We did it ... we took BrittanyJo to Rexburg this week! And, we left her! Oh Bother! ;0 We miss her already, but we know she is where she should be, so we will survive!
We left Wednesday afternoon and traveled to Missoula. We tried 8 or 10 motels until we finally found one that had a room for us.
This is the view we found when we looked out the window from our motel ...
It was a lovely quiet place ..., then we noticed a few friends taking advantage of this little area of peace on earth.
There were at least three that we saw and they were running around all of those trees and limbs with vigor and vim. It was fun to watch for a few minutes.
We had a great breakfast and some hot chocolate to go and continued on our way. We got to Rexburg and drove around, walked some of campus to get BJo's books and check things out, had lunch together, and took a peek at her apartment. Then we went to Sherri and Bryan's place in Idaho Falls for the evening. We had a great visit and a great night before heading back for a busy day of unloading, unpacking, shopping, and more shopping.
Here is BrittanyJo taking her first load up to her room at Carriage House Apts.
She lives in room 203. Just inside this door ...
We drove up to the temple and sat there on that lot to give BrittanyJo a fathers blessing before her new school year. It was such a peaceful place and seemed perfect for the occasion.
We love to see the temple there in Rexburg. It is up on a hill, sitting as a beacon or "North Star" (or maybe guiding star would be a better term). Look to the temple! The temple helps us find our focus and guides us in the right direction. The Rexburg temple will help that way in mapping out the city and every temple helps that way in mapping out our lives. Look to the temple and partake of it's blessings. (By the way - Brandon helped with the building of this temple, so it holds a special place in our hearts.)
Our little girl, all grown up, is now out on her own and enjoying life. She isn't really alone ..., she has the Lord on her side because she is on the Lord's side. He will help her through everything that comes her way. That is true for each of us - if we invite Him into our lives He will be there for us, and that makes life beautiful. We are so lucky ..., so blessed!
We left BJo in her apartment after 6:00pm Friday and got to Dillon a couple hours later that night. She was worried that we were leaving so late and that our drive would be hard on us. I sent her a message after we got into our room (which happened to be the last room left in that hotel, the first hotel we checked that night) and told her that we were settled and doing fine. My message wasn't delivered immediately and I set it aside to get ready for bed. We heard the ding of her message to us coming in after we'd been in bed a while - it was after 11:00pm, but it was a wonderful noise! ;) We knew this message would be from BJo and I immediately got up to see her message and learn that she had been out for some fun with her "Get Connected" group. She was having a great time and Terry and I were pleased to hear that all was well. We knew it would be, but hearing it makes things even better. I got back in bed with a smile! My heart was happy!
It's a new and exciting, tricky, but great time of life for her and she will love it! Classes start Monday (15th). Ready, Set, GO!