Thursday, April 25, 2013

Temple Trip!

We took Alecia to the temple! It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Words can not express how amazing it felt to sit next to my oldest daughter as she made covenants with our Father in Heaven! It was made even more amazing by all the family and friends that were there. Alecia had three of her grandparents, parents, two aunts and uncle, and our dear friends the Baldwins with her on this special day! Gma and Gpa Alford came all the way down from Oklahoma to surprise Alecia. Well they almost surprised her I gave it away on accident but she was surprised when she found out! LOL  I am so thankful to Heavenly Father for this great day! I pray that I will watch everyone of my children make the same decision to go to the temple! What a special day!
Alecia with everyone!

Alecia with me and her Dad

Another picture with everyone!

Three generations! Shirley Jean, Alecia Jean, and Teresa Jean

Another three generations, David, Alecia, Gma and Gpa

Alecia with her Uncle Ryan, Aunt Lauren and Rayden!

Alecia with Aunt Sandy and Genny Claire

Maggie Baldwin and Alecia! Thank you for coming Maggie! It was so very sweet to have you there!

Krystal and Bethany were there to watch Genny and Rayden!

Fun in the fountain!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Overall Emotions: Alecia

Hey everybody, this is Alecia. :)
 I have to say, I have been a little overwhelmed with all of this. I guess you could call it a fog. And slowly, ever so slowly, I have been making my way through that fog. My mind has been slowly awakening to the fact that this is really happening, and that its not just a dream. And I am so thrilled!
At times I find myself a little nervous, or anxious... But for the most part this is just so exciting! I am going to learn a new language, meet a new people (who I know I will love with all my heart), eat new foods, see real mountains, get on a plain for the first time, and best of all teach the gospel to God's children. I have always wanted to be a missionary, and here it comes. Time is flying by! Sometimes I kind of wish it would slow down... I will miss everyone here so very much... 
"What e'er thou art, act well thy part." I have been trying to prepare myself as much as possible now, so that I won't be at such a loss when I get there. I've been reading my scriptures in Spanish, listening to Disney music in Spanish, and sleeping with my blankets over my head (to get used to the difficulty breathing). Oh, and I just started going for walks every day. I'm hoping to get to where I can run an hour a day. This was actually suggested in a letter I got from my Mission president to prepare me for the high altitude. I am also beginning to teach myself how to braid my own hair. :) Considering the fact that I may or may not be able to have all the products I use down there... My hair is going to be a definite nightmare if I don't braid it all the time! lol!
Anyway, I just wanted to let y'all know what was going on with me right now.

(Hermana Alford)