Tuesday, January 12, 2010

So many little wonders!

What a wonderful day it has been. Good classes, new friends, silly times with the amazing people I work with, another letter from my best friend, a gorgeous sunset to the west and beautiful mountains to the east.

(Not a picture that I took, but the mountains look similar to this today.)

Little did I know that the best surprises were waiting for me at home. I had 3 packages waiting for me - an ebay purchase, a sweet package from home (including the coveted family heating pad - thanks mom!) and a large envelope from a special friend.

When I was home for Christmas, my mom and I were in Deseret Book and met the sweetest little old man. He overheard me talking about BYU and showed me his BYU class ring from 1954. He heard that I was an art history major and was very excited because he was an artist. He took me sweetly by the hand and said, "you can do anything that you dream." I started to tear up because, sometimes in this harsh world, I forget how high I can fly. He embraced me and kissed my hand and told me to keep working hard and that the Lord would bless me. He told me that he was pleased to see that his school was in such good hands. I barely knew this man, but he loved me without any hesitation, and for that he will have a special place in my heart forever.

Nicholas also promised to send me some of his artwork, which is what arrived in the envelope today. It was more beautiful than I could have imagined.

The sweet letter he sent me and a picture of him dressed up as Santa!

Nicholas' drawing of Christ

The Nativity

The Salt Lake Temple

Nicholas' depiction of President Monson

"Our lives are made in these small hours, these little wonders, these twists and turns of fate." - Rob Thomas


  1. Wow! What beautiful pictures. Such a treasure to have. That is such a sweet experience, thank you for sharing it. :)

  2. Wow, I really love this post and I think that man is the perfect Santa!

  3. Those are amazing--what a sweet story.

  4. Hey Tasha!

    How are you?!! :) That's a great thing to remember, that we can do anything that we dream. It's a good thing to remember as a missionary too, that there really are many good people in this world, and some that are still out there looking for the truth! Thanks for the inspirational thought!

    Elder Chua