Letter from Dad:
Dear Kenna -
I was so happy to see you when we talked on Mother's Day.
For me - I was just really happy to see you while I talked to you. For Mom – it was complete torture! I had to laugh because you were sweating the whole time, wiping your face. Glowing with sweat. Every time we see your pictures you look miserably hot.
I know you're having a hard time. I think that's just part of being a missionary. It's got to be doubly hard - being in the Philippines and so far from home. No matter how hard it is - your reward will be ten times greater. I'm glad that you were able to talk to Mom. I hope that it made you feel better. I know you're very homesick. But that will pass through hard work and staying focused on the work that you've been called to do. I know this work is hard - but believe it or not - it's not going to be the hardest work that you're going to do. As life goes on - you will have many many struggles. I know that you'll conquer your struggles, just like now. And, you'll have many many successes.
I absolutely HATE when you sign your letters Sister Mayberry. You're Kenna to me!! My little girl.
Well, I can't wait to talk to you at Christmas. Or what's even greater is being able to see you when I talk to you. Maybe you won't be sweating as much. HA! It's just so great! It was the greatest day - to see and talk to you. I look forward to every Sunday / Monday to see how your week went.
I hope you enjoyed your jerky and trail mix. It only cost $90 to send it. Gladly pay it ---- : ) I miss you! I love you !! Before you know it - you will conquer the language and you'll be wondering why you were making such a big fuss. Before you know it - you'll be home.
Love – Dad
You sure do know how to make me cry. Pretty much I just see “From Dad” and I start to cry . I love you so much! It is weird -- it isn’t that I am super homesick. It’s just I’m not sure. Idk. But whatever it is I need to get over it and I will. I know I am supposed to be here. In my MTC letter you wrote me you said the same thing. "The harder the times. The bigger the reward." I wrote that down and put it up on my wall. It has helped me through everything. I have bad days almost everyday. But they are also good days too. But when it is hard I look at that and I think of you and know that you are there in America rooting me on. And that means the world to me. I love you so much Dad. And I know it will go by fast because I can’t believe it is already 4.5 months! I love you so much!!! And when we talk at Christmas I will be fluent --I promise!!!
Love -- your baby girl
But most important … right now
Love Sister Mayberry