|| firsts ||
When you are someone like me, who hasn’t really gone anywhere, and you move to somewhere like Laie, you go through a lot of first times and you learn a lot of new cultural things. I am now accustomed to kissing cheeks as a greeting, rather than shaking hands. I have tried a bunch of food that sounded strange at first, but ended up being delicious! Koko rice, for example. It’s a Samoan dish, rice cooked with chocolate and coconut milk, often more liquid than not, and used as a dip for big, thick slices of homemade white bread. It sounded weird to me but I love trying new things, and I’m so glad I did because I’m in love with the koko! I’m trying to master making it myself so I can go home and make it for my friends and family! Besides new forms of greeting and new food, I also swam in an OCEAN for the first time!!
|| valentines day ||
My roommates and I got each other cute gifts for Valentine’s Day. I made my friend a scavenger hunt where with every clue she found her favorite candies. My friend spoiled me with way too many chocolate-peanut butter goodies…#fatfriday!
|| traditions ||
I love our traditions! We have Pizza Thursdays (my favorite day of the week), Adventure Saturdays, and Dessert Sundays. I am lucky to have a friend who is basically a chef, she cooks so well, and a friend who should probably open her own bakery. But I have a part in this, too. Anna cooks, Jerica bakes, I eat. It’s perfect, we were made for each other! 😉
|| sunday jams ||
A newer tradition for us is Sunday Jam Sessions! We sit in an outdoor hallway for hours on Sunday nights with a bunch of people and just sing together. There are some seriously skilled guitar and ukelele players in the mix. I could sit there and listen to them play for days!
|| decisions, decisions ||
Before I moved here, I really wanted to move to BYU in Provo. My heart was set on it. It was my dream school. And it didn’t happen. Somehow, I got accepted to BYU-H, and I’m immensely glad that I came here because I have learned more about myself and about the world around me. I just found out that I got accepted to BYU for the spring term…dream school, what up. But now I don’t know what to do! I love both places, and both have a lot of pros and not so many cons. I am praying and weighing my options for which school to go to now, among other major life decisions that are coming up. I love that I can trust God to take care of everything for me! He loves me so much and it’s mutual! 🙂
“To exercise faith is to trust that the Lord knows what He is doing with you and that He can accomplish it for your eternal good even though you cannot understand how He can possibly do it.” –Richard G. Scott