Has anyone else noticed that there are a lot of videos out there about kids getting their wisdom teeth extracted? Of course its funny to watch them because many of them have no idea what's going on and mumble on for a while about some random, yet funny, topic. One particular thing that I'm sure at least someone else has noticed is the fact that many of them chatter on about how they are sure that they are on the Ellen Show, because things are weird. Some of them even believe that Ellen was there with them during the surgery.
It is a weird, random connection, but a connection nonetheless. Take a look at some of my favorite "Ellen" videos.
So, I have been doing a lot of reading lately. In particular, a book called Jesus the Christ that talks about the life of our savior. It is a very in depth study that takes many students years to really fully grasp and understand (myself included). I've also been a little bit addicted to blogs and the messages from women whose voices are often overlooked. These women have taught me great things already and I'm excited to continue to learn from them.
I have also had a lot of recent experiences in my life that have made me think more deeply. With the passing of a friend, the wedding of another and speaking with even more who have found themselves going through hard times, I've found myself on the brink of becoming spiritually mature and it has made the past few months quite a growing experience.
I've comforted, cried with, cared for and served in greater capacity and with more love than I thought I had. I've shared laughs, experiences, and memories that will last a lifetime and beyond and found myself both growing away from and closer to the people in my life that matter most.
So here is my virtual cheers to you all. I would do it individually, but I'm an emotional mess lately, so I'll pass. To Mom, Dad, and Kevin, Angela, Jessica, Katee, Celia, Maquel, Katheryn, Hannah, Michelle, Jill, Megan and, Shana, Tia, Melissa, Josh, Amy. To anyone I didn't mention by name, know that there are many of you who have been great examples of kindness, charity, truth, strength, determination and endurance and without you, I wouldn't be nearly the person I am today. You are loved, thank you for all of your love and support, it never goes unnoticed, even if I'm not great at expressing it.