Mission Accomplished!

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As each missionary returns home from a mission they will question their ability to “fit” back into a “regular,” temporal, everyday life.  I found an interesting article about a return missionary that might give us some insight into what might a newly returned missionary might be thinking.  The article is called, “Returned Missionaries Need a Friend, a Responsibility, and Spiritual Nourishment.”

“As missionaries apply the skills and counsel given to them on their missions, they are able to stay faithful as they make the transition home and establish habits for the rest of their lives.

My mission isn’t the most spiritual point of my life,” Wayne Owens said. “It is a springboard. … More than anything it helped me understand what life is really all about and that real joy comes from helping others. It’s not about yourself, and … there is joy in pursuing holiness and discipleship.”

We are thankful for each missionary and the time they take out of their young lives to serve Our Heavenly Father.  Each missionary and those they love are truly blessed during this process.

Welcome home Collin Bearnson!

Back from 2 Years of Service…….

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It was a pleasure to spend the evening with Lisa Bearnson and her amazing family.  I love them as if they were my own family.  Collin has been serving in Wellington, New Zealand Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It was fun to see the other missionary moms who were also waiting for their loved ones to return from their missionary service

I know that Lisa and Steve were beaming with pure joy as they waited for Collin to walk from the secured area of the Salt Lake City Airport.  Collin walked from the corridor holding a case that held a typewriter.  He said, “I got a typewriter!”  I will have to learn the complete story from him when I have time for a visit.

Lisa asked me to take photographs of Collin’s arrival.  I have made a couple of Project Life pages to document the evening.  Each of us that were there were so happy to share in the celebration of the safe return of all the missionaries that arrived that evening.  Two years is a very long time to be away from your family but we are so thankful for their service to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Alec graduated from The Children’s Center!

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Alec graduated from preschool on May 22, 2015.  It was an amazing experience for him to go to The Children’s Center.  The school focuses on children who have special needs.  They have a highly trained staff and a high teacher ratio to children.  Alec has autism and a regular preschool would have been too difficult for Alec to handle.  He has improved in so many social skills this year such as personal space, thinking before reacting, sharing, kindness, flexible thinking to name a few of his accomplishments.  At The Children’s Center, children only graduate when they have mastered a specific list of social skills before going on to their next step of education. The children only graduate individually not as a group as in regular public school.  We are all so proud of Alec and how much he has grown this year.  We love you Alec and know that you will be very successful in your life.  You bring joy to my heart!

Eye Candy from North Shore

web 2 Shave Ice 4 by 4 project-lifeEverywhere you go in Hawaii there is something beautiful to take a picture of to document your story.

“I wish to live a life that causes my soul to dance inside my body.”

~ Dele Olanubi

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place.” ~Elliott Erwitt

I personally love to document beautiful and happy things because they make me happy and grateful.

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