Well, we arrived home Tuesday about 3:00 after visiting with Annette (Ramon's Mom) in St. George. It was wonderful to pull into our driveway and be home. Shahara had made a big sign and hung it in front of the garage, also balloons lined the steps up to the front door. I neglected to take a picture of the sign before the wind blew it apart. Doran's kids left messages and signed the white board by our garage entry with cute notes to us. Our dogs were so happy we were back, they had been a bit traumatized by our leaving and had given the Burtons quite a bit of grief. Everything was beautiful. Cami and Marc had the house sparkling clean, the yard all groomed, and our deck furniture and decorations put out. Marc even weeded, which was going far beyond their duties! We love them for taking such good care of our home while we were gone.
Later that evening we went up to Adam's house for dinner. There again was a great big welcome, and I did take pictures of it. Kim had decorated their back yard beautifully and made the whole dinner so festive as only she can! It was wonderful having all our kids here and the children running everywhere. Great food, everyone brought delicious dishes and by this time we were very hungry. Thanks to everyone for making our arrival such a great success. We are so happy to be home. Lots of work to get us back to our comfort zone but it's coming. Nice to sleep in my own bed. Great to have some elbow room to move in this giant house...not really but compared to our 600 sq feet in California this was gigantic! I am grateful for a wonderful companion, my eternal companion forever. He is always so good to me and treats me as his queen. This year has been everything I hoped it would be.
We were released from our missionary assignment the next night and it feels weird. I hope and pray we can continue to try to live our lives as well as we have the past year. We have been greatly blessed and appreciate this wonderful opportunity we have had to serve a mission. We hope we have made a change in one life. We are the ones who have gained the most from our mission. Our testimonies have grown. Together we both have said we have a greater love for the Book of Mormon and those wonderful Prophets of old. We are so grateful for the records they kept and the faith they had in our Savior. We have loved the missionaries we have served with and hope our friendships continue. There are terrific wonderful people serving in the California Los Angeles Mission. We know it is the best mission in the church! How blessed we were to be sent there!
Front of Adam's house
Looking from deck down to kids
Isaac and food