Thursday, March 1, 2012

my mission "mum" and dad

  I think the reason I postpone blogging about Australia is because it makes me homesick for my parents. The other day in church (shhh. . . don't tell) I google mapped Sydney Australia, and more specifically the places in Sydney that Alec and I have had the opportunity to visit. (a.k.a Bondi Beach!!)  The Aussies really are spoiled with their beautiful views. They have some of the most amazing beaches in the world! sooooo jealous. (All we have for water is a lake...that stinks, literally).
 Anyway, seeing as how my parents only have a little over 4 months left of their 3 year long mission I think I have the strength to post something about them with out getting too emotional or homesick for them. They were called as mission presidents to serve in the Sydney, Australia mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Let me tell ya, if there was any one in the world that you would want to have as your mission president and mission "mum," it would be Jeff and Diane Simmons.  I know that I am biased, but they are the coolest people I know. As I have "matured," (I put it in quotes because people that know me know that the word mature is not really a word that is usually associated with my name) I have realized just how lucky I am to have them as my parents.  They both are rockstars when it comes to making people laugh, making people feel good about themselves, and most of all making people feel loved.  I am so jealous of the Missionaries that have been able to have them in their life these past years, but I am glad I could share my oh so awesome parents/buddies. They have worked extremely hard in Australia and through their example I have learned that missionary work is truly amazing.
  What I have enjoyed the most is having had the opportunity to visit my parents many times and meet the people they work and serve with. All of the times that I have returned to America after spending a couple weeks with my parents, i have just cried.  I longed to go back. I want to be with them, to participate in missionary work, and just be where the spirit is so strong. My mom lights up a room with her ear to ear smile and her quirky isms that make her Diane.  She is soooo brilliant when she speaks to the missionaries and to strangers because her spirit and words just stick to your heart.  She is also hilarious! There are so many great stories about her and her crazy funny street contacts.

   I love and respect my Mom and Dad very much. My Dad is a guy that everyone enjoys being around. In a word. . .uplifting. Your spirits will always be uplifted when he is around.  He is funny (he thinks he's REALLY funny, so it makes him even funnier). He is a loyal friend and a great example.  The Elders and Sisters look up to them and genuinely love them as if they were their own parents.  My parents have taken the time to get to know each missionary individually and it is evident to me that they will never forget one another.  It's so special. My parents are very easy to trust, and always easy to love.  I have learned in my life that my parents don't hesitate one second to help their children or others in need.  It is an admirable gift and for that reason alone they are incredible. O.K. I better stop now, because now I miss them.  Now that I am a parent, (crazy, I know) I am able to see that my parents love me, want to protect me and want the very best for me.  I know that's the way I feel about my lil guy Miles.  Life is crazy, but oh so worth it!

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