Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sabbath Day Activities

So, Sunday morning I got to eat some delicious banana bread Emily's mother made and then Emily dropped me off at church. I had not gone to church in Muncie since . . . 2005 I believe. A lot of the same people were there, but there were a lot of new people, too. I sat with Brother and Sister Ridge (the middle-aged set) during sacrament meeting. When I went to Sunday School, there were only four people in there, and I didn't know any of them. Now, it was a hard decision whether to go to YSA Sunday School and sit with Amanda or whether to go to adult Sunday School. Theoretically since I am married I am supposed to go to the adult class; however, Jeffrey is the first counselor in a singles ward, so I actually go to YSA Sunday School every Sunday. But since I was in Muncie without my husband, I didn't want to cause any whispers lol, so I went to the adult class. I sat down by myself and assumed someone would come sit by me. No one did. They all just walked to where they sit every Sunday I suppose. At some point they would look up, notice me, and smily brightly. I cried and cried. It was so embarrassing. I kept trying to hide my face with my hair, but the teacher knew I was crying. It was bad, folks. The nose was running, the tears were streaming, and my face was all red. Sigh. I can't really explain it, except that I get emotional sometimes and sitting alone in a building where all of my memories contained family and friends was just really sad.

Luckily, after Sunday School, Sister Krimme came and gave me the warmest hug and asked me to sit next to her during Relief Society. That was wonderful. Then I went home with the Krimmes and chatted for about 45 minutes. Brother Krimme has been released as Bishop. It's Bishop Hiatt now. And the Krimmes are selling their house and moving to Utah. Jacob Jackson picked me up from the Krimmes to take me to Aaron McCullough's house. (Aaron moved in with Ian Kleeburg in south Muncie.) 

Dinner was delicious. Aaron grilled chicken and had corn on the cob, au gratin potatoes, and salad. It was all so yummy. He also made me birthday brownies. We played some games afterwards.
Oh those boys. What are they up to?

Aww the McGrews. Abby is due in November!

Here is who we had at Aaron's. Reed & Abby McGrew, Amanda McCartney, John Baker, Aaron McCullough, Mimi Collett, and Jacob Jackson. That is a lot of "Mc" last names in one group! :) I got called Mimi Boling twice and Miss Boling once during the trip. That was fun. Hehe. It has been a lot time since that has happened.

Amanda & Mimi

Phatty & Mimi
It had been a long time! Welcome home from the mish!

After the dinner and games, Aaron ever so nicely drove me up to West Lafayette so I could be with Amy, Devin, and Hallie. Isn't he just such a nice guy? We've been friends for over a decade now, and I hope we're still friends for another one (or more)!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Big Wedding Day!

I started out the morning at Courtney's house. Her grandmother made us a yummy breakfast of sausage gravy and biscuits. Then we headed over to Emily's to grab her for the wedding.
Doesn't she look good? Heck, we all look good! Haha, so it doesn't look like it in this picture, but it was raining extremely hard. Courtney got the umbrella stuck out of her car when she was getting in, so I had to run out from the passenger side, around the car, and grab the umbrella from her. I was soaking wet. It was so much fun though. I couldn't stop laughing. I love the rain! I miss it so much out here. Wow I look pale between them! ;)

Here are the girls in the wedding party: Briana Alexander, Ashley DeWitt, Sarah DeWitt, Tamara Hickey, Flower Girl (sorry!), and Michelle DeWitt Hickey. Sigh. They're all lovely.

The happy couple right before the event!

Yay for my wonderful parents! They drove all the way down from Michigan to come to Chelle's wedding and see me as a bonus!

Kyle and Courtney. :) Happy as clams.

The happy couple right after the blessed event.

Beautiful cake! They were feeding each other so nicely, but then Shane couldn't haha control himself and he smashed it in her face! Do you see all of the cake surrounding their kiss? :)

First dance.

Jeff wasn't there, but I got to dance with my other man! Thanks, Daddy.

And here's the posse. Together again. Emily Burton (Ems), Michelle Collett (Meems), Michelle Hickey (Chelle Belle), Briana Alexander (Bri Gurl), and Courtney Workman (C Work). Let me think . . . was it "Sassy, Random, Elegant, Gorgeous, and Perky"? Does anyone remember?

After the reception, Aaron came over to Emily's and we made s'mores. Yummy. Then we met up at Steak 'n' Shake with Kyle and Courtney. Jacob joined us, and I got to see him for the first time in over two years!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday in Indy

So here is Pete and Mindee's beautiful new house that I got to spend the night in. 

We woke up early and went to Bob Evan's with the boys before they headed off to work to go perform their manly duties. Bring home the bacon, boys!

Then Mindee, Rachel, and I went shopping! I picked out a present for my friend's wedding and for my niece, Hallie. We looked at shoes, but didn't get anything. Mindee and Rachel got to add some nice maternity clothing to their wardrobes though. :)

After shopping, Kyle, Courtney, and Emily came to pick me up. We went back to Muncie and made it for Chelle and Shane's rehearsal dinner. After which we went over to Chelle's house to try to watch movies haha. We were less than successful. Then I spent the night at Courtney's. :)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Birthday Day

For my birthday, I got to go to work with Jeffrey. He and his boss took me around Salt Lake City showing me their favorite church buildings. I took around 30 pictures, but I've included just my favorite three here.

I think this stained glass window is so beautiful! A lot of the churches we saw had stained glass windows. Sometimes I wish our new buildings had stuff like that, but I know the money is going elsewhere supporting good causes.

Here is Jeffrey racing me to the airport. We cut it pretty close, but everything worked out all right in the end. :) Good bye, handsome!

My brother couldn't make it to pick me up, but my sweet, sweet sister-in-law did! Yay. :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Pre-Birthday Events

It's been a good day. My co-workers had a little lunch party for me and gave me a nice card and some money. :) Jeffrey got me the Chronicles of Narnia and the Spiderwick Chronicles. Laurie and the rest of the Colletts got me scrapbooking stuff: lots of scissors, ribbon, paper, and actual scrapbooks with a cute organizer bag.

Candela came over and brought a cake she had made for me. It was delicious! Instead of frosting it had a layer of chocolate pudding and this amazing white stuff. It was so incredibly good! I wonder what it was. It was a yummy cake. I have such nice friends.

Now, I am packing and preparing to go home to Muncie. I have not been there in over two years. The last time I was there was for my wedding reception. It will be good to see old friends again. It will be interesting though to find out how much has changed. People always change. I guess I'll find out if we changed together or not.

The highlight is seeing my niece, Hallie, for the first time, seeing my brother, Peter, and Mindee's new house, and being a part of my best friend's , Michelle DeWitt's, wedding. She is marrying Shane Hickey, who she started dating in 2000, our freshman year of high school! How wonderful.

This picture is to celebrate Muncie, Indiana. :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

America's Got Talent

So Jeff is always so surprised when we're watching tv and it's some show that he thinks is so common and well known, and I have no idea what it is or I've never seen it before.

Family Feud was on today, and I was really confused by the scoring system for the thing at the end. Jeff was like, haven't you ever seen this before? Of course not! I didn't watch tv for my life!

Then I watched America's Got Talent for the first time today. I had heard of it before and seen clips of it on youtube, but I had never watched the show. I don't know what I think. Some of the acts were pretty amazing, but it made me so sad how harsh the audience always was and the judges could be sometimes. It made me feel so bad for those people! Sometimes I think the people knew they weren't good and just wanted to be on the show, but some of them were so serious about it that it made me sad.

All I know is that I will never be on that show or any other show like that. While I love to sing, dance, etc. I don't like it enough to be away from my family and made fun of. I just want to be a mom. Sigh. Some day!

Sunday, June 22, 2008


So I worked on this for about half an hour, so that I could put it on the side of my blog, but it didn't get to stay big. The blog shrunk it. I wish I could merge page elements, so that I could be allowed to have a long picture on the side. I'm sad that all my work was for nothing, so I'll include it here for all to see.

It shrunk it again, but oh well.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

New Haircut

Ta-da!It was getting way too hot. You can't wear your hair down when it is 90 or 100 degrees outside! No sir. So, yeah, I got it cut. Shocker, eh? I'll grow it back out again some day; I promise. ;)


I was going through facebook, and I saw that my friend, Teresa, was on facebook at the same time. I went to her profile to tell her how excited I was that I would get to see her next week (I'll be in Muncie). However, when I went to her profile, there were comments of condolence on her wall. My stomach hit the floor, and my eyes filled with tears. As I cried, Jeff turned around and asked me why I was crying. I told him that I thought my friend's mom had died.

I haven't spoken with Teresa on the phone since 2005. We've just e-mailed since then, and I haven't seen her since 2006 at my bridal shower. Despite this lack of communication, we were really, really good friends my senior year. It was a hard year for me and for her, and we kind of helped keep each other together. Sometimes I thought I might have fallen apart without her love and friendship.

Teresa had a lovely mother who fought cancer for 9 years. I remember sitting on her bed next to Teresa and talking to her about our day or our choir concert or our evening plans. When my parents were out of town, I got to stay at Teresa's house and pretend to be part of her family. Her mother was/is the embodiment of love. She was so strong, so comforting, such a wonderful influence of good in Teresa's life.

I just got off the phone with T, and it is true. Her mother passed away yesterday morning. I felt so dumb crying on the phone to Teresa. She said it was okay, a lot of people were crying around her. She just felt weird. It's not real yet. Her mother is still here, just harder to see.

I agree completely.

Sometimes I wonder how people who don't have the truth of the afterlife ever manage to wake up in the morning. If you didn't have that testimony, that knowledge, that Earth is not the end, then why would you do anything? How could you do anything? There would be no point to work. No point to love. No point to live if it just ended.

Gratefully, it doesn't. We are eternal beings with a loving Heavenly Father, and we will all continue to live even after we have given up our mortal bodies.

I love you, Teresa, and I wish that I could hold you instead of talk to you on a dumb phone.

This is from Teresa's profile. I think it is from the movie Good Will Hunting, but I don't know, because I've never seen it.

"I'd ask you about love, you'd probably quote me a sonnet. But you've never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn't know what it's like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn't know about sleeping sitting up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes, that the terms 'visiting hours' don't apply to you. You don't know about real loss, 'cause it only occurs when you've loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you've ever dared to love anybody that much."

Friday, June 20, 2008

Bad Week with Amazing Ending

So . . . my week was no good. My husband was gone for two days. I was sick for four days. My supervisor was out for five days, and I had to do his job and my job and someone else's (don't get me started). I was only noticed at work when I did something wrong, and no one ever mentioned any of the many more things that I did right. It was just no good.

The only bright point was that Jeff's best friend, Chinh Nguyen, was here for the week, but I didn't get to enjoy that too much, because I was so stressed and sick.

When I came home today though, I found this . . .
What would I do without my sweet, sweet husband?

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Miracles Happen Every Day

So I was sitting at a red light when I noticed this vehicle (?) sitting in the cross traffic waiting to turn. I was like "is there a parade?!" But there wasn't, and nothing was pulling it! I have no idea where the driver was sitting or how he could see, but this little guy was was car somehow! :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Baby Fever!

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Brooklyn Marie Oka into the world!

She was born this morning at around 1:30 am to Maria Ann Haynie Oka and Shane Oka. She is 6 lbs 8 oz and 18 1/2 inches long. (I think that is right.)

She's so beautiful!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

My Beautiful Niece

My sweet, sweet sister shared these pictures with me of my beautiful niece, Hallie Rose. I get to meet her this month, and she's already so big! I'm pretty excited. Look how spunky she is!
She's a sassy girl! I love that face and the huge pants.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Bouncing Baby Bellows is Finally Here!

Brooke let me hold her precious baby. Aww he's so amazing and tiny! He makes the funniest little faces when he is sleeping. Jeffrey thinks he is playing basketball in his dreams. ;)

He was born Thursday, June 5 at around 8:05 am (I think). He was 7 lbs 3 oz and 20 inches long.

I had a little bit of fun designing this . . .