June 18, 2018 - The Week I Actually Sent An Email

Y'all, it has been a hot minute since I've written one of these. Now you can add "Sister Allgaier finally emailed" to your blessings list tonight when you count them all .πŸ˜‡ So much has happened it's kind of ridiculous. I'll give you the low down: 

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1) For the first time in my entire mission I am NOT IN A CAR SHARE!!!!!!! Backstory: Our beautiful YSA sisters got emergency-transferred to different areas because someone somewhere went home and they needed to shuffle everything around. That meant their car was being sent to someone. We had zero hopes that we were getting it but we did!! Ya girl only has to bike one day a week now #blessup I'm so sad that Sister Tidwell and Sister Newman left! They were our bff' s but they'll do so good in their new areas. πŸ’•

2) We had zone conference up in Jacksonville on Wednesday! We had to wake up at an unearthly hour that I don't care to recall but it was so worth it. We were accidently way stinkin early (we beat the AP's) but we got some good studies while we waiting for the rest if the mission to catch up to us. 😁😁 It was so great! We learned a lot about the spirit and the importance of it in our missions. LOVED IT  

3) Bob quit smoking!! Do y'all know what that means?!?! Sister Allgaier quit eating chocolate. That's right folks. If Bob can quit smoking, I can quit chocolate. Easy pea(please pray for me)sy!!! He's doing so good though. I love that man. 

Okay well that's a wrap, I guess not as much happened this week as I thought. Oh well. Enjoy some pictures! Love y'all!! 

 THIS WAS THE BLESSED DAY WE GOT OUR FULL CAR

THIS WAS THE BLESSED DAY WE GOT OUR FULL CAR

 She doesn't like taking pictures with me really....

She doesn't like taking pictures with me really....

 She decided to show some affection and shoved her hand on my face. I love this weirdo

She decided to show some affection and shoved her hand on my face. I love this weirdo

Posted on June 18, 2018 .

June 04, 2018 - The Week We WON


Settle in kids, this one's a long one. 

This is a story all about Bob

Bob was found by the YSA missionaries a few months ago. Since he is not in the YSA age range, they gave us a call and over to Bobs we went. We knocked on his door and he yells "come. in." We opened the door to find a man, with tattoos galore and wheelchair ridden. We learned that Bob had stage 4 MS at age 38 (that's REALLY young). Ever since then we have been teaching Bob. I am so so blessed to have been able to watch him change so completely. He is a different man now then when I first met him. He wants to be baptized, he believes what we teach him and he has been wanting to come to church. After so many prayers from him, us, the ward and so many others from home Bob was able to come to church yesterday!!!! It was a huge ordeal trying to find him a way to get there so I won't bore you by sharing all of it but I will tell you that I have never seen so many people go outside their comfort zone than I did yesterday. Grown men lifted Bob, fed him the bread and water during the sacrament, people who had never seen him before came and talked to him, children were in awe with his wheelchair. I am so proud of the Gainesville 3rd Ward!!! It was simply beautiful. 

Okay, enough with the sappy Sister A geez... I'll tell you some one-sentence funny stories so you don't talk asleep reading this. 

THE COMIC STRIPS: 

1) Sister K was the object of affection when she was asked "can I kiss you?"

2) We recieved a watermelon from a man named Steven.

3) Tug-o-war with a vine through the top of a door with a deaf man is a great way to spend some time on a Saturday. 

4) Teaching girls aged 6-12 The law of chastity is my new favorite pasttime. 

5) When someone asks a missionary to watch their missionary's coming home video, don't do it. It will make you sad inside.

6) The best voicemail we received this week was "It's ya boi, Elder S*****." Gotta keep those privacy rules.  

Honestly this week was so much better than last! I think God makes it that way on purpose. He gives you a lot of downs so when the ups come, you will appreciate them that much more. I'm reading in Alma right now in the Book of Mormon and it's all about wars. I actually LOVE it! I didn't think I could ever love these chapters but I do. Anyway, it talks about how Moroni and his army do not forget the Lord and His goodness and mercy. Those who do forget are always worse off. To never forget is hard but easier in the end. #RememberHim 

Sidenote: it's Mama A's bday this week!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆπŸŽβ€ That also means a year ago this week I was set apart to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and man alive do I love that calling!!! I can't believe it's been a year!!! 

Love y'all!!

 MY BEST FRIEND BOB

MY BEST FRIEND BOB

 WE WERE MORE EXCITED THAT BOB WAS COMING THAN WE WERE THAT SANTA WAS COMIMG

WE WERE MORE EXCITED THAT BOB WAS COMING THAN WE WERE THAT SANTA WAS COMIMG

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 Miss Photogenic and her fav book

Miss Photogenic and her fav book

 We were looking to get 3rd-degree soaked, but we just got spit on 

We were looking to get 3rd-degree soaked, but we just got spit on 

 My baby girl doing her thing

My baby girl doing her thing

 Even though I'm in the sun 24/7 I am still contacted by construction workers daily to help reflect items for them with my legs

Even though I'm in the sun 24/7 I am still contacted by construction workers daily to help reflect items for them with my legs

Posted on June 4, 2018 .

May 28, 2018 - The Week of Procrastination

Well I wasn't going to write y'all a weekly but due to some unfortunate circumstances (we were in even numbers with the elders at the church (big no-no) so we have been banished to our car) I now have some time do either write an email or sit and watch the rain. Though I love the latter, the former might be a bit more productive. 

I have learned a lot this week. I'm not going to lie, this was a hard week. We had our ups for sure but our downs seemed to take the cake. I won't go into detail because I don't want to make this email sad but I did want to tell you want I learned from this week. 

I can do things on my own. In fact, I can do some pretty good and even great things on my own. Miracles, however, are only bestowed by God. Nothing I do will change that. Of course I will work hard and do everything I can do help those miracles happen and sometimes it feels like I've done pretty well with making them happen. But God is the one who is all-knowing. He is the one in charge. That sometimes stresses me out (thanks inner control freak) but there's a scripture I'm pretty sure I've shared already but it always calms me. My first AP shared this with me in my first transfer and I fell in love with it and memorized it as fast as I could. 

Doctrine and Covenants 123:17 

"Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed." 

I have a hard time with giving up control but the mission has forced me into submission to God's will. It doesn't sound like a positive thing but I've learned it really is! Because He is all-knowing, I need to rely on Him. We plan for hours on end for those we are teaching and I have no idea what they need. I don't know what will help them. I can make a logical guess but God knows EXACTLY what they need. If I rely on Him and in humility, ask Him for help, He will provide answers. I've been so humbled this week. And I'm so grateful for that. 

Have a beautiful rainy week y'all! πŸŒ§β˜”

 Casually cruising through the Redlight District (jokes, don't panic)

Casually cruising through the Redlight District (jokes, don't panic)

 My Stra(favorite)nge Addiction πŸŽ‚

My Stra(favorite)nge Addiction πŸŽ‚

 This was where our bikes got stolen. We thought we could go back and punch fear in the mouth

This was where our bikes got stolen. We thought we could go back and punch fear in the mouth

 In our element with sweet Marina (no I'm not crying it was just very very cute lesson

In our element with sweet Marina (no I'm not crying it was just very very cute lesson

Posted on May 28, 2018 .

May 21, 2018 - The Week of the Flood

Okay y'all, I did not send a weekly last week because I truly had no desire to. BUT I am repenting and sending one today. 

This week has been so stinkin rainy and we are L O V I N G it!!! The humidity is down and so is the temperature so we are more than okay with getting a little soaked. Totally worth it.

One of my favorite experiences this week was trying to communicate with our only Portuguese-speaking member about our Portuguese-speaking investigator. Eu nΓ£o falo portuguΓͺs. Never have I ever been more grateful for Google translate in my life. Where is Syd, Mads and all my other beautiful Portuguese-speaking friends when I need them? It was quite hilarious to watch us communicate with him, I must say. 

Let's talk about desperation. I thought I knew desperate. Turns out I only knew what desperation was when talking about finding a dress for prom a week before prom (one of our investigators just went to prom so it's on the brain). True desperation is when you have been working your bootay off for the whole week and you still haven't found a new investigator and it's Saturday. Sister K is literally a champ for putting up with all the things I put her through. We didn't have a meal appointment Saturday so I decided to make some lean butter sandwiches, grab the pretzels and nutella and work through dinner. My theory was this: if we work through dinner, God will see our desperation and dedication and will bless us. And bless us he did!! We found some AMAZING people to teach!! It was such a blessing. Nevermind we were so tired our eyes were rolling into our heads. Nevermind that night everyone and their dog decided to call and talk to us. It was a stinkin' good day. 

I want to brag about Sister K for a minute. She is literally the greatest human being. Remember when I tasted the devils sweat (super super awful hot sauce) with Sister G awhile ago?? Well I made Sister K do it yesterday. I for sure thought it would be funnier for me than it was. Turns out, when people cry, I feel super bad... I totally thought the mission had killed all emotions but apparently it hasn't!! #blessup

Okay my scripture for the week is from Miss Macayla Elwell (rip). 

Alma 28:8  

"And this is the account of Ammon and his brethren, their journeyings in the land of Nephi, their sufferings in the land, their sorrows, and their afflictions, and their incomprehensible joy, and the reception and safety of the brethren in the land of Jershon. And now may the Lord, the Redeemer of all men, bless their souls forever" 

I LOVE this so much. They had hard times, they suffered and they still found joy!! Man, I have hard times, I suffer, I have literally never been more sweaty and tired but I STILL FIND JOY!!! It's the weirdest, most wonderful thing in the whole world. Joy is always there. Sometimes, you just have to look really hard. 😊

Ah, I just love y'all. Thank you so much for all your support, prayers and for pretending to read these emails (I know y'all just look for the pictures, it's fine. I do it too). Have a STEALLAR week!!! ❀

 The cat was ferocious

The cat was ferocious

 The rains came down and the floods came up 🎢

The rains came down and the floods came up 🎢

 Dr. K was the real MVP. She kept fixing my bandaid from when I WRECKED my ankle on a door.

Dr. K was the real MVP. She kept fixing my bandaid from when I WRECKED my ankle on a door.

 Yup. That's my hand. Reaching for a pretzel. To dip into the nutella. #goals

Yup. That's my hand. Reaching for a pretzel. To dip into the nutella. #goals

 I will NEVER get over these sunsets πŸ’•

I will NEVER get over these sunsets πŸ’•

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Posted on May 21, 2018 .

May 07, 2018 - The Week of the Car

I'm just slightly sad that we are on bikes this week because it's a piping 90 degrees this week.... BUT the work must go on. Since the sun is out and blaring, so should we (I'm not even totally certain that makes sense...)!! β˜€οΈ

So let's talk about this past week instead of dwelling on the sweatiness that is to come. 

We had zone conference this week!!! It was SO GOOD. I was missing all my friends (since they decided to hop on over to the other side of the mission) but we promptly made some new ones. I am definitly an oldie of a missionary now because I know approx 4 missionaries. Give or take. We talked a lot about member missionary work! It's so so important in doing missionary work so I'm grateful for that reminder. 

I have more funny stories this week but for the sake of your time and your interest I will tell you two. 

1) We had just found a new investigator and were driving away. Cutie Sister K was navigating me and got a little turned around and we ended up on the freeway going the opposite way we wanted to go. Which, would have been fine except there was N O E X I T S. We were heading out of town so fast. We told our zone leader we were accidently leaving our area and we were so sorry about that. Poor Sister K felt so so bad but it was more funny than anything. She just kept looking at the map and saying "AH WE ARE ALMOST OUT OF OUR AREA!!" Eventually we found an exit and booked it back. Thankfully we weren't in St. Aug cause we for sure would have left the mission. Then, the whole way back she just kept saying "I'm so upset!" It was kinda funny. πŸ˜‚ Ah... good times. 

2) I almost killed my daughter. True story. We were out seeing a part-member family that lives out in the boonies. I had finished reversing the car to leave and Sister K had just gotten in the car when a dragonfly made himself at home on the dashboard. I do not like bugs. Let me repeat: I DO NOT LIKE BUGS. I panicked and jumped ship, leaving Sister K in the car with the gigantic dragonfly. During my screaming and fleeing I forgot to put the car into park. Not only did I trap her in the car but the car was now moving and I was not in the drivers seat. Oops. She freaks out and flings the car into park all while yelling at me. Turns out one of us can yell and shift gears and it's not me. But all is well and we got the bug out. She now knows that I'm not playing when I say that I do not like bugs. 

For my next trick, I'm going to try to bring the spirit back into this email with some thoughts I had this week. 

I was studying yesterday morning and preparing for church when I came across a verse in Alma. Alma was the high priest at the time as well as the chief judge over the people. He decided to give his position as chief judge over to Nephihah (weird name I know, stick with me) so he could focus entirely on preaching to the people as the high priest. In Alma 4:19 he says "seeing no way that he might reclaim them save it were in bearing down in pure testimony against them." I have gained a testimony of so many things on my mission so far but the power comes in bearing PURE TESTIMONY. I love having the opprotunity to bear my simple testimony to everyone I meet. Think about your pure testimony and how much it means to you. I promise if you bear it, it will grow. We just had testimony meeting but do it next month! It will benefit you and everyone else. 

I love, love L❀VE being a missionary. The pure joy and love of Christ is so real to me. I hope y'all have a STELLAR week and make sure you express your love to your mama on Sunday. I know I will (!!!!!!!!!). Love y'all!! 

 We weekly planned at the pool...fun, but will probably never happen again due to the amount of bare skin.

We weekly planned at the pool...fun, but will probably never happen again due to the amount of bare skin.

 Fantasia is now learning from the YSA... I would be sad but she is way too stoked for me to be sad.

Fantasia is now learning from the YSA... I would be sad but she is way too stoked for me to be sad.

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 I'm the embarrassing mom and I LOVE IT.

I'm the embarrassing mom and I LOVE IT.

Posted on May 7, 2018 .

April 30, 2018 - The Week of LoveBugs, Sunshine, and Police

Y'all I hope you're sitting down for this one....this could potentially be a llooooooonnnngggg email but I'll try to keep it on the shorter side as to not make y'all fall asleep wherever you happen to be reading this. That would be embarrassing for you. πŸ™ƒ We will start our story on Tuesday. 

Tuesday: We had our first district meeting! We discussed what we wanted to improve on and we all decided that we wanted to have more people in church this coming Sunday. We then decided that in order for that to happen, we needed to invite more people to come to church. Our oh-so-inspired district leader had each companionship choose an amount of people they could invite each day. We accidentally chose the V E R Y high number of inviting 10 different people every day of the week to do our part to help increase the number of people in church. Insta-regret right there cause that is so stinkin many!!! But Sister K is a trooper and we went to work. Let's now jump to Thursday. 

Thursday: We did weekly planning and ate obscene amounts of sugar and then we were supposed to do some service. I didn't feel particularly good about doing service because it wasn't fulfilling our purpose so I proposed the idea of ditching and biking to a neighborhood to get our 10 invites. Cutie K was all in. We strapped on our helmets, jumped on Sebasian and NoName (she hadn't named the bike yet) and headed out. This was Sister K's first time riding her bike on her mission!! We arrived at the neighborhood we had planned, locked up our bikes and started knocking. We met some super nice people and invited EVERYBODY to come to church. We even found someone knew to teach!! We were killing it. As we walked away from a door Sister K says "um, is that the pole our bikes were locked to?" My response was something along the lines of "hahaha. No. No? Oh no...." We were sped-walked to that pole to find that some lovely bystander snipped our bike lock and took both bikes and Sister K's helmet (apparently something was wrong with my helmet because they left it...). We sat there for a minute, made some phone calls and eventually ended up on the phone with the police. There wasn't really anything they could do so we just went to our dinner appointment. And no, we didnt invite our 10 that day. 

Friday: WE INVITED 11!!!! We were very excited about that. 

Saturday: We were walking to that same neighborhood where our bikes were kidnapped and I saw something on the side of the road. Those punks had ditched my bike basket on the side of the road!!! You betcha I picked it up and carried it with me. Jokes on them though cause that basket made the whole bike! 

Sunday: We had 4 come to church of the 29 people we invited!!! What a blessing. 

Y'all, this week we were given so so SO many opportunities to complain and to criticize but honestly, why would we? It is much easier (and much more fun) to find the joy in the everyday. I promise there is so much good out there. Even when your bikes get stolen, I promise there's joy there too (and I can say that from personal experience now). Which leads me into my scripture for the week...

2 Nephi 5:27
"And it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness.
I have gained such a testimony of hope and happiness in all things. President Gordon B. Hinkley said "those who go forward with a happy spirit will find that things always work out." I PROMISE THAT IS SO TRUE. It may not work out like we think it should but it will work out. 

I love y'all and I hope y'all have a STELLAR week. 

 Who knew this would be the last time I would ride Sebastian.... RIP ⚰

Who knew this would be the last time I would ride Sebastian.... RIP ⚰

 MY  BEAUTIFUL  trooper of daughter

MY BEAUTIFUL trooper of daughter

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 Our bff came to church on Sunday πŸŽ‰πŸ’•

Our bff came to church on Sunday πŸŽ‰πŸ’•

Posted on April 30, 2018 .

April 23, 2018 - The Week of "Devil Grass"

Y'ALL. MY DAUGHTER IS THE CUTEST LITTLE RED-HEADED SWEETHEART ON THE PLANET. I ADORE HER SO MUCH. (The subject title comes from her description of Spanish Moss where chiggers and ticks are found.) 

I mi(definitely)ght have gotten sick because of my stress levels but it has been a stellar week!! I said goodbye to my beautiful companion but only for a few days side we are still in a car share!!! 

I'll be honest, I have no idea what to share with y'all cause my head is kind of spinning from all the craziness. It's been a wild week but Sister Kincenski is taking it like a champ. She is so willing and so so ready to just get to work. I love her so much. 

Anyway this is so short but I'm doing so so good!!!! Love y'all!!

 We had a F U L L car on the way home from transfers

We had a F U L L car on the way home from transfers

 MY BABY GIRL πŸ’•πŸŽ€πŸ’•πŸŽ€πŸ’•πŸŽ€

MY BABY GIRL πŸ’•πŸŽ€πŸ’•πŸŽ€πŸ’•πŸŽ€

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Posted on April 23, 2018 .

April 16, 2018 - The Week of The Lord's House #GodBless

Hi. It's been a R O L L A R C O A S T E R of a week, but one that only goes uphill!!!! We went to the Orlando temple on Thursday and man alive I have never been more excited to see a white building in my entire existence. It was absolutely beautiful! I was able to spend time with so many people I love and cherish. I felt the spirit SO strongly. In the temple, I was able to receive answers to questions I've had for the past few weeks. It is such a blessing to be able to go and partake of the blessings there. It was indescribable.

That night, we were talking about transfer call (that would be happening on Friday night, the next evening) and how we were both hoping not to get a call from President Lee . Now for those who are not in the FJM  here's what all that means: 

Transfer Call: every missionary in the Florida Jacksonville Mission gets on a huge conference call and we all listen as our mission president tells us where we all will be going and with who we will be serving with. 

Phone call from President Lee: he calls missionaries the day of, or the day before, to ask them to serve in leadership positions or to train new missionaries coming out. 

Okay, let's resume. In the midst of this conversation we get a text from our beloved mission president that states "please call President Lee when available." Insta-sweat. After a few minutes of freaking out and adjusting so I'm sitting basically on top of poor Sister Gabbitas (authority makes me nervous) we call him. He exchanges pleasantries and then says these words "Sister Allgaier, may I speak with you privately please?" Insta-mega-sweat. He then tells me (in much more professional wording than this) to find a baby carriage cause I'm going to be a mama!!! AKA: I'm training a new missionary!! I'm staying here in the chosen land of Gainesville 3rd ward and will be teaching a super green (fresh, new) missionary the ways of missionary life. Am I sweaty? Oh yes. Is it because it's warming up here in the sunshine State? Partially but definitely mostly because I'm nervous. It's going to be so much stinkin fun though!!! I will find out who she is on Wednesday after a ton of meetings so y'all will find out on Monday. 😊 The beautiful and incredible Sister Gabbitas will be greenie busting (being the companion of a missionary who just finished training) in Gainesville 1st ward!! Not too far at all. In fact, I will see her every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. PLUS we are in a car share. It's like we are still companions but not... Anyway, I'm stoked for this new change and adventure!!! It's going to be a BLAST.

For my scripture this week I wanted to share some of the New Testament with y'all. 

Ephesians 4:11-13
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

I've been thinking and studying about the purpose of the prophets and came across this scripture. I'm so grateful to have the guidance of the leaders that we have today! Through them, we can come closer to our Heavenly Father. They teach us His will and help us to become more like our Savior. I'm so grateful for President Russell M. Nelson! 

I love y'all and I hope y'all have a STELLAR week. 

 Our perfectly dignified, put together district is dissolving πŸ’”

Our perfectly dignified, put together district is dissolving πŸ’”

 RIP Bby Gabbitas

RIP Bby Gabbitas

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 The good ol' house of the Lord

The good ol' house of the Lord

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 Our funny members πŸ’•

Our funny members πŸ’•

Posted on April 17, 2018 .

April 02, 2018 - The Week I Was Accidentally MAJORLY Apostate

Let's start with a spiritual note: General Conference. It was a wild ride this time around!!!! I'm so grateful for our new and sustained Prophet Russell M. Nelson. If anyone is slightly nervous about having a new prophet, just watch the clip of him announcing the 7 new temples and you will be pleasantly reminding how human he is. Watching him chuckle over announcing yet ANOTHER temple in good ol' Utah was so stinkin funny! I loved it!! I'm also very excited that we, as a church and not just the Florida Jacksonville Mission, are placing a more focused effort on ministering to individuals. Love love it! Such an inspired announcement. 

Okay now here's why Sister Allgaier was accidently apostate this week and brace yourself, this is a doozy of a story.... The elders had given us a referral for a lady who met with missionaries in Arizona and wanted to meet with them again! So we were pumped and gave her a call. She said she would love to meet with us but because of her current home situation we couldn't meet in her home but we could meet in the parking lot of her (super sketchy) apt complex. We went to her apt complex parking lot and asked around looking for her. In the meantime Sister G saw a man struggling to carry a case of water bottles. She asked if he needed any help and he said "sure, I can't carry two on my own." So I was thinking good, she can carry it then and I will walk behind her. Well karma is such a missy and there were two MORE cases, not two in total. So I arrived one as well. We literally carried those suckers for 10 STINKIN MINUTES!!!! We were both sweaty at this point cause it's Florida and those babies had 35 bottles each in them. So heavy, we finally drop them off and find Miss Beverly (the lady we were meeting) on the way. Our arms at a legit shaking and we ask her where she wants to meet. She looks around and sees a man and goes "oh Jim! Can we have our meeting in your house??" Jim was grade A creepy. Creepy Jim said sure....joy. So we went in his house with Miss Beverly and she started talking us her life story. Including the many time she has been sexually assaulted. She's talking at 100 mpm and when she catches her breath Jim says "Beverly, I have been trained in giving healing blessings, would you like one?" Sister G and I just look at each other, both not excited for this experience. He looks at us and says "girls, feel free to join in when you feel so inclined." I asked him what church he was from and them told him that we were unfamiliar with this form of blessing so we would just watch and we would pray with them after he finished. He starts giving this weird blessing where he's half talking to God and half talking to Miss Beverly and his eyes are open the whole time. I know that because I couldn't decide if I needed to open them or shut them....I probably looked like a broken doll with my eyes opening and closing like they were. So then he looks at me and says "will you out your hand on her shoulder?" Not even thinking about it I put my hand on her shoulder. He stats talking about how blessings are given by the laying-on-of-hands. I realize what the heck I'm doing and oh so slowly raise my hand off her shoulder one finger at a time until I'm hovering her shoulder. In my brain it's making it look like, to him, that I'm still holding her shoulder when in reality I wasn't. Well this is where the water part come into play. Because my arms have the strength of an overcooked noodle my arm is shaking like a Polaroid!! And when I think it is just barely hovering her shoulder, it's actually about 6 inches above her shoulder (companions are great at keeping things in perspective for you...). We left shortly after that. The entire time I was praying and saying over and over again "Heavenly Father, do we need to leave?" "Do we need to leave?" I never got the "GO NOW" feeling and we ended up just fine. So there you go, if I get sent home (I won't, I asked the AP's about it) you'll know why. πŸ˜‡

Scripture of the Week: 

Matthew 18:3
"And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."

Yesterday, we taught our cutie kiddos and invited them to be baptized and they said yes! Not just said yes but yelled and jumped! They could not wait! The oldest said "I can't wait to be baptized!! I want to be like Jesus Christ!" I made a comment how I wish all of our investigators were this excited to be baptized and this scripture came into mind. We are to be like little children, willing and excited to be obedient to our Heavenly Father and to be more like our Eldest Brother! 

I love being a missionary and I love y'all!!! Have a stellar week! 

 My cutie kiddos who are being baptized!!!! 

My cutie kiddos who are being baptized!!!! 

 Our fav Bro Granto who hid Easter eggs on the roof for kids...yup

Our fav Bro Granto who hid Easter eggs on the roof for kids...yup

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 Biking in the rain is our fav past time

Biking in the rain is our fav past time

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Posted on April 4, 2018 .

March 26, 2018 - The Week of Amy!!!

Okay so this fun thing happens when you're halfway through your mission where your desire to write a weekly is literally in the trash can. That explains last week but let's look to the future and talk about this week!!! 

We experienced the biggest miracle this week! We made a friend during our first weeks here in Gainesville. Her name is Amy and we love her dearly! As dumb as it sounds, we haven't been able to think of a good way to bring up the gospel. We've talked about missionary life and so now she knows a lot about that! My beautiful companion does this cute thing she calls "blubbering." Basically she just gets really excited and talks at about 600 mph. When she does it though she asks questions that I'm too scared to ask like "oh did you get fired?" Or "we teach a series of lessons about our church, would you be intersted in learning more about it?" In this case it was the latter, thankfully. And Amy said yes!! It was so awesome. I love that feeling. 

Other than that this week has had lots of ups and downs but that's the life of a missionary! We have interviews this week so I'm very excited about that!! 

Instead of a scripture here's a quote I jotted down from zone conference a few weeks ago: 

"Success in life (or a mission if you are a missionary reading this) is found in going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" I love this!! And that is all I have to say about that. 

 We saw some gators and could not pass up the photo op

We saw some gators and could not pass up the photo op

Posted on March 27, 2018 .

March 14, 2018 - The Week of HUMPDAAAAYYYY

Okay nobody panic but I've been a missionary for 9 MONTHS!!!! What in the world?! Time flies when you're busier than busy (I almost said 'having fun' but I felt 'busy' was more real). I'm going to give you some highlights of the week because it was just too good to tell you everything. 

Highlight #1: Our deaf investigator came to church!!!! You guys, this is a straight miracle. Missionaries have been trying to get him to come to church for MONTHS and he finally came!! Also, shoutout to God for having the best plans in the entire universe!! The Porter's were a family that I served with in the St. Augustine Shores ward and they just happened to be there on Sunday! They were able to communicate with our investigator because their son is deaf!! Seriously you guys, God answers prayers. I promise you. He really really does. 

Highlight #2: We had zone conference on Monday! That's why y'all are hearing from me on this lovely humpday. It was so so good! We had Elder Lynn G. Robbins from the 70 come with his wife. They taught us some really great things. My favorites were Sister Robbins training on hope and happiness. I love that topic so much. I've been studying it a lot lately and actually just gave a training on that in a meeting so I'm grateful for her training in zone conference. #inspired Elder Robbins talked about so many different things but my favorite is the Book of Mormon. He said "The Book of Mormon has been blessed with a power" so trust in it! I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon. One of my favorite general conference talks is Safety for the Soul by Jeffery R. Holland. He talks so boldly about the Book of Mormon and how vital it is. If it's been a hot minute since you've read/listened/watched that, I suggest you do that ASAP Rocky. It will be a game changer for you, I promise. 

Highlight #3: I hit my real deal humpday!!!! How crazy is that?! Here's the greatest lesson I've learned, are you ready?? CHARITY NEVER FAILETH. Yep. I stole that right from the relief society theme. I'm an old lady now and I can do that. 😏 But truly, charity is the most important part of missionary work in my opinion. You know in middle school when you had a crush on that cute boy and he texts you back and you think to yourself "well I can die happy now"?!?! That is the same feeling I have 100% of the time but so so much stronger and much more lasting than those middle school relationships. When our investigator came to Church on Sunday I was straight G I D D Y. No joke. Being a missionary is so gosh dang hard but it's so worth it when miracles like that happen. You guys, this is the happiest I've ever been. Also, the most exhausted I've ever been but definitely happy. 😁😁

1 John 4:18-21

   "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

   We love him, because he first loved us.

   If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

   And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also."

Try to love yourselves, your neighbors, your family, your friends just a little bit more and a little bit better because the pure love of Christ can change everything.

I love y'all!! Have a stellar week and I'll talk to you real soon πŸ™ƒ

 Gainesville district

Gainesville district

 Bby Winona left me

Bby Winona left me

 Look at my STUNNING S. Gabbitas

Look at my STUNNING S. Gabbitas

 We hit our 9 months and this is how we feel (I'm skressed)

We hit our 9 months and this is how we feel (I'm skressed)

 Nah jokes we are fine 😁😁

Nah jokes we are fine 😁😁

Posted on March 19, 2018 .

March 05, 2018 - The Week of Helmet Hair

Let me tell ya, we LOVE biking weeks! When I say we I actually mean me. Sister Gabbitas has graduated from total hatred to just disliking biking. Progress am I right?! It's great. πŸ€—

We saw a lot of miracles this week! We got offered a car (I just had to date the mans son in order to get it), we cleaned out a house and I didn't see a cockroach (I did see a huge creepy crawly spider though) and we fixed Sister Gabbitas' bike (no downside to that...just happiness)!! It was a good week!

We are teaching some cutie little girls and yesterday we had our review lesson. I don't think I've ever been so stinkin proud to have someone tell me about the Plan of Salvation until these little kiddos. They remembered so much and I was SO proud of them!! #MamaBearPride 😍

This week I was asked to give a training on being agents to act and not to be acted upon. If you ever need a good study topic, I would highly reccommend this. I was reading the story of Peter walking on the sea. There is so much to be learned from this story so I will just tell y'all to go read it. BUT I will share my favorite verse from it. 

Matthew 14:30
"But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me."

Our Savior is so ready to save us. We need to reach out our hand and cry out "Lord, save me." Seriously, go read it. Right now. Matthew 14.

Oh and Sister Gabbitas and I are staying for another transfer in good ol' Gainesville! πŸŽ‰ And we both hit our 9 month mark on Wednesday!! But I will reflect on that next week. πŸ˜‰

 My BEAUTIFUL companion!!!!!

My BEAUTIFUL companion!!!!!

 My BEAUTIFUL companion!!!!!

My BEAUTIFUL companion!!!!!

 My BEAUTIFUL companion!!!!!

My BEAUTIFUL companion!!!!!

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Posted on March 19, 2018 .

February 26, 2018 - The Week of Pictures

To be perfectly honest here, my motivation to write a good, inspirational weekly is pretty non-existent. So I will, instead, send a scripture and a TON of pictures. Get ready for it.

This week's scripture comes from Ether 12 in the Book of Mormon. 

Ether 12:27 

"27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." 

I've been studying humility this week and I'm so grateful for a Savior who so wilingly forgives, forgets and improves us. He has made me so much more than I could ever be by myself. I love Him because He loves me.

Have a stellar week!! 

 Our beautiful Fantasia brought us some of the beach πŸ’•

Our beautiful Fantasia brought us some of the beach πŸ’•

 Milkshakes are a growing issue for me.... #sugarrushfordayzz

Milkshakes are a growing issue for me.... #sugarrushfordayzz

 I had to say goodbye to Miss Harris and I'm very not okay about it (I didn't get to see them this week but farewell to S. Hardy, Gilbert and Ganir) πŸ’”

I had to say goodbye to Miss Harris and I'm very not okay about it (I didn't get to see them this week but farewell to S. Hardy, Gilbert and Ganir) πŸ’”

 My previous, beautiful compaΓ±ero

My previous, beautiful compaΓ±ero

 My previous, beautiful compaΓ±ero

My previous, beautiful compaΓ±ero

 The Crew

The Crew

Posted on March 4, 2018 .

February 19, 2018 - The Week of Love

Don't you love being a missionary for Valentines Day week?? Oh it's so great. I especially love when the sacrament talks are all about marriage. That is a personal favorite topic for me right now in my life. πŸ™ƒ But on the real, this week really was good!

We had trade-off's with our beautiful STLs on Wednesday! Sister Elwell and I stayed here in Gainesville and Sister Gabbitas went the 2nd Ward with Sister Winona. Sister Elwell was a trooper with a capital T as we walked 5783466 miles to get to a house where no one was even home. Let's just say, our calves resemble one of Michelangelo's pieces. #Blessed🌟

We have a member in our ward who has wanted us to teach his daughters for a long time now and we finally were able to set up a time with them! I haven't taught kids for a looonnnggg time (since I was with Sister McConnell in St. Augustine) so it's been a hot minute and I forgot how different it is. I love it though!! It's much more interactive and they think we are pretty cool which is a bonus when everyone else thinks you are an absolute nutter.πŸ‘ It was really fun!

I will give y'all a much better scripture to make up for last week's scripture (though funny, it was not at all spiritually uplifting...oopsπŸ€—)! So here it is!

1 Nephi 15:24 

"And I said unto them that it was the word of God; and whoso would hearken unto the word of God, and would hold fast unto it, they would never perish; neither could the temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary overpower them unto blindness, to lead them away to destruction." 

In this verse Nephi is explaining to his brothers what the "iron rod" was in Lehi's vision of the Tree of Life. The 'iron rod' that we are supposed to hold so tightly to is the Word of God, scriptures. What an incredible promise! When we study, not just read, our scriptures we are given the power to overcome temptations that come our way, and anything else the adversary could throw at us. I don't know about you but I want that promise!! Hold tight to the scriptures, I promise it will bring you power.

I hope you have a STELLAR week and I will talk to y'all next week! πŸ˜™

 THE beautiful Sister Elwell πŸ’•

THE beautiful Sister Elwell πŸ’•

 Companions that massage your back are companions you want in your life always

Companions that massage your back are companions you want in your life always

 A little encouragement for your week

A little encouragement for your week

Posted on March 4, 2018 .

February 12, 2018 - The Week of Hymn #152

This week was so good. We had zone conference (which is my favorite thing ever) and it was incredible!! I always love A) seeing all my friends and B) getting a spiritual recharge. This zone conference we watched a devotional given by Jeffrey R. Holland to the missionaries in the MTC a while ago. If there was ever a better person to get a rebuking from I would like to hear them speak as well. He was telling the story from John 21 (if you haven't read it recently, read it). He asked us very point blank if we loved the Savior and if so, feed His sheep. It was much more powerful than what I can put unto words but trust me, it was really incredible. The Spirit gave me some corrective nudges and I'm excited to try harder to be better. 

We had such a good lesson with our lovely Fantasia this week as well! My wonderful companion is so in tune with the Spirit and invited her to be baptized on March 3rd and she accepted it!! I am so grateful to be part of this work that is 110% Spirit-led. She is taking amazing strides in her life and I am such a lucky girl to be a part of it. Keep her in your prayers! ❀

In honor of the wondrous holiday coming up on Wednesday (particularly a favorite of the missionaries πŸ™ƒ) I will share the scripture that is oh so relevant. 

1 Thessalonians 5:26
"Greet all thy brethren with a holy kiss." πŸ˜ƒ

I love y'all! Have a happy love day, I know I will (jokes. I'm biking this week so....)! 

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Posted on February 12, 2018 .

February 05, 2018 - The Week of the Long-Awaited Milkshake Moment

Hey Y'all!

This is so cliche to say but time is FLYING. I'm talking breaking the sound barrier kind of flying. ✈ This Wednesday I will have been on my mission for exactly 8 months. Good granny it's going by so fast. In honor of my eighth month mark I am going to tell you 8 things I LOVE about being a missionary. 

πŸŽ‰ 8 Things I Love About Being a Missionary πŸŽ‰

1. I love seeing the look on people's faces when they open the door and see it's the missionaries. Classic. 
2. I love being given substantial time to study my scriptures in the morning! My studies mean the world to me. 
3. I love that biking in a skirt. 'nuff said. 
4. I love getting to know members! They are so important in missionary work!
5. I love knowing the towns I'm serving in better than the people who live there. #I'mWorkingOnHumilityCanYouTell?
6. I love being totally cut off from the world. It has it's perks believe it or not.
7. I love meeting people and seeing how much God has prepared them for the Gospel.
8. I love seeing the change in others as they come to know the truthfullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their entire countance changes and they become so much closer to the person Heavenly Father Needs them to be. It's an incredible process to be a part of. 

This week has been a lot of meeting members and making a bunch of suuppppeeerrrr awkward contacts. It's a goal of ours to see how many awkward contacts we can get. We are killing the awkward contact game!!!!πŸ‘

This week I have been trying really hard to be much more spirit-led in all aspects of missionary work. That includes my studies. I normally have a study outline that I follow but this week I've gone off the beaten path a little bit. I spent a whole study session studying "Patience." It was AWESOME!!!! Holy Hannah I will include a pic of the scriptures and I want y'all to read them cause they are so good!! I was looking to learn about patience, and I did, but I learned so much more about how much our Heavenly Father loves us! ❀

My scripture for the week: 

Mark 6:41-42

"And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.

And they did all eat, and were filled." 

Jeffery R. Holland said "Don’t worry about Christ running out of ability to help you. His grace is sufficient. That is the spiritual, eternal lesson of the feeding of the 5,000.” Since he is much more eloquent with his words, I won't add anything to it. 

I love y'all! Have an awesome week!! 

Your fav sister missionary, 
Sister Allgaier ❀

 S. Allgaier's super secret (not) scripture study

S. Allgaier's super secret (not) scripture study

 We've been trying to have a milkshake moment since we got here and have not had the time. This week we finally had it!!! It was great.

We've been trying to have a milkshake moment since we got here and have not had the time. This week we finally had it!!! It was great.

 We love biking!!!!  πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ

We love biking!!!!  πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ

Posted on February 5, 2018 .

January 29, 2018 - The Week I Was 'Grown Up'

I experienced SO many miracles this week!! Sister Gabbitas and I are so blessed to be in Gainesville! Whitewash miracles are so real. That's for sure. 

This week has been crazy. We packed up, said goodbyes, unpacked and said a lot more hellos. This ward is super cute. I have literally never been in a louder ward! There's just so many kids it's insane. Definitely my happy place. The ward is made up of a lot of young men in their residency with young wives and super young kids. It's a young ward, did I mention that? πŸ™ƒ It's a lot of fun though. I have already made some many small town Utah connections (most of them are from Utah as well)! It's going to be so great. 

The area is definitely not St. Aug (RIP) but it will be good once we know it better. We do have a map with all the areas marked that we are not to go into during the dark hours. I moved my pepper spray into a more accessible compartment of my bag #SafetyFirst

We met the sweetest girl this week. We were actually looking for her brother who used to meet with missionaries but met her instead! She is so genuine! I see some really great things for her in her future. 

Not so fun story: it took me about 6 months to see my first cockroach in St Aug and we have already had TWO here. Let me repeat that: T W O. Disgusting.... but it's fine. I can do hard things, right?

Okay let me explain my subject. I was talking to a cute kid and we were talking about what we wanted to be when we grow up. I asked him to guess what I wanted to be when I grow up. His response was "you're already grown up?" Nope. No I am not. I am 20 years old and am young gosh dang it!! He then guessed I was going to be fashion designer... I think it was because I was wearing the skirt S. Gilbert gave me (shoutout to AP Gilbert). It was a funny moment for me. 😌

My scripture of the week comes from the New Testament! 

Luke 15:20
"And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him." 

This verse comes from the parabke of the prodigal son. If you haven't read that recently I HIGHLY recommend that you do. It's such an incredible story. This verse in particular means a lot to me. Especially the line that says "But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him..." He had to be actively looking for his son. He couldn't be standing around doing dishes to see his son from a great way off. He had to be looking. Heavenly Father does the exact same thing! He's looking for us and as soon as we begin to step towards Him, He is "unfailingly running to help us." -Jeffery R. Holland

I love my Savior so much!

I love y'all and hope y'all have a fabulous week!!

 Bye St. Aug ❀❀❀❀

Bye St. Aug ❀❀❀❀

 Bye St. Aug ❀❀❀❀

Bye St. Aug ❀❀❀❀

 Bye St. Aug ❀❀❀❀

Bye St. Aug ❀❀❀❀

 Sister Gabbitas πŸ™ƒ

Sister Gabbitas πŸ™ƒ

Posted on January 29, 2018 .

January 22, 2018 - The Week of My First Real Transfer

I didn't send out a weekly last week because I didn't have a whole lot to say and like zero pictures. So brace yourselves because this one will be a doozy!! πŸ˜‰

The biggest announcement from this week was transfer call!!! I'm excited to announce that I am experiencing my first real transfer! After 7.5 months in St. Augustine I am leaving and heading to Gainesville, FL!! I am so stinking pumped. I will be with Sister Gabbitas, who I came out with! I have only heard positive things about my new area and my new companion! I've heard it's a college town so gotta pull out my YSA skills... It's been a minute. Also, we are "pink washing." That means there have been elders there previously and they are trading the elders for sisters. We are both going in blind and I am totally stoked!!!

I have loved my time in St. Augustine! The love I have for the people here is so immense. I am so grateful for all those who helped me start my mission off in the right way! Saying goodbye wasn't super fun, but it is my time to spread my wings and fly! πŸ¦… 

My scripture of the week is Sister Gilbert and I's companionship scripture. 

1 Thessalonians 5:25
"Brethren,  pray for us." 

I love Sister Gilbert so much and am so grateful for her!! She has helped me so much and I am so excited for her to become an STL (sister training leader)!!! She is the bomb.com and her sisters will be so lucky to have her!! She's the best,. Also, shoutout to my mission mama who is going home to sweet old Springville this Wednesday!! I love both my companions and I'm excited to love my next one!! 

I love y'all!!! 

 Mission Mama

Mission Mama

 #StressSquad

#StressSquad

 Miss Sarah made us a GIAGANTIC cake

Miss Sarah made us a GIAGANTIC cake

 AP Gilbert and I 

AP Gilbert and I 

 Knudsen

Knudsen

 Hi Best Friend

Hi Best Friend

Posted on January 22, 2018 .

January 08, 2018 - The Week I Was an AP for a Day

This week was full of unexpected changes (Sis. A's favorite thing in the whole wide world!!!!πŸ˜‘) so let's take a recap to see how well she kept her cool. 

Unexpected Change #1: President Thomas S. Monson passed away. Okay, its not entirelt unexpected but when your district leader calls you at 6:30am to tell you, its unexpected. I am so grateful to have had the influence of President Monson. I have had the opprotunity to watch the documentary on his life (On The Lord's Errand: The Life of Thomas S. Monson) quite a few times on my mission and he had got to be the most dedicated servant of the Lord there is. He is an amazing example of having full faith in God and trusting His plan. I'm grateful for his life and his service. ❀

Unexpected Change #2: Zone conference was postponed due to hazardous road conditions. Normally not a big deal BUT I had purposely scheduled to take our car into the shop the day after zone conference, Thursday, so we could have a car for zone conference. Then our conference got moved to Friday. Joy. But it all worked out in the end because I have some stinkin awesome AP's. It was freezing and raining on Wednesday and they called us to see if we were biking, which we were, and told us they would be bringing us a car because it was too cold to be biking. Shoutout to the best AP's ever!!!! I have never felt cooler riding in a mini van. 

Unexpected Change #3: It was actually freezing here!! Like I'm talking, butt stinkin cold. It does look like it's going to warm up a little bit then plunge back down again. Who knew it got cold here? I'll probably say that 6000 more times.

Unexpected Change #4: Actually I can't think of anymore.... πŸ™ƒ

But this week was really really good. Even though there were many things that went wrong. A lot of things went really really well! In zone conference we talked about our new mission focus. It is to minister one by one. I love it!!! I think my most favorite part of being a missionary is that I get the opportunity to be more like my Savior. He is my best friend and ultimate example. Which leads into my scripture for the week: 

3 Nephi 17:21 

"And when he had said these words, he wept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them."

Have a fabulous week!!! I love y'all!!! ❀

Posted on January 10, 2018 .

January 01, 2018 - The Week of Holidays

This week was so stinkin long! It could be because our last PDay was 8pm Saturday or it could be that we had 4 days of holidays this week where we weren't able to actively prosolyte. But probably a mix of both. Never fear, it was still crazy busy.

I was feeling very Colbie Caillat as I spent Christmas on the beach (cue Footprints in the Sand)! It was BUTT COLD but we suffered through. #FloridaWinterProbs It was a really great Christmas though. I am so grateful for technology that allows me to see my family and talk to them! It was so great. We spent the whole weekend in members homes! Including my absolute favorite family (they know who they are)! I loved my Christmas!! πŸŽ„β€

This week we did something so fun! We did the "Book of Mormon Project" to give people the opportunity to read the Book of Mormon in a non-threatening and non-commital way. We handed out individual pages of the Book of Mormon to people to read and Mark any reference to 'God' or 'Jesus Christ.' It was awesome! It made me so grateful for the entire Book of Mormon that is contstantly testifying of our Savior and our Heavenly Father.

Speaking of the Book of Mormon, this week I finished the Book of Mormon!! I had a testimony of the Book of Mormon pre-mission but it is so so much stronger now. There is no doubt in my mind that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it is SO TRUE. So much peace can come from it.

Really quick, let's talk about the new year!! Happy 2018!!! As great as last year was, I'm pretty sure this year will top last year. I'm so excited to set new goals and do my very best this year and I hope y'all do the same. My 2018 challenge to y'all is to read the Book of Mormon every stinkin day. If you read 1.5 pages a day you can finish the Book of Mormon by the end of the year. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!! πŸ‹ So do it, I dare you. To give you some motivation, here is my scripture of the week that is in fact FOUND in the Book of Mormon!

2 Nephi 4:19
"And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted"

I know in whom I have trusted and even though things get hard and life is tough, I KNOW in whom I have trusted. ❀ 

Love y'all! Have a FABULOUS week!!

 Biking does wonders for my calves...unfortunately not for my attractiveness

Biking does wonders for my calves...unfortunately not for my attractiveness

 Merry Christmas from the #StressSquad

Merry Christmas from the #StressSquad

 Hot chocolate for my 12 year old self and herbal tea for my mature companion

Hot chocolate for my 12 year old self and herbal tea for my mature companion

 Lots of love 2017, see you never

Lots of love 2017, see you never

 Christmas on beach

Christmas on beach

Posted on January 1, 2018 .