Saturday, December 24, 2016
Certainly the highlight, if the not the best part of Christmas was being able to skype with Alyssa. We had a precious 45 minutes where it felt like we were all together once again as a family. Alyssa looked beautiful and sincerely so happy, almost as if she were glowing.
It was so great to hear her voice and her laugh and first hand personal experiences of being a missionary. She absolutely loves it.
Early in December we received a personally decorated box from Japan. We have been anxiously awaiting opening it ever since. Inside was a treasure trove of lovely Japanese trinkets hand picked by our daughter for each one of us. There was a mix of candy, chopsticks, sushi stickers, photos, headbands, and personal gifts for each of us. It was so sweet and fun and unexpected. What a treasure.
Of course the time flew by way too fast and it was time to once again say goodbye. It was a little easier this time compared to the first skype call but still a little emotional nonetheless. But during the Christmas Season we celebrate the great gift of the birth of our Savior and the hope He brings to us. Because of that I can sacrifice for just a short time, in the grand scheme of things, by allowing my daughter to give herself 100% to being the best Representative of Him as possible.
We are so proud of Alyssa and the work she is doing. She is a wonderful gift as part of our family.