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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Reaching out

An announcement was made in Relief Society for a woman in our ward who's in need of some childcare help right now. She's due with twins soon and needs to be off her feet as much as possible to help those babies stay in as long as possible. I haven't yet met her, but when the list came to me near the end of class and a time slot for Monday morning still hadn't been filled, I decided to take the plunge and volunteer.

I biked over to Beth's house the next morning (with Aspen in the trailer) and met this wonderfully fun woman and her kids for the first time. I had met her mom (who's also in our ward) and husband a week or two ago, so it was nice to finally put a face to her name.

As I got to know this family (she has three kids), I was excited to learn she's from NY. I always love meeting other people from the east coast. It's amusing to talk about the strange transition from being LDS and a minority and then moving to Utah. And laughing about how everyone thinks all east coasters are supposed to have accents.

Being in this ward/neighborhood has done wonders for me. It's so rewarding to have people smile back at me and invite us to do things during the week. I've been going to a weekly park playdate with other moms in the ward and I love seeing some of the same women every week and getting to know them better. Everyone has so much to offer and I look forward to other opportunities to serve and get to know my new community. Although, I am a little nervous about whatever church calling they decide to give me since it's been about three years since I've had a legitimate responsibility at church. Wish me luck!

1 comment:

  1. I am glad your ward is so great. What another blessing this move has been for you guys!


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