Smile

We have had an eventful week!  After months of wondering if and when our house would sell we decided it was time to take action.  So on the 4th of July we put a 4-Sale by owner sign out front and within hours we had an offer.  What a load off of our minds!   But it certainly is a bitter-sweet moment.  It is hard to leave the home where we raised our children and have so many great memories.  It reminds me of Dr. Seuss’s advice:  “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”  Almost everyone has asked how Nathan handled the news and I tell them he reacted like he does to most things – he thinks it’s great.  Of course, now that I think about it, maybe he is just relieved he doesn’t have to help move.  Seriously, Nathan has always been very easy-going.  I joke that he didn’t even walk until he was almost 18 months because he was just content to sit quietly, playing with his trucks.
We got a great email from Nathan:
“What good news about the house!! That is so exciting! It really is a blessing that things have worked out so well.  And I thought of something this week.  You can’t say anything about me not helping with the move because I have helped with so many moves these last 10 months it is not even funny.  This has been a crazy week for sure.  On Wednesday I went and met Elder Murdock at the trainer/trainee meeting.   When they announced which ward’s and what zone we are in, President said some words that left me speechless.  He said, “Elder Murdock and Elder Wainwright will be serving in the Apache Park and Sunrise Mountain wards and they will be joined by Elder Laititi.”  We have a 3rd companion for the next six weeks!  He is a great missionary, and it is great to have him as a second witness for Elder Murdock when we explain things.  Elder Murdock is great too, he is super humble and eager to participate in the work.  Couldn’t ask for a better situation.   The only problem is, 350 pound Samoans aren’t too nice to bikes.  He has broken 2 bikes and 3 beds on his mission.  He is borrowing a bike from another missionary and so far so good.  Oh, by the way, Elder Murdock is from Riverton, Wyoming (no one else knows where it is either) and he is 18 years old and Elder Laititi is from West Valley City/Samoa.  He was born in WVC but from ages 11-19 he lived in Samoa.  Sometimes when we ride our bikes we will sing “we are the 3 amigos”.  I love it so much.  That does mean that there is 7 missionaries living in our house, which is super nuts but it works out just fine.  It was a very slow week for work, a lot of people are out-of-town for the 4th.  We have some good stuff planned for this week though.  Elder Murdock is finally going to be able to teach a real live investigator.   Oh, one sad, funny story I have been debating whether to tell you or not:  That package with the insurance card and everything did get here, however, the lid to the Vaseline came off in the mail and everything in the package was covered in Vaseline.  I was able to wash everything off, the bike lights work great as does everything else, but I learned that Vaseline can only be removed by using a lot of soap.  But don’t worry about it, besides the Vaseline everything else is just like new.”
Note to self:  Don’t send Vaseline in the mail – next time just tell him to buy some and hope he will.
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One Response to Smile

  1. Verla Brennan says:

    Nathan inspires me with his smile (I don’t have to see him to know he has a smile), his positive attitude, dry sense of humor, and love and devotion in his service. Kind of hard to picture a 350 lb Elder on a bike and what a sight to behold, Elders biking singing 3 Amigos!

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