Thoughts With Sarah

I’ve been trying to figure out how to best express my thoughts and opinions about the COVID-19 pandemic and everything surrounding it without causing offence. I knew that I wanted to put my views into the world. I wanted people to know what was going on in my head… BUT I didn’t want to cause any arguments or issues because I know everyone has their own beliefs, thoughts, and opinions.

I also know that my beliefs, thoughts, and opinions are valid and I wanted to share them in a way that is safe for me. After some thinking, I realized that that’s part of the reason I have this blog. So, here I am and here are my thoughts…

I was born with a sick heart and because of how sick I was, my body was dying. After lots of surgeries and medical intervention, I was blessed to receive an angel heart seven years ago. This heart is a foreign being in my own body, since the antibodies and stuff don’t match me. When our bodies don’t recognize and match other things, it attacks it. Since my heart doesn’t match me, my body is constantly trying to attack it.

To help prevent this, I am on several different medications called immunosuppressants. These meds lower my immune system. One of the side effects on being suppressed is I get sick way easier than other people who aren’t on these meds.

As an immunosuppressed person, I am in the category of “high risk” people. That means that if I somehow catch this horrible illness, I am sent straight to the hospital…and maybe live. No, I’m not being dramatic. That’s my life.

When all of this started back at the beginning of March, Ricky and I were so blessed to have already had moved in and living with my parents until things became more normal. It was a huge relief to have had their love, support, and company during the shutdown/quarantine. During this time, we all kicked our already obsessive sanitizing habits into high gear – constantly wiping down door knobs and light switches, washing our hands continuously, and Dad even reinstalled a sanitizer station by the front door. All of us joked that “this is what our previous training was preparing us for!” Since we were already in the habit, it wasn’t weird to be doing this.

While everyone was hiding in their homes, bathing in sanitizer, I was reminded how normal this was for me, my family…and other immunosuppresed people. I saw several “now you know what MY life is like” or “welcome to my world” posts all over social media by people who have issues with their immune system. Yes, the “high risk population” are in a constant state of anxious cleaning and paranoia that we could get sick.

After my transplant, for quite a while, I work a mask. It helped protect me from breathing in germs. I wore it to church, work, the doctor, shopping, to my friends’ houses, outside…everywhere. Anytime I was around other people, I wore that mask. To me, my mask was my shield.

Several officials, including health professionals and scientists, have recommended that we continue to wear masks when we are in public places and around people, along with correct social distancing. There have been studies that show how effective this is as a preventative method, both to ourselves and for those around us.

The world is scary and we want to be “normal” again. But how can we do that if we are all so divided in our thoughts and actions? Getting back to “normal” isn’t going to work unless we are strong and work together in one common cause – doing everything we can to keep each other and ourselves safe. In trying to figure out how I wanted to write this post, I came up with a really cool metaphor. Are ya ready?

When you bake a cake and follow the directions exactly, you have a delicious cake at the end. When you choose to not include one of the ingredients, or don’t put all of it in, the cake doesn’t turn out…and you’re not going to want to eat it. Well, it’s the same thing as what’s going on right now! When we do what we’ve been asked, we will get the result we want – we will all be kept safe and healthy – but if we are divided and don’t do things all the way, it’s not going to work and turn out the way we’re expecting.

There is a song that I learned growing up that pops into my head almost every morning. I’d like to share the words with you:

“I want to be kind to everyone, for that is right you see. So I say to myself, remember this: ‘kindness begins with me!'”

(Words and music by Clara W. McMaster)

There are so many different ways we get our information and everything is so confusing… I totally understand why we’re divided. I think the very best way to get through the rest of whatever this is is to just be kind and respect one another. We all have our own experiences and opinions that we base all of our actions on. I don’t know why some people choose not to wear their mask because I don’t know what they’ve been through, but please don’t be mean because I wore mine.

We Moved!

Happy Sunday everyone. I just wanted to write a quick post to update everyone that we are back! Wanna know the story as to why Pocatello? Well, too bad, because I’m gonna tell it anyway….

The July after we got married, we came up to spend the 4th with my family. As we were sitting on the soccer fields, Ricky looked over at me and smiled. I asked him what he was thinking and he told me, “We gotta move back.”

No way! I thought. Why in the world would we need to come back to a place we both didn’t want to be in our adult life? I protested and he told me we’d talk about it later.

Later came and he told me that he had received a prompting that we were supposed to move back to Idaho but didn’t know when. I still had a good year left of school, so we decided that our move would have to wait until after I graduated. We took our decision to the Lord and He was okay with it.

Fast forward to the next years July/August – I’m done with school and once again, Ricky got the prompting that we needed to move to Pocatello. We lightly talked about it and then kinda pushed it out of our minds. We didn’t want to go. We loved our life that we had created in Utah.

A few weeks later, Ricky had a super strong prompting that the move was something we really needed to ponder because it would be huge for our little family. We discussed, fasted, and prayed, asking our Father in Heaven when. “Soon.” Okay, well how soon?

The answer we had been searching for came when Ricky started his job at Maverick in December. The manager told him that if we could wait to move until February/March, we would be able to be transferred. We’d move with Ricky having a job already! It was perfect!!

About this same time, Jodee and Dick call us up for a family meeting. We sit down with them and they proceeded to tell us that Jodee’s niece was getting married at the end of February and they were looking for a place to live. Since we’d be out by then, it would be perfect! Everything that was happening looked like all the puzzle pieces were lining up!

I was getting excited….even if it was Pocatello we were moving to. We both have family in Pocatello, so even though I felt like there was nothing there for me, I’d have them! We were “looking” for housing and getting ready. As things started to get closer, it started to feel more real. I started to dig my heels in a little harder. I’m leaving Utah. My life was here. This is were my friends are. This is were our family started. I didn’t want to leave. This was something I didn’t want to do and didn’t know why I had to do it.

After some personal pondering and some wonderful conversations with my Father in Heaven, I was told that I needed to trust my husband. I was reminded that my sweetheart is the priesthood holder in our family and he can see things that I can’t. I also relearned that I needed to have faith in my Father and His plans for my life.

About the time we were getting ready to start seriously looking for houses and a job for me, Ricky slipped on the ice and had to be taken to the ER. (I swear this boy is in the hospital more than I have ever been!😉) We found out that his fall had caused some beautiful internal bruising and at least one cracked rib. The doctor excused him from work for a couple of days and then added “light duty” for at least two weeks. His job was more demanding than what he could do, so he was let go.

So with him not working or getting transferred when we moved, we didn’t know what to do. We talked, cried, and prayed with our Heavenly Father about what our next steps needed to be since our plan we had worked out was ruined.

But it wasn’t ruined! The plan just needed a little tweaking and a little bit of speeding up. We called my parent’s and asked if we could move in with them for a bit while we looked for jobs and could afford a place of our own. I put my two weeks notice in at work and we started packing! Those two weeks went by so fast! Before we knew it, everything we owned was in the back of a U-haul.

Here we are, two weeks into living in Pocatello again. The reasons Heavenly Father has for us being here have started to show themselves little by little. Some are still kind of fuzzy, but I think I’m starting to be okay with the move now. Haha. It’s been fun to be close to siblings again and building those relationships back up. We are excited for our new adventure and look forward to all the learning and growing we are going to get to do together!

Playing Catch-up

Wow… How have I not touched this blog for almost two years?! I was doing so good with posting consistently too. Ugh, SO many things have happened! Like lots of big life stuff. Should I do separate posts…?? Or PHOTO DUMP!!! I know it’s your favorite thing. Just be prepared for a huge one since it’s about two years worth of life. Let’s go!

December 2019:

Ricky got a new job…again! He got hired on as the night guy at Maverick just down the road from where we live! (After some time as a driver, Ricky started feeling very anxious and uncomfy with the job, so we talked, a lot. After some soul searching and counseling with the Lord, he left that job.) Now his schedule keeps him up all night and he’s basically nocturnal. It’s hard because I’m not. BUT he’s sleeping when I’m at work, he’s at work when I’m sleeping so we’re “home” together more than we have been. AND we have our weekends together back again! It’s been a huge blessing, but we’re still trying to find our groove again.

Merry Christmas from the Taynors! Ricky had to work Christmas Eve, so we got to have dinner and hang out with Dick, Joddee, her son, and his girl! It was a fun filled evening with family and love. Ricky went to work and I went to bed. Then as soon as Ricky got home, we hit the road! (By this time, he had been awake for about 18 hoursish?) We drove to Pocatello and had Christmas morning with my family! We spent the whole weekend eating, laughing, and having so much fun.

My cousin Justin got married the weekend after Christmas so we got to go witness their sealing. It was beautiful and they are so perfect for each other. Kim, I can’t wait to get to know you!

November 2019:

I’m weird and have missed school and learning new things everyday, so I have set a goal to learn (and practice) a few new hairdos a week so I can up my hair styling game!

We went to Cora’s house for Thanksgiving. I forgot to get pictures of dinner, but I do have this one…and I didn’t even take it. Oh well. (I sure love all my sisters I got when I married into this family!)

October 2019:

Ricky surprised me with a trip to go pick pumpkins! We also got to go on a wagon ride, ate lots of honey sticks, and had a wonderful night of quality time building memories!! 

Every year for the last few years, all the adult girls on my dad’s side of the family have gone to Saint George and partied for a weekend. There’s lots of shopping, laughing, crafts, and a Tuachan show! This year we saw The Little Mermaid.

I got new glasses! They are super cute and they transition into sunglasses when I’m in the sun.

Another year…with another annual appointment. We did something new this time. No biopsy!! I did a stress echo instead and it was nuts! There were also a few med changes and lots of pokes. The docs said everything looked beautiful and that the didn’t want to see me again until next year!

September 2019:

Just a random night, neither of us could sleep so we ate cereal and watched Lucifer at 3 o’clock in the morning.

One of my favorites released a new song and I’m still obsessed! And Ricky actually admitted to me that he kind of likes her, so that was fun.

August 2019:

Our car got totaled but everyone involved got to walk away with nothing major wrong.

After month’s of healing, looking, and praying, Ricky got a new job as a shuttle driver! It’s been fun for us to work in the same place! His schedule was the opposite of mine, so we really didn’t see much of each other.

July 2019:

I turned in my very last LDBC interior design project! Even though I walked in April, I was short one credit. I hated the class…but loved what I learned! It was so much stinking work for just a one credit class.

Yes, those are my wedding pictures in my model. ūüėČ

I DYED MY HAIR RED AND GOT BANGS….again! We went over to my cousin’s salon and she made me pretty!

Ricky’s friend invited us to drive up to Lava to swim on weekend. As insensitive for me to come too, I got ice cream. I think it was a pretty good trade. Besides, who would pass up square ice cream? It’s the best!

June 2019:

June was filled with lots of traveling…but not with each other. Ricky’s uncle died, so he went to Washington and got to be there with family. It was hard, but so good for him to be there.

While Ricky was gone, my dad and I were guests at the Utah Heart and Stroke Ball. I was recognized at a heart worrier, along with several others. If you know what we are like around each other, it was a night of giggles and memories!

Almost as soon as Ricky got back from Washington, I jumped on a plane and went to New Jersey! Lydia was getting married and I got to be a part of it! I saw some amazing architecture, got poured on by a rainstorm, ate at Rita’s, and had a wonderful time with my friend as she started the next step in her life!

May 30, 2019:

We moved!! Since Ricky wasn’t working, we couldn’t afford to continue living in our apartment. It was sad, but we were able to move into the basement of an amazing couple in our ward. They had just bought an RV and planned to be gone lots during the summer. They didn’t want to leave their house, cats, or garden unattended and we needed a place to live. It worked out perfectly and I have NO doubt that Heavenly Father’s guidance pushed all of us closer. We have loved living with Dick and Jodee. They have become our family. We love them so much!

May 2019:

Ricky’s “kinda” started a business! He etches the gorgeous patterns on vases. We decided that with me being the only one working, he needed something that would keep him busy and try to help our income. I am in awe of his many talents.

April 2019:

April was a BIG month for us! I got to participate in the Senior Showcase and display my portfolio, I received an award that is only given to one graduation student in each department, I graduated college, celebrated my heart-aversary, and we had our one year wedding anniversary!

For our anniversary, we went to this adorable little air bnb bed and breakfast for the weekend as celebration of me graduating AND our anniversary. I really slacked on the pictures during that trip, so enjoy a video from the day we got married, because who wouldn’t want to see that cuteness?!

And as you know, April is also my Heart-aversary! It’s been 6 years since this wonderful gift was given to me! I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for the last six years of my life. So much has happened and I am so thankful that I was here to experience my life for myself! (Again, I slacked on pictures of our balloon launch. Oops.)

February 2019:

Ricky fell on some ice and screwed up his knee. After a few days of prayer and conversation, he went in and quit his job. This was a crazy thing to have happen. We were just floating along through life, then this had to happen. This started what felt like the whirlwind of “bad luck” that was 2019 for our little family.

The couch was the only place he could sleep comfortably. Good thing we have two couches! We just squished them together and slept in a little nest for a few weeks.

Our cute little kitty also had a health scare about the same time Ricky fell. He got super bloated/swollen, wouldn’t let us even touch him, and just overall didn’t look like he felt good. One morning, Ricky rushed him to the vet because he was pooping just blood… Long story short, the dr thought it looked like kitty cancer. She gave him some meds that seemed to help, but also told us that it was just a matter of time before he flared up again. We had to have the hard talk about what to do if/when that happened again.

But…we haven’t had to do anything about it yet! He’s his playful, cuddly self again! He’s doing wonderful and we are so glad! <3

January – March 2019:

I was an intern at an actual design firm for about threeish months. I was able to have the opportunity to learn and grow thanks to some amazing interior designers at Alice Lane in Salt lake. I got really good at organizing the sample library, pulling samples, finding inspo or pricing, and I even got to sit in on a few client meetings. It was so cool!


January 5, 2019:

We went to the aquarium just because we could! There are so many crazy animals in this world.

New Years 2019:

Happy 2019!!! We stayed home and had a Harry Potter marathon with lots of food and homemade butter beer. We brought our mattress out into the living room. We may have left it there for a few days longer than we planned. It’s definitely going to be a tradition.

December 25th, 2018:

CHRISTMAS!!! It was the Taynors turn this time. It was so fun to get to spend time with my amazing in-laws and cute nieces/nephews! (I really slacked on pictures this time.)

November 28th, 2018:

Thanksgiving with the Browns!

November 5th, 2018:

We actually did it! We adopted a cat! We had been talking for a few months about adding another element of crazy to our lives. One night we just went to “look” and just fell in love with this little fluff ball named Flannel. He’s been the best little fur baby!

October 19th, 2018:

My annual biopsy for my angel heart. This was another first for Ricky. Luckily, my mom was there to help guide him through the medical technicality of it all.

July 22nd, 2018:

I gave Ricky the first haircut of our marriage! I was so nervous….and he hasn’t had me do it again since. I’m not sure what that means for my future as his hair dresser.

Sometime in early June 2018:

We went camping with the Taynors! It was soooo fun! During the week, Cora, Anthony, and Layla got sealed in the temple. It was crazy to go from camping, to the temple, and back to camping. We also took family pictures while everyone was there. Since then, there have been 3 more grand babies have been born!!

May 23rd and June 11th, 2019:

We had birthdays! Something fun about getting engaged at the end of the year and then getting married before anything exciting happens, is that we got to do a lot of “firsts” as married couples. It was fun to celebrate our “first” birthdays together being married.

For Ricky, we just did a quiet stay at home thing. For mine, I went to lunch with Ashley and Lydia. Since our birthdays are like two weeks apart, we went out to dinner and celebrate both of us.

May 16th, 2018:

We bought a car and named her Felisha! She was very first married purchase. She’s been a fun addition to our little family.

April 21st, 2018:

We went to Primary Children’s for lunch and ate while I told hospital stories. Then we went on a walk through the Angel Garden and sent balloons to my heart angel. This was Ricky’s first Angel Heart Birthday. It was fun to show him where such a huge part of my life took place.

Happy 5 year Heart-aversary to me!

April 13th, 2018:

WE GOT MARRIED!!! It was the most incredible day. I grew up knowing what I wanted my wedding day to be like, but I didn’t know if I would actually get the opportunity in this life to be married. This day was a dream come true in WAY more than just one way.

March 21st and March 27th, 2018:

We finished interviews and got our “grown up” temple recommends so we could receive our endowments and be one step closer to getting married. Endowments help us become closer to our Heavenly Father. We make eternal covenants and learn how he blesses us when we strive to follow the promises we made in the temple. We had lots of family and friends (including 2 of my roommates that I love and miss living with!) there with us. After we were done, we all went out to dinner! It was such a wonderful night.

I am so grateful for the opportunities we have to go to the temple whenever we want. I love escaping life and feeling the absolute peace of the Spirit.

Weekend Fun

Okay, first thing’s first. Only 35 days until I’m married you guys! I can’t wait to be married to my best friend. I’m so excited!!

Whew, okay. Now onto what this post is really about: Last weekend! Cora and Anthony were blessing their cute little Layla last week, so lots of the Taynor family got together for some fun. Josh, Callee, and their kids came down from Idaho a couple nights early so they could spend time with Ricky and I. They didn’t leave Idaho until late Friday night, so I opted in staying until the got to Ricky’s apartment instead of waiting to see them the next day. They didn’t get to Midvale until about 12ish, I think. It was a late night for all of us… I was surprised that the kiddos didn’t pass out as soon as they weren’t in the car anymore! Of course, when they did get here, we all stayed up even longer, played with the baby and chatted. An hour or so later, Ricky and Callee took me home while Josh stayed to put the munchkins in bed.

If anyone was wondering, yes. Callee does fit in the back seat of their car in between the car seat and booster!

Despite it being so late the night before, we wanted to make sure we had time to do everything we had planned. The next morning I was headed back to Midvale at 8:30. (Side note: I can not tell you how stoked I am to not have to say goodbye every time I say goodnight. I can’t wait until when Ricky’s apartment is my apartment too and I’ll already be home when it’s time for bed! Okay, moving on…) Ricky and Miles came to pick me up from the station to run a few errands.

Last Monday, we had gone suit shopping for Ricky and Oh. My. Goodness. I love him so much. He’s such a goof ball though… He wouldn’t just stand there for a picture for my mom, so this is what I ended up with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those were ready Saturday, so we went to go pick it up. With Miles in tow, we picked up the suite and headed home. Sometime between picking me up and being home, we had gotten into the conversation of why my last name isn’t Taynor…yet. It was so funny. Miles asked what my last name was and after I told him, he questioned why. Being 6, I don’t think he comprehended it because at one point he stated that he would marry his baby sister so she could still be a Taynor when she grew up. It was pretty cute!

This is an old picture from my Thanksgiving week visit but it still proves my point. How can you say no to that face? I would’ve given her all of it without hesitation!

We got back to the apartment, said good morning, got Miles some breakfast, snagged the baby from her bed, and ran to the apartment complex office to pay rent. When that errand was done, Josh and Callee were getting up and ready. They were going to make a Starbucks run so in exchange for watching the kids for them, they were going to bring back hot chocolate for me and Ricky. I ended up sharing life a third of my frozen hot chocolate with baby Ella because I can’t say no to her. She makes me melt.

We had talked about it and we decided that it would be fun to take the train back to Salt Lake. It would be cheaper because we wouldn’t have to pay for parking plus it would give Miles something cool to do during the trip. After every one was ready, we climbed in the cars and drove to the trax station.

Not sure what Miles is doing with his face… Haha!

We went to Gateway, mainly for the planetarium but obviously because the boys had me and Callee with them, there was a lot of pit stops and distractions. We finally made it to the planetarium and had so much fun. We watched the pendulum knock down blocks, how the phases of the moon works, what hurricanes look like in the ocean, and we even got to drive a rover (well, Miles did)!! After that adventure was had, we went over to City Creek for dinner and headed home.

Josh and crew were going over to Shantel’s for the night so her family could have a turn…and so Ricky and I could have our regularly scheduled date night. We said goodbye for the night before settling down by ourselves to register for wedding gifts and a movie. It was fun to have a quiet night with just him after such a fun and busy day…

Two brothers and a baby.

 

The next morning was the baby blessing. It was in Ogden and we had gotten dumped on with snow the night before, so we had to make sure we were leaving early enough. We only got stuck once! It took me behind the wheel, Ricky and four other guys pushing to get us out. Man, we really need a winter car. Who wants to give us one?! Haha!!

This is literally the best picture… I love this little princess so much! (And the guy too. ūüėČ )

The freeway was pretty clear so it wasn’t a super bad drive once we actually got out of the city. We got there safely and early!! It was really fun to be at church with my wonderful “new” family! I love them so much! I got to cuddle a few kiddos during Sacrament meeting and loved every second of it! It’ll be a few years until my siblings have kids, so it’s been exciting to become an automatic aunt! I didn’t know how much I would love being an aunt until I got to be one!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After church, we headed over to Cora and Anthony’s house for lunch. We had laughs, good conversation, and lots of pizza. It’s amazing to me how well I fit into Richard’s family… I am so grateful for their willingness to let me in and become apart of it! It’s almost like this was all planned. Haha!

It was such a fun weekend filled with lots of happiness. Thanks Cora and Anthony for letting us join in on your special day!

Engagement Picture Cuteness

Happy almost March! Can you believe it? This year is going by so fast already.¬†We recently had our engagement pictures taken. We went to a really fun park in Draper. It had bridges, hills, creeks, train tracks. It was perfect. Richard’s aunt did a beautiful job!! I am totally in love with how they turned out and I can’t stop looking at them…

 

 

 

Wedding planning is going great so far…with just a little bit of stress because that’s who I am as a person. Ha! I know there’s no reason to stress, but I am. Thankfully I have Richard to help get me down from getting too stressed out and too into my own thoughts. He’s amazing. I sure can’t wait to marry him. Only 50 days, 3 hours, 48 minutes, and 20 seconds to go! <3 <3 <3

 

New job. Who dis?

This was as of January 23 at 10:55pm.

Happy New 2018!! This year is going to be my favorite, I think. This is the year I get to marry my best friend for all eternity, have my own family (even if it’s just two of us for a while), move out of Salt Lake and in with a boy (WHAT?!?!), graduate from college, and maybe get a grown up job… To me, all of this stuff is helping me become a “real adult.” So, I guess I could say that this is the year I become an actual real adult? Yes! Bring it on 2018!!

Life has gotten super exciting. I mean, it’s always been exciting but this month has been crazy!! I’m still the only RA, I’m fulling invested in classes, and I’m commuting back and form SLC and Midvale (just a sneak peak of married life I guess). Seriously, life is nuts!

The days are counting down until I become a Taynor. We have date set!! April 13, 2018!! YAY! I think it’s funny how concerned people are that we’re getting married on Friday the 13th. It’s the day we picked. That’s the day that worked the best for our schedule. Plus, I’ve never had a bad experience on Friday the 13th’s. Haha. Planning a wedding is harder than I thought, though. There are so many things that have to be decided… I have the groom, the dress, and a temple. That’s all that matters, right? I’m so excited!! I can’t wait until I get to see his cute face when I wake up and not have to leave every night.

Classes are good. I’m only taking 6 credits because I knew I was going to be busy with a wedding either during or right after the semester. It’s turned into a blessing because I have a big girl job now! What? Yeah!!

As part of my RA job, I assist the housing coordinator with move ins at the beginning of every semester. Winter semester is pretty low key with move ins, so there’s not a lot to do. The three days was mostly me sitting in Veronica’s office talking. It was great fun. We talked about married life, wedding planning, and the future (specifically what my plan was when I’m not RA anymore). She asked me one day during one of our move ins conversations, “Hypothetically, would you want my job as the coordinator?” I legitimately laughed out loud, Then I actually thought about it. She then further explained that if Judy (the director) were to leave, she would get promoted and leave her job vacant. She told me that I am the person she’d want to take over as coordinator. We talked about it for a little while then she reassured me that it wouldn’t probability happen for at least 3-5 years. I told her that I’d talk to Richard about it and pray about this hypothetical situation. I went home and Richard told me to pursue it when the time came but because it was all hypothetical, I didn’t take it too seriously.

About a week after that conversation, she called me into her office. I came down and she told me that she had been training to take over the director job and wanted to know if I had given her question any thought. I told her that I had but because it had been hypothetical, I didn’t think about it too seriously. She laughed and asked what I was thinking. I told her that it sounded like a great opportunity and that I would be willing to try. She then unofficially offered me the job – I still needed to meet with the general manager to make it official. About an hour after I had met with her, she texted me and asked if I was free to meet with her, Judy, and Mr. Workman in about another hour. I complied and quickly got professionally presentable. (I had assumed that she wanted to meet with me that morning about ra stuff so I was in a hoodie, jeans, no make up, and a beanie.) I threw on a skirt, quickly did my make up, and fixed my hair. I went downstairs and got called into the office. Because I was already an RA, I didn’t really need an official interview so this meeting was more of a friendly conversation about what was involved in the job and if I had any concerns or questions. To be honest, I felt really good about this job, my only concern was my housing situation. As an RA, I get free rent. As coordinator, I do not. I had a three month limbo between now and when I move to Midvale. Since I haven’t had to pay rent for the last six months, I had used my money for food, school, and playing. I didn’t have enough to start paying rent. We were able to make out a deal that I continued to stay RA until I get married so that wouldn’t be a concern. Guys, I love my supervisors. They are all so amazing!

So, now I’m doing both jobs. I’ve been training for the last couple weeks, but now I’m all on my own. Luckily, Veronica is just a phone call (or a floor) away if I have any questions or confusion (which is at least 50 times each shift…but I’m getting better and much more confident!) My schedule is only 20 hours a week and I can mold it around my class schedule. That will be so helpful when I don’t live upstairs anymore. I can come to Salt Lake for school and work and then go back home and not have to worry about leaving again!

I still get to work (kinda) with these girls that I’ve been able to get to know through my RA job. I get to work closely with the RA’s and with Veronica still. I set my own hours. I have a paycheck. I’m loving this job so far. This job has been such a blessing. Definitely another way of how Heavenly Father is involved in our lives. Like not even a week before Veronica and I had had the “hypothetical” conversation, Richard and I were talking about me getting a part time job when we get married…until we don’t need to have me work anymore or until we have kids – whichever one comes first. Hehe. We had been trying to figure out if I would get a job in Midvale or try to work in Salt Lake when I have classes. It was a stressful thing to try and figure out. Thankfully the way the hours work with this job, I don’t have to worry.

As my own personal celebration, I went and bought new shoes!¬†My “new grown up shoes for my new grown up job” got here and I’ve been walking around in them on and off all week. Super cute. Super tall. Definitely going to take some time getting used to them. The feedback I got about them was pretty entertaining. Peoples commented “Nope. Pass.” “Super cute. Good luck wearing them.” “THESE ARE SO CUTE I AM ACTUALLY DYING!” “I need!!” “Very cute!” Lots of mixed reactions. Haha. I love them so much and look forward to trying to walk in them.

I am so thankful for the hand of the Lord in my life. He guides us in the direction we should go, if we follow the Spirit and actually allow Him in our lives! I’m thankful for a loving and supportive sweetheart. I’m thankful for wonderful supervisors who want me to be my very best. I’m thankful for who I am as a person to have been able to be given this trust and responsibility!! Even though it’s not even sort of connected to my field of study, I’m so excited to see where this job takes me in the future.

Merry Christmas, Sarah Brown!

This Christmas was so fun! I got to go home and spend it in Idaho with my family…plus Richard got to come with me!! Like I have mentioned before, his parents had moved to North Carolina right after Thanksgiving. After we had started talking, after he tole me that he continued to explain that he wasn’t sure what was going to happen, family wise, for Christmas. He wasn’t sure who was staying¬†home and who was going to in-laws… I had jokingly invited him to do Christmas¬†with my family. I didn’t even know this kid! What was I doing?!

But things had changed, and because we were actually engaged, it wouldn’t be weird to bring him home for Christmas. My family loved him already (some of them probably more than they actually love me), so they were excited to have him! The Saturday before Christmas, we got to tag along with Shannon and Jesse to come to the Dixon family Christmas party. That party was absolute madness…such as most Dixon events are. There was so many people, so much food, and so much laughter. It was great!

The next couple days were lazy and full of family. We spent Christmas Eve with my parents in their ward. We sat with the boys while Mom and Dad performed in the program. It was so beautiful – full of the spirit and love of Heavenly Father. After church, we went over and spent some time with Richard’s siblings. We walked in and there were so many kiddos screaming “Uncle Ricky!! Aunt Sarah!!” (They started calling me Aunt Sarah even before Thanksgiving. I’m so excited to inherit all of these cute little munchkins as nieces and nephews!!) We were attacked with giggles and hugs. It was so fun to spend that time with his family too. We did have Christmas Eve plans with my family, so a few hours later, we went back over to my parents for Christmas traditions. Pizza and Charlie Brown in the sun room on the big screen with pjs and pictures after.

Rachel and Nick left for the night, so after goodbyes beds were made downstairs and I helped mom with breakfast prep for the next morning (I guess Richard helped too. Hehe.) After that was all taken care of all 5 remaining kids went downstairs. Growing up, we had this tradition of all sleeping in the same room Christmas Eve night and it’s stuck. We all slept in the tv room downstairs… Okay, there wasn’t much sleeping… It was a late night of giggles.

The next morning, we didn’t wake up until 6!!! It was very weird. We spent the morning opening presents, playing with our new toys, and eating a yummy breakfast. Unfortunately, Richard had to be back to work the next day so we started packing and filling the car up with our stuff. Dad is a wonderful person and volunteered to take us back to Midvale. I was wanting to spend the whole day with Richard, so I didn’t want to go back to my apartment quite yet. Haha.

We got back to his apartment safely a few hours later. We gave hugs, said goodbye to dad, then turned on a Christmas movie and ate left over treats that Mom had made us take home. It was a fabulous first Christmas with my sweetheart and I can’t wait for all the other ones we get to have together in the future!!

 

 

Happy Early Christmas to me

This is going to be a kind of long post because so much has happened in the last few weeks!

Quick update on how life is going:

  1. I’m going strong in school this semester. I have an historical architecture class that I’m obsessed with!! Life has gotten crazier so a few less adventures with friends but we’re still trying.
  2. RA job is going great. I will shortly be the only one… The other RA is moving so I’ll be by myself until we can hire another one. (We won’t be hiring until the new semester starts, so in about 6ish weeks at the latest.)

Okay, that’s just a small snippet of what’s going on. Now for the real meaning of this post: I’m still head-over-heels in love with best friend, Richard! It’s crazy to think that we’ve only been dating for three months and “known” each other for four! I didn’t realize that I was missing a part of me until I found him. I know, I know… Another post about this guy? What? But guess what! I’m going to marry him!! AHHHHH!

Wait, stop! I’m getting ahead of myself. That’s the middle of the story… About a month ago, Richard was getting really serious about moving down to Utah. He didn’t feel like there was anything in Pocatello anymore. Even though he had family and friends there, he wanted to leave. He had been thinking about moving to Utah even before we met, but as we fell for each other, the more he wanted to move. We prayed about it and received complete peace about the decision.¬†Now he had to¬†look for a place to live….and a job. He after weeks of coming up dry, his sister sent him a link to a promising idea. He applied and got called in for an interview at an APARTMENT COMPLEX in Midvale (about 20 minutes away from me!). P.S. that was the interview he had that week of Thanksgiving. The interview went really well and they basically hired him on the spot! On top of the job offer, they¬†also offered to give him a discount on a one bedroom apartment so he could live on the property.¬†Hooray!!

The day he moved, I went to meet him with Gillian, Ashley, and Brad. I was so excited I couldn’t sit still the whole day. I felt like I was going to throw up, pee my pants, cry hysterically, and giggle to death all at the same time…totally in a good way! We had made a plan to help him move in so he knew we were coming but he didn’t know when. I wanted to surprise him, so I had him text me when he got there so we would be able to be there by the time he was done signing papers and stuff. Before we left, we ran to the dollar store where I bought one single balloon and his favorite treat. We got there and he was still busy. I jumped out of Gillian’s car, grabbed my stuff, and sat on the back of his car. About ten minutes later, he still hadn’t showed up and it was really cold. I didn’t want to get back in the car so I casually walked over to the driver side’s door on his car and tried to pull the handle. Luckily, it was unlocked, so I climbed in! Ashley called me and I talked with her and Gillian while we waited. (Brad had decided that he needed to wander so he had left.) A few minutes after that I see Brad’s head and Ashley is giggling. I ask her if Richard is with him. (His care was still packed with stuff so I couldn’t see out of the back window.) I was totally just going to snuggle down with all the stuff until he opened his car door but I was way too excited so I popped out of his car and ran down the parking lot. He was here!!

It’s been so fun to see him pretty much everyday. We have gotten so much stronger as a couple. We’ve been reading scriptures, saying family prayers, and going to church together. It’s been such a wonderful experience to grow that way together.

About a week later, my parents had planned to come to Salt Lake and go see the lights. Of course, we were invited to come along. One night he asked me if his aunt could come to take pictures of us while we were there. Confused, I told him that almost everyone that was going to be with us had a phone that we snap pictures on. He told me no and that he wanted professional pictures. Um, excuse me what?! I totally knew something was going on… We had gone ring “looking” a few weeks before, he kept talking about getting married, and now this. I made a joke one day about us being “practically engaged” and he said, “it’s coming soon.” I freaked out! Soon means so many different things to different people. Haha! Something was definitely up.

 

Side note: I knew it was coming eventually. We had talked about it. The day after our first date, he told me that he was going to marry me one day. I laughed and he said, “no. I mean it” and then proceeded to tell me the experience he had had after we said goodnight the night before. We started seriously talking about it and he asked me to pray. I did, deep down knowing that the answer was going to be yes. When I prayed, this feeling of absolute peace swept over me and it still does whenever I think about my future with Richard. A few days later, I told him how I was feeling about it and what was going on. Absoulutly ecstatic, we decided to pray and fast together that next Sunday. I was going to be in town so it would be perfect timing!! We did and the answer hadn’t changed. We were going to be each other’s forever. We just didn’t know when…

Okay, so that side note was clear back October! We were starting to talk but not very urgently but with this “we need professional pictures taken when you’re family is here” attitude he had, I was getting so anxious. The Saturday came and we had a wonderful day. The whole family got to come, plus Ashley too! (I mean she’s basically family so it was fun to have her there too. Hehe.) We had spent the afternoon in Lehi with Grandma and Grandpa and then went to see lights. Richard was acting funny all day… He seemed nervous but happy. I could tell he had a plan about something.

When we got to Temple Square, we wandered around for a while before he suggested we go over to the reflection pool. Guys, we were taking pictures one second and then the next he was down on his knee!!! He told me he was so grateful for Heavenly Father’s love and how much He must love him to allow him to be able to love me as much as he does. He told me that he falls in love with me all over every day. It was just such a sweet proposal. Obviously I said yes, but it took a minute because I was crying and smiling so hard. It was so special and I can’t wait to be sealed to him for time and all eternity!!

 

A Taynor Thanksgiving

Guys! Life has been crazy! The semester is winding down, Richard and I are making life decisions together, adventures with friends, the holidays are coming… It’s been nuts! I want to blog all about everything but right now, I want to tell what I did for Thanksgiving this year! It was so fun and enjoyed every second!

A few months before Thanksgiving, Ashley discovered that she wouldn’t be able to go home for Thanksgiving so I invited her to be my plus one to my family’s dinner. She excitedly agreed. We made plans to go hang out with my family and it was going to be wonderful. Fast forward to when I met Richard. Things were got serious and he invited me to come to dinner at his parent’s house. Well, I had already invited Ashley to join me and my family for dinner (this was before I had even met Richard). So, after talking to his mom, he personally invited her to come too. It was pretty silly.

He had an interview down in Utah a few days before Thanksgiving, so just picked us up so Ash and I wouldn’t have to worry about how to get to Idaho. The three of us were all crammed into the backseat of his dad’s truck with mom and dad up front. It made for some opportune cuddle time. ūüėČ

When we got to Idaho we said hi to his family and gave hugs, then we switched suitcases to his car and went to my house. (That’s where Ashley and I were staying.)

His family has a tradition of doing a white elephant gift exchange for all of the siblings. I was able to participate in that this year. There was a ton of stealing and teasing. It was so fun! I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in forever!!

Kind of a side story here… Right after we started talking in September, he mentioned that his parents were moving to North Carolina and that his whole family (minus Tabba) would be at Mom and Dad’s house for Thanksgiving. This was the last holiday for a while that they’d all be together. After that conversation, I had jokingly invited him to do Christmas¬†with my family. I didn’t even know this kid! What was I doing?!¬†So because Thanksgiving was with his family this year, everyday for almost a week, I would go over to his parents house (with Ashley in tow). It was so fun to be around him pretty much all day. Goodbyes were the worst…and still are!! The more I was around him, the more I was falling in love with him.

A few days after Thanksgiving, he suggested we go look at engagement rings. WHAT!? I mean, we had talked about it but it didn’t seem super urgent or serious right now – it had all been hypothetical. I was excited to see what the future holds with him, but we had only been dating for less than two months? Either way, we went and I was able to give him an idea of what I liked and what I didn’t like. Apparently, we have quite the difference in engagement ring taste. It was a fun afternoon of giggles and kisses.

The whole week was fantastic! I love his family and they love me, so that’s good right? Hehe. There were so many laughs, so much food, and lots of happy smiles! I can’t wait to see what other fun memories we will be able to create together!

God’s hand

I was talking to Mom a few weeks ago after my first real-life-in person-date with Richard. (We had had a few date nights over skype but this was our first actual date!!) I was just going on and on before it hit me. I had a huge epiphany that I HAD to talk to Brad about! I texted him and told him that I had a crazy realization that I wanted to talk to him about…

Part 1- Remember the trip to Idaho that Brad, Ash, and I took really randomly about two months ago? Yeah, the one where Brad’s car broke down?! So, like I had explained in¬†that post, our original plan was to just stop at my parent’s house for about an hourish. Well, because our transportation quite working, we had to stay overnight. When I was talking to my mom, I realized that I wouldn’t have matched with Richard if we hadn’t had to stay in Pocatello that night! (Okay time line real quick… This adventure took place a few days after Brad had set up my Mutual account and I was kind of obsessed. It’s a pretty fun “game.” Anyway, my little distance setting doesn’t reach up to Pocatello… Okay, carry on.) If the car hadn’t have had called it quits, I wouldn’t have played on Match that night before falling asleep, and I wouldn’t have swiped up on him! And because I had swiped up on him, and was in Idaho Falls the next day, the distance thing reached to Pocatello, he was able to swipe up on me! What?!

Part 2- So, when we were getting ready for the trip, Brad kept saying that he needed to go to Idaho but didn’t know why and that we were supposed to go with him. Shortly after we came back from Idaho, I was pretty sad. Brad noticed and asked if I wanted to go for what I call a “walk-n-talk.” (We do “walk-n-talks” quite often. It’s become a staple in our friendship!) On our walk, I expressed what was going on in my head, he listened and spoke when I was done. He gave me some reassurance about what had been bothering me.¬† He also admitted something I wasn’t expecting. During our talk that night, he told me that the reason we had to go to Idaho was for me. He had no clue why, but I was supposed to be with him on that trip. While we were in Idaho, he realized that I was the reason he had to go to Idaho. Okay?

Part 3- That next Sunday, I was talking to Gillian, Sariah, and Jen about what I had realized. Brad was standing in our group too, laughing at my explication. After I was done talking, he said, “And what she doesn’t know is that I had been praying to be an instrument in the Lord’s hand a few days before our trip!” The answer to his prayer unfortunately cost him his car, but hey, I got a guy out of it! Brad told me that when Richard and I get married, we owe him a car.

Obviously there are many more things that have happened throughout my life but these three have definitely helped me realize that Heavenly Father loves me. He knows who I am. He knows what I need. He has a plan for me and He knows exactly how to help me achieve that plan. He places people, trials, and blessings in my life to encourage me to become the best Sarah I can be. I know with a surety that I am who I am right now because of My Father. He has helped guide me to this wonderful man that I’m head over heels for.

Heavenly Father is involved with every aspect of my life. I’ve seen it! I’ve felt His love. I’ve experienced his hand in my life so many times. He has been there for me during my transplant journey, my first love/heartbreak, my schooling, my family…everything! I mean, why wouldn’t He be? I’m His daughter. When I think about how much my earthly dad loves me, I get overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation. Dad has done so much for me in my life. It’s the same for my Heavenly Father. He loves me just as much, if not more than my dad here.

Mormon 5:23 says, “Know ye not that ye are in the hands of God?” If that’s correct, then¬† Heavenly Father cares about me. He loves me. He wants me to be happy. I know with all that I am that He is very much involved with me meeting and falling in love with Richard.