|Syster Hosie and me on an excursion to Båstad|
|Christmas morning in our apartment. Hosie's mom sent us the tree :)|
Senja gave us the cutest cook book, and the bishop's sisters also gave us gifts. We were lucky ducks to be able to be here in Halmstad over Christmas. On Christmas day, we woke up and opened presents in our apartment and then went over to the church with the elders and made lots and lots of American pancakes to take to the Källberg's for breakfast.
|breakfast at the Källbergs|
|Playing card games with ginormous cards|
|cooking with elder|
I knew I was going on a mission to Sweden but I had no idea what adventures were in front of me. So with out knowing too much or having too many expectations, I made very simple goals of what would encourage me and help me accomplish something great as I headed towards the unknown.
|Our adventure in Bastad|
My goals were to
1. Love everyone, love everything you do, love your choices.
2. Do not give up
3. Serve nine months of your mission.
4. Realize your potential and work for it
5. Gain a stronger testimony
6. Don't regret anything! (Recently added: besides dying your hair brown- that, you can regret)
7. Discover new talents
8. Write everyday
9. Do YOUR best
10. Be healthy
11. Practice yoga and meditation
12. Uplift yourself and others
13. When you are sad, confused, depressed, angry or frustrated... sing, do service, be grateful, exercise, love, laugh, and write down your emotions and then let them go.
|these poor boots. I might as well sleep with them on because i wear them every. single. day. hahahahhaha|
|A beautiful Swedish Church|
|we accidentally twinned|
The stars were so bright and I felt so happy. Happy because I am so blessed to be here. It was a moment that couldn't be captured on camera- only enjoyed. So I laid there enjoying the fact that it is January and its warm enough to be outside, and I am laying on the beach in Sweden with two great people that I would have never met in my life if I didn't come here. At midnight, the fire works started going off- they were HUGE and so beautiful. They would go up so high, right over our heads and then slowly float down and touch the ocean- lighting everything up on the beach, ocean, and in the sky. And then off in the distance people were sending off lanterns- just like the ones in Tangled.
(by the way, we were allowed to stay up that late :))) )Well, Happy New Year dear ones! I am so grateful for the fun we have been having and I am ohh soooo ready to get back to work. Relaxing on a mission is not possible. I tried yesterday and I almost went insane. Thank you for your love and letters and prayers and goodness. I am so excited for Grace! It's so crazy that she is in the MTC. She will love it and she will be an amazing missionary. I am hoping you will forward me her emails once she starts writing home.
|Jul Must- special Christmas drink|
|my plate...straight veggies|
|the kids watching donald duck (kalle anke- a swedish tradition every christmas at 3 pm!)|