Thursday, March 22, 2012

It's a Small World After All...

...I hope all y'all sang that in your head. Or aloud. Either will do.

I've had SO many moments within the last month where all you can say is: "Man, what a small world!" or "Wow, what are the chances?" or "Did that seriously happen?"
Y'know...I'm talking about those things called coincidences.
I, however, do not believe in that word.
I believe that we have a loving Heavenly Father who is involved in the tiny details of our lives so every interaction we have is perfectly planned out and executed.

Planned & Executed #1.
Alex and I went and did sealings at the Salt Lake Temple. As we're sitting the Celestial Room together, I see this man looking at me from across the room. He semi looks like the director of New Haven, so I'm thinking it's Dustin for like 2 minutes. Then this man stands up and starts to walk over towards me. As he gets closer, I realize this is not Dustin. This man crouches down beside us and asks, "Are you Krista Maurer's sister?" (I get that a lot with many different renditions all meaning, "Are you a Maurer because you all look like the same person?") I say yes, obviously and right before he introduces himself, I know EXACTLY who he is. His name is Ryan Garrett. Or as I so fondly know him as...Elder Garrett. Yep...he served in my ward when I was like 6 or 7! There are pictures of him holding me, rollerblading with me, etc. I loved him to bits, but I have not seen him since roughly 1993. He was so happy to hear Alex served in the Georgia Macon Mission and we had a lovely conversation (with his wife, also) in the temple. We may have gotten some looks from people to quiet down, but it was SO exciting! That is no coincidence.

Planned & Executed #2:
Alex and I went to go get our haircut at the Paul Mitchell hair school in SLC. I sit down with my lady, she takes me over to wash my hair, and we start talking. Through a series of questions, my job comes around, and we find out that one of MY co-workers used to work with my hairdresser like 2 years previous. What are the chances?! That is no coincidence.

Planned & Executed #3:
I am doing the Ragnar run in June. I know...I'm crazy. My sister in law convinced me. I'm actually pretty excited though. Anywho, Brittany had all 6 of us on our team meet up at her house so I could meet the other ladies and figure out what legs we're going to do. They are all ladies from her ward and are awesome! It's going to be a fun time. Fast forward 5 weeks. I walk in to teach dance. One of my newer girl's mom walk by and I think to myself, "I feel like I know her." After dance I see her again and I make the connection. I'm running the Ragnar with her! I'm running the Ragnar with one of my student's moms. That is no coincidence.

Planned & Executed #4:
Last night I am at SmashBurger with one of my girls on a fun pass. I am filling up my soda cup and someone calls my name. I turn around and there sits Elder McKinley with his wife. Well...Aaron McKinley I suppose he is. He served in my ward when I was home for Christmas break of '06 and was still there when I went home for summer '07. He was companions with Elder Clinton and the pair of them are pretty legendary in my ward. They're super great guys. was fun to see him and catch up a bit since I haven't seen him since the mission. That is no coincidence.

Planned & Executed #5:
TODAY I am on UVU's campus taking one of my girls to school. As we are walking back to the car I see...Elder Clinton! Elder McKinley's (see just right up above) companion! WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?! I haven't seen either one of them in years and I see both of them within 18 hours of each other! That is no coincidence.

I love moments like this in life. They remind me of just how awesome this life can be. :)


Lori said...

I love this! Life is good!

karly... said...

that's cool! please tell me you got Ryan Garrett's contact info. i would LOVE to see that guy!!