The difference between Women,




and Men.



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Mein Freund Emily Watkins said once that she was going to throw me a "get away" party.  Before she realized how she phrased that, I said, "You better." 

Sad to report she forgot.  Not acceptable :) Guess I'll settle for a "Oh great, you're back" party. hahaha. I make myself laugh.

How I love the Watkins.  All of them.
I was especially happy to finally see my Alesha.  It had been way too long.  We are basically the same person and I love it.  So naturally catching up came real easy like :)


I think this is a pretty good description of our friendship
Same with this one.
My extraordinarily beautiful roomie, Katie. Love her.
Typical.
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 Twitch your eye until the camera takes a picture.
I don't remember what I'm doing this for.
It is how I am feeling in general right about now though!
This could possibly be my favorite picture of the day.
Wheelchairs were involved.

Isn't she just beautiful? Favorite picture.

Daddy's girl.
Two best college friends. 
And now they are friends, which I love.
And they made the trek out to support.
THANK YOU! I luh you.
p.s. I really really want that coat kacee :)
Kenna's adorable cake she made me :)
Kristi, Whitehorse, and Angel. Love 'em.
Gotta get a pic with the boys! 
(Notice Ben has his hand behind his back.  He is holding a water cup.  Right after this photo I went to brush a hair away from my face and in the process knocked the water out of his hands splashing all over us. Classic Kaitl)
Best friends. 
Just some of my favorite Pheasant Acres fam.
Hangin' with Bob!
I have the sexiest friends.  Date them! Or you'll regret it :) haha.
Beautiful Taggarts! (oh and handsome James)
Taggart Group photo. 
(Missing a few.  Didn't think to take it until after some had left. Sad day)
They've been married 50 years.  They are the cutest!
So so glad I took 3D design in 2009.
My beautiful Coral.
Utah State in 2008 baby! 

In short, it is kind of self-explanatory. 
and if not, then I can't explain anyway.
We are weird, but hilarious people.

I feel SO blessed.
I have had SO SO many wondering people offer words of encouragement and/or gifts. Some traveled far and wide to support me and I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. 


Grandma Sprouse was feeling sick and couldn't make it.  My heart was breaking for her because I know she was so excited for that day, and she supports me in everything I do. 


I decided yesterday that everyone needs to stop being so very wonderful.  I think my tear glands are allergic to wonderful people.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.




I LOVE YOU ALL.
See you in 1 & 1/2.


check out Sistersprouse.blogspot.com

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It's official, which in this case means it is in the paper.

Kaitlyn Sprouse, daughter of Keith and Lori Sprouse, has been called to serve in the Germany Frankfurt Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She will speak on Sunday, Jan. 15th at 9 a.m., in the Maeser 4th Ward.  She will enter the Missionary Training Center on Jan. 18th.

Two weeks. LESS than two weeks.

p.s. I'm kinda terrified for the 15th to come. Come see me, but miss the talk if you can :)

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My 2011 started out with a whole lotta this. 
Roomie violin concerts. 
and fun boys from the ward.


Got to go down to sin city with my dear friend LoTru for the most magical Spring Break of my life. 




LoTru really is, to quote her blog title, a kindred spirit of mine.  SO many good times.




Then, after a super fun year of the "Evergreen Dream" (as my roommates and I have come to be known as) all went our separate ways.  Africa, Ohio, California, North Ogden (haha), and Switzerland.

Ahh Switzerland.



I met so many amazing people! I was able to spend the month of June admiring the breathtaking Swissland, while eating my weight in heavenly chocolate & Magnum bars.


These girls are now family. 
I feel like I've known them my entire life.


Back to Dinoville. 
I really do just love this place. Not to say that I wasn't kind of depressed coming back to it after Europe, but I love it.


and worked to pay off the trip with good ol' smokey.


I got a letter from my dear friend Thomas.
Plans for Deutschland commence.


In the meantime, my singles ward family helped keep me relatively sane. To make up for how much I missed my life and friends in Aggieland.


and loved every second that I got to spend with these beautiful people right here.  


2011 was a beautiful time of life.
2012 is a big ? 

all I know is that it will be full of adventures, and almost nothing like 2011.  Hopefully it will treat me just as well as this past year has.
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Let's rewind to around 1997 when young Kaitl just said good bye to my 19 year old uncle for two years. My mom explained to me that he was entering into the MTC for awhile before he would fly to Mexico where he would serve the remainder of his mission.  To this I responded with a question, "Why is he going to an empty sea? Where is the water?"  

Well approximately 15 years later, I'm about to find out what this empty sea is all about.  Wow.  That is all I can say now days, is wow.  How is it that the 4 month wait that I was so upset about is almost over? Part of me wishes I had another 4 months, but the other part of me can't wait to go and face this new adventure.  For as long as I can remember I have been so looking forward to the day when I could serve a full-time mission.  Isn't it funny how most things that you look forward to seem so very different when the time comes? 

Young Kaitlyn could only see all of the exciting opportunities that lay ahead.  The lives I could help touch (as an instrument in the Lord's work of course), the places I could visit, and the way that a mission could help me be a better person.  Now, I still see all of those things, but I also have a clear view of other things too.  I realize that along with it comes other emotions, things that hadn't crossed my mind as a young child.  I'm nervous, I can't help it.  Nervous about learning a language, nervous about my own abilities, nervous about living in a foreign land. I ache thinking of the people that I love that I am leaving behind. I become emotional over EVERYTHING.  I'm not kidding, I started tearing up during Ramona and Beezus.  I didn't even know why, It was a sneak attack.

With all of this unknown, I cling on to the things that I DO know.  I know that I have a Heavenly Father that loves me. He knows what is best for me and is willing to help me through whatever life throws my way.  I know that I am so overcome with gratitude for my loved ones.  I have the knowledge that I will be able to be with them FOREVER.  I went into a local LDS book store and I saw a sign that said, "A Missionary, someone who leaves their family for [a year and a half] so others can be with their family for eternity." How can I have this exciting message of truth and not try to share it with the world? I know that "perfect love casteth out fear" (John 4:18). I love the Lord, and as I trust in him, I will be okay.  I owe everything I have to my Savior, it is the least I can do to serve him fully for a short 1 1/2.  

I think that Brother Holland says it best,


"...we want battalions who will take as their weapons 'every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God.' So I am looking tonight for missionaries who will not voluntarily bind their tongues but will, with the Spirit of the Lord and the power of their priesthood, open their mouths and speak miracles."


I will not voluntarily bind my tongue. I know that Christ Lives.  He atoned for each of us. Through his great sacrifice we can find pure joy in this life and the life to come.  Because of this knowledge I am able to forget my fears. I will miss my family and friends, but it is a small sacrifice to make in comparison to all that Christ did for me. Bring on that "empty sea"!!!



Oh, and MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope your Christmas was as beautiful and perfect as mine was.
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Alma 26:12

"Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea behold many might miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever."
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It's coming!

Christmas!!



My dad playing Ipod Idol after we all ate our weight in turkey. How I love this man.

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Turksgivin'
 Went down south to what Hailey likes to call "St. Hore-hay". Where I found this lovely photograph of Meine Mutter. 
 So much mall time... 
turns out shopping to be a Sister Missionary, not so fun. SHOCKER I know.
 Family=Best Friends
 Pizza Factory lovin.
Live Nativity at Tuacahn Ampitheater, I got to at least SEE a camel even if I missed out on riding one at Holly Days.
Now you can see where I get my crazy from.  Meet G&G Taggart and Uncle Jer.

IN-N-OUT.
Very happy Kaitl.
Good day with lots of YUMMY grub!

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