I have to say I haven't been very emotional this pregnancy (much to Jeffrey's relief!) but I may have made up for it on Saturday.
Friday I was flipping through the blogs I read, and saw that Stephanie had made a new post. As hers is my favorite blog I rushed over there and found an invitation. In honor of life and all those who had helped her and her family, she was hiking Y mountain the next day at 7:00 and all were invited to attend.
Friday night didn't quite work out with me. We were up until around 2:00 entertaining friends, and I was resigned to the fact I wouldn't get to go on the hike and meet my hero. But then Saturday morning I read on her blog (yes, a saturday post) that the hike was at 7:00 pm! I could go!
After talking about it for a while with Jeffrey, we came up with a plan to get me down there. While I was hiking as much as I could, he would be visiting our dear friend Shem and then we would meet up, visit a bit more, and then head back home before it was too late.
As the day progressed my excitement mounted. I forced myself to stay busy. I did all of the laundry and focused on getting my house clean. With only two hours to go, the mounting excitement erupted.
I began to get nervous. I found the room where Jeffrey was and sat down near him. He looked up to find me fighting tears. I was a wreck. It took a while of counseling from him before I really understood what my problem was, and why I was crying.
I was very eager to meet her, but was afraid that I wouldn't get a chance to talk with her. She would be surrounded by her family and friends and I didn't think I would have a chance to even get close to her to introduce myself. Also, I don't like large crowds. I wouldn't know anyone there, and I was afraid to be completely alone. I knew that I would get there, see all the people, and then just turn around and go back home.
Jeffrey rubbed my back and let me just cry. When I had calmed down a little he suggested I take a hot shower to relax, and then we would go. Which is what I did. And the hot shower really helped in calming me down and helping me relax!
We got into the car and had a very enjoyable talk as we drove down to Provo. As we got closer to Y mountain, I could feel the excitement building again. Finally, I was going to get to meet Stephanie Nielson!
The woman who is so inspiring, and has helped me be a better wife and mother through her example. My hero! Even through her trials she is still positive and amazing. As we pulled into the parking lot at the foot of the trailhead the excitement erupted again. There were so many people there. There was no where to park. I saw so many familiar faces of people I have never met, but read their words religiously. I saw her family and friends, and then Jeffrey pointed and said "There she is."
We then went to our friend's house picked him up and went out for food.
sourceI was happy for the ice cream (we had pumpkin ice cream with bits of cheesecake... we highly recommend it) and Jeffrey was happy to watch the freezing process and to see a periodic table on the wall. A place that combines ice cream and science is just the place for us. Best of both worlds! After much visiting and laughter we took Shem home and we began our voyage home.
They didn't use eggs.
They didn't use eggs.
To sum up my weekend, it was wonderful. I didn't get to do all the things I wanted to, but the timing just wasn't right. One day I will get to meet her, but in the meantime I got to visit with a wonderful friend and to try some fantastic ice cream. And then there was Sunday, but that is a whole other story.