I hope that you’re doing amazing! I know I am! Wow. Time flies. It doesn’t seem real that in a week and a half, I’ll be stepping off a plane and closing this beautiful chapter in my life. What a rush! Lol
Honestly, I’ve been thinking about that analogy a lot recently. About finishing a chapter. Because throughout my life, I’ve always noticed a pattern that once something comes to a close, I’m usually okay with that. Now, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t love that time, but I’m also always ready to move forward and continue to progress. Because if I never turned the page, then it wouldn’t give God much to work with, now would it? It’s the same way as when I actually read a novel. I always love the chapter I’m in, but I’m also always looking forward to the next one, and seeing what it brings.
I’ve felt that way throughout my life. I guess just kinda always ready for the change. Now, that’s not to say that I didn’t love any particular thing as it happened, but when it’s time to change, then it’s time to allow God to change you. I’ve absolutely loved every second of my mission. Even the ones that really were lame as they happened, I wouldn’t trade. Because they helped shape me to who I am, and who God needs me to be (well, to start that journey). If Heavenly Father asked me to extend, or to give two years instead of 1.5, I would have in a half a heartbeat. But that’s not what He asked. He’s asked me to go home. To go back to school, and yes, to eventually date and marry ( lol). So, as I draw to the close of my mission, I do so with a full heart, and with wet eyes, but with footsteps of faith, knowing that I “left it all on the court”. I have no regrets about my service, and so I am pleased to offer this time to my Lord, and then to continue forward in my life, doing my best to give Him every day.
So, now that I’ve waxed sentimental, I don’t really have much to say! Teehee. We had an exchange this week where both Sis Walker and I went with Sister Gorley (as in, my old companion) in a trio, and it was so fun! We did that because her companion went home about a month ago. It was so fun to be with her and that day was great! Good memories.
I am so excited to get home and to rock it with y’all. I am absolutely sick of how I’m eating and stuff here. I feel so gross, and I’m excited to shape up and eat right! It’ll be such a nice change.
Mom, I am looking forward to helping with the reception that day. It sounds like you have good plans set in place!
As for a bed bug update: we are in the clear! Euless Tongan wards are officially back up and running! We got back into our apartment on Thursday, and we got our car back on Wednesday. And boy, let me tell you, I’ve never been so grateful for a house, a car, and a lack of bugs! I unpacked everything back into the apartment just in time to pack it all back up and send it home.
I did take the liberty of buying my boots today! I also couldn’t resist and went to Ross and bought a few really cute outfits to go with it
Other than that, I’m good to go! I am so excited to finish strong and to see y’all next week! I love you each so much!
All my love,
Sister Erika Marks