This is one of my all time favorite pictures. And I am with one of my all time favorite people. This is Kim and we were roommates at Weber State during my last year at nursing school. From the moment I met her, I loved her. She was happy, funny, super spiritual, and most importantly, she loved to sing. We lost touch with each other after getting married and moving, but thanks to modern social networking, I found her! I think it was one of the most happiest moments to find her again. So this past summer, we got together in Utah while she was staying in Park City and I was doing my tour of Utah. We met at her condo in Park City with all of our kids, who fortunately each had a buddy to play with, because from the moment we got there, Kim and I talked and talked and talked like we hadn't seen in each other for thirteen years. We laughed, we cried, we ate, she fixed my inner being, our kids ran around like wild animals, and it was one of my most favorite days while I was there this past visit, and maybe even the whole year. It was such a filling of my friend bucket to spend that time with her. We cried over the recent loss of her baby Beau that never took a breath, and we commiserated on our common losses, but how we each have angel babies that are waiting for their mommas. It brought back all the memories and sorrow that we have endured, but how the knowledge that we have of the Atonement, has made the experience less painful. It was like she said at Dillan's private blessing when he was a newborn (and his mom forgot that the time changed for sacrament meeting EVERY January 1st and sent out the wrong information to all my family and friends. I thought it was going to be a disaster, but ended up being one of the most spiritual experiences of my life), and she said in her testimony how blessed we were as friends to let time pass (then it was probably a few months, not several years!) and how we would always be connected and be able to have an enduring friendship. Kim has changed me, and For Good, as the song in Wicked says, she'll always be with me "like a hand print on my heart." I am so blessed to have her as my friend. I hope to be the kind of friend and person that she is with such unwavering faith and pure joy. I love you, Kimmy!
Oh, and the picture. We must have been going out on a date or somewhere that we were a little dressy, and we asked our roommate, Heidi, to take our picture. She gave us a "One, two, three" and then passed the LOUDEST gas, ever. This picture captured our reaction. It always makes me smile.