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Smiles and Giggles

Student life at BYU


My oldest daughter is halfway through college.  She was fortunate to find a major that she loved immediately, but has struggled with finding exactly what area to specialize in so that she can use her degree in the real world.  She has seriously considered several minors, and started exploration, only to not feel good about anything.


Yesterday we sat down to look at some more options.  After searching through the university catalog, reading through course descriptions, and feeling like she could do pretty much anything, we were ready to decide that maybe she should just pick one and settle.  At the last second we found some small print.  There was one minor that had simply been overlooked because it was listed as a certification program, but on further inspection it included a minor along with the optional professional certification.  As she looked closer at the program, she has already taken several of the classes, and all of the “fun” classes she so carefully fit into her schedule the last two years will count towards her minor and its related certification!  In fact, she has already completed what she will need for the professional certification.  Talk about a real life option!  Even her elective general education classes are related and will be an asset when she enters the workforce.  To put icing on the cake, the final project class she will need has been on her wish list to take since the day she entered college.  I really don’t know how we missed this before.


After two years of stressing out she is all smiles and giggles.  She is so excited and has been smiling all day long.  The Lord has very strange ways of letting us find where we need to be, and I love it when things are opened up and we can recognize them with peace, smiles, and giggles. 🙂




Somewhere Else to Look

Have you ever gotten to some challenge, only to see that you had already been prepared to handle it?  That is the work of the Lord.  Only He can see what we have to face ahead of us.  The more I look for this type of preparation, the more I see it.  I’ll share one easy to see example.

When I started college I decided for some unknown reason that I could handle the maximum number of credits my first year, and be involved in multiple extracurricular activities.  Crazy?  Stupid? Probably.  However, I was able to handle things just fine – and do summers.  Could never explain why I pushed so hard.

My final year of college was anything but what I had planned for.  Not only was I married, but I also had a child.  However, I was able to finish school on schedule, work, and still have time to spend with my child and husband.  This only happened because I had such a small handful of credits to finish due to my overloading and going summers previously – although I hadn’t previously known why I needed to.  I think learning to work that hard also helped as well.