|Fun fact: Because he left right when he turned 18, he arrived home at|
19. Returned missionary at 19!! (only for a few days though)
|NOTHING BETTER THAN HUGGING THIS BOY!|
|All four back together after 3 1/2 years! Best thing ever!! We|
will enjoy our time until the 3rd leaves in October.
|So grateful for my family!|
Sometimes, as a mom, I simply wonder why the journey of my missionary has to be full of so many difficult moments and experiences. My mom heart just wants everything to be okay all the time, and for their always to be success and joy. What a humbling experience to watch this video and listen as President Eyring and Elder Holland help us understand why a cost must be paid. Why it's worth it, and how the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is the motivation for Missionary work. .How grateful I am for a living prophet and for apostles of God. How grateful I am to understand that there is a bigger picture and that discipleship is worth the cost. I love my missionary boys and I'm so grateful for the faith and their testimonies.
September 23, 2014 -Jacquilin's Birthday
I am so grateful for the relationship that my kids have with their Aunt Jacquilin, my sister. Jacquilin was born with cerebral palsy about 18 months after me. She and I have always had a special bond, that only sisters could have. I don't know life without her, and she doesn't know it without me. Jacquilin is in constant pain and her body seems to betray her at every turn. Despite this fact she has loved my boys, and they love her without question and unconditionally. Elder Cooper (James) has always had the ability to make her smile, make her forget her struggles just for a minute (doesn't he do that a bit for all of us
though). They have a tender and sweet relationship. Because Jacquilin is able to convey the spirit so strongly I think Elder Cooper first knew what that felt like because of her. She has brought balance, and generosity of spirit, acceptance of others, and acceptance of self all into balance for him. She loves him with all of her heart and I know that it is her prayers that often keep him going.
Here is Elder Cooper's sweet note to Jacquilin on her birthday. How grateful I feel for the experiences, although difficult and painful at times, that have been placed before us so we could truly grow and develop as a forever family.
7/24/2014 - ONE YEAR!
It's hard to believe that this kid has been gone for a year. It seems like forever and yet it has also gone quickly. Time is a strange thing! I am so proud of him for his courage and his kindness in everything he does. His wisdom, at such a young age never ceases to amaze me. We celebrated his 19th birthday just a month ago. He is happy to not be the youngest in the mission any more. Because he went right when he turned 18 he was "the young one" for a long time. I miss his smile, his laugh, his compassion for others, and his genuine nature, but I know he is learning and growing and strengthening those he serves with, and those he meets in Romania. Nothing he has gone through so far has been easy, but he has stayed the course and faced all of it with a great attitude. He truly is a light on the hill. I sure love this kid of mine and although I miss him, and spend much time on my knees in his behalf, I know he is exactly where he needs to be. I am grateful for his testimony, his hard work, and his willingness to go above and beyond. Here's to another year!
I made this video as "mom therapy" to help me remember and be thankful for everything!
2/8/2014 - LETTER TO ME ON MY BIRTHDAY!! :)
|How could you not love these two! What a pair.|
We bought balloons, mini umbrellas, party hats, sparkling cider, made root beer, and had a blast. Just know that: I love you mom, you're my best friend, i'm glad I get to be your son, I can keep going because I want to make you proud, the comfort you give when talking to you is only surpassed by the spirit... which you always bring into the conversation anyways, and just know everything is okay, God has a plan :) So there is my birthday letter to you :) Hope you have a great day! talk to you more on Monday ( which I THINK we will probably be on later in the day... we have a lesson! ) La multi ani!!
|Picture taken at Elder Cooper's Farewell|