Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Greatest Day of All Ever.

You might be wondering why I'm saying that today is "the greatest day of all ever"....

So, I just heard from Sister O'Driscoll updating me on what's going on in Massillon. Lazaro and Laticia are still progressing well towards their baptism and they are excited. And Lazaro's brother Erick decided that he wants to be baptized, too!!!! So the three of them are getting baptized September 14th and I am so happy!!!!!! Sister O'Driscoll said, "lazaro's brother erick who has been listening to pieces of our lessons, brought in a chair, sat down and asked if he would have to give up his martial arts if he were to be baptized. :) i was glad we could tell him no he did not!" Really, though. This news brightened my day like a thousand shining suns. :) Also, Leilani (in the Massillon South area) is getting baptized Saturday and I could not be more happy for her. The gospel can bring so much more happiness into people's lives and it is so amazing being able to watch it happen. :)

Also, both Sister O'Driscoll and Sister Chapman are training again. No surprise there (though they both said that they were shocked haha). I love them so much and I'm very excited for them!

I really wish that I could be back in Massillon right now, but I am so happy that things are going well for so many people that I love. Yay!!!!!

An update on my health...

I've been to a few different specialists in the last week and I've had lots of tests done. So far, the results from the tests have been fine. So, that's good! (meaning that nothing "big" is wrong.) I'm going to a doctor again later today so that they can draw my blood for the 5,023rd time (okay, the 5th time..). Thank you all for your prayers and support! :)

Crazy face with my three best friends: the Schnood, Ben, & Jerry. :)

Monday, August 12, 2013

A Brief Intermission (Pun Intended)

Friends and familia.... 

So the story goes like this. I'm back in good ol' Colorado for a brief Intermission (ha. ha.). My plans include laying on a couch with my dog while eating Chocolate Therapy Ben & Jerry's ice cream and going to visit lots of doctors and such! All fun things like that.

On the bright side......

We fed some ducks at a cute little pond last week!

And when we tried to leave, they started chasing us towards the car!

Sister O'Driscoll is the best ever and packed my suitcase for me.
(Notice the color coordinated piles? hahahaha.)

"Mary did you know?"

My pink cosmos plant, "Ariel" is growing so tall! It broke my heart to leave her. haha. But really.

The petunia plant that our next door neighbor gave us.

Aaaaand the cactus that Sister O'Driscoll managed to kill. (How do you kill a cactus?? hahaha)

Me and Sister Astle before we left the apartment for Cleveland...

At the mission home dropping me off. I love them so much.

Landing in CO.

It took me a while to finally agree with everyone that the right thing to do was to come home and get better (I'm pretty stubborn.. haha). I'm very at peace that this is what I should be doing and where I should be. Even though I know that where I'm supposed to be is right here with my family getting better, half of my heart is still on the other side of the country in Massillon, Ohio! I miss the people there already and I hope that I will be able to go back soon. I don't know what God's plan for me is, but I know that He sees the big picture, where often we cannot. 

“The issue for us is trusting God enough to trust also His timing. If we can truly believe He has our welfare at heart, may we not let His plans unfold as He thinks best? The same is true with the second coming and with all those matters wherein our faith needs to include faith in the Lord’s timing for us personally, not just in His overall plans and purposes.” -Neil A. Maxwell

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

August 5, 2013 Massillon, OH

Subject: blog 05 aug 2013

Hey friends and familia!!
This has been quite the week. My health has not exactly been optimal...
The greatest highlight of my week was when I was able to go to dinner with a new family in the ward. The husband is Lazaro's age and he speaks spanish! Yay! Also they made amazing barbecue chicken pizza. Divine.
My favorite talk right now (it changes a lot...) is "It Is Better to Look Up" by Carl B. Cook. It was given in the October 2011 General Conference! It's a good one if you get the chance.... http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/10/it-is-better-to-look-up?lang=eng
If you would keep the Massillon area in your prayers, I would appreciate it so much. I love you all so much! Thanks for your support and letters and pictures.