Thank you sooo much for keeping me up to date with everyone. I can't believe I'm leaving tomorrow already! We leave to the airport at about 6:30 in the morning. The 6 weeks here went by so quick, it's crazy. It almost feels like I'm graduating from high school all over again haha. I'm gonna miss the people I met here so much. But at the same time, I'm so stoked to finally be heading into the field! I can not wait to meet the people of the Philippines and love them like I love you guys. I'm not gonna say anything, but definitely sleep next to a phone please, haha.
I miss you guys so much too. Some days it just hurts to think that I won't see anyone for 2 years. But it helps a bunch knowing everyone is doing so well. I'm so proud of everyone! I'm so glad 'Ohu is continuing to progress in his teaching. And I look up to him so much for being the example that he is to Kala'i and the younger siblings. And I'm glad Kala'i is hanging out with Kekuahiwi them in school! Having friends with good standards is so important. And it's awesome that they seem to have the same interests and desire to work out after school. Man I'm so excited to come home and see how much progression Lehia made with his dancing and surfing. And all that while maintaining straight A's! That's nuts! That has to be like an Ishibashi record haha. Tell Hali'a I miss her so much and loooooved her letter! I got the box just after my email on Sunday. Thanks for all the things you sent! I'm so grateful for the photo album and calendar haha. It's good to hear U'i and her family is doing great too. I would love more pictures of them if can! But if it's too expensive, sending them through email is alright. I'm so happy for Herbert! Dad told me about his job and everything, and how he has the opportunity to do a bunch of leadership programs! I'm so happy that he doesn't have to stress so much about money. And I'm happy for him in getting to move into a cooler building haha.
Anyway, I don't want to spend too much time on the computer today. But thank you so much for your and dad's letters. It's definitely a bittersweet feeling that I'll be out of here in less than 24 hours, but I'm crazy excited. I love you guys so much! And I thank the lord everyday for you guys. Mahal Kita!
Sorry real quick, I got this email:
Aloha Elder Ishibashi ~
Please check your mailbox today after 3pm. You’ll have a special delivery waiting for you. My Postmaster friend who helped me get this to you, has a son who is now a Zone Leader in Cauayan. He will be there to welcome you.
I’m sure you don’t know me, but my husband and I go way back with your Ishibashi family. Your dad served with my husband here in Salt Lake way back in the dark ages and Elder Ishibashi took care of him, keeping him on the right track. We also went to BYUH together. Your grandpa Herbert was good friends with my dad and had some work done on his trucks when my dad had a welding business at the Iron Works building by Suisan.
Anyhows, just wanted to send you a little something to spark the energy as you go and serve the people in the Philippines. There’s a great work ahead of you and you have that special spirit and love for the gospel that will radiate to all those you serve. We wish you the best! Looking forward to hearing of your adventures on your blog.
Take care and God bless.
Love the Iurika-Jeremia ohana,
Tema, Lorry and Isaac
I replied and thanked the Iurika-Jeremia ohana already, but can you thank them again for me please? Thanks mom. Love you guys!
From: Sky & Tina,
To: Tema, Lorry, and Isaac
Mahalo nui loa for such a loving act of kindness and support for our missionary! I know he appreciated it and enjoyed his Malasadas immensely!!
Yes, our families go way back. Lorry being a Hilo girl and Tema and I serving the same mission. Only good memories!
Lorry I didn't know that your dad did some welding for my dad's truck! I bet it was his pipe racks or maybe mounts for the different size engine he put in. Whichever one it was, I still got my dad's truck and both is holding up great!! Excellent workmanship! I love that old truck!! Mahalo again Lorry, Tema, and Isaac!
Love you guys!
Sky, Tina, and 'Ohana!