Though I do not particularly enjoy being outside a great deal, and would most definitely classify myself as indoors-y, I spent the entire weekend outside. Friday afternoon my AGD family hiked up the Preacher's Rock. Surprisingly enough, this was actually partially my idea. I had seen pictures and it just looked so beautiful that I felt like I needed to see it for myself. When we got to the top, it just took my breath away. I am so thankful that Linds is so great at capturing moments with that camera of hers. Even then, words cannot describe what I felt when I looked out over the mountains. The beauty of God's creation never ceases to amaze me. The best thing about living in the mountains is that I am daily surrounded by His beauty. I hope I never get over seeing this. Even when we were camping and white water rafting in the frigid water, I found myself looking beyond the fact that I was sleeping in a bag on the ground or freezing cold and praising Him.
I am also continually blown away by how blessed I am to have such wonderful people in my life. I know I talk about them all the time, but they are truly some of the greatest people that I know and I really don't see how I made it 18 years without knowing them. I had no idea that the girl standing behind me at Big/Little reveal over a year ago was my soulmate and would bring such joy into my life. No matter what is going on, Casey can always bring a smile to my face. When Lindsey first sent me that message on facebook telling me that she was somehow part of our family, and when we met (and took 500 pictures) a few months later, I had no idea that her and I really share the same heart and that she would become my future roommate. When Alison moved in on my hall freshman year, I had no idea that she would become such a significant part of my life, much less my sister- in Christ and Alpha Gam. When I need a hug, she has a plethora. My first day of our wellness class, I had no idea that the girl sitting 2 seats over would become my Little and my constant source of laughter. Brittany's energy is contagious and it's impossible not to catch it. And when I met Melea's roommate that day, I had no idea that Sara, too, would become my Little and also share my heart for missions. It is so amazing how the Lord works and how He brings the perfect people into our lives at the perfect time. And now, I couldn't imagine living without them.