My favs🐎🐥 [these are your spirit animals I chose for you]
Pops, you're a stallion. You're strong and steady. You're a work horse and very loyal. I know you're always there for me and that will never change.
Ma, similar to the ugly duckling you grew to be a confident beautiful daughter of God. I don't believe you ever went through the ugly phase, however, you did begin as a young girl very timid yet determined to serve others. You've discovered your ability to love everyone and forgive easily. It reminds me of Elder Hallstrom's talk from this past general conference:
"There is pain--physical, emotional, and spiritual. There are heartbreaks when circumstances are very different from what we had anticipated. There is injustice when we do not seem to deserve our situation. There are disappointments when someone we trusted failed us. There are health and financial setbacks that can be disorienting. There may be times of question when a matter of doctrine or history is beyond our current understanding." He continues to ask what our immediate response is to trials in our lives and he says, "Is our first response to remember who we are--that we are children of a loving God? Is that coupled with an absolute trust that He allows some earthly suffering because He knows it will bless us, like a refiner’s fire, to become like Him and to gain our eternal inheritance?"
Thank you for being such wonderful examples to me! I'm so happy you were able to make it to President and Sister Toone's welcome home! I love them so much, as you know! I've learned so much from them the past year+ and it means a lot to me that you were able to hear their testimonies. The spirit is so strong around missionaries! It would be so cool for you to experience the love that comes from being a senior couple for a mission because you're able to feel of the missionary spirit and feel the love from 100+ young missionaries. Just something to think about☺️ The cabin sounds like a success! I missed out but we'll celebrate Christmas extra good this year! You've mentioned a couple times we may go on a vaca once I return. If possible would that be able to be in March or so before I start school in April and maybe for a Christmas present I could get a gym pass (aka recover from a mission pass haha) Just a couple thoughts.
I am adjusting to my new area. Much different than a YSA but the members are great! We're teaching a couple people and trying to teach many more but there's always work to do, that's for sure. I'm feeling good, tired as usual but I have to admit I'm terrible at taking the energy supplements. I'll repent and be better. And we do have a car. We're going to Tempe, Mesa, Phoenix, and Chandler (we live in Gilbert) for exchanges which keep us busy. We go on a couple each week and that may have something to do with why I'm so tired😉 But everything's going well and I'm grateful for all that you both do for me! I LOVE YOU!!!!
Love, Sister Eaton