Well Christmas has come and gone! I can't believe that it is already going to be a new year. It really is perfect timing though because it isn't just the new year, but also our half way mark. To say that it's time for new goals and some kick in the butt work outs, is an understatement. I have created a list of the things that I want to do in the next 9 months. Oh, side note, the rumor is that most of us are going home in August, which makes me sick, but I will make sure to find out so you guys can start planning. Anywho, they aren't huge things, just stuff that I want to accomplish before I go home. I am excited to get started on them. First things first, start running again.... yikes...
So last week was kinda a blur. With not being in our normal routine it was a really weird week. Last night when we were setting goals I felt like I was a greenie all over again! I was like can we really do all of this? It will be good to get busy again. I have had a lot on my mind, and way too much time to think about everything. And we all know that when we have more to do its easier to be productive, so I am looking forward to the week getting started.
Tomorrow is New Year's Eve and the parties will be going. We are going to a member's house and hanging out there together. We are allowed to stay up until 12, but I don't think Sister Thurgood and I can make it that long. We have been dead tired lately.
I really feel like I have hit a wall. That's why I am so glad that Christmas is over. I am just exhausted and dead. I really need to start going again! Probably just feeling like this because of the after Christmas blues. You spend so much time getting ready for it and then BAM! its a new year and your back to normal life. Crazy!
Talking to you guys was way cool. I guess it was kinda weird because I didn't feel weird. Does that make sense? I felt like I had just seen you guys like half a second ago. I think that was a little hard for me. I know that it should be a good thing, but it was almost like nothing had changed, like I hadn't changed. That freaks me out. I felt like I was just the same old Hailey again. I hate that. I don't want to be who I was when I left. I have worked WAY too hard to go back. I think it was just a little bit of a time wrap. I loved that everything just flowed with you guys and it was normal, but I also felt like I had lost a huge part of me, like I lost the Norwegian part of me. Does that make sense? I guess it was like I was just right there with you guys, and it was like my mission was over and I was looking back. It freaked me out! I am not ready to go home yet. I wish all of you were here in the Norway, but I am not ready to go back. Yikes, guys! What am I going to do?! It's really good though that I'm feeling like this, because I hear that a lot of missionaries get really homesick. I think I'm the opposite of home sick. When I heard that I might be going home in August I about died! That's 2 months early! Dang! I can't leave that early. 18 months really does fly.... I love it here. These people drive me crazy sometimes, but I love it. It's the best. All you have to do is worry about other people. All you have to do is figure out what is going to make the gospel real to them. Life is so much simpler.
All of you commented on how mature I am. Honestly, I am highly offended. I have probably never been so immature in my whole life. Trust me, I still throw fits. It is a little embarrassing because TJ just has to watch this 21 year old girl freak out. And then I think to myself "Wow, I was almost supposed to be a married woman. I can't act like this!" and then I remember I'm not married and then its like adding fuel to the fire and I just decide I don't care anymore and go back to my fit. This is the life of a sister missionary! Haha, no its good. I'm glad you guys said that I seemed a little different. Hopefully different in all the right ways. You guys are still so cool. Really just sitting there talking to you all and you guys all being yourselves, it was cool. It always amazes me that love really has no limits. It doesn't matter about time or distance, when you love someone everything just falls into place. I am really grateful for that. I'm grateful for family and the bonds that hold us together. You guys are so much a part of me. I find things everyday that I do that is from one of you. Anywho, sorry for this long tangent about this, but my point was that I loved how normal it was. No worries mom, I'm not sad. If anything it made me want to work harder so that I see a difference in myself when we are all back together again.
Really though, can I just say, Lori you are dang cute. Man! You are cute! I wish I was there to touch your adorable belly! Ek! I am so stoked for you guys!
So Christmas week was a crazy! We spent a lot of time with Magne and Suzanne. They are the house I was at when I was skyping. They are really cool. Our Christmas Eve was really neat. I loved how they lit a candle for every person that had been here with them for a Christmas. It is really cool to think that next year I will have one lit for me and every year after that. I loved that there were so many different activities throughout the day, and they were all spiritual. We read the Christmas story, and we wrote on red hearts something we could give to the Savior this year and put it in a box and placed it by His "crib". It was cool. I haven't had a Christmas Eve like that, and it was really neat being apart of someone else's Holiday, and them wanting you there. They see us as family, which is something that is super special. It doesn't happen too often. They are great. We went to the Isaksen's house too. That was Heaven. I love their house! Robin and Anders were both there and we played games with them. We also just talked with the whole family and Jennie taught me how to sow. It was super great. That same day we went shopping with Elder Gusty and Vause for new suits. They got European ones! They look so nice! Most Elders switch their suits in the first year because the European ones look so much better. It was really fun! Gusty and I talked about going shopping together in the MTC, so it's crazy actually doing everything 8 months later. They are the best!
We had our Christmas Conf. on Saturday in Oslo. That was really fun to see Elder Nielson and Sister Hilton. I miss them both. Hilty will always be my trainer. I get around her I just start telling her everything I'm thinking and feeling just like when I began. Man, she is so great. The Conf. was great. We talked about goals and our two stake presidents spoke to us. We have a goal of 157 baptisms for next year. That is a HUGE goal, but things are really changing with the members, and all of our success is going to come through them. It will be a good year.
Things are kinda crazy here today. Magne had a stroke on Sunday and so we have been spending a lot here with the kids and with Suzanne. They have all of their girls in town so the house is packed. They have 3 deaf daughters from a previous marriage, and one other daughter who can hear. One of their daughters friends came too. She is also deaf. We have all been learning sign language. Its way cool! They really are the coolest girls. Things are crazy though. We are holding the fort down while Suz is going in between the hospital and home. Keep us all in your prayers. Last night we went to the hospital with Suz and we were sitting there and Suz looked at us and said "It was supposed to be the 6 of us. I know it was." It just makes sense. It was supposed to be Mag and Suz and us four missionaries. Things are crazy right now, but they are going to get better. We are doing all we can to support them.
Other than that things aren't too exciting. We have a few more Holiday things to do this week, but mostly we need to make lots of Christmas cards. I hope that you guys are all enjoying the rest of your break. I love you all! It was so good to see you!
Keep it real. Keep it classy. And may the odds be ever in your favor.
P.S. Sorry this email is so short and lame!! I will have more info next week, but things are a little bit crazy right now with everything that is going on with Mag and Suz! Love you guys!
Jade!! Happy birthday girl!!! I expect to see lots of pictures! She is so dang cute!!