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To begin with, it's fall. That alone is enough to get the corners of my mouth turning up. Nebraska weather has been uncharacteristically fantastic lately. Our summer was mild, and the last week has fluctuated between window-down and sweater weather—a perfect range if you ask me. With fall comes one of life's greatest joys: college football. Again, I don't want to jinx things, but so far this season really has been a thing of beauty. Exhibit A: Taysom Hill. Exhibit B: Penn State's post-season sanctions being lifted. Exhibit C: 3-0. Exhibit D: Taysom Hill. I'm not naive enough to think going undefeated (for either team) is a probability, but you can bet I'm going to enjoy watching these teams this season. That's guaranteed.
Something else that's been keeping a smile on my face lately is the abundance of BABIES. It's like everyone I know got together and decided to have a baby this summer. And good for them! Because seriously. So. Many. Babies. As you all know, I absolutely adore being an aunt. After last week I'm up to 11 "real" nieces and nephews and am quickly accumulating honorary nieces and nephews throughout the country. It's such a blessing to see so many people I love embrace their roles as parents, and I'm grateful they let me be a part of their babes' lives.
It's been hard to be away from family and friends for all of the excitement, but I'm really grateful for the friendships I've been able to strengthen as a result of staying in Nebraska a bit longer. After graduation, a lot of my closest friends moved back to their respective homes. It's weird to be left in the Midwest without them, but I've grown a lot closer to some of my other friends, particularly a couple of girls in my ward. I've really appreciated making memories that involve chasing the Northern Lights and becoming utterly obsessed with new tv shows.
Kari and I are having zero luck with the #AuroraBorealis in Nebraska. Stargazers nearby said 1-4am. Don't know if I can stay awake that long
— Wendy Brown (@wendy_b) September 13, 2014
Nighttime text conversations with @suzzybear and @tednova about @CW_Arrow are quickly becoming my favorite pastime pic.twitter.com/ewhSzetxrUAs a nice little cherry on top of all this happiness, David comes to visit later this week. This will be the fourth straight year he makes a trip out to Nebraska in the fall. I'm always so grateful for his willingness to take the time and money to come see me. Makes me feel like a spoiled little sister!
— Wendy Brown (@wendy_b) September 9, 2014
I hope your life has been equally joyful and rewarding these last few months, but if not, just remember: "Whatever your circumstances, this can be your season of strength." (Barbara B. Smith, "A Season for Strength," October 1983 General Conference). I hope you all find joy in the journey.