- Loving my work at the Church History Library as an archivist/historian. I was hired permanently in May 2009, upgraded from intern (June 2008) to full-fledged employee…one of the great miracles of my life! My career has been established and I am living my dream job!
- Continuing to compile the life writings of Ruth May Fox (diaries and autobio). One of the great miracles of 2008 was signing a contract with the University of Utah for its publication. I will complete the manuscript in the Spring of next year.
- The abiding discovery of Kyle…the man I love! We started dating in February and it has been a beautiful, exciting journey ever since!
It has been a truly choice year. And 2010 will be even better! If 2009 was a year of furrowing and planting, 2010 will be a year of reaping and fruition. YAY!!
I presented at my first two academic conferences in 2009! At the Association of Mormon Letters (AML) on February 28, I presented a paper titled: "'I never considered my poems anything but just rhymes': Ruth May Fox and Domestic Feminism in the Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association, 1898-1937." The second was on August 15 as a member of the "Young Mormon Scholars" panel at Sunstone.
March 21st I went through the Manti Temple for the first time with my dear sister. I am so thankful I made this decision…it has strengthened and enriched my life immensely!!!
Angela and Pat got married on April 25th! What a delightful time for our family. We are so lucky to have inherited such a fine brother.
And, for me, the highlight of 2009 has been all of the time I've spent with my sweet lova'! We've shared many magical experiences, but one of the most special was spending Thanksgiving with Kyle and his family in Idaho (center picture). These memories fill me with such joy!
Kyle and I have enjoyed a variety of concerts this year. He has exposed me to new musical horizons and I've acquired a taste for bands I had not considered before. We have also enjoyed following a budding band called Fictionist, based in the Salt Lake area, and have seen them perform three times (and counting!). We expect them to "hit the big time" any day! Below are some pics of concerts we enjoyed together, including the incredible U2 concert in Las Vegas!! There I had the pleasure of meeting two of Kyle's siblings and got to spend some great girl time with Carly and Ange (and Pat!)!
So, that is my year in review, essentially! Perhaps I should also include that the Library moved to a new building April-June, and that has been exciting to be a part of. What a great year!!! Sweetest wishes to all for a happy new year during this glorious season. Much love.