Merry Christmas, My Boy…


Very soon—next week in fact, I’ll get to talk to my far away boy for Christmas. When people hear that he only has six months left they ALWAYS say, “Wow, the time has gone by so fast.”

Well, not to me…

He sent us these pictures and truthfully they remind me of so many things we have to be thankful for this holiday season.

C-mas tree 3

Here is the paper clip star on top of his tiny pretend Christmas tree.

Here he is with Elder Newman at a place called the Hill of Crosses. The people in Lithuania have left millions of crosses here for over 600 years in defiance of foreign invasion. Dane sent post cards from this monument as well. It is an amazing place.

C-mas tree 2

Here is the Barbie sized Christmas tree that sits on their table.

Dane game

He sent this one especially for me. This is a game we used to play on hot summer days. He’d actually lay on the floor and let me “try” to pour water directly in his mouth without nearly drowning him. Why he loved it I’ll never know–but apparently he’s carrying on without me.

Silly dude…

C-mas tree

Since the string of lights is bigger than his whole tree–he put it here with a picture of the Savior. Very pretty–I’d say.


Here they are…The men in black–looking all brave and scary. But we know who they really are…


Elder Porter, Elder Cook and my Daney-boy–in their true forms–crazy people in a foreign land. Please note the matching ties. Yikes…

Merry Christmas, son.

Be safe and warm. We miss you.

6 Replies to “Merry Christmas, My Boy…”

  1. A great post. He is a great young man. The time doesn’t go by fast for the mom that’s for sure. But the last six months I thought went the fastest.

    I am so excited for you and your phone call. That was the best part of my Christmas was when my missionary called. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t remember english. It’s kinda funny. They have accents and they stop and have to think of what to say.

    Tell him we all say Merry Christmas.

  2. So do I. This is the hardest thing…So many moms are all brave, but you know–I’m such a wimp about this. I just miss him so much.

  3. Thank you for saying that. It means a lot coming from a mom who has really done this. Oooh…it’s hard. Then just as soon as he leaves…then…my Rhen.

    I have to go cry for a while now.

  4. Let’s NOT talk about Rhen leaving…

    Dane is doing SUCH a great job! I honestly forget that we get to talk to him on the phone until the last minute! That’s SOOO exciting!!! I’ll have to start making a list of things to talk to him about! 🙂 YAY for missionaries and Christmas time!

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