Thursday, March 31, 2016
I have been asked the question numerous times since we returned home--"What did you learn on your mission?" This week I have spent a lot of time thinking about that question and realize that every time someone has asked I think I have given a different answer. In fact, every day I think of something else I learned. It is amazing to me what a life changing experience our mission has been. When we first got the assignment to serve in New Hampshire I was very hesitant about what we would be doing and with all honesty I couldn't even get excited about it. Looking back I am embarrassed that I didn't have more faith in what Heavenly Father wanted us to do and what we were suppose to learn. Now I can share some of the things that have been on my mind when I think about what we learned on our mission.
We can do hard things
Family is everything!
Young missionaries are awesome
Senior missionaries are AWESOME
The fruits of the Gospel are so sweet
Family Search is inspired
The Church is true
Time flies when you are having fun!
Marriage is a miracle
I married my best friend
We live in a beautiful world
Maine Donuts are the best
Faith precedes the miracle
Scott has a great sense of humor
Monday, March 28, 2016
While on our mission I had a quote on the wall that said, "Wherever we are together--that is home." While serving our mission we were at home and it was a wonderful experience that neither of us will forget. But when we walked into our house that incredible sense of peace came over me and I was so grateful to be in familiar surroundings again. Everything was in mint condition thanks to Angela! I kind of felt like I always did when I would get out the Christmas decoration each year and would "ooh and ahh" over what I found. It was all so familiar and yet so new to me. When Andy and Angela and the kids came from work and piano lessons our journey was complete--we were home!!!
After a wonderful drive from Cedar City to Gilbert we enjoyed the cherry on top of the whipped cream when we turned the corner onto Cullumber Court. Once I could put my arms around Amy and had a good cry it was just one treat after another. The last time we saw Eden she was just six months old. Now she is the cutest toddler you can imagine. She was grinning, talking, staying close to her mom until she got use to us but definitely aware that everyone in her family liked these strangers! The most changed was Lincoln who is now so tall I was shocked. The thing I noticed most about our 18 month absence is that the teenagers seemed the most changed. The other big change was Amy's baby bump! Can't wait to welcome that little guy into the family.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016
Driving in the winter doesn't always give you a true view of how beautiful the country is. Pretty much gray and brown in every direction with occasional patches of snow! In spite of that we loved noticing many things along the way. Now that we are older, driving until late evening is no longer an option so we stopped in Glendive, Montana our first night. From there we drove through the Yellowstone Park area down into West Yellowstone the second night and then we arrived in Lehi on the third day of the trip. It was great to see Rachel in Salt Lake City and then arriving in Lehi in the early afternoon. While in Utah we had a nice dinner with Rachel, Bill and Cathy at the Garden Room at the top of the Joseph Smith Building. We spent time with the grandkids, enjoyed a manicure with Abby (in anticipation of wearing flip flops again!), took everyone for lunch at Chick-fil-a before going to the Church History Museum. On Sunday Scott was able to participate in the ordination of Bruce, who is now a deacon and then we headed south to spend the evening at the Holiday Inn Express in Cedar City. We had a white knuckle experience as the snow began to fall just as we reached Beaver, Utah and from that point on I would say we had the most frightening experience with snow that we had ever had--who would have thought it!
|Billings Montana Temple|
|Salt Lake Temple from top of Joseph Smith Memorial Building|
|Dinner with some of our favorite people!|
Sunday, March 20, 2016
It was wonderful to spend a few days in Fargo with Ben and Becky and their family. Miriam seemed the most changed and has grown into a beautiful young woman. Peter and Jeremy looked much the same and Owen still has the wonderful smile on his face. While there we were able to attend church with them, enjoyed a dinner at the Noodle Factory and ice cream at Culvers. In between that we had the opportunity to visit with Ben and Becky and get caught up on what is happening with them. It was a nice treat to be with family again.
|We woke up to Snow in Perrysville, Ohio|
|Madison, Wisconsin--The Cheese State!|
The lesson I learned from this experience was that sometimes we have to chart out our own course. It is often easy to let others do it for us, but eventually we find out that although we arrived at our destination we didn't enjoy the journey as much as we may have if we would have put more thought into the preparations.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
What a wonderful experience we have had together as we served our mission in New Hampshire. It was amazing to realize how much we could accumulate in such a short time. It made me realize we can never move from Victorville! After we packed up the car this was what was left for the mission office to come and pick up and put in storage. I want to brag a little that our car was packed so tight that on the few occasions that I had to slam on the brakes--nothing moved. Woo Hoo!
|Tim Mayville--A Heart of Gold|
|Once everything was boxed up we had about 15 boxes|
that were mailed back to SLC.
When everything was boxed up the last thing I did was sweep the floor in honor of the pioneer woman who wanted whoever entered her home again to see it at its best. I too wanted to symbolically say we were here--and we are now happy to return home at the conclusion of our mission--but we left it clean!