As you may recall, John and I headed to Utah last week. We rendezvoused there with my brother to retrieve our youngest daughter, who had spent five weeks with his family. On Sunday, John headed home with youngest daughter (and youngest son, who has a week off between semesters). I remained in Utah, and have spent the past week at oldest daughter's place while attending Education Week at Brigham Young University.
Education Week is an annual event held on the beautiful campus of my alma mater. It is open to anyone who is 14 or older. Classes start at 8:30 in the morning and end at 9:25 at night. This year, over 18,000 registrants from all over the world participated in thousands of classes. Topics are varied; this year, I've learned about home organization, estate planning, and lifelong reading. I've also attended classes with a primarily religious focus, such as "The Abundant Life: Modern Messages from the Life and Teachings of Christ." Every year I attend, I come away refreshed, renewed, and recharged.
1. I'm thankful for the cooler temperatures and the rain we've had. As someone who grew up in Oregon, where no one really bothers with an umbrella for drizzles, I'm always amused at how a tiny bit of precipitation causes an instant popping up of umbrellas. I walked like a fool, head held high and grin on my face, and enjoyed the refreshing cool water.
2. I'm thankful for the beautiful campus. The grounds and buildings are immaculately clean, thanks to a great student custodian staff.
3. I'm thankful for the insights I've gained, for the themes that have been repeated in numerous classes. I'm come away, confident not in my own abilities, but in the reminder that the Lord will make me equal to my tasks.
4. I'm thankful for the friendliness of the attendees and presenters. Even the student employees in the food court and bookstore face the huge crowds with smiles. Education Week is a crazy busy week, and some classes have long lines to even get in the door, but everyone is pleasant and quick to strike up a conversation.
5. I'm thankful for time to spend with family. The day before Education Week started, I heard my nephew speak in church about his recent 2-year mission to the Philippines. Tuesday evening, I attended a performance of 7 Brides for 7 Brothers with my brother, his girls, my oldest son and his wife, and my oldest daughter. I've gotten together with my oldest son other times throughout the week, and I've stayed at my oldest daughter's apartment this week.
6. I'm thankful I was able to catch a sneak showing of Meet the Mormons. It's a feature-length film that will be opening in theaters nationwide on October 10th. All proceeds of the film will be given to the Red Cross. The film challenges common misconceptions about who Mormons are, by telling the life stories of 6 individuals. (Tiny little spoiler: The Candy Bomber of WWII is one of the individuals highlighted. His story is fascinating!) Go see it, if you have a chance.
7. I'm thankful for the chance I had to listen to an apostle. David A. Bednar spoke at a campus devotional on Tuesday morning about the importance of using technology wisely. (I think that the TToT definitely qualifies! Lizzi started a good thing.)
8. I'm thankful for mint brownies, a BYU tradition. I limited myself to two throughout the week, but I still suspect I'll need to run a bit more this next week to work them off.
9. I'm thankful for my daughter-in-law's talents. She came up with this motto for the art display in the fine arts building.
10. I'm thankful for all the memories--John and I met and fell in love at BYU, and we both graduated from BYU. Though some of the buildings have changed, the memories remain.
The Provo Tabernacle, where my college's graduation exercises were held, actually was gutted in a fire a few years back, but the church decided to rebuild it as a temple. It's not finished yet, but I took a few photos of the work-in-progress. It will be spectacular when it is complete!
Thanks for another great Education Week.
Won't you join us? Link up your post, or let me know in the comments what you are thankful for this week. (I'm going to be driving back to California today, so don't panic if your comment doesn't show up until later tonight or tomorrow.)
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