And then you have a note pop in your email inbox like this the next p-day:
And suddenly all is right in the world again. The sun is shining and the birds are chirping and your heart feels like it could sing right along with them.
Yes, I’m a little dramatic, but I want to remember how it feels in the trenches of this missionary mother stuff.
Max has been incredibly positive this whole mission. The grumpy days have been so minimal sometimes we wonder how in the world one kid can be so dang happy, so I think it’s great to get the nitty gritty stuff once in a while. But at times like those I must admit that I’d give just about anything to be able to give that boy a giant hug.
He finished training his Taiwanese companion (more about that back HERE).
They had some great adventures together and ate some new and exciting things too:
That food is just stuff you don’t see much here in the desert!
A little of the landscape:
Some lunch with maybe his district?:
…and I think this is the whole zone:
…and that smile…
He was in that area for nearly six months, and he had the great opportunity to teach so many people about Jesus Christ and learned so much from all of them.
And he has now moved to a tiny little rural town working with a tiny little branch (smaller congregation). Here’s a little of what we got from him his first week there:
April 10, 2017
Hello family! Well the next little while is going to be a lot different. It is transfer day and I am moving from Gangshan which will be super tough ….I am going to a place called taibao, I have heard it is the most rural part of the mission. haha my companion is an Elder Wadsworth who also just finished being trained! You can look up the area on google maps, it is on the outskirts of a city called Chiayi. I am really excited!
[a little later after a few hours of travel we got to hear from him again…and these are his answers to my peppering of questions]:
I am here!
So the district here has 6 elders and i am super pumped. Taibao just has us two elders and the other elders are in another ward in the next district over. there are 4 elders in that ward. So for DTM every week we go to the other elders chapel which is a 30 minute bus ride haha. I am the district leader and we are in a 2 man. the branch is small with about 20 members. Elder Wadsworth seems like a really cool guy! He is from Idaho and does rodeos and stuff. I think we will get along good!
Here’s a pic of how his bike looked after so dang many problems:
(This is how it’s supposed to look:)
And here’s his new branch:
…with him fully submerged right there in the middle.
Man I love that boy of mine.
And we’re all counting down the days until Mother’s Day when we get to TALK TO HIM!