Christmas was wonderful this year! The blessings of having a missionary are indescribable. We had an "unofficial" call in the morning to let us know what time he would be on "Skype". Stuart and I had a great conversation with our Elder and he sounded great... Later that day, the family all joined on Skype.. Elder Jake looked handsome as ever (from a proud mom) and we were so happy to talk to him and hear all about his mission and the wonderful people of Arkansas who have been so very kind and loving to him. He loves his ward and the members there who take such good care of the Elders. He spent Christmas Eve with a wonderful family where they helped in placing red luminaries down the street making a runway for Santa... (along with reindeer food)... Christmas day was spent delivering food baskets and a wonderful dinner at the home of the Bishop and his family. Thank you to all who made our son's Christmas complete!!!
The only tears were from Mom (just when we were about to hang up) but they were tears of joy and gratitude and knowing it would be five months before she sees her boy again.