Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Here We Go Again!

See you in 1 1/2!
And so we begin again.  It has been almost 6 months since Elder Clawson returned from the Adriatic South Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I can honestly say I have missed having a missionary.  I love having him home, and having everyone around for all our fun Summer vacations, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It will be so fun to have Emma out serving a mission and getting some of those great growing moments, and experiences that Jed had.  What an opportunity.

Emma received her call on Sat. Sept. 5, 2015 and she did things her own way from the start.  With Jed we had a big get together.  Lots of friends and family here for the opening, but Emma did it different.  When the postmaster called telling us that a white envelope was at the post office in Paradise, Emma and James jumped in the car and picked it up immediately.  Once she was home, she ripped it open.  No big production.  We all just listened as she read what the letter said as we ate our breakfast.

Taiwan, Taipei Mandarine Chinese speaking!!  It wasn't a huge shocker.  Some of us may have actually been praying for Taiwan:)  James served in the exact same mission almost 25 years ago, and then my brother Marc served there about 16 years ago, and then my youngest brother Eric served there about 9 years ago.  Marc's wife also served in Taiwan.  So Emma is the 5th family member to serve in Taiwan over the last 25 years.  Someone made the comment that Emma is going to tidy everything up that all the others started:)  Needless to say, there is some major excitement about Emma teaching in Taiwan.  

Emma had her farewell on Sunday Dec. 27th at 9am in the Paradise 1st. Ward.  She did awesome!! After, we had an open house luncheon for her at the bakery.  Lots of hugs, and laughing, and goodbyes.  Thanks to all the wonderful family and friends who helped out in one way or another.  We love you!!  

We will head down to the Provo MTC on Jan. 6 2016 for Emma to start her mission.  

Favorite Kelsie cousin!
Grandma and Grandpa G.

Paige and Cameron cousins!

Favorite neighbor Janet on the left and Grams R. on the right.

Hi Brad!

Hi Austin!


Love friends!

Jed and soon to be sister in law Gracie:)

Thanks White's for all your help!

Favorite friends!

More favorite cousins!

Old employees, who are now married and having families:)

#mynameissweetheart with cousins Gem and Theo

Hi Maw's


Uncle Sam

Handsome Noah

Hi McKell!!  I think the Pepsi fountain was almost as popular as Emma.

Grandpa G.

Nate and Dag

Cookies all around and favorite friends, the Johnson's!

Uncle Josh and his family Facetimed since they are in Equador.  

Grandpa C.

Hi Chase!

Some favorite girls.

Cousin Bryan

Grams and Carter

The Smith's 

A good chat with Carol.

Wil and Lauren:)