December 2014 was an exciting month for me. I was able to finish up my final semester of school at BYU! While there were some projects and papers that needed to get done, the end of this semester was actually not that bad. Two of my finals were canceled, and my other three weren’t overly difficult. It feels really good to be done with college!
December also brought graduate school applications. I have been working on those, and crossing my fingers that I get accepted somewhere.
I worked a great deal on getting the family history stuff from Grandma and Grandpa Brown organized and scanned…finally. I’ve worked on it a little here and a little there throughout the year, but I sat down and finished it all up in the beginning of the month. There are lots of good histories and photographs that I’ve been able to scan. I’ll figure out a way to best share those with everyone who wants them.
My employment at the Center for Family History and Genealogy at BYU also came to an end with graduation. I worked there since April 2012, so it was sad to leave the Center and the projects. But I am ready for a new chapter and to try something different. I’ve put in a couple of job applications and am waiting to hear back.
Perhaps the most exciting thing this month was being able to come home for a few weeks! I flew out 19 December, John’s 18th birthday! It was good to be home for that and eat delicious birthday cake. Spending time with everyone, talking, playing games (Monopoly, Risk, Quiddler, pool, etc.) watching movies, eating chocolates—you know, the usual Christmas things—has been a ton of fun. Christmas day was very enjoyable, especially being able to talk with Mary Ann. It sounds and looks like she is doing really good and having a blast serving a mission! I’m so proud of her.