Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I bid farewell to Little Provo...
The much anticipated time of moving is only two days away. I can't believe I am at the doorstep of moving my life to Denver, Colorado. When I think of Provo I think of "Growth." When I arrived in Provo five and a half years ago I was a teenager longing for adventure and new experiences and now I leave as a wife and mother who strives to live optimistically while embracing life's ever present challenges. Provo was defiantly a culture shock to me, it is so different to little Shepshed in England. No longer was I surrounded by rolling emerald green hills decorated with a forest of trees rather enormous mountains shadowed my every move. When I fist moved to Provo I didn't like the mountains, they intimidated me and made me feel insignificant but now I love their awesome height and rugged character. Now, the mountains hold so many found memories and remind me of Gods power.

I have personally grown so much during the last five and a half years. I feel like I have had glorious times, fun times, challenging times, being poor times, awful times, solemn times, excited times, times of learning, times of faith and times of love. Being so far away from home was one of the hardest things I have ever done but the best thing I ever did. Making the choice to move far from home gave me an opportunity to rely on God and on my own abilities.

I have loved being a student! Brigham Young University is a great school and has offered me many opportunities to grow, develop my talents and allow my intellect to expand in multiple ways. I have looked forward with eagerness to this time when Ben and I would be finished and now that we starting it in the face it seems so serial. Ben is DONE with school, he has his Undergraduate degree and a Masters. He has worked exceptionally hard and excelled in his classes,. I am so proud of him. I am done with on campus classes and just need to finish my Independent Math class. Although I have been at university for 5 and a half years almost going every semester it has been great but I can happily say it's over for a time so I can focus my efforts towards my family and whatever happens after school.

As I ponder on leaving Provo my heart aches as I leave so many glorious friends behind. The type of friends that have been there when family couldn't, the type of friends that shared their testimonies of Christ, the type of friends that served unconditionally, the type of friends whose door is always open, the type of friends that make you want to be a better person, the type of friends that were always a phone call away and the type of friends that pray for you. I will miss being so close to these friends that have strengthened me in so many ways.
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The Karlinsey Family said...

Good luck on your new adventure and Thank you for being such a great example. We are going to miss your family in the ward! thank you for all the great lessons in relief society. I always felt the spirit and looked forward to your teaching.

Michelle said...

That is a sweet post! You made it much longer in Provo than I ever could, congrats! We are so sad you aren't moving close to us, but are excited for the new adventures and your life beginning as graduates!! Good things are in store.

kimberly said...

That's so sad you're leaving but so exciting! Congratulations and good luck to you! We hope you travel well and have a very merry Christmas!

J&L Photography & Design said...

Awe! I'm going to miss you guys! Good luck in Colorado!! Your family will have so much fun there! :) Thanks for being a great running partner and a great example to me! :) Keep in touch!!!!!!!! We'll miss you!!!

Leigh Harris said...

hey jessica, course I remember you... I never forget a fellow Brit. Good luck with the move and Congrats on being done with Uni. That's crazy your wee boy is called jack too! He is very cute.
Anyways, have a very merry Christmas and happy new year in colorado.

Hayley said...

Good luck with the move Jess - I know things will go well!!! Josh's sister lives in Denver, you should get together xx

Lesley-Ann said...

Yet another lovely post Jess, What more can I say then we pray for your safe travel across the plains or mountains (depending on which way you go) on Friday/Saturday. We are excited to visit you in Denver in the Spring. We love and miss you at this special time but are comforted to know you will be spending Christmas with some of Ben's family. with much love from us all Mum, Dad and Beth XXX

Cami and Juan said...

How fun to be moving onto Denver and I bet you are so happy Ben is done with school! Good luck and I know you will make a ton of friends wherever you are.

Debs said...

All the best with your move Jess. Goodness me how fast have those 5 1/2 years gone!! x

Amy said...

Best wishes on the adventures ahead!! :)

Anonymous said...

love and best wishes,hope you are happy.you're an inspirationxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

sorry last post was from me Nikitaxxxhehe technology hay!xxx

Nate + Carlee said...

All I have to say is; what will Reid and I do without you?

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