Monday, October 28, 2013

Turning 22 in the Mission Field

Eric turned 22 in May 2013. Right before his birthday, he attended District Meeting.

District Meeting May 2013

The Nortons are so kind to the District by making awesome meals for the missionaries: fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, corn and rootbeer floats. 

The Nortons also helped Eric celebrate his birthday at the home of the Alberts during Family Home Evening. Sister Norton made him an early birthday cake (cherry chocolate chacha- yummy) because transfers are coming up and Eric could transferred to another island or given a different assignment.

 It is so strange to think that I won't physically see my son the entire 22nd year of his life. I thought long and hard about what I could get him for his birthday. I sent him a package with all his favorites: beef jerky, peanut butter, grape jelly. I wondered if it would be what he wanted. It wasn't until after I sent him the package that I realized Eric didn't really want anything. I am sure he was grateful for the package, and he wrote home his appreciation. But looking at these pictures I saw he already had his birthday gift: serving a mission and the people in Guam.

 Happy 22nd Birthday Elder Hadder. Your family misses you so much, but we have never seen you look happier.