That's A Wrap!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July was good to me.
It was a fun month full of adventures, laughter, and memories in the making.
It was a month full of brand new responsibilities and becoming that much more independent.
It taught me new skills and brought forth new opportunities.
It was a month of reflection and decisions.
It was a month of firsts and lasts.

August is looking like it will be in my favor.
Concerts will be attended, birthdays will be celebrated, smiles will be present, the gym will tone my body, healthy foods will fill my tummy, football games will begin, and hot sunny days will take place. 
Summer is quickly coming to a close... 
Here's to making the most of August!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy



Monday, July 29, 2013
I really love Utah.
There is always so much fun to be had there.
I really enjoyed my time in the Beehive State this past week.
On pioneer day we remembered all the that the pioneers endured by going to pioneer park in Provo, then ate at yummmyy Zupas! I really appreciate all the pioneers went through and still kept an undying faith. 
It amazes me. 
We also went shopping, had a blast at Seven Peaks, ate at cafe rio, wandered BYU, had a sleepover with Lauren (I realllyy missed her), spent quality time visiting people, went on a hike that led to a waterfall water slide, ate more delicious food, toured the NuSkin building (and got lots of free stuff! Thanks Jensen and Tracy!), and explored good 'ol Provo :)

 All My love,
Aleigh Joy


Sunday 'Spiration

Monday, July 22, 2013
I realize I left the "in" in inspiration off, but it flows better ya know?
As I was getting ready for church this morning I decided to search youtube for an inspirational video to listen to.
Technology is a really cool thing people.
Lately I have been struggling with explaining how important the temple is to me.
I can't stress how thankful I am for temples all over, but it is so hard to tell others that who can't even walk inside. 
I've tried so hard to find the perfect answer to helping others understand just how special temples really are in our faith, but no words ever seemed to completely express that.
Therefore, I decided I needed to watch something on temples.
I found the most amazing video.
I teared up at how perfect he explains everything. 
Watch it for yourselves.
And hopefully, just maybe, some of you may better understand how sacred temples truly are.

I love the temple.
I love the sweet spirit I am filled with as I get to participate in the wonderful work we do inside. 
I know that temples are part of God's plan for us and I know that as long as I keep myself worthy to enter the temple I will receive numerous blessings.
I know that I can be sealed to my sweetheart for time and all eternity in the temple and that we will be able to create an eternal family because of it.
I cannot wait for that day :)
I know that the work we do inside is incredibly important.
I love the temple, and I love being Mormon.

Happy Sabbath my friends!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy


Life lately, and then some...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

I'm Thankful for iPhones when I forget my camera.
I Live so close to the most beautiful temple there ever was.

I grew up guys.
I don't know when and I don't know how... but I did.
Hello credit cards, car insurance, car repairs, getting tires replaced, etc...

The temple is amazing.
I love the sweet spirit I feel inside.
I also adore all the wonderful people I always meet on the grounds.

Work is killing me slowly, yet so fast all at the same time.
How is it possible that everything can break all at once?
How is it possible that everyone can quit or get fired all at once?
I need a massage.
I have been working out harder lately and doing my best to avoid greasy foods.
It would be a whole lot easier if for every mile you ran, a pound would shed. Or ten.
It would also be lovely if I got a dollar for every veggie I put in my mouth... or ten ;)
For now I will just try to remember that Hunter comes home in a few months.
Oh dear.

Speaking of my love...
I can't tell you how good it felt to get a letter this week!
"I know there is so much more for me to learn out here and so much work for me to do,
but part of me is so ready to see you. Like Now."
I feel ya Hunt, I feel ya.

How on earth are we over halfway through July?
Wasn't the fourth like yesterday?
On to Pioneer Day celebrations in Utah!

Taylor Swift is coming to San Diego in T-minus 26 days, minus today!
I am beyond excited.

I'm obsessed with this amazing song.
"Oh, it's too late baby I've already fallen in love with you."
It's been on repeat.
Mushy music feeds my aching heart most of the time. 

Some of the questions ya'll have been asking here have gotten pretty intense ha.
Stay questioning though.
I quite enjoy it.

Oh, and check this out:
I'm freaking out over here.
The butterflies just woke up.

All my love,
Aleigh Joy


Breaking the Fast

Monday, July 15, 2013

3 weeks without emails and letters.
(as mentioned in this post.)
I'm pretty dang sure that we can conquer anything now.
This relationship has sure thrown us plenty of tests and trials.
I'm happy to say each one has come out successful.
Today we exchanged our first emails in 3 weeks and my heart just about melted when I opened his.

"Aleigh, i love everything about you and i always will. You are my other half in every sense of the phrase. Thank you for always being by my side in everything. Your love and support means everything to me."

Ahh, it was worth it.
And "it" always is :)
Somehow not being able to write him or receive anything from him made me realize my love for him even more.
Crazy how that works.
Six months left, this reunion will be epic.
It is finally starting to feel real, and not just a dream :)

By the way...
I was missing that sweet boy of mine the other day.
So what do I do? 
Ya know, just search his high school highlight film on youtube.
Upon searching I found this gem of a video.
At 1:45 you will find Hunter being interviewed after a great game.
I nearly cried while watching this video.
It's him, it's really him!
And, that is as close to real life as I'm getting right now.
Ahh his smile, his voice, his body langauge :)
He's real again.
And, he's coming home in a little less than six months :)

All my love,
Aleigh Joy


Eighteen. 3/4. A Year And A Half. What?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Yeah, that's a long title...
but it has also been a VERY long time since I have seen my sweet Hunter.
Guys, Hunter Miles Moore returns home in but six months (and really probably less) .
Wait hold on it's way Moore exciting than that, let's try this again.
Yeah that's Moore like it :)

I'm at a loss for words right now.
I'm really quite shocked. 
This day came ridiculously fast and horribly slow all at the same time.
The past couple of months I have found myself practically hyperventilating each time a new month passed.
I pretty much turned into a crazy person. Truth.
I felt nervous jitters, enormous amounts of excitement, stupid anxiety, and did a whole lot of day dreaming as my palms got sweaty just thinking about intertwining and locking our fingers together again. 
I still do feel this way, but more than anything, I am now just ready for him to come home.
This is the final stretch if you ask me.
I've thought about this journey like a football game. (I was a cheerleader, he played football. It kinda played a big role in our relationship ha) 
So, We are now in the last quarter. And then it's over.
I know we are going to win this game, my quarterback will lead us to victory.
Oh, and I have cheered him on the whole way.
Nothing will change, and I am certain :)

I have found that with each passing month I have opened up more about my love for Hunter.
I like it this way, I have clearly fallen. Hard.
A little while ago the sweet boy informed me that I needed to listen to This Beautiful Song (I have no clue who the couple is in the video, it was the only good version I could find ha.) by the Nashville Tribute Band.
"They say love is eternal, well, i guess they must be right. 

Cause I've got a timeless place for you in my heart.
how I could love you this much, I don't know.
There's this ageless feelin' that tells me more and more:
I must have loved you before."
You better believe I found myself crying tears of happiness as I listened to the beautiful words.
I miss my best friend.
A lot, but this love is eternal, and this will all be worth it.

Woah, this post is eternal.
Eh, but so is the wait for a missionary.
So, you get a feel for what I'm going through ;)
Haha okay here's the next little blurb of our teenage love story:

The last post left off right here so the next part is when things rapidly sped up. And I mean it, like we fell into rushing rapids and even though we easily knew we needed to get out we just somehow couldn't beat how quickly we got pulled in. I found myself craving his hugs and driving myself crazy missing just being in his presence. The crazy thing is, I hardly even knew him back then. But, it felt like I had known him my entire life. The connection we had, made it apparent we really must have loved each other before. I still got nervous around him. I think an entire family of butterflies found a home in my tummy my freshman year. They have stayed there since. At this point in time, I began spending more time at his house. We quickly found many things we both liked to do and it felt so perfect and easy whenever we were together. It felt like a fairy tale, just how Disney channel teaches you love should feel like. I felt it, full throttle, the only problem was that I had no idea how he was feeling. I knew he was opening up to me, I knew he had an interest, and I knew he made an effort to spend time with me. But, it was high school and that explains it all. I have worn one specific perfume since eighth grade. Pink Sugar. Hunter has always loved it, he would even text me to remind me to wear it when I would spend time with him because he loved it so much. Ha, like I would forget that? I knew how much he loved it, and I wanted him to love me that way :) One day after school Hunter and I were playing blitz together. (it was a little football video game that we pretended I was good at haha) Between plays he would lean in and smell me and then let out a deep sigh of approval as he would inch closer to me. I must admit that I would occasionally mess the play up on purpose because I knew that meant he would inch closer. He clearly got as close as he could so he began to reach for my hand. Cue butterflies. Then his phone buzzed. He received a text from, "you know who." Cue depression. He looked at the message, dropped his phone, and set it to the side. I was in shock. But I reallllyyy liked it. So, our friends were still calling us "just besties" but now in the most sarcastic tone you could ever imagine. Things between the two of us were still as confusing as ever. We spent a ridiculous amount of time together but couldn't seem to have "that" conversation. I loved how innocent the whole idea of us being together seemed. However to him, it didn't seem completely innocent. Hunter had just turned sixteen that year. He was technically now aloud to date. But, a girlfriend was out of reach. It probably would have been nice to know this at the time, but instead I played the waiting game even before he left for his mission. I was okay with it though. The chase was fun, and spending innocent time with him was even more fun. We really were best friends, but we were clearly hooked on each other. I was finally getting somewhere when I realized I needed to tell him I was leaving for an entire month to go to Europe with my family over the summer. It scared me to think that I wouldn't be near him, let alone the same country, for an entire month. My teenage brain thought of all the possibilities. "what if he loses interest?" "what if he goes back to her?" "what if he forgets about me??" Yeah, I've been crazy about him since day one. After telling him, he said that we would just be crazy best friends spending every day together soaking up the summer sun until the day I leave. And that, we did. From riding around in the jeep with the top off to playing volleyball on the driveway. Swimming in his neighbors pool to playing blitz and war until my parents couldn't stay up any longer waiting for me to come home. Getting Jack in the Box milkshakes to watching the newest movies. Jamming out on rockband to... oh wait. I'm skipping ahead to the best part! That's for the next post ;)
And on that note, this story has reached the point where I type:
to be continued...

All my love,
Aleigh Joy