Saturday, October 04, 2008
10 Year Reunion of the Washington D.C. North Mission
Last night I drove down to Misty's house and then rode the rest of the way with Misty 'Sned' Pulsipher (sp?) and her husband to our mission reunion. It was an amazing experience. I saw more people I knew, than people I didn't. All of the Sisters were even more beautiful now than they were then after just 10 short years. It was the first time I received a hug from my mission President. And it was wonderful to get hugs from my mission mom again. I brought a ton of business cards to hand out so I wouldn't have to write my name and phone number over and over again. And they had everyone fill out info sheets and Elder Lee will be putting together a booklet so that all of us can keep in touch. I'm going to have to order more Christmas cards this year! One great thing- it reminded me of Alma 17. It was great to see them with their testimonies even stronger than they were 10 years ago. That we are still my Brothers and Sisters in the Lord. I didn't bring out my camera and take photos like I should have. I was too busy talking and listening. It's amazing to see the struggles and blessings that so many have gone through. I really enjoyed the reunion and it was hard to leave. I got home around 11:15 last night. Being a mom and all, it's been a while since I was on the road that late. I'll have to write more later as I was truly inspired by each person I talked with. Misty is an amazing mom. Codner is amazingly strong and her testimony of prayer and obedience to the Lord is astounding. And I could go on and on. Elder and Sister Naylor and Rich were so cute and kind and it was just like seeing my grandparents again. I saw Elder Bigler and told him he hadn't aged a day! Seriously! I talked with Pres. Graff second. We talked about our lives. He gets to baptize his Grandson today. What an exciting time for him. I told him about my children, husband, home, etc. When I told him about my cancer, he told me to make sure to tell Sis. Graff because they wanted to make sure to keep me in their prayers. How sweet and thoughful. When I talked with Sister Graff, I told her all the good things first and then I struggled not to burst into tears, but I did anyway, when I told her that I'd had cancer. She hugged me and cried with me. It was like the moment back when I called my own mother and told her the news. It's hard to tell someone you love and respect so much, bad news about yourself. There were adorable children everywhere and it was just a great night! Thanks Misty for the ride and for being such a good example of motherhood to me and for asking and listening about my cancer experience and how that changed me forever. You are so thoughtful!