I've been gone for about a week to Rexburg and Provo for some family doings. It was a fast and furious pace to keep up but we were able to accomplish all that we set out. It's been great to be around all of my kids except Tyson's family, but Aly kept us updated with pictures of our little Scout, so we didn't feel too bad about missing them.
While we were in Rexburg, we moved Lilly and Breck out of their home, to move back to Moses Lake for a year, while they wait to apply to graduate school for next fall. When my dad pulled up with the trailer attached to his truck, we all thought, oh my. Will everything fit in that trailer? Will we be able to haul it all back to Moses Lake? Thank goodness we have an extra van, Lilly and Breck's car, and my van to be able to put all the extra stuff in. Except, we didn't need all that extra space. Everything that needed to go in the trailer, all their belongings, fit into that trailer, with room to spare. The packing and loading was smooth, and happened with very little problems. It was a good day.
We also packed Zoey up, and moved her from one apartment to another in Rexburg. She is staying there between semesters to try and find a job, so if you know of anything, let me know!! She had her car packed with all of her food, and kitchen things, so I just needed to help her with her bedroom. We got it all packed and into my van, and moved over to her new apartment. I didn't help her unpack since we moved her the morning we were headed to Provo. She will have to do it on her own.
We went to Breck's graduation! With Lilly's graduation, we only went to the commencement part where she walked and received her diploma, but this time, we went to the big meeting of all graduates first, and then to Breck's individual college meeting after. For the first meeting, we were on the top tier of the I-center and I thought, this is going to be horrible to get downstairs for the individual part. But luckily, Zoey, Tessa, Megan and her friend Danielle, were waiting out in the foyer during the meeting and when it was over, and people were filing out, they hustled right down to the front of the auditorium to get seats in the third row. It was perfect and I got some good pictures of Breck receiving his diploma. We are so happy and proud of him!!
We went to Provo on Thursday to go wedding dress shopping, since this wedding is happening in 28 days!! What?!? It's coming up fast. So we took off and went through Logan, hoping to hit a couple of shops there, but Utah has that crazy state holiday, Pioneer Day (July 24) so the stores in Logan were closed. We headed down to Provo, hoping that the situation wouldn't be the same there, and it wasn't. Megan's friend, that is living in Provo, had even gotten her an appointment to try on dresses at David's Bridal, which ended up being where we bought the dress. It's a lucky thing because I probably wouldn't have gone there, thinking it was too expensive. We would have totally missed out on THE dress. Thank goodness for forward thinking friends.
While I was in Provo, I realized that I had lost my keys!! AHHH!!! I hate it when I lose things! (Remember the pants, pajamas, and pair of underwear that I'm still missing from Christmas time? I mean, where could they possibly be?!?) (And the Netflix movie that I just ended up paying for!) Anyway, I looked everywhere for those keys and they were no where. I called the friends that we had stayed with in Rexburg, no keys there. I was stumped and frankly, so discouraged. I really needed those keys since I have on that key ring the only key to my vending machine, and to the tuition box. This could be really, really bad. I put on a happy face to everyone else, but poor Terry was getting my full load of Angst via text message. I was thoroughly having an anxiety attack about this! But because he is a great husband, he called my equally great son-in-law, who wonderfully went to Zoey's old apartment, got into her old apartment, went through the couches, and found my keys. I'm telling you, it is nothing short of a miracle. I was so very, very grateful to Terry for calling Breck, and to Breck for taking the time to go look. It just set my mind at ease.
(And on a related side note, my pillow was also missing but I wasn't super worried about that. But it was in Zoey's NEW apartment, so I came home with both the things I was missing; my keys and my pillow. How nice.)
Looking for a wedding dress is completely daunting. So many people I know, including both Megan and Lilly, have had one idea in their head, and then come out of the store with something completely different. This is what happened to us last week with our dress shopping. Megan started out looking for a ball gown, quickly realized that was not for her, tried a couple of mermaids but figured out that was also not for her, and then fell in love with an A-line dress. But in between, we kissed a lot of frogs, metaphorically. (Have I got a story for you about that word, metaphorically. I'll get to that next Tuesday, since it involves Tessa.) Megan probably tried on 20 dresses! Some were so blah, some were beautiful but way out of our price range, some were great, but not what she wanted for her, and some were just ugly. We had 8 in our entourage, and at each stop, there would be a variety of opinions about all the dresses we had seen on Megan. Finally at the end of Friday, I told Megan it was time to either pick a dress, or go home without. The only one she wanted to try back on was a dress at David's Bridal, which we had tried on the first day. So we made a return appointment, and this time, just her and I went. We got there a little early, and so had some time to just wander through the store. As we wandered from aisle to aisle, Megan saw a dress that she thought was pretty cute, but wasn't in her size. The saleslady had her try it on anyway, and then discovered that they had one in her size. People. It was THE dress! She didn't even try on the one we had come there for! We just bought this one, and took it home. The best part for me? This dress was even less than all the ones we had been looking at. So sweet. I guess I was pretty happy for Megan also, that she had found something she feels truly beautiful in. And we've already got it to the miracle worker seamstress (Hilda) for some sleeve altering. It's starting to come together.
My point to all these stories isn't just to tell you stories, although who doesn't like a good story? My point is to tell you that I believe in miracles, and I believe that my Heavenly Father knows me, knows my needs, and knows what is going to happen before I even have an inkling. To have everything fit in the trailer, to get Zoey moved with relative ease, to get such a great seat for graduation, to find my keys, to find a dress, and all the other small tender mercies of this trip, reaffirms to me this belief. I'm so grateful that even in my imperfections, He listens to my pleadings, even the small and inconsequential (I really love my pillow), and then shows His love for me by finding a way to help me.
Even though the flood isn't coming to cover the earth, I still truly believe in modern day miracles.