Wednesday, July 29, 2009


“Why do you have to finish the race of life in a set time? Why not just run the race?”

I was reading the Ensign, which is a church magazine that we have, and it had this story about a woman who tried to complete everything perfectly. She couldn't finish her mission because of medical issues, couldn't finish school because of the same thing, and thought it wasn't good for her. Then, a friend told her the line that started this blog off.

There truly is no set time for life. Why rush everything through? You honestly don't know what life will bring you, and where life will take you. So enjoy every rain drop, smell every flower, watch the sunsets, make new friends, and try to laugh and smile everyday.

Trust me, if you start to go slowly and try to finish things to the best of your ability, instead of perfectly, your life will be better than ever before.


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mommy for...

I don't know how much longer I will be able to keep being mommy. It is hard.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dear World,

I am officially done with my first year of college!! AHH!! I can't believe that. But now I just have to wait around 10 hours to be on my way home. I don't want to have to wait that long... :( oh well.

Anyways, just thought I'd give a quick update :]


Honestly, I watched this and cried.

Two off-duty firefighters named John and Joel Rechlitz saved a mother and her two children from a burning car.

More on this story at:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Beauty of Friendship

In the summer, a special wind blows,
It carries a promise that is sweet,
A promise of friendships new and old,
Friendships that will be precious,
Friendships that will be valued forever.

It may be on a chance encounter,
It may be in a class or the library,
Wherever we may meet, it is a time of joy,
As we renew the friendship that was,
As we grow the friendship that will be.

Friendships can be like rose’s,
As they bloom and the blossom,
Only then can the true value of the rose,
Only then can the true value of the friendship,
Becomes truly apparent and priceless.

As we recall the times that we have shared,
The conversations as we walked,
The funny times that we shared,
The math times, and the boring times,
Then we realize that we are friends.

Friends are there to help us,
They are here to help comfort us,
They are there to guide us,
They help inspire us and,
They support us, and defend us.

As friends, may we always remember,
The good, and bittersweet times.
The chances we had to talk and learn,
The times we had to play and work,
The times that we listened, and shared.

Time without those that you call friends,
Is like being a wanderer in the desert.
It is a dry and lonely experience,
Only redeemed by the fact,
That at the end of the journey,
You and your friends will be together.

Written By: Jordan Smith

I've lost 6 pounds since I last checked my weight...

And, is it weird that I am not happy about that?! LoL actually, don't get me wrong, I am okay with losing weight. I just don't want to start and then get into the craze of having to keep losing weight to "love my body." I love it just the way it is, and I'd still love it even if I gained weight like none other. But my roommates have a scale out to weigh their bags before leaving, so i thought I'd step up and see how much I weighed.

Just thought I'd let you know :]


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

In Love -vs- Love

Tonight, I was asked the question, "What is the difference between love and being in love?" Made me think a little about this.

Here were my thoughts.

Love= brother-sister, friend love. Just saying "I love you."

IN love= romantic, thinking about them, wanting to be with them, talking about them.

What are your thoughts? What is the difference to you between love and being in love?


This makes me laugh every time!

This is real, this is me. I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be.

Camp Rock. GOOD JOB!! LoL

Yes, these are lyrics from the song "This Is Me" from the Disney Channel Original Movie "Camp Rock." Wow, I feel like I am promoting it or something...

Anyways, this was my favorite song when I first watched the movie, and every once in a while I will listen to it, because it fits. Honestly, how I am at school is the real me. I love it here at school, and being able to not have to be fake around my friends and pretend to be something I'm not feels SOOOO refreshing!! I wanted a place like this for a while, and I finally found it.

This is the school I am supposed to be at, these are the people that I was supposed to meet. They make me feel like I belong, like I don't have to hide. I can be me, and not worry what they think.

I love the chance I've had to be at this school for the last year, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.


Update on my life

So, since my FHE brother and I are having a little competition at the moment, I cannot change my Facebook status, which is actually a lot harder than I thought, especially during this week. ANYWAYS that's not the point of this blog post.

Monday has come and gone, and I survived!! I took my science final, got an 88.75%. Took my American Foundations (history) final, got a 91%. Took my Professional Communications final, got 100%... Okay, so the final was basically showing up to class on the last day. Took my Child Development optional final (to see if I could raise my grade up), and got 95%. 4 finals done, one to go. My Book of Mormon final shouldn't be that hard, it's just me getting down and working on it that is taking the most time...

Anyways, just thought I'd give a quick update at what has already happened this week.


Sunday, July 19, 2009


Tomorrow will be the worst day this week. Wanna know why? I'll tell ya why. I have 3 classes, and 4 test like things to take. All 4 being finals. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

But it'll be okay. I can get through it. I have studied for my science and child development test, and a little for my American Foundations (history) test. But I don't know what to study for my professional communications.

That's all I have to talk about for now.


Friday, July 17, 2009

When one day ends...

So, in case you didn't know this about me, I love sunsets. On my picture blog, a lot of them are of sunsets in various places, spanning from Hawaii to New Hampshire.

I am writing this blog to explain what I love about sunsets.

1)When the sun goes down, the sky is lit up with glorious forms of orange, blue, purple, pinks, and many other colors. It is just so beautiful.

2) Obviously, the sun setting means the end of a new day. But, more than that, it means that you can forget the past, because it is over. You need to go through the dark to a new day, a new chance. And once that new day is over, the sun sets on it again, adding another day to the past, and showing that a new day is about to come.

3) They are just something beautiful in this world to take pictures of, and I love it.

That's basically why I love sunsets, and why I am always taking pictures of them :]


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Girls, don't worry.

------- -----are like apples------------------------
--------on trees. The best ones-----------------
------are at the top of the tree.----------------
----The boys dont want to reach--------------
---for the good ones because they ----------
-are afraid of falling and getting hurt.------
-Instead, they just get the rotten apples---
---from the ground that aren't as good, ---
-but easy. So the apples at the top think--
-something is wrong with them, when in-
--reality, they're amazing. They just--------
---have to wait for the right boy to---------
----- come along, the one who's-------------
------------brave enough to---------------------
-----------------climb all---------------------------
----------------- the way---------------------------
-----------------to the top-------------------------
---------------- of the tree.------------------------

Spring Semester, April-July 2009

Wow, another semester has come and gone in the college life of me, Symone Stout. It's weird to think that another FULL semester has passed.

This semester started out pretty horrible, actually. I spent basically the whole first month in my room, because around 89% of all the people I had become friends with are on the Fall/Winter track, and so they weren't here. So, I would sit in my room, watch movies, do my work, and that was it. It was a very sad sight.

I moved in with 5 completely new people, into a new apartment complex, which brought about a new ward. Lots and lots of new things this semester. I lived in Mountain Pines, Apartment #108, with Tasha, Sarah, Julie, Cassidy and Amber. Amber was my room roommate, and we were the two new ones. I arrived, no way of getting the keys into my room or into the storage, so I slept with my blanket on my bed for the first 3 days, until I finally got into storage. It was awkward, and I was not a happy camper. As the semester went on, I kinda met new people in the ward, but when it comes to making friends within the ward, I am as good at it as I was living in the dorms... not that good at all. But I became close-ish to my roommates, and that has made all the difference. I will miss Amber a lot more than I thought I would, because she is an awesome girl, but I am way excited to be with Chelsie and Jillise again. AHH!! 2 MORE MONTHS!

The people in my ward were cool people, I won't lie. They didn't compare to my past ward, but still they were alright. My FHE group this semester was a good group, but again, it can't compare. But, they were a fun group. We would have fun, and I hope to continue to see some of the members of this group after this semester, although 3 of them are getting married... I am at BYU-I do.

Along with changes in my living environment, I also had 12 credits of during the day real classes. I love saying that :]. I took Professional Communications, Science Foundations, American Foundations, Child Development, and Book of Mormon 122. All these classes have been amazing. All my teachers have been wonderful, and enthuastic about the subject they are teaching. Hardships arose in some classes, but everything worked out in the end. Currently, I have some form of an A in all my classes, and I hope it stays that way after finals are all over and done with. Finals start this Friday for me, and I am awfully scared, to be honest. With every single one of these classes, I had a group. Yes, EVERY SINGLE ONE! It's part of the Learning Model here at BYU-I. But the groups that I loved the most were my Book of Mormon and Science group. We met more often than for the other classes, so I got to know them a bit more. I love the members so much, and I hope to continue to be in contact with them after this semester.

I also got to take some trips this semester. Not as many as in past semesters, but a good amount. I went home for a weekend, went to Utah for a weekend, went to New Hampshire for a weekend... :D All of which were wonderful chances to get out of Rexburg and be around people I know and love.

All in all, this semester has turned out to be a great one. My classes were good, my roommates were great, I liked the new people I have met, and I now know that I shouldn't be as stressed about starting over. It's kinda refreshing, actually...


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I'm A Child of God... Are You?!

Cheesy picture, I know. Leave me alone.

Now, the reason behind the picture is the fact that I am truly starting to believe that statement. That I AM a Daughter of God, a Heavenly King, and that makes me a literal princess. Now, if I can keep remembering that throughout my life, then I can see his blessings more in my life :)

Just thought I would remind all ya'lls that you are Daughters and Sons of a Heavenly King as well, so start acting like it.


Monday, July 6, 2009

One of the Best Weekends

I got to spend the 4th of July weekend with Chelsie and Michael. It was so much fun!! We went to Boston, the beach, saw Transformers in Imax, went to the Museum of Science, walked along the Freedom Trial for a little bit, and ate wonderful food. It was an amazing weekend. More pictures and stories to come shortly!