Just Thinking
RF Hoak

Just sitting here and thinking, friend
And wondering how it would be
If I had not known you at all
And you had not met me.

All things we've shared would then be lost, 
The smiles and heartaches, too - 
The world would be a dreary place
If I had not known you.

But these fond memories through the years
All the fun times, too.
Just make me thankful you know me
And glad that I know you.

I received the above poem today from my neighbor, church leader, and friend, Kathryn Wardle, who is moving with her cute family to Boise, Idaho at the end of this week.
I love it, because it voices exactly what I've been feeling of late. So many people in my life are moving away, or going on missions, or taking different paths, and it's so strange.

People I've known almost my entire life.
People I've met along the journey thus far.
People I've only just met.
People I never got to know very well.
People I wish I'd introduced myself to.
People I admired from afar...
There are people from each category that I will never see again.
It's so weird.
And so sad.
And so scary.
Because so many of you are taking a different path than mine, I want to thank all of the people I've known these past seventeen and a half years.

All of you have changed me.
Impacted my life in some way.
Some lifted me up.
Some put me down.
But whether you befriended me,
hurt me,
complimented me,
spurned me,
loved me,
or hated me...
Every one of you helped me to grow into the person that I am today.
And for that, I thank you.


Marvel{ous} at this! {Mondayyyyyy}

Dear, dear lovelies.
Guess what?
I *graduate* from high school this week.
I have been so ready to graduate all year long.
And now... Though I'm ready to be done...
I don't feel ready to grow up.
After Thursday, I have to be an adult. Somewhat anyway.
I don't know if I want to do that yet. :(
I have not had a lovely high school experience...
These have not been the best years of my life...
But I've been taken care of.
I know that won't completely go away, but... I don't know.
I told my friend earlier that I probably just worry too much.
Don't get me wrong, I'm EXCITED as all get out!
Everything will work out, I know that. I'm just anxious, I suppose.

Anyway, I need to get my marvelous on. Today was a very Monday-ish Monday.
Things I loved about today:
-Sleeping in!
-50 points of extra credit in Psych, which brought me up to a solid A!
-Getting my yearbook early 'cos I'm a senior. :)
-Being questioned about prank texting... :)
-Good music. Like this song, which has been stuck in my head all day! :)

-Harmonizing with the radio, as always! It's the best!
-Not dying in a car accident. Even though traffic was awful and I thought I might!
-Seeing friends that I haven't seen in a long time.
-Wearing my cowboy boots. :)
-Having weird, awesome, philosophical text conversations.
-Pondering my life
-Scripture mastery memorization tools! :)
-Hemp bracelets.
-Rain when it's hot outside! It felt soooo good.
-Taking shoes off after getting a blister. Also feels soooo good. :)
-Feeling somewhat in shape.
-Feeling attractive!
-Coming to terms with my new haircut... We cut off a few inches last week and it's been weird!
-Summer weather! For some of the day anyway. :)
-The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!
-Realizing that this week is super pointless and I can do things I want to instead of sitting in a classroom doing absolutely nothing because the teacher is just as worn out as all the students are.
-Wearing my nine-year-old brother's clothing. :)
-Things working out after they've failed for quite a while!

Life is so incredibly good... I have nothing to complain about. :)



Read Katherine's wise words. Whether you are a woman or a man. For serious.
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