Just a couple of quick highlights about raising our kids….it is all about them right now!
1. Hillary is really enjoying her mission this far. The MTC was a huge challenge for her and the language kicked her butt.
Now she is serving in Boise! This is such a blessing in disguise as she was hoping she would serve stateside. I think she had travelled enough to know that international missionaries carry a lot of challenges….I am sure you know what I mean. On the other hand, she is still excited to go to Taiwan and was so disappointed with the delays.
She said this in her last letter when she arrived and today’s letter
“I am going through Chinese withdrawals…..that’s awkward. I find myself saying stuff in Chinese to my new companion ……and she is like what does that mean????
But she wants me to teach her Chinese so that is good. She really wants me to keep the Chinese up. My mission Pres gave me an hour every day to study, so I will have to study hard core every day.
We are going to a families house to dinner tonight. We are fed every night by members. Sweet! ………I have been here for less than 12 hours and I have already been fed potatoes…………. #welcometoIdaho “
So every time someone meets me and looks at my tag this is usually the reaction …
(Me) Hi I’m Sister Hughes…..
Hi Sister Hughes …….ummmmm…… what is going on with your name tag…???????
Hi Sister Hughes….You were called to Idaho speaking that Language????
Wait ……are you speaking Japanese…..Wait Korean…..so …what is it????
Wait why is your tag different????
I love when people ask me that in the middle of Winco…… Having this weird tag is a great conversation starter. Everyone thinks I am super good at Chinese….Ha jokes on them…. I say the prayer in Chinese a lot at dinners. Kids love it!
No every one I didn’t get called to Idaho speaking Chinese. If I did they would have probably put me with a companion who could speak….Sad day there was a sister from Taiwan here…..but she left two days after me…… gooood one. oh well .
But someone told us that we should go see his neighbor who is from Taiwan….The daughter speaks English and Chinese but the parents don’t speak any English….and they want me to teach them……..ummmmmmm time to panic! I don’t have any help…..But we are going to stop by in a few days and maybe we (I) can teach them a lesson…..This will be good.
She will hate the every night meals since she is food freak…but she will like the association with members.
2. As you saw this weekend, we are deep in FOOTBALL season and having a blast raising our kids, watching them achieve their goals and helping them through disappointments.
We can’t wait for every weekend for the games. The boys are so excited and we love watching. It just gets better and better every year.
We’re so shocked that Noah played football this year. He has been all about baseball and so we are happy he went out for the team.
It has been an adjustment playing tight end and I cringe every time the ball is thrown but he seems to be getting there and getting it done. Although he had a great game as we posted on Facebook and there were a tons of highlights, he missed the final catch to win the game….so we went to OT. It is moments like that…that I want to lay down and die at the game
3. Chase is making his way through high school and a crazy season at BG as several of his friends and best players are injured. That has hurt us big time…but it rolls on.
He is continuing to try to push his way to college with studying hard and getting his film out there. He has heard from a couple of schools and flies out to BYU in November for a game and a little recruiting bit.
The BYU defensive coach told him they are going to make a a decision on him after next summers camp in our last letter.
He was player of the week at this years BYU camp as an outsider linebacker, but he will continue to showcase at the national camps for kicking and punting.
It is all he thinks about and the risk of coming up empty handed in the end is real.
My job is just helping him live in the moment, enjoy the journey of where he is at and the stage he is in, encouraging him and most importantly helping him prepare for his mission which is top priority and hard to keep at #1 as there is so much allurement right now.
Here is a look at a Chase scoring against Merrimack a couple of weeks ago that someone captured…that was awesome game in pouring rain. He had tattooed 24 on his arm for his friend who broke his leg….it was a game of heart and soul.