October 18, 2015

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Happy Birthday Week

Hermana Angell - Birthday girl, October 18, 2015
Happy Birthday week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can’t believe you are 20 on Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No more a teenager! WOW!
I have to share this with you. I was looking at our journal and I saw your goals from 2002. You were 7 years old and one of your goals was to learn how to speak Spanish! I just smiled from ear to ear and chuckled to myself. You reached your goal! Some of your other goals were to learn karate and soccer, say personal prayers, learn how to pop a wheelie on scooter, love Jesus more, learn how to get past 70 while counting to 100 and learn how to be nicer to Truman. Haha I love the last one! I’d say you did great on your goals and you have definitely reached them! BTW also in the journal goals for you in 2001 you had listed learn to speak Spanish again! You also wanted to learn how to be good at our house so you can go back to heaven and use your prayer pillow to work on personal prayers. Look at you speaking Spanish and still using a prayer pillow! Love it! Mariah you were born at 7:04 p.m. on a beautiful fall day. Those first two weeks when I would cradle you I would tell you that I wished you could stay little forever! Now look at you! 20 on Friday! You didn’t listen very good haha! It seems like it was yesterday that we brought you home and laid you in your white crib. So glad you have grown in to such an amazing daughter and I admire and love you even more than the first day I laid eyes on you. You stole my heart that October 23rd day! Your birthday was supposed to be the 18th but you were 5 days late and the doctor had to give me medicine to get you to come out. So glad you decided to finally come out so we could adore you and we still do!
Wow this past week flew by since I was in Island Park with my sisters! I wish it had lasted longer but I guess I have to get back to reality at some point! It was so great being able to have the time to visit with my sisters and talk about what we are doing in our lives and how to be better organized etc. I didn’t scrapbook this year because I can’t take it all on the plane since I can only take a small carry on. I made cute cards with Janyce and I was so happy with how cute they turned out! The others made some crafts and scrapbooked. Fun times! We went for a walk every day and played some bad mitten. The weather was gorgeous, around 65-70! We stayed up until about 1 every night and got up around 8. It was nice to not have to get up to an alarm every morning lol. Now I’m trying to get readjusted to the time change. I was on your time for a week.
Wow those pics of your broken window were crazy! So glad you are safe! After I read that you were being transferred I was so glad to hear that! I have been worried about your safety. I know that Heavenly Father watched over you. So glad you didn’t come out when your window was being broken in to or that no one hurt you when you went in the Walgreens. I felt like you were protected.
I have two scriptures that I want you to read. D&C 76:5 and Romans 8:28.
D&C reads: For thus saith the Lord- I, the Lord, am merciful and gracious unto those who fear (show reverence towards) me, and delight to honor those who serve me in righteousness and in truth unto the end.
I love that and thought of you because I know that the Lord will be merciful and gracious to you since you serve Him in righteousness and truth. I love knowing that he (delights to honor you). Cool scripture!
Romans reads: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Just remember sis as you strive to love God and serve Him that ALL THINGS will work together for your good because you love God and you are called to His purpose.
You are an awesome missionary and you have grown so much already! I can’t wait to see what the rest of your mission holds for you! YAY!!
I am sending you a package for your birthday tomorrow (today when you read this, Monday). I will include a talk about reaching your best self and how to achieve more. I know you will get there just be patient with yourself. After this area you will be back in the grove and able to teach more and keep speaking Spanish more. I know it’s hard to see right now but it will come and probably right around the corner. Just trust in the Lord since He is the one who sent you to Denver Colorado.
I sure love you sis and I am so excited to here where you go next.
Be looking for your package this week! Have a wonderful birthday and know that we are thinking and praying for daily! We will have to eat ice cream for your birthday! Just know we will celebrate your birthday from our end here in Indiana! We will have flat Mariah with us so you can party with us after all!
Love you to the Moon and back sis!
Love Mom


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