However, to give the first year of a new decade a fair shake, the year 2020 did bless us in some very unexpected ways.
May I name my top 10?
We learned how to make toilet paper stretch…enough said.
We learned how much we NEED toilet paper…again, enough said.
We learned to use home delivery services like a boss. Thank you Walmart Pickup!
We learned to always have masks and hand sanitizer in our purse.
We learned how to use the word “zoom” as a noun instead of an adjective.
We learned how to dress up like doctors, dentists, and nurses wearing surgical masks at church, school and the grocery store.
We learned how to communicate while wearing a mask…not an easy mask-task.
We learned how to correctly wash our hands like we were in kindergarten …20 seconds people!
We learned who the WHO was and what the heck an R Naught was not.
We learned a new term, “social distance” and how to form a line in the store by finding and standing on the floor circles six feet apart.
But in all seriousness, and no matter your political leanings of “pro-masks” or “anti-masks”, I truly believe we learned a most important lesson: that life is a gift we must cherish to the fullest and to love each day we have with our besties…. our loved ones.
This last year of our mission, I am going to be more consistent in giving monthly summaries of the things we are experiencing. I am kicking myself I didn’t do this the first two years.
I will also try diligently to make them short and sweet.
First, we started our month with our two year anniversary of arriving in Tucson, AZ. Go here to see that very short post of pictures we took. It all seems surreal and unbelievable that two years has past. But then again, we have traveled thousands of miles, been to so many places and met and loved gobs of good, salt-of-the-earth people that I can see how it has been two years. What a blessing though as we recommit and move forward with more determination to do our best and to give our everything this last year. Trek on!
At the airport heading off for Idaho.
Second, our three children still at home, Eboo, Presto & JuBean, headed up to Idaho by themselves for a little R & R with their older siblings and nieces. EB and I stayed in Tucson and held down the mission and traveled, went to conferences and interviews and kept busy with our missionary life. I do have to say that while the kids were gone I came to a strong realization that I do not like the idea of being an “Empty Nester”. Nope, nada. Thank goodness the grandchildren will fill in the gap of that awful empty space when all of our baby birds will be gone from our cozy little nest
As our kids were gone from Tucson, EB and I enjoyed our batch of Zone Conferences from July 9-10 and July 16-17. Zone Conferences are where all the missionaries in certain zones come together to be uplifted, trained and given new ideas about how to fulfill their purpose as missionaries. The first two conferences were in Tucson with the North, West, East, and South zones and then we traveled to the Gila Valley and Sierra Vista for the last two conferences and were able to enjoy all the missionaries in the Sierra Vista, Gila Valley and New Mexico zones.
How I treasure these times with our faithful, adorable and consecrated missionaries. The light from their eyes just sparkle and gleam with the light of Christ, and even though they are far from perfect, at least they are trying to be a little better today than yesterday.
BTW: If you see one of these blessed missionaries in your city or area, stop them, give them a drink of water and thank them for being who they are and making this world a better place! That will just make their day. And in return, I’m sure they have something for you in return that will make your day. Wait, stop, rewind. What I want to say is that I am positive they have something that will not only make your day, but it will make your life!
Lastly, JuBean finally turned eight! She has been waiting for this birthday for forever. Having parents that are ultra excited about baptisms, she has been more than ready to reach the age of accountability and be baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! That event, her baptism will happen next month.
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” ~~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
~~2 Corinthians 12:9-10
This quote and scripture gives everyone hope and purpose with the struggles and “Red Light” moments we all battle.
The fortitude and “power of Christ” we attain because of weakness and hardship is worth every distress we go through.