Spent all week staying at the Graham's house. We had a wonderful Christmas with them and a "spiritual one" they said. On the 23rd and the 24th we handed out over 100 He Is The Gift cards. We were on fire and handing them out everywhere we could. We felt pretty successful and got to meet a few awesome people to check up on later and maybe teach. Including Clara, who loves BYU Cougars and watches BYU TV all the time even though she is not familiar with the Mormon church. Can't wait to go and try to teach her. Occasionally you'll knock on someone's door who like watching BYU TV for some reason. It's kind of funny, but also a miracle.
Christmas Day we got to sleep in until 8 am! BEST DAY OF THE YEAR FOR MISSIONARIES! Overall, Christmas as a Missionary is the best kind of Christmas there is. Then we opened presents with the Graham's on the living room floor. The Graham's were even sweet enough to give us stockings stuffed with candy! Yummy! I really appreciated all that they had done for us. Then we had a huge breakfast with cinnamon rolls, eggs, bacon, hash browns and biscuits. Talked with our families on the Graham's iPhones. Played scrabble with Taylor (she's in High school) and Sister Graham for a few hours, watched 17 miracles, had dinner over at the Butler's, then came back to the Graham's house and watched Ephraim's Rescue until after 10. It was a jam packed day but it was really fun. Anyone who is reading this that sent me a Christmas package or letter, thank you! I really appreciated that kind gesture and it made my Christmas a good one.
We were also able to teach Shelly twice this past week and she is starting to open up to us more and more. We really love teaching her and becoming her friends. She is super sweet and she has the cutest baby girls I have ever seen. I can't wait to see her learn and grow and find a better life and a happier one too. And I am grateful that I am blessed to have met her and get to help her at this pivotal point in her life. She is glowing.
The Saitos (incredible member Marshallese family) had all the missionaries over to their house Saturday for a big lunch and we had a lot of fun there. Brother Saito is the most kind and selfless man I have met in Dubuque. He had chopped up for all 6 of us the most tasty, pretty salad bowls and then we not only have the best homemade fried chicken, but we have white rice, fried rice, potato salad, fried potato wedges, steak, Hawaiian rolls, chocolate chocolate-chip muffins, chocolate chip cookies, three different kinds of juice to choose from and a few other things I left out of the list. So grateful for their kindness.
Really praying that I get to stay in Dubuque for the rest of my mission. I want to see Sister Roberts off to her home in Utah at the end of February and then pass off the area before I head home as well. My New Year's wish.
Happy New Year!