|view of the beach love the white sand|
|Chloe covering Blake in sand|
|He loved it|
|the best part|
|watching Weeyum finally get to play in the D.R. water|
|he had to take off his trunks to clean off all the sand|
|this was a great finish to our day on the beach|
|Eric and I in the Caves of the waterfalls|
Eric asked Weeyum if there was anything he did not get to see or do while he was serving, and then told him we are going to do it. We spent the day at the village in Puerto Plata and beaches, then went to the 27 waterfalls. Eric and Blake hiked up to do 12 of them, Chloe and I stayed back and only did 7. It was beautiful, the boys said "next time we are going to do the all 27" Chloe and I are good with 7.
|Theses guys could not wait for me to take their picture|
|he asked me "facebuke, right?" (translation Facebook)|
|I loved these cute school kids|
|they were shy at first but then didn't want me to stop|
|biggest and most delicious avocados EVER|
|not sure, don't care|
|Chloe and I enjoying our coconut milk on the|
way to the beach
|Eric and Chloe|
|they cut open the coconut with a machete then give|
it back to you to eat
|drying out the very raw meat--YUK|
When I saw the circumstances in which Elder Weeyums lived it made my heart hurt for him, I could not believe the sacrifice he made, leaving a safe environment of a home with running water and air conditioning, modern conveniences that most of us take for granted, he learned to appreciate. He left the comfort of home knowing his mother was going to be in a battle for her life, I'm not quite sure how he did that. If I had seen the circumstances he was going to be living in I would of never let him go, however, I know there is a time and season to all things and I was prepared my entire life to have FAITH, when he left I had complete FAITH he would return to us a better man. If you were to ask most return missionaries if they would do it again, I think if they are honest most would say it was the greatest 2 years of their life, but would not want to go through it again.
President Greer gave Blake a blessing before he left for his mission, and in that blessing he told him if he was obedient his mother would be here when he got home, those words helped him get through the rough days and the people in the D. R. taught him more than anything I could of ever taught him if he had stayed home. So many nights when he was out serving I would go into his room and kneel to pray, now after visiting the D. R. I wonder if those nights were the times he was burdened with more than he thought he could handle, if those were the times he sought comfort from the women who listened to his fears, and wiped away his tears. I will forever be grateful to those families who led him and guided him and helped him return to us safely.