Wow, I have been immersed in family life completely! It is so wonderful to have Taylor home. I cann't describe the emotions, other than to say I am so PROUD of him!! I have taken a handful of photos that you can see below. As for what we are doing now, he is getting ready to start school in the fall, watching movies from the last two years, spending time with family and friends, and relaxing.
Here is a video of Taylor seeing Tiger (his cute pet dog) for the first time.
As a way of documenting and celebrating the countdown until Taylor returns I have been sharing some photos, layouts, and memories of Tay. As I have been looking at stuff I created I thought it would be fun to share some favorite boy pages. (not just about Tay)
Taylor has always been drawn to art and culture. We have that in common, of course. He has gotten to
meet people from so many different countries and has been able to get a taste of many different cultures while serving as a full-time missionary. I can't wait to learn all about these experinces. I can hardly wait at all, in fact I can't sleep I am so excited!!
My oldest son has been serving a LDS mission since July 28, 2010 and that means we have NOT SEEN him since then. We have stayed in touch with weekly letters and a handful of phone calls. I am unable to articulate how EXCITED I am to see him!!!! In preparation I am writing and sharing some favorite photos and stories of him. (Hey I am a scrapbooker)
Every week we get an email letter from our son's on missions (and sometimes we get real letters in the mail) and if we are really lucky they send pictures. As I was reading Taylor's letter I realized how much he has grown and matured during this experinece. He has loved serving the people of Quebec, both LDS and non-LDS. Currently he is living in Montreal meeting with and teaching investigators and spending time with LDS families in the area. His companion is from Tahiti and, well let me just share what Tay wrote
We are on week 5 of 6 for this transfer and I still feel like Elder Pohue and I are new and finding our way around on the bus and metros. I have had my fair share of fun with this crazy Polynesian companion of mine. He is the most calm happy-go-lucky person I know. He loves exotic fruits so we go to the market beside our house and raid their fresh fruits. Our house is filled with the scent of mangoes, dorians, guitar and four missionaries. What more could one ask for?
They travel using public transportation and walk all over. He absolutley loves living in the city.
If I was given the option to spend summer anywhere downtown Montreal would be on the top of my list. Once again this city is going through a whimsical transformation. It has been very warm as of late and very very green. The sunshine, humidity and rain have changed the frozen wasteland to lush jungle and in result procured a picture perfect urban landscape.
He will be returning home is 59 days!! And I am so excited, our family with go to the airport and wait near baggage claim and I guarantee you I will be the first one to run and embrace him. I remember when he first left and I was so sad, one fellow missionary mom shared that I had one of the happiest days of my life to look forward to, the day he returned.