Wednesday, December 31, 2008

December 31. 2008

I have had a lot of times in 2008. There were good times, bad times, hard times, and easy times. I've had serious times, silly times, times of love, and times of light. Sometimes, I was pained, and other times, I was full of joy. Sometimes, there was both pain and joy together. I've had my times of regret, and other times I've been very pleased with what I've accomplished.

I look back on my times, and some people would ask, "What would you change?" Honestly. . . I would not change a thing. There have been times where I've regretted what has happened, but those times were there to teach me how to make things right. I need those times. They help me grow. My times have been perfect, for me. They have been perfect to shape me into who I am today.

Next year, and in many years to come, I will have some other times. I don't know what my times will hold, but I'm pretty sure they will be just what I need. :)

At New Years time, we usually look back on our times, and forward to the times we'll have. Sometimes, I think we forget to look on our present times. The 'now' times. Sometimes, we get lost pondering on the past and future times. What do we want this time to look like? I want my time now to be a time of light, love, and joy. So this year, instead of making a New Years resolution to begin on New Years day, I'm going to start remembering my present now. I am going to share my light, love, and joy. I am going to share it now. I want to share with as many people I can.

Happy New Year. :)

With light, and love, and joy,

Becca

Monday, December 29, 2008

Random. There will probably be a lot of these. . .

I just lost the game. 

I am going to Utah State University!
I got a splendid scholarship from them for next year. 
It is letting me pay instate tuition instead of crazy million dollar out of state. 
Amber Anne Bailey will probably be my roommate :).

My family sang in sacrament meeting today.
The song was In the Hollow of Thy Hand.
It was a little awkward. 

Today is also my mom's birthday! 
I thought she was turning older than she really was. 
That was awkward too.
My bad.

At church today, I learned that my family relies on me just as much as I rely on them. 
People rely on me.
Who knew? 
I have something I can give to them. 
I an give my love, acceptance, light, and many more things.

In Jerome, It's been snowing like crazy.  
We have a few hundred inches of snow. 
We almost got stuck in our driveway on our way to church. 
We were blessed for making it to church. 
It took some work, but we did it. 

I also learned (again) today that it is good to make goals.
I have a goal list. 
It has my life goals.
On the list are things I want to do from now, till the end of my life. 
There are 47 goals (so far) on my list.
(I know I exaggerated on how much school costs, and how much snow we have, but this is the truth. 
I counted, and I have 47 goals on my list.)
I will complete them all. 
Eventually.

I'm practicing being cheerful.
I'm not always good at it. 
My family can tell you that.
Right now, I am cheerful.
I'm going to try to stay that way as a gift to my mom. 

I'm sorry this blog is so random.
I'm sorry this blog is also so long. 
I'm actually not that sorry. . . . 
You chose to read it.

Have a splendid day :)

P.S. I wrote this on Sunday, December 28th, and posted it on Monday, December 29th. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Blogs I posted with Youth Making A Difference

As many of you may know, I went to India with an organization called Youth Making A Difference this last November to assist in the local orphanages and schools. Here are three blogs I posted with them. The first, I posted when I was preparing to go, the second was when we were traveling to India, and the third was when we were leaving our orphanages.

17 Days Till We Leave! 10/28/08

Oh Goodness!! It's 17 days till we leave for India! Unlike Emma, I AM a little nervous. . . I still have to practice my Hygiene Presentation. I'll be doing that this Monday, the 3rd of November. It will be fantastic! I have splendid games and activities to play. I can't wait! :) I think my nerves will leave once I have my presentation down, and that will come a lot more easily once I do it with real kids. Don't worry, I'm only a little nervous. I'm also very excited! I can't wait to go to India to share my love and light with these kids! I'm sure, I will also learn a TON from them! I already love them SO much!

Until next time!

Becca

PS. I also love all the YMAD kids, and our outstanding leaders! ;)



Above, Is a picture of Delhi. 

FROM BECCA 11/16/08

Dear Mom, Dad, Mary, Emma, Benny, and everyone else. . . :)


Basically. . . these long flight are killer!! Today, I was thinking about driving from Salt Lake up to visit our Grandmas in Idaho. I remembered asking you how much longer was left in the ride, and you, mom and dad, would always answer me saying something like, "Oh about two Barney shows," and I was content with that. With my flights in the last twenty four hours, I'm pretty sure there weren't ever even enough Barney shows made to cover the amount of time it took us to get here. Oh, and 'here' is Singapore! We're just waiting for our flight to Delhi. But really, the flights are SO long! The flights are long, but we all are having a good time. :) We are all so excited to make it to Chamba!

I think I told you, but I am assigned to the orphanage called Sahu, or Saw-who, or Sahoo. I'm not sure how it's spelled. On our flights, there have been a lot of little kids, and it has been making all of us YMAD kids so excited to see the kids from our orphanages. I really can't wait :). I just can't wait to share my love with them! It's weird, I still feel like this whole expedition is kind of a dream. A lot of miracles, little and big have happened. We were talking about the miracles, and I said to Robert I think that, "You know, I think it's kind of a miracle that we're all here together doing this great work." And. . . I know it is. I know that us just sharing our love, and light with these orphans is a splendid miracle. Everybody needs to be loved.

I love you all. Mary, I'm sorry I can't be there to see you visiting home for Thanks Giving. Emma and Benny, I'm sorry I can't be there doing my chores :) Well, I'm not too sorry. Dad and Mom, thank you for being so supportive! I love you all!!


Love, Becca


 These are my girls :)

BECCA 11/28/08

So, we’re on our way to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. After we see the Taj, we ride the bus back up to Delhi so fly back to SLC. It’s a lot of traveling, and it takes a very large amount of time! Really, not enough Barney shows were ever created to cover the millions of hours it takes us to get places. Don’t let my little annoyance of how long it takes to get places fool you. . . I think this really has been the best experience of my life. So much has happened, I don’t even know how to begin to describe it. And. . . when I come home, I’ll do my best, but really, there are not enough words for me to express what’s gone on, and especially not enough words to describe what I’ve felt. How about for now,


I don’t want to write a novel for my blog, so. . . I’ll share one of my favorite moments on this expedition.


One of the days, we went to all the schools to distribute school kits to all of the children. We also sang our team songs, Do You Believe In Magic, Ain’t No Mountain, and You’ll Be In My Heart, to the children of out schools. We were at Sahoo, my orphanage, and were singing You’ll Be In My Heart. Here are the lyrics. . .


Come stop your crying it will be alright,

Just take my hand, hold it tight.

I will protect you, from all around you,

I will be here, Don’t you cry.


For one so small, You seem so strong.

I will protect you, Keep you safe and warm.

This bond between us can’t be broken.

I will be here, Don’t you cry.


Cause you’ll be in my heart

Yes, you’ll be in my heart.

From this day on

Now, and forever more.


You’ll be in my heart

No matter what they say.

You’ll be here in my heart, Always.


Why can’t they understand the way we feel?

They just don’t trust, what they can’t explain.

I know we’re different, but deep in side us

We’re not that different at all.


And You’ll be in my heart,

Yes, you’ll be in my heart.

From this day on, Now and forever more.


When destiny calls you, you must be strong.

I may not be with you, but you’ve got to hold on.

They’ll see in time, I know.

We’ll show them together


Then in Hindi, we sang,


You’ll be in my heart,

You’ll be in my heart,

You’ll be in my heart, always.

Always.


This song pretty much killed me. Lets just say, my singing was a little shaky and had a few gasps in between words. My face was also a little pink and wet. My kids were all pretty small, and they are so so strong. They go through so much, and they still are so happy. One day, it was pouring rain, and we all just sat in the classroom together, I had about seven kids all on my lap and arms, and we were all keeping each other warm and safe from the rain. They also would call me “Didi”. Didi is Older Sister, in hindi. I love them so much! They have taught me how to be happy on a greater scale. :) I don’t know. . . . I think if I could say anything to my kids, it would be that they’re going to always be in my heart, and I did. I’m sorry, this pretty much is a novel. I’ll be finished now!


In my lap is one of my favorite little girls named Shetal
I wish she was smiling in this photo. Her smile is amazing! 
Her giggle is also pretty splendid. :)


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Those were my three blogs! I loved India, and I miss it a pretty hearty amount. . . I miss my kids.

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