23 years ago today (and by today I mean yesterday, when I started this post), two people attended a dance in the Fieldhouse at Utah State.
As they were getting ready that night, they had no idea how much things were about to change.
A few months went by...
And now see what they've become... (now meaning 3 years ago, because apparently we don't take pictures together...)
They are incredible people and I hope I can be half of what they are someday.
They have been through a whole lot, and though it's been hard and scary at times, they've handled it well.
They inspire me and give me hope.
It's interesting what time makes you realize.
You grow, learn, and understand so much over time.
Things you didn't get at one point become clear.
You figure out a little bit more of who you are.
A year ago, I was getting ready run for a student government position here at Utah State.
I gave it my all, and I really wanted it.
I spent a ton of time and a ton of money trying to make that happen.
In the end, I didn't win.
At that point, I was devastated.
I had felt so good about running. I had prayed about it, and thought really hard about it.
I knew it was what I needed to do.
If that was the case, why didn't I come out ahead?
Turns out Heavenly Father really does know what he's doing.
Here I am, a year later, and I'm as happy as ever.
I honestly think I would have been miserable if I had won the election and had spent this year in office.
I don't do drama well, and there was a lot of that this year.
I stayed involved with ASUSU for awhile, but by October I pretty much lost interest.
It just wasn't ME anymore.
Enter, the Utah Statesman.
Ok, that wasn't when it entered into my life per se,
I've been there since the fall of 2009, but all of a sudden I really found my place.
I changed over to writing for the sports section and that was the greatest thing of my life.
It just fits.
A year ago, I thought I was failing.
Nothing was going the way it needed to.
The way I thought it needed to.
Since you're clearly not in my life yet, this will have to do as far as my V-Day celebrations go...
I've mentioned it before, but really, I don't want to celebrate Valentine's... Just pick another day and surprise me, and we'll celebrate then! I think it's stupid to have an official day of love, when, shouldn't it just be a constant thing? Maybe that's just me...
Thinking about you is a weird thing.
Do I know you already?
Are we friends who just aren't aware of the future we'll have?
Or are you someone I'm yet to meet?
Do you live here in Logan? Or somewhere else in the world?
1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon
1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes
1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger
1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James
1928: Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field
1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
1932: Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer
1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis
1934: Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs
1935: Dobry by Monica Shannon
1936: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer
1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy
1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
1940: Daniel Boone by James Daugherty
1941: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
1942: The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds
1943: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
1944: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
1946: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois
1949: King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
1950: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
1951: Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
1952: Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
1954: ...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgol
55: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
1957: Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen
1958: Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgol
1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
1963: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
1964: It's Like This, Cat by Emily Neville
1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska
1966: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander
1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong
1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
1973: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
1975: M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton
1976: The Grey King by Susan Cooper
1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos
1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
1982: A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard
1983: Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt
1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
1989: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
1991: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry
1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
1996: The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
1997: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
1999: Holes by Louis Sachar
2000: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
2004: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
2006: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
2009: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2010: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
2011: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
2012: Dead End in Norvelt
This is a list.
A list of all the books that have been awarded a Newbery Medal.
I'm going to read them all. Yep. Sure am. I figure that since I like reading kids/young adult books more than others, there's a much higher chance of me actually reading all of them rather than some of the other many lists of books out there. The ones in purple are ones I've already read, many of them multiple times, and I'm not against re-reading them. Because I love them all. I'll probably hit some of the Newbery Honors as well. Like Turtle in Paradise that won one this year. It's in the mail to be right now as part of today's Barnes & Noble deal on Groupon.
I'm super excited about this challenge to myself.
I love reading these kind of books because they're so well-written, but don't require a lot of extra thought, time, and effort. Wish me luck, and feel free to join me!