My mom sent a request to my siblings and I for experiences concerning hope to help her with a talk she's giving on Sunday. As I did my scripture study this morning, I thought about that and then sent her the following in an email:
Just thought I should share that as it has been a very important part of the process I'm going through here.
In other news, my friends threw a White Elephant party (also known as Yankee Swap for you East Coasters) tonight. We had a lot of fun. I love my friends. And I went home with two pretty glasses (and the promise of a very talented friend to etch a monogram into them) and a cute bracelet. It wasn't a true White Elephant in which the gifts are basically funny junk. Sadly, some of my friends aren't into that. So, they were all gifts that people would actually want.
And the best news is that I left at 9:45 PM. Not early enough to quite get to bed on time, but still several hours earlier than everyone else. Besides the friend I gave a ride to, knowing she'd want to leave early as well. So, I'm proud of myself for being disciplined for once. It helped that I announced to everyone as soon as I showed up that I'd be leaving at 9:30. Even though I'm sure they would have been happy to have me stay, it still gave me a little more to be accountable to.