June – 2017

The month started out flying up to Washington for Hunter’s Graduation! It was so fun to go up there again to spend time with family!!

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Hunter gave a speech at graduation and it really good!

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Then we headed back home on a 5:30 AM flight….. one of the worst flights ever. The Lewiston airport is so small that I feel like we are boarding a private jet. hahaha, definitely not though. We got back in time for me to go into work at 8:30 and for Colby to make it to class. We were exhausted though. Such a fun trip though ❤

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June 6th came around and we were able to celebrate his bday!!!! He’s way more low key about his birthday though hahaha. His one bday wish was to go to Scheels just to walk around.. his favorite date night haha! He got his ice cream and was happy with his bday!

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My mom sent Colby Lululemon clothes for his birthday, which is his fav. So he was so happy to try those on!

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Later that weekend we got tickets to go to the parade of homes.. WHICH IS MY FAV!!! We were dreaming so big while touring those homes. Our wheels were turning, but then we had to remind ourselves that won’t happen for a while for us hahaha.

To celebrate the end of Spring Term, we went on a campout with some good friends: Spencer, Karly, Dillon, and some other awesome people! We went to a mountain on the other side of Utah Lake and it was so cool to see a different prospective of the Valley. I loved it! We brought our mattress pad and put it in the back of the jeep.. which is our new fav way to camp!

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After that we were gearing up to drive down to Louisiana. We took advantage of the time we had together, free of Colby’s studying. We tried out the new sandwich shop in Provo called Even Stevens – 10/10 would recommend.

We finally got on the road to Louisiana. Our plan was to take my car (Tatum) down to Louisiana to sell it. The trip started out great! We were cruising right along! Making great time! We left at about 11 AM and planned to either drive all the way through the night or to stop somewhere in East Colorado and camp somewhere random.

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We got to a cute little town in Colorado and stopped for pizza at a quaint little downtown restaurant. There was a festival going on that weekend so there was a lot going on! Tons of art shows and musicians playing on the corners of the street. We had such a nice little break and enjoyed it. At about 7 PM we got back on the road. We still weren’t sure if we would stop for the night or not. We took a smaller road, because the GPS took us that way. We were confused at first but after looking at the route it seemed like a good option to get us to where we were going. It was a super beautiful drive with rolling hills and green everywhere! We thought it kind of looked like Scotland. After about an hour on that road, it was not dark yet, but fog seemed to grow and grow and it was getting fairly difficult to see. It was about 8:30 PM, so it wasn’t dark out yet. We had both kind of had an eerie feeling. I put my movie away and sat up straight to look out of the window.  We both had a bad feeling that we couldn’t explain. All of a sudden, we see a huge deer just barely ahead of us jump out of the woods and crash into our windshield. Colby had a better view and said it was massive. He slammed on his brake and we skidded forward for what seemed like forever. We finally came to a stop and I was in shock. It was as if our lives had just flashed before us. Colby’s entire side of the car was just shattered. Luckily all the glass stayed intact and we were able to drive to the nearest gas station. We called our parents and told them what was going on. I was in a panic, and luckily Colby and my dad were both calm about it all and they were able to calm me down. I truly just felt helpless. We were not even halfway into our trip and we were stranded in some random town in Colorado with shattered windows.

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My dad pointed out that the place where the deer hit us was one of the best places it could have hit us. It hit on the very front corner bar that separated the drivers door from the front windshield. He said that it was one of the strongest points on the car and that if we would have been either a couple seconds behind or ahead, things could have been deadly. The deer could have come straight through the window and could have caused a lot more damage. Thats when I could really see how the Lord’s hand was in on this and kept us safe. I was an emotional wreck the rest of the night and was counting my many blessings. My parents booked us a hotel so we got there and had a good night’s rest. The next morning we got on the road bright and early. Colby’s side of the window was not completely visible through, but if he leaned over just a little bit he was able to see a little better. We lost the rear view mirror and he couldn’t see out of the side window at all so I had to be alert the whole time and make sure he could merge into the next lane, or if he could make a turn. It took a lot of team work, and a lot of tape. We would make frequent stops to re tape the side window. At some points the window was starting to bend and was so close to just bursting open. However, the packing tape, and duct tape did its job and got us to where we needed to be.

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We were in constant communication with my parents and they had offered to drive how ever far we needed them to, so that they could come help us. We decided to just go and see how far we could make it. We decided that we would try to make it to Dallas and then they could meet us there to help us make it the rest of the way. Somehow, and with a lot of faith, we were able to make it to Dallas. We met them at Buc-ees and they loaded us up onto the trailer and drove us the rest of the way home.

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I had never been more happy to be home!!!! It was such an eye opening experience and really made me grateful for my family, for Colby, and just for life in general.

 

love, SB

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