23 Years ago today I entered the MTC prior to serving in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission. That decision has blessed my life in ways I never could have imagined at the time. I loved my first mission. It was tough! It was the hardest thing I had ever done up to that point in my life. I learned so much and came to know the Savior in a personal way. I went into it thinking I was making a great sacrifice, but when I completed that mission I realized the blessings were far greater than any sacrifice I had made. I feel the same way now. We are just at the beginning of this mission. It is twice as long as my first mission, but I feel extremely grateful to be called to serve. It is an added bonus that I get to share it with my favorite companion and our three awesome kids! Life is good...
We sent Savannah off to cheer camp in the Poconos Mountains. She loved it and made so many new friends. She is so excited about school and being on the cheer team. Their first football game is Saturday afternoon...a little different than "Friday Night Lights" in Texas.
P-day in Central Park is always fun with the Missionaries!
William had to get a titer blood draw in order to go to school. After all these years of different schools and showing immunization records, Scarsdale Middle School caught an error on the way one of his vaccine series was administered. Therefore, the blood draw to make sure he had the antibodies in his body and that he was immune from the disease. Came back that all is well! He was super brave and didn't flinch a bit!
We enjoyed meeting up with the Westchester Zone for an hour of service. We deep cleaned the Scarsdale Chapel where we hold many of our meetings. That gym floor sparkled!
Poor guy...that thing is attached to his ear.
This is the view of the church from my porch. The kids love to go use the gymnasium.
We have enjoyed the beautiful Bronx River Trail and Saturday morning bike rides.
We welcomed two new missionaries this week. Elder Bell and Elder Tipiani. They will be serving in Manhattan in the ASL Branch. It was so awesome having them and the 3 other ASL Missionaries in our home for an evening. We loved interacting with them as they sang, bore testimony and prayed in sign language. It brought a beautiful spirit into the mission home. Elder Shepherd, who is deaf was laughing all night and enjoyed interacting with the new missionaries.
Elder Shepherd, Elder Holloway and Elder Turner will train the new Elders.
After 3 full months of summer, the kids headed back to school. They were excited to meet new friends. William and Lauren are riding the bus together. Savannah walks down the driveway and across the street. I think I am going to enjoy this arrangement!
On Sunday Dave gave each of the kids a back to school blessing. This is a tradition we do each Fall. It gives me comfort knowing they are loved and protected as they head off into the world.