Monday, May 4, 2015

Elder Garvin in Idaho

Today Andrew (Elder Garvin) was able to write home (by email) as it's a Preparation Day or 'P-day' for short.  They do laundry, shop for groceries, clean house (hopefully) and...prepare for the week ahead.

These photos are from a service project they helped with - in sprinkler installation and digging trenches or something.  I'm sorry I don't have all the details.

Digging Sprinkler Trenches
He was so thrilled to find a wheel-chair-mobile that Brother M (name protected) :) had in his garage.  Andrew loves this member and this member is amazing to the missionaries.  Anyway, he had made this mobile for he and his wife to use in the grocery store.  Andrew thought it was the neatest thing he'd ever seen.  :)

So, as I decide what to do with this blog -'s mostly our family stuff right now (saving photos for posterity's sake) I'm posting these from today. 

I LOVE having a missionary out.  I can't think of any better blessing for him or for our family.

When the Lord asks us do serve Him - He always blesses us much more than we give to Him.  I'd encourage all to serve Him.  His wages are the riches of eternity and peace and joy in this life. 

Helping fix sprinklers
In the 'cool' wheel-chair-mobile

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Family Photo

Before Andrew departed:
Nov. 2015

This photo is mostly for our family history.  :)
I'm still trying to decide what to do with this blog.   :)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Missionary Andrew in Nampa, Idaho

Well, it's been a while since I've posted on here.  I'm trying to figure out what to do with all my sites and how to maintain the bigger ones.  :)  I've neglected this one will post about my son, Andrew, who is serving in the Idaho, Nampa Mission.

He loves it.  He loves the people and the area and his companions and all he is learning. Yes, it's hard work and yes, they tire sometimes.  But, they press on with their daily studies, prayers, work, visits and teaching people the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Their goal is to bless, uplift and strengthen and bring souls unto Christ.

Missionaries have a Preparation Day on Mondays, 'p-day' as they call it, to do laundry, shop for groceries, write home to their families, and get some miscellaneous things done that are needful for the rest of the week.

I LOVE his letters home.  They inspire me, teach me me to know more about what a good person he is.  He has opened his heart more as he's served and it's sometimes 'blown us away' (as my daughter said) to see his growth as he forgets himself and seeks to serve and love others.   Oh, what a gift it is to be in the service of the Lord (which all of us can do in different ways during our different seasons of life).

Anyway, here are a few photos from their past few weeks.  Mostly photos are taken on p-days so they don't always reflect the rest of their 'normal' week.

I'm documenting this for him may or may not want to see.  :)

They helped a gal change her tire (this is a message from member who told them she was in need)

Words of advice from Panda Express  :)

Elders with church member Bro. Marshall who is SO good and helpful to them!

Nice Reminder from Someone

Elder Garvin's Nametag (these are truly meaningful to missionaries!)

Beautiful Nampa Sunset

A really special note for the missionaries!

Service Project Day.....

My son loved this!  So do I!  :)

A Road in Nampa

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Our Family Photo :)

I thank my younger sister for taking our photo last week on a freezing cold (27 degrees) and windy (but beautiful) day at the Provo Temple.  It was very appreciated!  We haven't had a family photo for quite some time and this was an important occasion for us; being a few days before Andrew departed to serve as a missionary.

Family Photo - November 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sadness and Joy in Sending Andrew On "Mission"

Who posts both their sadness and great joys on-line for the whole world to see?  I usually don't.  I keep a lot of things to myself.  Some of them are too sacred and private to share and others' are just private family matters.  But, sometimes it seems needful to reach into cyberspace to share something we've experienced and learned. 

Interesting how that works, isn't it?

"Elder Garvin"
I sent my only son off yesterday, to serve the Lord.  He will serve as a full-time missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes referred to as Mormons) for two years and then return home to finish his schooling, to work, and to marry and have a family. 

Approximately 88,000 other families have or are going through something similar to what we've recently experience as they've sent their beloved children, siblings, parents or grandparents off on similar journeys.  (This is the current number of missionaries serving in all parts of the world at their own expense, sacrifice and out of love for their God and their fellow man.)  They serve out of their own desire to love, bless, lift and teach the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth.

This morning I wondered what Hannah might have felt as she'd sacrificed her ALL to prepare her most precious of all gifts; her only son, for service to her Lord, Savior and King.  I think that I might have felt a bit of what she might have felt and I know that my love and understanding of her was greatly increased because of my own experience.

I cannot post even a small part of what I have been through with this precious son of mine.  What mother could?  Who, besides a loving mother, could possibly know of all the sacrifices of raising a child unto the Lord?  Who knows of the dedicated life from birth to adulthood; the care, worry, concern, pain, joys, work, chores, teachings, life lessons, hardships, tears, insights, meals, laundry, housing, finances, personalities, friends, outings, family prayers, devotionals, scripture study, bedside visits, tucking-in, lullabies, homework, questions and answers, maturation, hygiene, illness, wellness, spirituality, personal growth and progress, scouting, service projects, employment, education, heartfelt hugs, laughter and sorrows?

This son was (and is) most precious to me.  He came pre-wired to be who he was.  His heart was tender.  He was sincere as well as funny, and...he blessed my life tremendously.  Through him I learned to be more patient and loving, more aware of the needs of those around me.  From him I learned to laugh more, work harder and listen when he intently needed to be heard. 

I'm deeply grateful that he has chosen to serve the Lord.  I am grateful he was worthy and willing.  I'm also going through the sadness of separation. It's real and it's important to process through.  Yet, I wouldn't have it any other way.  I feel more blessed than sad and more grateful for the sacred events that lead up to his departure than I can even express. 

I'll miss him a lot.  What mother wouldn't?  We give our all to prepare them for life in the Lord's service. With that sacrifice comes the greatest joy (truly) as well as the sadness of missing someone you love and the most sincere prayers for their safety, well-being, and growth.

I just have to say that having just gone through this I have a new appreciation for the blessings, joys, and longings of sacrifice - that I haven't had before.  My depth of gratitude for the Lord's plan has increased astronomically.  His plan is for the greatest happiness for His children.  And, that happiness comes as a cost; our willingness to give our all so that someday, we can have His all.  Oh, what a beloved gift this is!

"If we give our all, we will get His all from the greatest of all." Last line in Jesus Christ, Gifts and Expectations

Do you know one reason why righteous mothers love their children so much? 
Because they sacrifice so much for them. 
We love what we sacrifice for and we sacrifice for what we love."