Saturday, July 2, 2016

"Ohhh we're half way there! Ohhh LIVIN' ON A PRAYER!"

I hit my halfway mark this week. How did that happen? Not quite sure...

Let me tell you. 

So... You know the game operation? Where you try to get things out of the dude with out touching the metal parts?

(I'm sorry this game is basically porn...)

Well leaving Buena Vista YSA was like someone was trying to get the rubber band out of my leg or the broken heart out of my chest. Only they suck at this game and they kept touching the sides and I kept getting electrocuted in my feelings.

But you know, it's fine.

I'm in The DeLand 2nd Ward now and am having a swell time. I LOVE Sister Larsen. We get along like peanut butter and chocolate. (Sad s/o to Sister Berry for that simile... President and Sister Berry go home this week.) Sister Larsen and I have so much fun together. She thinks I'm crazy but she is always laughing at me and it makes me feel good about myself. Haha by day three we were already having conversations like we have been best friends for years. We are going to have a swell time together.

Let me tell you about the week.

Monday was my last day in BV. My heart hurts just thinking about it. We had p-Day and  then headed over to a cookout at Mickey's Retreat with the ward for FHE. (Fun fact: If you call it a BBQ in the south you are incorrect. Hamburgers & hotdogs = cookout.) And that was so much fun. Goodness. I took pictures with some of my favorite humans on this planet. The Ward passed around my transfer journal and lots of people wrote really nice things in it. They made it really hard to leave. I felt oh so loved.

Transfer Tuesday they ripped me from my home and sent me to DeLand. I was so sad to say goodbye to Sister Hart. S/o to baby Hart! There have been multiple times this week when I've tried to write "heart" but accidentally written "hart" and then I get sad. Love you girl! 

So I got to DeLand and went to 🌶 Chili's with a member. 'Twas very delicious. Dropped my stuff off at the apartment, and had a quick lunch, a phone lesson with a recent convert named M, and then we had someone drop us off in our area to do some tracting. I think I've walked a hundred miles this week. And I love it. That night we also had a lesson with W who is on date to be baptized on July 30th!

Wednesday I HIT NINE MONTHS! I have NO IDEA how that happened. I can't believe HALF my mission has already come and gone. I feel like I've been out for roughly twenty three seconds... I started out the day per usual. When we went down to meet our ride by the front gate we checked the mail and I had a package from my family with a cute CTR ring, some nail polish and a note that said "Hi Sister Reid, Happy Half Way Day!! We are so proud of you and we are so grateful you have the opportunity to serve a mission. Keep up the good work. We love you!! Your Family <3" THANKS FAM! Oh my. I love y'all a whole bunch. 

So we went to DM. I gave a safeguards thought. 😎 After DM we had lunch at the church with the district, a lesson with the coolest lady named B. Her granddaughter M gave me a sticker to put on the back of my tag. It was presh. We did a bunch of walking and talked to lots of people. That night we had dinner with the Hunters at Captain D's and had some yummy fish. I love living on the East Coast. 🐠🐟🐠🐟 Then we had coordination and Book of Mormon class. We also took some "happy 9 month pictures" and Sister Larsen and I were laughing so hard we were crying.

Thursday we went to Lake Helen and THIS IS THE TINY TOWN THAT I'VE ALWAYS DREAMED ABOUT! Like... PEOPLE RIDE THEIR HORSES TO THE LIBRARY HERE AND IT'S SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE. 🐎 Goodness. This is my dream. So we walked all over Lake Helen (because we don't have a car this week) and I explored the cutest town ever. I took a picture at the corner of Orange Avenue and Lemmon Avenue. I also found my dream house. You guys. This is my dream town. We visited some sweet old ladies that we are friends with (Miss E and Sister R) We watered Miss E's plants and helped Sister R print stuff out at the library. We had dinner with Sister R and then headed to a lesson with W. We talked about tithing. Then we went to a relief society activity and made cards for soldiers over seas and hats for cancer patients. I made friends with some ladies in the Ward and they picked on me a little. They had me laughing so hard I was crying. I think that was kind of the theme of this week.

Friday was a whole lot of weekly planning.... Or as I like to call it "Fat Friday" because I basically eat everything in the kitchen every Friday.

Saturday we had a lesson with a guy named R and he is AWESOME! We taught the Plan of Salvation and it was swell. We also wrote thank you cards to basically the whole Ward and did quite a bit of area book finding.

Sunday they had me speak in church. I spoke on happiness. Mosiah 2:41 my friends. It's my mantra. And while the Stake President was talking something flew from the celling to the curtain on the window and I THOUGHT IT WAS A BIRD BUT NO IT WAS A MASSIVE COCKROACH BEETLE THING SENT FROM THE UNDERWORLD AND no. Just no. Everybody's faces were priceless. Florida my friends. 

We had a lesson with W after church, delivered some thank you cards to people and drove down some roads in the middle of nowhere, had dinner with the Leedom's. They made me play guitar and sing for them. Their daughter Fairedes who is in young women's sang some country songs with me. It was presh. They also let me hold THE FLUFFIEST BUNNY IN THE WORLD. Goodness. Sunday was lovely.

Well... I think I'm gonna like it here.

Today is P-Day. Hermana Stokey has told me she is going to teach me how to play gatorball so... Pray for me. #REUNITEDATLAST 

We are getting a new mission presidential this week! We get to meet him on Thursday! 

I love y'all more than large beetles love to interrupt sacrament meetings in Florida.

-Sister Reid
Florida Orlando Mission

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