Sunday, October 21, 2012

What my Fall Break consisted of:thankfulness

This past week has been WCHS(Warren County High School) fall break consisting of ten whole days off! Lucky us :)  School has been so stressful and being in a Government class this semester I get asked A LOT of questions about being LDS.  Don't get me wrong, I am NOT ASHAMED(efy2012- Romans 1:16;) of the gospel of Christ, but it is a lil' bit nerve wracking when even the teacher asks you hard questions!  Then some of my closer friends of the past two years have not been going down the safe road in life, and I have had a hard time finding my right "group of friends" outside of my amazing church friends.  If you go to Warren County High..just for a day.. you would understand. Because I was so down, I decided to pray, and I got the answer that I needed to reach out to people that looked lonely. I actually came across a scripture while reading last week, and that is my post fall break goal! I will let you know how it goes, but I am very excited! #spiritualexperiencenumberone
     In our ward, the Mcminnville ward, our YW president assigned a "hero book" she found on theredheadedhostess blog.  For this project, you do an intense study of any hero of your choice for two solid weeks, then record your testimony at the end of the book.  I was SO pumped about this assignment, and really personalized it to be my own.  I really pondered on what hero I should pick.  I wanted to do one that I didn't know as well, so that I could learn more.  I found my answer that night while reading in Luke about how the savior promised Zacharias and Elizabeth a son to be named John.  A distinct thought occurred that I needed to do Rebekah at the well, and how she was so in-tune with the spirit.  I knew I had to learn and study her.  She was my hero.  So I started my two week study, and it was very successful.  If I could tell you one thing about that amazing woman, it would be that she studied, prayed and communicated with Heavenly Father 24/7! She had a constant relationship with Christ and he with her.  She was able to recieve revelation to let strangers use her vase to feed the camels and themselves.

So..I finished my hero book on Thursday morning, before seminary started.  I babysit six sweet kiddos quite regularly, and that night Sarayah, first grader, asked if I would attend her birthday party.  I went.. and talked to Sis. Kastello.  She told me she had prayed so hard to help her adopt a baby.  She had been for six weeks, and they recieved a call that afternoon for a baby in Delaware that was premature, weighing three pounds.  She showed me a picture, the sweet girl was the SMALLEST baby I had ever seen in my life.  She didn't have any hair, and was hooked up to a ventalator in the hospital.  I was in shock.  well.. the next day, I went to visit my grandma and left my phone in the car for two hours.  When I came back, I noticed I had six missed calls, two voicemails, and about 7 texts.  Sister Kastello's voicemail said,"hi, sweetie.  We are about to board a plane to Delaware to adopt the girl, I know this is crazy but if there is any chance can you watch the kids this week, I love you, I have to go cause we're about to take off but call me ASAP. love you". WOW. so many emotions, I wanted to relax this fall break, finish my Work and Glory book, do my college paper due the next week, catch up on scripture study, etc.  I headed straight to their house and put the kids to bed.  When I called Sister Kastello the following day, she had just saw the little girl and decided to name her "REBEKAH" becuase she had thanked Heavenly Father for blessing her with this beautiful baby girl and that she couldn't have any children.  We were crying on the phone together.. happy tears.  I am so grateful of the powerful examples in my life.  She is so intune with the spirit and I look up to her.  They came home last night and the baby is seriously so special.  I love her to death, and I know she has a special purpose because she was sent to the best family ever.  I'm grateful for these sweet moments I have had this special fall break. baby sister, and cancer survivor(wow, that feels AMAZING to say) is DONE WITH TREATMENTS AT THE HOSPITAL. how very blessed I am!  We love her so much and grateful we are a forever family. xoxo

put your best foot forward. always.
Words from Marilyn

1 comment:

Katherine Lenora Hitchcock said...

Alyson Lee Caten, I love you so much. Thank you for sharing this story!! I sat here smiling the whole time I read this. :) I know how school is... Remember my locker is right beside yours and I'm always here for you! I honestly don't know how many of my high school friends I'll really keep up with after graduation, but you and me girl, we're besties FOREVS.:) That is so cool, I never even made the connection that Sis. Kastello named the baby Rebekah after you had done your project on her! That's wonderful!!!:) love you sweetie pie. Thank you for lighting up my day :)