Some friends of ours (the evil, evil Earls) introduced us to an MMORPG a few months ago that seemed interesting. It's Lord of the Rings online and it is, obviously, based upon the famous books by Tolkien. Yeah, yeah, we replied, and never tried it. Then recently, it became free. Yes, free! You can download and play the basic game for free and only have to pay for certain upgrades or tweaks to your account. So we started playing it and, lo and behold, it's really fun. Our server is the one that starts with an E so if you want to play with us, let us know! Come play!
Sunday for my birthday my husband got me speakers/dock for my iPod touch which he got for me last Christmas. In my excitement, I wanted to show my friend and neighbor today, so I brought them to her house and we were listening to music. I was really stupid and though we were in a corner, there was a small area the cord stretched across. My friend's 3 year old decided she wanted to run around and either jump over or duck under the cord, and though I tried to stop her I wasn't firm enough and she pulled the dock with the iPod in it to the floor.
Long story short, the iPod was broken. My husband was angry with me and my friends were mortified (they have been out of work so they couldn't afford to fix it), and I felt terrible. So I did the only thing I could think of: I prayed. I know it was a silly thing, I know it's an extra that I don't need, and I should just suck it up and do without, but I felt awful and I wanted it to work again. I explained all this to Heavenly Father, I told him how we couldn't afford to replace it nor could our friends, but I would really be happy if He would fix it. So I tried some stuff and decided to take it to the Apple store to see if they could at least give us a diagnostic.
And you know what happened?
The guy who was looking at it said, 'well, since you bought it used you didn't have a chance to get the extended warranty, and I can see it wasn't your fault. Normally this is broken enough you would just have to replace it. But I'm going to override that in the system today and just advise you to get the warranty next time." And he replaced the iPod. For free. Even though I didn't NEED it. I just wanted it.
Heavenly Father does listen to my prayers. MY prayers, even. And He extends His tender mercies.
Today is my fortieth birthday. I decided, esp. after talking to people, that I had to party otherwise I would just sit around and sulk and feel old. So I reserved the church and invited everyone that I knew and ordered 2 big cakes (a chocolate mousse one from Costco and a raspberry cheesecake ice cream cake from Cold Stone creamery mmmmmmmmm) and planned a big shindig. It was AWESOME. There was about 100 people that showed up and about everyone had someone to talk to, which was good because I was so busy saying hi to everyone! My brother and his family even came up from Provo! Luckily other people took pictures because I didn't have time. I got lots of presents, mostly dishrags and body wash, which means I'm stinky and my kitchen's a mess. ;P I also got Starcraft 2 from my brothers, which is awesome because now we can play together online. Even though when we tried that yesterday we died EVERY SINGLE TIME. So I guess the 11th anniversary of my 29th birthday isn't so bad after all. :)