I got up this morning at 4am. I could not sleep. I don't know if it's just me, but when I have so many things on my mind... I can't sleep. Today we have McKay's farewell during our church Sacrament meeting. This means she will talk to the church congregation today before she leaves for the MTC (Missionary Training Center) this coming Wednesday. McKay is talking about an assigned topic (Obedience) and about her personal story on her desire to go on a mission. I am so proud of her and her sacrifice to go serve others. I wish all of you that haven't had the chance to meet her could. She is truly a special young woman. I think her kindness towards others is something that I most admire.
Taylor took photos of her this past week for her mission. I wanted to share them today since it is her farewell.
She's now nineteen years old and has recently completed three semesters at Brigham Young University. This girl has been blessed to have so many great friends and she easily makes friends.
Yes, she does have these crazy beautiful light blue eyes. She is truly beautiful on the inside and it radiates to her outside. She is often asked if she is wearing "contacts" to make her eyes so blue.
I know that as much as this mission is going to help others- I think the person it will truly help the most is her. I believe by serving others and sacrifice we truly learn the pure love of Christ.
It's true that you LOVE those that you serve. I think that is why mothers love their children so deeply. (and Fathers!!!!)
I want to personally thank all my family, friends, neighbors, her friends and teachers who have helped me raise her. Wow, it takes a village. I know my mother would have been so proud of her. I know that our family will truly miss her but we are so thankful for her and her example. It's hard to let her go, but we are thankful for her desire and her worthiness.
I created a FAREWELL missionary book that I will have out today with these photos. After our meeting today where she gives her talk, often the families will have a OPEN HOUSE. This is where anyone who wants to come and say goodbye to the missionary does. Of course, there is lots of food and it's a time to say goodbye. You never know how many friends and family will show up to send them off. I think I have enough food for about 150-200 people. Since it is also Father's Day I am not sure how many people will actually be able to come.
Today is Father's day. I want to wish all the Father's and men out there a special Father's day. I hope you are surrounded by love and children who appreciate you! I am truly thankful that my children have been blessed with a Father who loves them so much and who has truly "been there" to teach them and help them along the way. Since I did not really have a Father who did this for me, I always am thankful to know that I have a Heavenly Father who does love me. Today is going to be amazing. So much to celebrate and be appreciative about.
HAPPY FATHERS DAY Ty!!!!!!