Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! And Utah Bound!

Dear Family and Friends!

2016 was a fun, exciting and adventurous year and we look forward to a new one with much more fun and excitement!

December was a fun and busy month for us.  We started by saying good-bye to some beloved missionaries and welcoming in a new wonderful batch.  From there we went to our Christmas zone conferences.  We had training in the morning and then music after lunch from the various zones and various missionaries.  We have some amazing talent in this mission and it really helped put me in the Christmas spirit. Especially when one of the conferences fell on the day the #LighttheWorld challenge was to light the world with music!

A special thanks to the sisters who unfortunately were sick and had to spend a few days in the mission home because I don't know how I would've wrapped and labelled the missionary's gifts without you!  A blessing in disguise I guess.

The highlight of this month was the two weeks we had Emily with us.  We played hard while she was here.  Three highlights stand out.  The first was the day we got to zipline over the jungles of Brazil and then go play in a waterfall.  Next was the day she went and worked with the sisters.  She had so much fun and came back so happy and excited and also a little homesick for her mission.  The third was the days we got to spend with her old companion Mercia Francino who returned from her mission less than two weeks ago.  They laughed and giggled the whole time like a couple of jr. high girls and we had some fun adventures. Letting her go was hard.  Harder for Howard than for me since I'm headed to her wedding in a couple of days.

Also a reminder for anyone who has not received an invitation and would like to come, her reception is on Saturday January 14th at the church on Ole Bish Lane in Highland from 6:00-8:00.  Missionaries and missionary parents, I would love to see you!  I'll even have a little gift for you!

I wish you all a very blessed and happy new year.