Attending SOAR up at Brigham Young University campus was exciting, and educational at the same time. She made so many friends, and for the first time experienced hiking the Y mountain.
|THE Y-photo source: google|
|Sierra with Aaron on top of the Y.|
|Sierra with Noheli|
temples, and was excited to have seen more than one in a 72 hour hour period.
I remember how college life was like especially when having a job, and a church calling. It wasn't easy, but I know that for me keeping things written down on a calendar, and being organized helped me immensely. There were no cell phones back then, or email so I would say that her generation has it pretty easy with all the technology there is today in order to be organized.
I also got a glimpse of what my role as a mother is going to feel like when Sierra is off to college. The past ten days Lexie and Chelsea took over her share of the chores (poor girls.) The first couple of days are always hard without her. Our house just felt empty. This always happens when she goes off for girls camp, EFY, or any other activity that lasts longer than a week. I'm sure I'm going to feel that way with each child, but I have learned to adjust.
Having her gone the past ten days is like the feeling I get when I attend the temple. The temple makes me love my family so much more, and when I don't have them both in my life...my heart feels empty. Having Sierra gone made me love her even more, and her siblings felt even more appreciation for her as the older sister. I am fortunate to have three other children in the house to raise once she is college bound. Because they are all five years apart, it looks as if my last child will leave for his two-year mission when I'm fifty something! So I will not have an empty nest for a long while-thank goodness!
She was so happy to have gone back to familiar territory where she was born, to have met new friends, to have experienced college life at one of the universities she would like to attend, and to have spent a few extra days with her grandparents, as well as visiting with her aunt, uncles, and cute cousins.
|Sierra & grandma.|