Thank you Tracy, Charles, Justin, Nevaeh, Tess, Joshua and Sienna.
I have never been any good at good byes and this week was a double whammy. We had to say farewell to both Elder and Sister Marble, who served in the DeLand area and Sisters Grant and Stewart, who served in the LDS Employment Services office. Although we have only known them a short time we have grown to love each of them and I seriously can't imagine them not being here with us.
With transfers being only a little more than two weeks away we are racing to get all eight apartments leased and ready for occupancy. Part of the process is establishing an account for utilities. Some counties will let you take care of the details over the phone, others online, while others require a personal visit. Ocoee requires a face to face so it's another road trip for us :)
Below is an apartment complex in Bunnell, Florida we recently set up for two of our sister missionaries. It is just a few miles from the ocean and it is probably my favorite apartment thus far. The apartment has brand new laminate floors, carpet in the bedrooms, overhead fans and lights, a garbage disposal, a microwave, a washer and dryer and to top it off the management company left a goodie bag with toilet paper, paper towels, dishwasher soap, bar soap, etc.
All the things you need to feel welcome and help you get started making this place your home!
You would be amazed at how unusual that is. Depending on the area, sometimes we are lucky to get an apartment with the even the basics. A garbage disposal, carpeting, maybe a microwave, usually no fans or overhead lights and definitely no goodie bag :( So this apartment made me happy and I understand that the ward members furnishing it are so excited to welcome sister missionaries that I am sure it will be just perfect!
Guess who? Yep, Lambie!
When she heard that we were going on another road trip without her
she baaa baaa like a baby until we agreed to take her along.
Elder Busath checking out the "goodie bag."
I realize that you probably can't comprehend how nice it is to have laminate flooring instead of carpeting, but when you have seen the damage done by tired missionaries who didn't take the time to carry their bikes over, not across, the carpet to a designated place with a tarp you would begin to understand. Of course this particular floor is brand spanking new and I shudder at the thought the first time someone "forgets" that bikes are to be carried not rolled to the patio outside.
It has been a crazy week and even though we had challenges we have been blessed. We learned that peace is not just a lack of conflict or contention. Peace comes from knowing that the Savior knows who we are and knows that we have faith in Him, and will keep His commandments, even during our trials and disappointments.
"Even with the trials of life, righteous living will be rewarded with personal peace. Not temporary tranquility, but an abiding deep happiness and spiritual contentment.
Agency is essential to the plan of happiness. It allows for the love, sacrifice, personal growth, and experience necessary for our eternal progression. This agency also allows for all the pain and suffering we experience in mortality, even when caused by things we do not understand."
Elder Quentin L. Cook
Wishing you your own personal peace as you endure the challenges of life. Tomorrow is another day, so make it a great one!
See you later alligator.........