Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mission Reunion and Spring Football Game

Well this post is a little bit of a catch up. It is also a little bit of a personal reflection type journal entry. So just a heads up:) A few weeks ago I got to go to my mission reunion and see some of my favorite people in the world. It was so wonderful to see some of the great friends that I made while I was serving as a missionary in the wonderful Massachusetts Boston Mission. It was so fun to see all my friends and remember all the great times we had. My mission was really one of the happiest and best times in my life. I have never learned so much in such a short time. I would say that I learned more as a missionary than in all of my years of schooling. I learned so much about the gospel, life, people, service, relationships and how to communicate with others. I learned that when you are serving others and do what's right you are happy. Really I feel like I learned a lot about life in general and the kind of person I wanted to be. I got the chance to meet so many great people that have influenced my life and really helped me become who I am today. I feel so blessed that I had the opportunity to serve a mission I wish I could go back and enjoy some of those days again, they were great!
Here are just a few of the wonderful girl's I got to serve with. Left to right: Cherie, Me, Jenny and Melissa. I was actually only companions with Jenny but Cherie and I lived in the same apartment for 6 months and she was so nice to take care of me when I was a brand new missionary. Now we are great friends. And Melissa was from St. George so we had our Southern Utah connection. Plus randomly we met at the St. George Temple before we even got to Boston:) And then my wonderful friend Jenny. She and I became the best of friends in the very short three months that we served together. We served in Boston and Cambridge together and had the best time riding all the buses and trains and finding our way around the city. Our favorite was walking across the bridge into Cambridge across the Charles river, what great memories:)
Here we all are with our wonderful mission President and his wife, President and Sister Thompson. They were the best! They taught us so much and looked after us like we were there own kids. Whenever we needed anything or didn't feel well we would call Sister Thompson and she always knew just what to do. Such great people that I am so blessed to know:)
This is me and my very last companion Misty Heaton. We were only companions for 6 weeks but we became such great friends. It was great to see her since I hadn't seen her since I left Boston almost 3 years ago. I look like I'm so happy to see her. I think I was laughing when we took this and my eyes are half closed, oh well:) It was so great to see everyone but there were lots of my companions that weren't there, like you Kate if you are reading this:)

Well back to the present...last weekend we got to go down to Snow College to watch Brandon's spring football game. It was lots of fun. Shaye and I actually drove to Cedar and Mikkel and I drove over to the game together while our husbands went hunting with some friends. So it worked out well. It was fun to see Brandon play again since we always enjoyed watching him in high school. It was different not to see him in red and white but we will get used to it. 
Here we all are after the game expect Mikkel who we had lost track of for the moment. I think she was moving the car. Sorry Mikkel we should have taken another one with you:) Good job Brandon can't wait until the fall so we can come to all you games!


Jonathon and Amanda said...

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Brant and Jana said...

Go Badger Brandon!

Brittany Peterson said...

So back to Cedar, huh? That will be good to be back by the fam! I will miss you being this close though. Let's play soon!

Holly Janeen said...

so sad that i didnt go... next time i can go and show of my kid, though :)

Malinda S. said...

How fun that you get to visit with old missionary companions. I know my hubby always likes going to reunions.

Kate Nally said...

Hey! I just thought I'd pass along that there's going to be a little "Massachusetts reunion" picnic on Saturday :) The Parsons are putting it on and Tim's parents are going to be there...if Margaret Valdez is still in town I think she's going - plus whoever else used to live in Mass who is now here. I've also heard talk of the Sanders :) It's at 12:30 at Wheeler Historic Farm in SLC - bring your own lunch and a dessert to share. It'd be fun to see you if you can make it! :)