When I signed up for my classes this semester I expected learning a certain set of things, like basic statistics, dance history, the story of the Book of Mormon, how to perform social science research and how to better help myself and others have a successful marriage. And now, with the end of the semester just a week away, these things are not among the most important lessons that my school semester has taught me - even though I certainly learned them too! No, instead, among the most important things are: to live with integrity, what it means to be trustworthy, that I never should let someone else's opinion of anyone stop me from creating my very own opinion about them through getting to know them myself and so much more. These are the lessons that have changed me, and that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. And hopefully I'll remember quite a bit about all the statistics, research methods and history too!
So grateful for my time at University here in the United States. I truly feel so blessed to have this opportunity, and to be able to share it all with my dear sweetheart and husband. Living in a different country and experiencing a new culture has taught me so much about others, about myself and about the world. I know I still have so much to learn, and so many places yet to go and people to meet, but I really have learned that enjoying the present really is the only way to learn all you can, because if you're not looking you might miss some of those unexpected and life-changing lessons.
In five months we are leaving the States, moving away from Provo. Where we are going to move to when we leave is still a mystery to us. I could be worried about the future, and some days I think about it more than others, but in reality I'm not worried, because I know that God will help us get to where we need to be. Something else that makes the uncertainty easier to enjoy, and I truly am enjoying it, is also that I know that, no matter where I go, I will be going there with Jakob by my side. Actually, that's all we really know about our future at this point, and for now that's more than good enough.