Sunday, December 21, 2008

So many memories.

On this day ,many moons ago, I returned home from my mission.

The best 18 months of my life for sure.

1- when my family was making their final guesses before I opened the envelope my mom said "Halifax." and I said "I am NOT going to Halifax." I went to Halifax. I am convinced that my call was for Africa or New Zealand or Ireland. But when I said that, Heavenly Father decided to teach me a lesson. And I am sure glad He did. It was truly the best mission in the world. Located in the most beautiful part of the world. (I should have my family guess who I am going to marry. And my mom can guess John Krasinski.

and I will say "I am NOT going to marry John Krasinski." And I will marry John Krasinski).

2-had 12 companions. 2 of them were officially crazy. Or drove me crazy. I was convinced that one of my crazy companions was going to take off while I was in the shower. I don't know why. She never did. But she did try to jump out of the car once when were were pulled over. I grabbed her and stepped on the gas. She was weird. It hurt her to smile. Seriously. Maybe I should have taken off while she was in the shower.

Can you spot the crazies? And no. I am not one of them.

She is from Hawaii. I need to go visit her.

The one in the middle was my trainer.

Her brother was dating one of my friends from home.

I look freaking tall in this picture.She was a fun companion. Not crazy at all!
She had never had a Blizzard before.... even though DQ was her Dad's favorite restaurant. What?? We were both supposed to be taking bites. I did not know mine was that big!

I told her that this was how Canadians celebrate Canada day!

Those Californians will believe anything.

Tracting in the pouring rain.

1 million beautiful husband points were earned that day.

The ocean. One of the best parts of my mission.

You were never more than 1 1/2 hours from it.

We got to spend one night on Prince Edward Island. We were so excited that we had to take a picture to prove we were there for 13 hours.

Apparently I look special when I am excited.

She was actually a member. But became my companion for 2 weeks when my companion became sick and went home. So fun.

3- served in 5 areas. All of them (except the last) were switched from sisters to elders when I was transferred. I am not sure if that is a good or a bad thing. One of my areas was Trenton. While serving there I thought it would be cool to name my son after it. But why should that area get all the glory? Kentville. Clayton Park. Miramichi. Yarmouth. What lucky children. At least their father will be good looking.

Other highlights included:

4-losing 2 CTR rings. So we borrowed a members metal detector to look for them. It was so funny. And embarrassing. And pointless. Never found them.

5- Buying apples on the side of the road from local orchards. What I wouldn't give to be able to do that every month. (see what I meant about looking special when excited!)

6- Made a giant oreo cookie for an elder's birthday. I should have taken a bite.

7- Eating lobster for the first (and last) time. (excited= special)

8- Chasing chickens while waiting for our truly crazy investigator to come home.

Those were the days.


Andrea said...

lol. That was hilarious. haha.
You don't look special. Just excited. I look special.
Love the memories.
Wow- crazy how time flies.
I'm going to steal miramichi for a name. lol.

Kristi said...

I want one of those cookies.
so fun.
so special.

Kim said...

It sounds like you had lots of fun!!! Have a great Christmas :)

Mademoiselle H said...

You look really excited at the prospect of catching that chicken.

Mikaela said...

You are so hilarious! I love the Shelley-Smile, btw! So Petee and Jamie came over yesterday. It was so fun to see them and their cute kids, who are SO mellow! Maybe I should've had a girl, it would've at least given me a chance at mellow-children? Probably not! Anyways, you need to add Jamie to facebook. She said she looked on mine once for it, but didn't see a pic of you, so she didn't know or something! I hope you have a GREAT Christmas! Thanks for your x-mas are THE BEST! Oh, and my magnetic nativity is up on my looks nothing like the one below because there are pieces ALL OVER THE FRIDGE, it is well-loved! Oh, and I get TONS of compliments about it...I should start telling everyone I made it! haha!

Rachel D said...

wow halifax is really callin my name!! you make it all look good. oh missionaries---love em. merry christmas!!