Crazy news but let's just rewind a bit so you can get the full week.
We had a really fun Gezinsavond (FHE) at Familie Kempenaer this really great families house in Apeldoorn. All 8 of us missionaries were there- 2 sisters, 4 elders, and Elder and Sister Hill. The family has 4 kids under the age of about 13, I think, and it was so fun. We played a little board game we made up with the plan of Salvation, and it was really cool to see how much the kids knew about Heavenly Father's plan for us.
A Few of the MTC Group... Always Fun to Meet up Again!
Beautiful Zusters in Apeldoorn Zone
We also did Service with the entire Zone this week at the warehouse of the food bank. A member in Zwolle works there and invited us all to come help out. We organized and packed food for 6 hours and it became addicting. I ended up meeting this really cool lady who also volunteered for her first time, and she plays the violin, and is studying something similar to what I would like to when I get home. It was a blessing to have something in common to keep the conversation going. It is always really cool to be able to have more than an awkward simple get to know you conversation with someone.
Then Saturday and Sunday were spent at the Church the whole weekend. Woooot. We practiced and performed in the Apeldoorn Stake Christmas Concert and it was a success. I ended up just playing along for one song on the violin- Hark the Herald Angels Sing- because the sound of the violin was not that pretty, but a really beautiful song I almost did with 2 soloists is called "Agnus Deu" I might have spelled it wrong, but look it up. It's beautiful. There was a really great turn out.
Also transfer calls were happening in the middle of the performance so we gave our phone to the Deventer Elders so they could answer it. President called about 30 min. after it started. We joked around that the Elders should answer it and put their hand in the air if we were leaving or not. We kinda assumed we were staying together since we both have 1 and 2 transfers left... but Heavenly Father had something else in mind. I will be going to Zoetermeer with Zuster Maughan and Zuster Twiggs will be coming to Apeldoorn with Zuster Jensen.
Excited and surprised and ready to make this last one so good!
Gelukkig Verjaardag op Vrijdag Mama Bush!
Hope you have a wonderful Birthday :)
Christmas packages mailed in November...
sent with a wish and a prayer that all will arrive safely before Christmas.
A long journey ahead... from our home to the Post Office
to across the Deep Blue Sea
to the Mission Office in Leiden.
Our Christmas Boxes lovingly placed in bags with handles
to make their final Trek to the Missionaries.
and heart felt GRATITUDE to all who provide safe passage.
Christmas is Coming...
In the Mission Office