Saturday, September 3, 2016

Fall is in the air...

Fall is in the air!  I love the crisp mornings and the cool nights, although it continues to be fairly warm during the day.  I love the Autumn season and look forward to the beauty of this place as the leaves change into such vibrant colors.  Time is flying by and it is hard to believe summer has passed, the kids are heading back to school and we are in another transfer cycle.  During this 6 weeks, Dave will interview every missionary.  They are usually scheduled by zones.  He begins interviews around 9 am, we have a zone study at 11 am for about 1.5 hours and then he continues with interviews for another 4-5 hours.  By the end he is exhausted even though he has sat in basically the same spot for hours.  He has mentioned on occasion that he is more tired after a round of interviews than he ever was after one of his ironman races.  At the same time he loves interviews because of the one on one time with each missionary.  They are all so unique and individually very important to us.  
We always love to take a "zone selfie" after the zone study.

This past week he interviewed the missionaries in the Manhattan Central and Poughkeepsie zones.

Manhattan Central Zone

Poughkeepsie Zone

William woke up bright and early Wednesday morning to go with Elder McBride 
and Elder Mackintosh to the temple with some of their ward young men for baptisms.  
One of the boys was baptized by proxy for his father who passed away 13 years ago. 
 I am so grateful William is having these experiences.

Friday was MLC at the Scarsdale Chapel.  I love MLC!  I think I say that every time I post pictures from it.  These missionaries are awesome leaders and have such vision for the work and carrying it forward in the NYNYN mission.  I try to do a simple, yummy lunch for them afterwards.  Thank goodness for Costco!  I had to laugh this week when one of the elders said to me "Sister Smith I always know I'll get at least one good meal each month...when I come to MLC".  They make me feel so good, especially considering I don't love to cook.  That is one thing I feel the Lord has really blessed me with on the mission though, making meals regularly for 60+ missionaries.  That would have stressed me big time before but somehow it always works out and it doesn't seem to be a big deal.  I know it is the Lord helping me and I am so grateful!

 On Friday night we went as a family to the Temple with the youth of our ward to do baptisms.
 Its rare and very special when we are all able to go together.  
It's a tradition to walk up the street to Shake Shack after.  
I cherish these moments.  

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for all you do for our missionary!! We love the pictures.