Tuesday, November 13, 2012

dear: week twenty six.

hello from crew! 
week twenty six already? 
he sent home an email full of love, happiness and advice!
oh, and lots of great pictures this week:
above: a sure sign that crew is a missionary. what fun ties!
companions for two years, but friends forever.

now, for  some words of love, fun and advice from crew:

happy twenty six weeks crew!
we pray for you every day.
we love you more than all the seconds you study your scriptures.

Monday, November 12, 2012

dear: week twenty five.

happy november.
it's happy because it's another month down in the books! 
hip hip hooray! 

here are a few words from crew this week:

50 days until christmas?
never have a been more excited for christmas than this year.
my heart skips a beat just thinking about the fact that i'll get to speak with
crewser on the phone is just 50 days! 

p.s. dear santa: please make the time go fast until christmas day! love, elease

dear: week twenty four.

big news for crew's mission!
i'll let crew do the honors of telling you:
sounds like crew will have his work cut out for him!
there's nothing like a good push of motivation.
right, crew? 
we miss you dearly! 

dear: week twenty three.

home sweet home.
this week, crew sent us a quick email and a peak into his humble abode.
take a look where crew is living this transfer:
mexico is his home for the next 16 months.
home is where your heart is...
and crew's whole heart is definitely in mexico;
shared amongst the people, the culture, the gospel and the work. 

speaking of home, we can't wait to have you back home.
however, couldn't be more pleased that your home is somewhere else for the next year.
we are proud of you!
we are sending lots of love from your home back in the states. 

dear: week twenty two.

hola to week twenty two!
crew's week in 5:
1. saying goodbye to beautiful valle de bravo.
{and to his "favorite" family. are favorites allowed? ;)}
2. jumping right into a new area and new companion.
{crew's frist american companion!}
3. a handful of baptisms and confirmations!
he sure is staying busy. 
4. a request for the book: "The Day of Defense".
5. holes in shoes; a sure sign of hard work.
{and lots of walking, of course.}

he was happy to recieve a change in area and companions!
change is good-
it keeps you on your toes.
good luck in your new area crewser! 

dear: week twenty one.

this week's email and pictures are arguably my favorite so far.
he is just so happy.
i know i keep saying that- but, happiness just seems to be radiating from within him.

crew's week in 5:
1. scored two goals in the big soccer game. "watch out for elder carlson!"
{he felt some true "brotherly chemistry out on the field".}
2. HUGE party in the center; crazy costumes!
3. found a "golden family of 5" to teach and hopefully baptize.
4. being able to watch and understand general conference in another language.
5. missionary life seems to be a dream come true. 

dear: week twenty.

October marks a new month.
it also marks one more month down for a total of 7 months completed.
 this also means- only 17 more to go! yahoo!
is it that obvious i'm counting down the days?
of course, i want him out serving a mission-
but, that doesn't mean i can't miss him like crazy. 

crew's week in 5:
1. weather is changing; it's hard to keep up.
{hot in the day, freezing at night.}
2. Zone meeting in Metepec. "can't wait to see elder castro!"
3. received letters from good, random and old friends this week.
{"if only i was allowed to email them back!"}
4. interviews with the president. all is well!
5. struggles demand patience and courage.

dear: week nineteen.

this week crew was on the go-
which, left us with a short email and no pictures.
but, as usual, he assured us all is well...
glad to know he still has his sense of humor.
long or short letters,
we love you all the same crewswer.
but, that's not to say we are looking forward to a long email next week. ;)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

dear: week eighteen.

...and just like that, week 15 is already at our feet.
looks like crew feels the exact same way:

*this is one of my favorite pictures of crew so far.

that smile of his is awfully contagious.
we love you crew.

days: 168
weeks: 24
area: Valle De Bravo

dear: week seventeen.

this week, here are a few words and pictures from crew!
{what a gorgeous place for a baptism, right!?}

that smile of his, says it all.

days: 161
weeks: 23
area: Valle De Bravo

dear: week sixteen.

it's a big week for crew:
6 month mark.

we so happy crew has done so well in his first 6 months.
but, more than anything- we are comforted by his happiness,
his love for our Savior and for his motivation in serving the people of mexico.
on hitting the 6th month mark, crew!

p.s. one more picture from the week that we loved:

dear: week fifteen.

rain, rain, go away!!
i'm going to let crew's pictures do al the talking this week.
why? because i love the pictures from this week.
his purity, his big heart an that smile just melts my heart. 

dear: week fourteen.

crew's week in 5:
1. companionship is a joy and a challenge.
2. the atonement is "everything in life."
3. "miracle baptism" this week!
4. "i need to stop being such a baby." 
{it's good to be hard on yourself every once in awhile, right?}
5. his love for his mission president is growing by the second.

dear: week thirteen.

hello to week thirteen in mexico!
here are 5 things from crew's email and week:
1. "summer flew by!" that's what happens when you are busy and happy.
2. frustration with the fact that no one will commit to marriage.
3. "receiving handwritten letters are the best!"
4. happy birthday to dad!
5. knock, knock, knock- that's what he spends is entire day doing in this area.

that's it for the week!
it brings great comfort and ease to read of crew's love,
success and joy each week.
we are all so proud of your, crew. 

days: 154
weeks: 22
area: Valle De Bravo

dear: week twelve.

i may be biased, but in my opinion-
he's the best lookin' missionary out in the field.

it's been another week; week twelve to be exact. 
i cannot believe how fast the time is going.
i can only hope the time is going by slow enough for crew 
to embrace it all in- but, also fast enough so that he feels like he's 
accomplishing great things while he's out there.

5 things from crew's week:
1. sleep over with the zone leaders! can you say fun?
2. baptizing a "vijita". {grandma, in spanish}
3. sick with the 'GRIPA.' yuck!
4. receiving an awesome package from home.
5. a big adventure climbing a giant mountain.
{oh and explored a cave "the size of a football field.}

days: 147
weeks: 21
area: Valle De Bravo

dear: week eleven.

change is in the air:
crew got transferred, which means a new area with a new companion.
he is thrilled about this; read for yourself-

wonderful to know and hear he is doing awesome!
he loves the mission, the work and the people.
we are all cheering you on, crew! 

days: 140
weeks: 20
area: Valle De Bravo

dear: week ten.

you can all give me a big fat spanking. 
i deserve it for slacking off so much on crew's blog.
but, i have made a commitment to get back on it. 
why? because crew has sincerely asked me to.
so, let's back on track- starting off with this picture:
i love this one of him and his good friends out in the field. 

stay tuned for the weeks to come!
like i said, i am promising you and mostly crew,
i will stay on top of this!
here we go {again!}

days: 133
weeks: 19
area: Tezozomoc Camarones