McKay went into the MTC one week ago today. I am so super proud of her. I keep thinking of how much she is going and learning. She has sent me a email and mailed a letter to tell me how much she is learning, growing and loving being a missionary. I think I smiled so much I have permanent lines. I love that girl!!!!
I can't wait to get home and be able to properally share them all. I would feel horrible if I did not just express my gratitude to Heavenly Father for the peace and calmness in my heart that I have felt this past week. Many tears were shed and yet I am so feeling blessed and uplifted from her example. She told me to NOT miss her in her email to me. I just laughed, but I know she wants me to not focus on missing her, but probably do something constructive like she is doing. I guess I can start my countdown- 1 week out... ha!
Today I am in Italy. I taught a workshop this morning and then we had a yummy lunch while looking at Lake Como outside. I was just in LOVE with the beauty of the country and the women at this event. I have made the best of friends here. Thank you Angela, Cathy, Chris, Tricia, Athena, Fonda, Nora, Jeanne, Laura, Lynn, Carol, Lynne, Judy, Sara, germane, Jiun, Laure, Sherry, Addie and Dana for being so kind and for the wonderful time and conversations that we have shared.
This afternoon Jeanne taught us to do our own painting and I was in LOVE with the process. Mine looked NOTHING like her's or anyones. I just felt prompted to do it as if it was Taylor and to write a message on mine. I will give her this piece when I get home. I just felt so strongly that Taylor would appreciate the artwork and message that I wrote on it to her. I know that she is still struggling with her divorce and the feelings that that has left her with. I have seen her grow so much... but her heart is still so tender and she is rebuilding her foundation. I am so proud of her and for how she has handled the challenges. I know she is working hard on those feeling and taking her time to just heal. I can't wait to share what I did... I hope she will like it.
This place is beyond special and peaceful. I am thankful for this time. I am so inspired. You will get to see at CHA W what I came with since I have been here. I love it when this happens. xoxo