We have had an incredibly busy and emotional 9 months and that's an understatement. I am just going to highlight things instead of trying to catch up. Blogging to me feels much like journaling. Once I get behind it's so overwhelming that I just ignore it. Oh, the little voice in my head never lets me completely forget so I, like any normal human, I ignore it. Yes, sometimes I do ignore that inner voice and I always pay a price for it. Now here I sit hoping I can at least catch all the highlights and lamenting the fact that we have learned so much that could be lost now from our memory.
Not too long after we got home from China in March with Simon Doug and I both started to feel like we needed to move. We discussed it many times and began to pray. By the beginning of June we knew that we were to move and that move would take us to the state of Missouri. So 6 very long months of getting a house ready to sell, looking for a job and home, packing our belongings and waiting sometimes patiently and sometimes very impatiently we made it to Missouri. Our lives were on hold with many of our belongings boxed up the majority of that time. We were in limbo and that was hard.
In the process of preparing to move, our daughter Sereen and her husband Jared and their kids moved to Texas.Then in October Tyler and Jessica and their kids moved to North Carolina. Our family was getting spread apart and it was hard. When we left Utah we said goodbye to Ressa, Jason and Charlie, Britton, Michael, my brothers and sisters in law and nieces and nephews, my niece Kayla and Kurt and their girls and a sister that just moved closer to me after a couple years of being gone, Doug's sisters and many good friends. It was in the top ten of the hardest things I have done. It still hurts often and I struggle.the kids struggle and Doug struggles. We are making new friends and will love them just as deeply but will always have a hole as we miss those we left behind.
|The Walker Clan|
|Our Nauvoo Family|
|Look at those blue eyes!|
|The kids pulling and pushing our camera man.|
|Hyrum with his dad just before he got baptized.|
We had many times to enjoy family and friends from out of town. There were a lot of gatherings late night games. We had so much fun!! There was almost too much fun and stress that we were looking forward to life slowing down some once we got to Missouri. Just last night Doug and I talked about how life really hasn't slowed down much. We're just social people and when we see a need we have a hard time not trying to fill it. Just this Sunday Doug was called to be the Young Men's President, meaning he organizes the young men's groups activities each week, Scouting, teaches lessons on Sunday, mentors, loves and teaches. He is going to be very good at it but it will also be a very busy calling.
|Michael and Amy on their first date.|
|Our new home|
Amidst all the change and struggle there has been some very good times. We have been taught by the Spirit and basked in God's light. We know that our Father in Heaven loves us and is watching over us. Our family will love it here in Missouri and the blessings will flow in to us individually and as a family. We hold on to this knowledge and thank our Father in Heaven for all he has given us.