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The city.

February 1, 2013
Today I got a job. And it’s in Salt Lake City, which I’ve fallen absolutely in love with since returning home from China. Before living in Asia, Salt Lake sometimes felt chaotic and polluted and made me a little leery. (I know, I know. My lack of life experience is showing.) I loved going on adventures there, but I didn’t have real love or passion for cities. And maybe that was just the part of me that loves wide open spaces and raggedy coastlines throwing a fit, or maybe I was just ridiculously naïve and un-traveled. Whatever the reason, there is so much to be said for a well-laid out city, and I finally want to be the one to say it.
I am in love with this little city. I love where I am going to nanny part-time this semester. It’s a gorgeous home that looks like an English cottage, all perched on the hill behind the Capitol and chock-full of hundreds of years of history. Inside, it is warm and there are about a hundred-and-three gorgeous textures that somehow all fit together. There are textbooks and famous paintings and brick walls and wood floors. There are shelves upon shelves of good books, stacked floor to ceiling. There are forts and there are finger puppets and there is an endless supply of dress-ups.
The space feels so good, and the children I get to spend my time with are lovely and hilarious, and still say, “ma’am” and “sir” from living in the South. They are so beautiful and happy. We get to spend our days learning, exploring local exhibits and museums, running errands and reading around the house. I cannot wait to get started. This is seriously a dream come true. It could not be more perfect.
I also got to enjoy some Thai food and quality time with the parentals at Sawadee. If you haven’t gone… go. GET OFFLINE AND RUN FOR IT, people.
And can we talk about sunset in the city? Even among the inversion and even hidden behind all kinds of GAS.
Cities are magical.
Also, you know what else is really magical? Sharing moments with people. Cities are teeming with moment after moment after moment, whether that’s a smile you exchange with a stranger or a lunch you share with a friend. And I love that. Today, in the city, I got to share in the mission calls of two of my very best friends. I was so overwhelmed and so full of joy, picturing them in their respective cities, reaching people that God knows specifically need their love and their talents. We are so known to Him.
I see it in the sky, I see it in the people, and today, I see it in the city.

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Catherine February 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I love Salt Lake City, so much. So so so much. And I LOVE THAT AREA!! I drive through the avenues, along 11th, then come down along the canyon to see that perfect view of the Capitol. I'm glad you love it so much too. And I have never been to Sawadee, but I want to go SO badly!! Thai food=A slice of Heaven in my book.

Love your final thoughts too. People are so wonderful. I'm glad we get to live this life with so many wonderful people and that we can allow ourselves to be affected by them, changed by them, and molded into a better person, ultimately. Heavenly Father loves us so much. I can't wait to know where you're going on your mission, Shelby. You are going to be fantastic wherever you go.

Jessica February 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Salt Lake is most excellent. I only love it more the longer I live here (and you're right, one of the best parts is the day to day interactions you have with people- something that seems unique to living in a city that is walkable and just invites you to get out and wander). And living in the Marmalade district (just west and south of the capitol)…I am obsessed with it.

michelle elaine February 4, 2013 at 7:52 am


Eric February 4, 2013 at 7:52 am

You should come to California and see a real American city.

Shelby February 6, 2013 at 8:24 pm

ALL I WANT IS FOR THAT TO HAPPEN. I'm gonna get yo number and we will become lunch lovers so fast your head will spin.

Shelby February 6, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Ughhhh. I am so in online love with you. Thank you so much for your support. And. I'm just saying. We will go to Thai food sometime. Together. Bring that boy from the library you blogged about. Please and thank youuuuuuu!

Shelby February 6, 2013 at 8:26 pm

YES! This. Exactly. Thank you for your beautiful thoughts. 🙂

I too… am absolutely obsessed. In love. All of it.


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