition checks! I really am looking forward to it.

Today is also my 25th wedding anniversary. Hard to believe it's been that long, and when I think of some of the things we've been through, it's amazing we're both still here to talk about it! Building a house, getting my first degree, having and raising three wonderful children (and all that entails), three brain surgeries in three weeks for me 10 years ago now, David falling off our roof and breaking his leg, the loss of both of our sets of parents... But there's so much to look forward to in the next 25! Being able to travel, spend our free time together, and eventually grandchildren, just to name a few... I'm sure there'll be some rocks in the road too, but hey, after what we've survived in the past 25? With love and faith, I think we'll survive stubbing our toes on those, too.

I'm also about to embark on another exciting new adventure: serving a part-time LDS service mission from home for FamilySearch Support! My papers are in and the call should be coming any time. I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to use both my genealogical research and IT skills in serving the Lord and FamilySearch users in whatever way I'm asked to. I'm a little nervous, but I imagine that's normal. I'm also totally excited to get started! That will have to wait until I get back from my genealogical travels, but what a fun thing to look forward to when I get back!

So, I guess it just seems fitting to feel like I'm on the brink of something. Standing on the edge and looking over (and totally freaked out by the height, by the way). But looking back, I've had an incredible life so far. Challenging, fun, stressful, brilliant, and full of love and laughter! And I'm so looking forward to more of the same to come!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Future Plans

Is it really possible that it's been almost a year since I wrote last? This is becoming dangerously like my journal writing efforts...

However, as I am now on the very brink of graduating from college (AGAIN!) and starting a full-time job in June, I'm staring down a traveling schedule that makes me wonder what I was thinking. I'll be attending RootsTech again this year in Salt Lake City, and I'm excited to see what all has changed in the past year. I know FamilySearch is making progress by leaps and bounds and I'm sure I'll get to learn a lot of new stuff relative to family history and technology. My hubby and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary (on my last day of finals? Yep, you guessed it...), and are planning a fun road trip to Canada. We'll barely be back and I'll be leaving on a research/meet-the-cousins trip to Georgia, South Carolina and SE Alabama. Can't wait to meet the cousins I've been corresponding with and researching with for (in some cases) over a decade! Stay tuned, as I plan to use my blog to post information on how my research pans out and pictures of all the fun people I meet and places I see. I'll be back from that trip only a day and a half before heading off to a meditation retreat for a week. I've wanted to do something like that for a long time, but am finally biting the bullet now and just doing it.

Then I'll be in the thick of getting my youngest graduated from high school and then he and I will both get to enjoy the thrill of graduation in June! It's going to be an amazing and busy time, but then most people that know me aren't certain I've ever had anything else...

I hope you'll come and read about my adventures. I'm looking forward to sharing them!