It's true... I do believe in Nashville! We took this picture last year as the kids were all here to celebrate Kyle's birthday. What an amazing time that was. They came Jan 9th as I recall, to surprise their totally unsuspecting father. The assistants picked them all up at the airport in the pallig rig and brought them to the mission home while I was with Kyle at Costco picking out a new pair of glasses. It was so hard to get him in there and equally hard to get him out. He wanted to sample everything and once I'd found out the kids were finally all home waiting, I wanted to get home. When we walked in the front door with all of our Costco bootie, Kyle heard a baby. He thought maybe Jessica the cleaning lady had brought someone with her. The kids yelled surprise and oh my what a surprise it was! He laughed and laughed and was so happy to see them. We had them here for about 5 nights. We drove around and saw things and played games in the family room and played with our baby Gemma and had the most amazing time together.
I know that being here in Nashville has changed us in ways I can not even yet know. I believe that the people of the Tennessee Nashville Mission need what we have. They need the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives. It has made such a huge difference in my life. I am so grateful to have lived here for the past 18 months and to meet the many people that we have met and shared the gospel with. Many have rejected our message and that is ok. I have grown in the ability to share and teach and I would never trade this experience for the world.
Being with this man through all of it has been the best part. He is incredible in every way! He is selfless, loving, patient, funny and fun, easily amused, sensitive and kind. He is ever striving to be the best he can be and to learn and improve. He is much more long suffering with these funny missionaries than I ever could be. When I say "off with their heads"...He says, "they are just learning." I love that! Well, this is a corny post, but as I was cleaning out the garage last night and he was off in Clarksville teaching some Nimrod's about the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood, I thought how blessed I was that I have had the blessing of being married to such an incredible person. I know most days I take him for granted...I'm thankful for the days when I can see clearly how blessed I've been by being given the gift of Kyle Andersen as my eternal companion. I truly believe in him!