December 29, 2014
Hi cute family,
First things first, MERRY CHRISTMAS!! And to those of you that I didn't get to talk to...an EXTRA Merry Christmas! I was so glad to be able to see all of the pictures today--man, I have a good lookin' family. It was so good to hear from all of you, and thank you for all of the sweet packages. Each of you honestly made it the greatest Christmas, and I'm so thankful for you. ♥
So, just a little bit on how this week has gone:
I guess we'll start out with Christmas morning!! So, we woke up at 6:30, as usual, but opened presents for exercise...I opened Ashlyn's last, and guess what it was...
I'm not sure if I've ever burst into tears so quickly. But don't worry, it was the good kind of crying--the mixed emotion of ASHLYN'S HAVING A BABY vs. I'M GOING TO BE THE ONLY UNMARRIED, CHILDLESS ONE IN THE FAMILY. Is that weird, or what?! I already told Ash, but to all you brothers and sister, you are now obligated to have 12 children, so that by the time MY kids are born, they'll have friends their age. :) Honestly, though, I'm so excited for all of you. I don't think I could be more excited for Baby Andrew, Baby Klay, and Baby Shaylie (that's my input, if you have a girl. Or a boy.) :)
Of course, we had our wonderful phone call...but you guys know all about that. :) I've missed your voices so much, and for those that I didn't get to hear, I'll be talking to you first, nine months from now! Christmas dinner was just a blast--we had it with the Nielsen family, who have the world's cutest daughter, Juliana. She LOVES the Sister Missionaries, and wears her nametag to church every Sunday. She sits with us, teaches with us, befriends our investigators--she's the cutest. We had a blast! It was definitely a Christmas I'll always remember. ♥
Friday was a big day as well...because it was HUMP DAY! As all sister missionaries, we took our traditional "9-months along!" pictures. Enjoy. (don't worry mom, I'm just fitting in with the rest of the girls in the family!!:)
On Saturday, we started our zone goal, "power hours." Basically, we go to a members home, let them know we'll be working in their area for the next hour...ask them to pray for us while we're there...then work our hearts out. :) Well, we definitely saw miracles in the hour, and met our newest investigator, Sharon! She's actually an 80 year old Lutheran, who spent a night at temple square for a show. She LOVED it, and has been trying to find out where she could buy a Book of Mormon ever since. I'll tell you all about how our next lesson goes.
Last, but not least...then I'll let you go for the day: last night about 9:30, there was a knock on our apartment door...and guess who it was?! GRANT HERRON! I seriously about died, it was SO weird to actually see someone from back home.!! His fiance is from our ward, and so they both came to deliver us gummy bears and Coke (my favorite♥). I was SO happy to see a face from back home, I can only imagine how excited I'll be to see all of you.
I'm headed out for the day, but I hope you all know how much I love you! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I'll see you all soon. ♥
Love, Shay Shay