Love that quote.
Little did I know how much more than just a “transition help” I would get.
Eventually the people I met there, and ended up rooming with, led me to their friends back at BYU. And through all those associations I met a tall, handsome guy with irresistible dimples and a dry wit who I ended up marrying:)
Yes, that Holy Land will always be pretty big part of who I am. It’s where a little seed of desire to serve a mission started, and where my faith in Jesus Christ grew exponentially.
So naturally I want my children to have a similar experience. Oh how they would love it over there!
I’ve told them all kinds of things about Jerusalem. We’ve poured over pictures and each religious holiday brings me to tell stories of things we did and learned there. I’ve told them how amazing study abroad over there would be and encouraged them to plan that into their future somehow.
So when some family friends’ daughters got back recently from studying over there I figured we better get her over here for some “Jerusalem study abroad reinforcement.”
One of the daughters had to get back to college pretty quickly after her return, but the other one was waiting to head out on her mission and was more than happy to come share her Jerusalem experiences for Family Home Evening last week.
I pulled out the pictures my brother gave me for Christmas years ago after his own study abroad, and my Jerusalem pottery to make it slightly festive…
…and we gathered while Olivia told us all kinds of things about her amazing experience over there.
Our neighbors came over too along with Olivia’s family and boy, it was amazing how she kept all those kids mesmerized for almost an hour with stories.
By the time everyone left the mission was accomplished: they all had stars in their eyes about Jerusalem. We FaceTimed the whole thing with Elle so she’s pretty excited about it too.
Who knows if this study abroad dealio will really happen… I mean, I know the requirements are totally different from when I went and I don’t know that all my kids will go to BYU in the first place, but I’m so glad they know it’s an option out there…along with a million other wonderful things they can do with their lives.
I’m so grateful for the little reinforcements that help parenting in so many ways.
Now on to figure out someone who can inspire them about how fun practicing the piano can be.