August

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I went to a wedding reception for my friend Mike Dana and his wife Kasie.

Wedding Reception

The fires in Idaho have made the sun red lately.

Funny

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Natalie Ruth Hope

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Natalie Ruth Hope, my 2nd niece, was born on July 29th at 8:14AM. She was 5lbs, 12oz, and 19 inches long. I was finally able to travel to meet Natalie, in Utah, this week when she came home on Sunday, August 9th.

Close Friend Tribute Challenge: Teddy

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Close Friend’s name: Teddy
How we became friends: We became friends in high school.
Why we’ve stayed friends: Teddy’s an awesome person. I still look forward to spending time with her. She’s one of the most kind and generous people that I’ve ever met which inspires me to be a better person. I’ve enjoyed our friendship more now that I’ve become comfortable with being myself around Teddy and I don’t feel as much anxiety to try to impress her.
My Close Friend’s best qualities: Thoughtfulness, Kindness, Selflessness
Friendship Highlight: It’d be very difficult to pick just one highlight, but our friendship has definitely been one of the main highlights of my life.
Why my Close Friend is like family: Teddy’s gone out of her way to be kind to me. Her family has treated me well as if I was part of their family and I’ve enjoyed spending time getting to know her husband as well. Teddy continues to be a very supportive friend to me.
Do you think you will be best friends forever?
I hope that Teddy and I will remain close friends throughout my life.

Close Friend Tribute Challenge: Jena

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Close Friend Tribute Challenge:
Close Friend’s name: Jena
How we became friends: 7th grade. I thought Jena was an incredible person.
Why we’ve stayed friends: Jena’s been a very supportive friend to me. She’s an extraordinary person which inspires me to try to be a better person.
My Close Friend’s best qualities: Kindness, Thoughtfulness, Selflessness
Friendship Highlight: A highlight of our friendship for me was in high school I needed help to get back to the high school from Seminary. Jena was one of the people who volunteered to help me. I enjoyed having those opportunities to get know her better. I gained more respect for how genuinely kind Jena is to people and also for how well she’s treated me.
Why my Close Friend is like family: Jena and her mother have been very kind to me. I don’t know the rest of her family very well, but I am grateful for the example that Jena and her mom are to me. It seems like I’ve had to rely more on my close friends to help me since my mom died. So I hope my friendship hasn’t become too much of a burden on my close friends at times.
Do you think you will be best friends forever?
I do hope that Jena and I will continue to be close friends throughout my life.

Close Friend Tribute Challenge: Jamie

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Close Friend Tribute Challenge:
Close Friend’s name: Jamie
How we became friends: 7th grade. I thought Jamie was an incredible person.
Why we’ve stayed friends: Jamie’s been a very supportive friend to me. She’s an extraordinary person which inspires me to try to be a better person. Our friendship has helped me more than Jamie probably realizes and she’s still a very fun person to spend time with.
My Close Friend’s best qualities: Kindness, Thoughtfulness, Selflessness
Friendship Highlight: I’ve had so many wonderful memories with Jamie. I enjoyed being able to do some fun things with her before she moved away. I didn’t expect to miss her nearly as much as I did for awhile after she moved.
Why my Close Friend is like family: Jamie and her mom have always treated me well as if I was part of their family. Jamie’s become like a sister to me over the years and our friendship has been one of the highlights of my life.
Do you think you will be best friends forever?
I do hope that Jamie and I will continue to be close friends throughout my life.

Close Friend Tribute Challenge: Kim

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Close Friend Tribute Challenge:
Close Friend’s name: Kim
How we became friends: 7th grade. I thought Kim was an amazing person.
Why we’ve stayed friends: Kim’s been a very supportive friend to me. She inspires me to try to be a better person and our friendship still helps me quite a bit.
My Close Friend’s best qualities: Kindness, Thoughtfulness, Selflessness
Friendship Highlight: Spending time with Kim on high school basketball trips was a highlight of our friendship for me. I enjoyed having those opportunities to talk with her and to be able to get to know her better.
Why my Close Friend is like family: Kim and her sister Kelli have always treated me like I was family. Kim’s helped me through some of the most difficult times in my life.
Do you think you will be best friends forever?
I do hope that Kim and I will be close friends throughout my life.

Close Friend Tribute Challenge: Kara

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Close Friend Tribute Challenge:
Close Friend’s name: Kara
How we became friends: We became friends in 7th grade. Kara’s been a wonderful friend to me since then.
Why we’ve stayed friends: Kara’s a very impressive and extraordinary person. So being her friend still inspires me to try to improve and become a better person.
My Close Friend’s best qualities: Kindness, Thoughtfulness, Selflessness
Friendship Highlight: One of the highlights of our friendship for me was that it was fun to be able to visit with her at a BYU football game a few years ago. Growing up I always wanted to go to school at BYU. I was disappointed that it wasn’t practical for me to go on campus at BYU and possibly spend more time with Kara during college. However, I am grateful that I was able to further my education through the University of Wyoming and I had the educational experiences that I needed to have to become a better person. I’ve had several great memories with Kara during our friendship.
Why my Close Friend is like family: Kara’s gone out of her way to be kind to me. Kara and her family treat me well as if I was part of their family. She’s been a very supportive friend to me.
Do you think you will be best friends forever?
I do hope that Kara and I can remain close friends throughout my life.