As I awoke this morning I was again reminded how much I have neglected sharing the stories of our lives here the last few years. I decided that I needed to stop making excuses and just start again. I will fill in the past few years as I go along, but I can start today with today.
Part of that story is Emma's mission. She has been a missionary now for 2 weeks. We have loved getting her letters and hearing all the things she has learned.
Like Whitney's mission (You can go back and read it here: my life in music), I have decided to share Emma's letters via blog posts as well. But instead of setting up her own blog I am just adding it as an extension here as I don't know if she will ever want to continue blogging after her mission.
So if you would like to read Emma's letters you can go here: Emma. Also after the first couple of weeks, I have found that I am really terrible at sending out her email to people and I have forgotten who wants to read her letters. This way I hope it will reach everyone who wants to read them.
Another reason I am sharing her letters in this manner is that the weekly posts are a conglomeration of several emails she sent to us here at home. It gives us a fuller picture of her week and thoughts from the little bits she shares with John and I and her siblings.
I also included the talk she gave in church the Sunday before she left. It was so lovely and everything I hoped she would have learned thus far. Not that it was comprehensive in any way, but a moment when as a parent you feel some relief that your child will, in fact, be a good human in society. You can read her words here: God loves us.
I will be adding photos and such as I go back through the photos, but for today I am adding these that I got off of her phone. Dash took them. He misses her like crazy. All the children do. Although she is learning how to be a missionary, I know she is having fun and she is helping others see the joy in serving and sacrifice.
Also, thank you to Jenn for reaching out to me via Instagram and helping us learn about her mission and a few things to get ready. I really appreciated it.