Monday, December 28, 2009

Goodbye 243rd Ward

We always knew that Aaron would only serve in the singles ward for one year...and since he was called last November that meant our time was up. We knew it was coming, but we weren't quite ready for it. That year flew by so fast! During that time we learned a lot about ourselves, made some great friends and drew closer to the Lord. I watched Aaron mature spiritually as he strived to meet the needs of those he served. I was able to connect with many members of the ward by serving on the activities committee.
Our family is moving on! Church will be A LOT quieter without us around I'm sure :)

To say it was easy would be...mmmm...totally wrong. Having a 14-26 month old boy with me for all three hours of church meant that I often got little out of the meetings. And then when Kate was added to the mix it became pretty chaotic. Picture me pushing a double stroller up campus hill in heels. Luckily I had the help of the 1st counsillor's wife who Finn LOVED and several kids in the ward helped out when they could as well. Plus, Aaron could come to Relief Society with me so I was really only on my own for Sacrament Meeting...which was last...during Finn's nap time...oy.

Rich, Aaron and Finn. Rich was the clerk(?) in the ward and Aaron got to know him really well. "As I type this Finn is going "Wich! Wich! Daddy! Finn!" He really connected to some of these guys.

I was excited to go to a family ward with a nursery but it was still hard to leave the people we have grown close to over the past year. We got to say goodbye at the ward Christmas party which was really special. That's where we took these pictures.

Eric (Elder's Quorum President), Aaron and Brother Christmas (1st Councillor...and yes, the best last name ever)

We will miss all the kids (yes, they are kids to me :) and are thankful for the ones that still drop by to visit us from time to time. We have been going to the family ward the last few weeks and LOVE it. It is full of such great people! We are excited to start this new chapter in our lives and actually interact with members of the church that are not 18-30!


tara said...

wow...i didn't think about the fact that there is no nursery in a singles ward. yeesh. sofi is just getting to the age where she doesn't want to just sit and fall asleep. good times. consider yourself sainted in my opinion. enjoy the new ward and have a great new year!

What the Hecklinger?! said...

I love your family picture! And it was funny for me to hear you call the singles "kids"--LOL. You are such an old married-to-the-bishopric lady! :) I'm so glad your new ward is sweet--yay nursery!

Mama H said...

I loved your family picture - and the pictures you have posted help me to feel like I have had a recent visit with you! Hooray for Nursery - I'll bet Finn loves it. Good luck in the new ward!

Courtney said...

I can't believe you haven't experienced the joys of nursery yet! You are in for such a treat. But that really is an awesome experience to serve in a student ward. Most likely one you'll never have again. Very cool.