The best part of Mother's day is being able to talk to this boy. This was the last phone call. He has been out almost 21 months. WOO HOO! He gets home the end of August and then a few days later heads to BYU! :(
Sam reporting that he has been out 20 months!
Sam's current area is a Single's ward on a University Campus. So every Wednesday they have a table set up and do lots of contacting.
A few excerpts from Sam's last letters:
I loved talking to you all last night. It was so fun to hear your voices and talk to you all. We sure do have a fun family. It sure is going to be fun to see you in 3 ish months. I just cant believe how fast time is going by. I can still remember like it was yesterday arriving to my very first area. It sure has been an awesome 20 months.
...really just understanding that we are all children of god and everyone has the same potential as we do. I mean we have the gospel and that is truly the best thing we can have in our lives. It is better than all the money in the world.
Whatever we are going through, we are able to overcome it with the help of God. On our own power I don't know if we could. It's pretty amazing how wherever we are at in life, if we sincerely seek God's help He will be there with His hand outstretched."
I am loving life. and I love you all mucho. You guys are so great. pretty much the best. Thank you all so much for everything you do. I love you all and hope you have a totally su-weet day.
I had to restock the "Gold Pencils" today. Rye texted me and said we need Gold pencils. Tomorrow is the first AP test for Rye. Katie started the tradition years ago of using a Gold Pencil on tests to "Go for the Gold" Riley has kept it up.
I like to feel like I am youthful. Yesterday someone called and asked..."Is your mom home?" I said, no... They they wanted to know if anyone over 18 was home? I could have told them MY SON was home and he was over 18 but then again I decided we didn't really need to talk to them so said no...
This has been happening my whole life but not so much lately. I thought maybe I sounded more grown up!
Spring Break was the same week as BYU Graduation We had a busy fun week! Family is great.. We missed Sam... less than 4 months to go, WOO HOO! Happy for Jeremy to graduate In denial that they are moving to Boston and Sam & Riley will both be away at college!
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— Irish Proverb
"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."
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"Happiness is a direction, not a place."
— Sydney J. Harris
"What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul."
— Yiddish Proverb
"Every survival kit should include a sense of humor."
— Author Unknown
"In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured."
-Gordon B. Hinckley
"The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it."
-Marjorie Pay Hinckley
"Life is good if we live in such a way to make it so. Believing, desiring, deciding, and choosing correctly are the simple actions that define an increase in happiness and an increase in the inner assurance that transcends this life."
-Benjamín De Hoyos
"A laugh is a smile that bursts."
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