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December 11, 2008

Remembering the blessings…

I have been absent from this blog for too long, partly because WordPress revised the dashboard and I don’t adapt easily to technological changes.  But mostly because it has been a really difficult couple of weeks.  Probably right up there with the most difficult times in my life . . . although now I have Neal, and things always feel a little less hard than they did before I met him.  I say “less hard” intentionally because there doesn’t seem to be a place for the word “easy” right now.

So I just wanted to take a few minutes to think about the good things life has brought me over the last year.  About a month ago, I got an email from another girl in my grad program.  She said,

I can’t believe you actually got to go to Chicago and interview. Isn’t that exactly what you were interested in? How did you pull that off?

It made me smile because she was one of the first people I met in the program.  I remember talking to her in the hall just a week or two into my first semester.  She asked if I had any idea what I wanted to do for my thesis.  I told her that I wanted to interview prisoners about financial issues using a mixed-methods approach, but focusing on the qualitative component (as in in-depth interviews rather than just fixed surveys).  I can’t remember her exact response, but it was something to this effect: “Wow. That’s . . . specific.”

Well, I honestly had no idea that I would actually get to do exactly what I was interested in.  I had not made any of the connections that would soon enable the project.  But with my own passion and determination, the unending encouragement of my advisor, Dr. Day, and the fabulous and brilliant Dyers, who helped us get to Illinois and made it so much fun while we were there, it all came together.  Sometimes I can still hardly believe it . . . Justin Dyer (the doctoral student that I worked closely with) and I occasionally commented on the fact that despite our hard work in trying to put the study together, there was still quite a bit of luck on our side to get things going in less than 6 months time (someday, a post about the inanity of the IRB!).

I know it will always be one of the great privileges of my life, mostly for the people I met inside and outside the jail.  And I know I will always thank God for that opportunity.

And this has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the post, but I am also grateful for cute pictures of kittens and puppies. Too bad kittens turn into cats!

And this has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the post, but I am also grateful for cute pictures of kittens and puppies. Too bad kittens turn into cats!

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6 Comments »

  1. Lindsay, you’ve been a blessing in our lives for close to the past 3 decades. From the time of that cute baby picture you posted on your birthday, up until this very moment.

    Comment by holly — December 11, 2008 @ 5:25 am

  2. Lindsay, if only I could call! We’ll talk soon somehow. I hope things get less hard. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Comment by Kirsten — December 11, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

  3. Lindsay, I heard from Sharon that you were not feeling well and I will be in Provo later today and want to bring you an other jar of my homemade applesauce. See you later. And I was missing your posts so I am glad you are back.

    Comment by Helen — December 11, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

  4. Get better. I like reading your posts and love your passion for what you’re doing. Love you!!

    Comment by Audrey — December 12, 2008 @ 2:37 am

  5. I am sorry you aren’t feeling well! The picture of the kittens and the commentary below it made me laugh. I’m glad you posted today. You have such a great outlook on life and were a joy to live with back in the day.

    Your comments are always such a bright spot in my day. If you’re feeling well enough for visitors, I would love to come see you.

    Comment by Jenn — December 12, 2008 @ 6:07 am

  6. Way to count your blessings right now. You are a good example of what we should do when we are tried. You’re still in my prayers, and I’m hoping we can chat again on Sunday. Love, love, love.

    Comment by V. Blanchard — December 12, 2008 @ 8:33 pm


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