Some people probably start the countdown to the return of a missionary the day he leaves on his mission, but not us. That would have been too hard mentally to handle. A wise woman in our ward warned us against the countdown calendars, and I am soooooooooo glad we took her advice to heart. The younger siblings did construct their own countdown chain back in February; but I, the Mama, refused to have it out in the main part of the house where I could see it. It has been hidden away in the older boys room. Every few weeks I would notice it getting shorter, but I never paid attention to the dates on the chains or counted how many were left to go. Now, here we are, a mere month till he returns. I can hardly believe it. The countdown can no longer be avoided when your missionary starts to mention it in every e-mail. True enough, though, I'm not as excited as I expected to be at this point. Receiving the weekly e-mails, learning about other people, hearing of the gospel changing other peoples' lives has all been quite enjoyable. On the other hand . . . I miss him and will LOVE having him back in our lives in a more physical way, so to put it.
Now, without further ado, the e-mail.
May your week be full of joy and the Spirit of the Holy Ghost leading you along life's path.
Signing off for now,