I feel like the last two weeks have been a whirlwhind of emotions for me. I had an incredibly sad week, that ended on an upbeat with the best thirtieth birthday bash ever. Right before the party I started to feel sad and sore from the events that I had just undergone, and I wasn't so sure I even wanted to celebrate. But as soon as my Mom, sister, and amazing friends showed up I was able to have fun and be happy about my life. Becky, Courtney and my Martha Stewart Mother threw me such a fun party. The food was fabulous, and the company was even better. I think the Karaoke was a hit, and it was just the best feeling to have fun with the people I love. I think I want a girl's pajama party every year!
Then last Tuesday my Mom and I headed to California to go see Wicked with Liz, her mom Linda, and Stephanie. I can't believe I haven't seen this play before! I really can't say enough about how much I loved this play. I loved the music, the costumes, the set, and was so amazed at how brilliantly clever the whole story line is. Really, find a way to see this sometime in your life, you won't regret it. I don't think I've stopped singing the songs since I saw it. I've even got my kids walking around the house singing "You're gonna be Pop-u-lar!" I loved it so much, and it really couldn't have come at a better time for me. Thanks so much Liz and Stephanie, really this is the best birthday present anyone has ever given me, I loved it!
Then, as if that wasn't enough, last Friday was the annual gem and bead show in Tucson. My mom was still here and Angela flew down for it. We were sad Katie wasn't there this year, but the rest of the Craig sisters wore themselves out looking at row upon row of beads, gems and jewels. What girl wouldn't love this? I tried to stay within reason this year and picked out a few strands of beads, and bought some new earrings and a ring this year. We had so much fun, and I slept so good that night, the bead show might involve more walking than Disneyland! Who knew diamonds could wear a girl out. You aren't allowed to take pictures inside the tents, or believe me I would. Thanks Stephanie for getting us in again, and for introducing me to the most expensive habit I've ever had!
Today I'm ready for life to get back to normal. Laundry is somewhat meditative for me, and I must say I don't even mind doing the dishes. Mostly I like the feeling of a calm, peaceful home, and the satisfaction of providing that for my family. My treadmill has been shamefully unused, and it's my goal to get on today and try to take charge of my health for a few months, and then worry about expanding my family. I've been reflecting a lot lately on what Elder Eyring said at President Hinckley's funeral about how everything will all work out. I really believe that it does, and that there is an unseen hand guiding us through all of our trials. I have felt that hand, and I have truly felt the power of prayer in my life the last few weeks, and thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. It's so much easier to go through lifes rough spots with friends and family at your side. Thanks for being there for me when I needed you most.