Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Class of '98 Today...

Andrea (Garner) Ekins

How do I sum up the past 10 years? I went to Ricks College (now BYUI) after high school and quickly got involved with campus life. Absolutely loved the people I met and the experiences I had. The summer after freshman year I had brain surgery to remove a tumor. Anxious to get back for my sophomore year, I was determined to make my recovery short. After Ricks, I did EFY before heading to BYU Provo. I decided right away that Provo was not for me after blowing out my knee. After surgery and a semester at home, I decided to give USU a try. At the end of my junior year I met my husband Matt while we both ran for student government offices. We knew things were right from the get-go and married that summer (2002) before a busy senior year ahead of student leadership.

After graduation, we both worked in Logan (Title and Mortgage Industries) for a year before Matt was accepted to law school in Indiana. We loved our experience away from home and outside of the West. I had the privilege of teaching early morning Seminary for one year before getting pregnant with our little girl. Abigail (Abby) was born in October 2006 and I quit working for the LDS Church in Facilities Management. My time at home with Abby has been irreplaceable and I hope to be blessed in some way with more children. Matt graduated from IU Law School-Indianapolis in May 2008 and we recently made the move to St. George, Utah, where he accepted a job with a law firm. Life has been good – a few challenges, but worth the growth. Currently, I enjoy being among family and close friends, running (completed my first half-marathon in May '08), biking, playing cards, decorating, and traveling.

5 comments:

Kirsten said...

I hope you can make it to the reunion so we can chat about USU, BYUI, and high school stuff. It sounds like things are going well. You little daughter is adorable!!!

Kierstin said...

Andrea, it's good to see you again! Your family is so cute and I am amazed at all of the experiences you have had in the past 10 years! Wow! It'll be good to see you at the reunion.

pitcherfamily said...

I do remember that, I am so glad to hear that you are doing well after your surgery. You have a cute family. I am excited to see you this July (that is if everything goes well with the pregnancy). See you soon Melissa

BigBen said...

Andrea-
HI This is Jessica (Gardner) Carr. I was so excited to see that you posted on the blog. Your baby is so cute. My sister named her daughter, Abigail. I call her "Gabby Abby."
I married a lawyer as well. I met my husband in Michigan (because my parents were serving as mission presidents there). He was going to law school there, and then we got married and transfered to the University of Denver. We live in Scottsdale, AZ. Other than the heat (111 degrees yesterday)I love everything about living here.He has his own Tax Law Firm in Mesa. I most likely won't be at the reunion because Brooke is having a baby any time around July 10-11, and I would feel bad leaving her(not that I am that much help...).

BigBen said...

Opps! I'm coming up in August so maybe when I drive through St. George we could have lunch or something????
My email is jesscarr@gmail.com
Jessica