Sometimes I have a hard time going to sleep at night. It’s hard to stop doing what I do to go up to bed, then it’s hard to stop thinking what I think to go to sleep. Last night I was awake most of the night with swarms of goodness in my head. I just love thinking about all the good things going on in my life. Sometimes I feel like my mind is full of beautiful butterflies landing here and landing there, then circling around and fluttering every which way. I like to pay attention to each, and study each, like a thought that deserves its own time. There are so many things to think about, some nights I hardly sleep.
Last night was one of those nights. I think I finally slept this morning as light began filtering into our bedroom. I think about my friends and my interactions with them. Last night I thought about another DfG Event we had last evening in Springville with some beautiful young women. I wonder about their lives and the lives of the girls they are helping–girls they don’t even know. I think about the faces of beautiful girls in Mali who’s lives will change for the better in a few weeks when I take them the kits everyone is making. Today I received 250 more finished shields for those kits. And last night we prepared more than 600 more liners.
I think about my research projects and my ancestors and wonder about their lives and how I might learn more about them–where I might look, and what I might find. I think about all those people who came to my Family History classes this week–more than 400 of them–and how I might best help them learn to be more actively engaged gathering the histories of their families.
And I think about my family here and now, and the goodness that surrounds me. It’s enough goodness to keep anyone awake at night. I feel so grateful for my life and all the good people and work around me every single day. I love thinking about it all–it’s so much more fun than sleeping.
Here are a few of my favorite things this week:
A cutting party in Orem, Utah with neighbors and friends, shields turned in this week, and the event last night in Springville pictured here.