Monday, November 26, 2012

The Happiest Season of All

I'm always excited for the holidays, but this year is a little different.

For those who don't know, the LDS church changed the age young adults can leave to serve missions. Girls can leave as early as age 19 and boys at 18. This means Jake and I handed in our mission papers about 4 months earlier than we would have been able to previously and we could leave at any time.

Jake got his call a couple weeks ago and is leaving for Santiago, Chile on January 16th. I should receive my mission call in the next week or so.
(This is Jake's I'm-getting-emotional-but-can't-show-it face..hehe)

This will be the last holiday season I will spend with my entire family for 2 years. But as sad as that may sound, this will the last few months I have to prepare myself to share the true significance of the holidays with others around the world.

Thanksgiving was fantastic, but to be honest I was more excited for Friday. Jake went through the temple and what a Spirit that brought to our home. Saturday Jake took Kade and I to do baptisms and Jake got to do the ordinances. THAT was an amazing experience; one I know I will never ever forget.
I feel kind of bad because I noticed that I mostly took photos of my siblings and nieces and nephews. I guess subconsciously I realized that my sweet little nieces and nephews were going to be the ones who were going to change the most while I'm gone.

 OLIVIA! I haven't seen her in soooo long. She is the sweetest thing :)
 Kimmy and cute McKoy.

 Dev and Grandpa
 Bah! I love this picture. Jake mimicking Laina.
 Most of my nieces and nephews. Sadly we were missing a few :(
 Jake, Grandpa, and I
 Matt and Kimmy :)
 Oh and we got a musical number by Zach!

Jake after going through the temple. Gah I'm so proud of him!