Monday, April 14, 2014

Sometimes Life is Just a Disney Tune

Oi Familia!! Como Estao? Life here in GA is amazing as usual. This week was pretty spectacular. Just keeping busy! Spoiler: we have a baptism this week but more to come on that next email!! :)

This week I thought I'd steal one of Trev's ideas. So my thoughts will be italicized as I show you a day in the life of Sister Hawkins:

Alarm goes off. Snooze. Alarm. Snooze. Stumbles out of bed.

(Cue Tangled)
6:30 am it's the usual morning lineup
Why can't sleep just count as working out?
Do a few squats some lunges and maybe a pull up
Take a 5 minute rest, I'm sure that really counts! 

Now that I'm hungry gosh, what do I want to eat?
Eggs and bacon..maybe something sweet
Here comes my comp, what's that? Somethings smells like feet
Wondering what is she cooking now...

And I keep wondering and wondering and wondering and wondering what is that burning smell?

See sink. Sigh. Do dishes. Feel satisfied. Sit down at desk and pull out books. 

(Cue Little Mermaid)
Look at these books, aren't they neat?
Wouldn't you think my collection's complete?
Wouldn't you think I'm the girl, the girl who knows everything!

Look at these chapters, treasures untold
How many wonders can one bookcase hold?
Lookin' around here you'd think
"Ah man all that's not fitting in my suitcase"

I've got PMG, scriptures and pamphlets
I've got grammar workbooks and vocab
Wanna learn Portuguese? I'm your girl! 
But who cares, no big deal... I'm not there....

I wanna be where I'll apply what I learn
I wanna see, wanna see em convert
Getting on their knees to.. what's that word again? Oh orar. 

Down where they preach
in Portuguese
And where they walk all day in the sun
Maybe I'll stay
In Georgia clay
thanks Chevy cruz...

Finish studies. Call the whole world. Twice. Turn off all the light...again. Walk out door. 

(Cue Beauty and the Beast)
Little town, full of little people
Everyone is a child of God
Douglasville, are you ready for the
Gospel truth?

Hi! Good morning! Hey y'all! 
Look here we go again we're missionaries
We've got our books and tags and skirts
Everyone gives us a stare
Maybe then a little glare
We'll see the best of them and send a smile to share!

Ohhhh isn't it amazing! 
I am called to love the people here
I need to be inviting
So they can discover who the Lord wants them to be!

Make it to service opportunity. Awkwardly change clothes in car. Gather house cleaning supplies.

(Cue Mulan)
Let's get down to business
to defeat.. the dirt
Did they send for elders?
No they sent..for us!

The sisters know the rage of dirt
the elders haven't got a clue
Somehow I'll make a Temple out of you

Be a sister 
you must be swift as a coursing river
Be a sister
Clean up the dirt in all the corners
Be a sister
With the force of unfailing Spirit
Persistent as the ringing of our phone

Answer phone. Team-up confirmed and appointment set. Do a little happy dance. Get sevles to appointment. Ring bell. Chat. Say prayer, follow up, teach doctrine.. watch investigator start to understand...

(Cue Tangled)
And at last he sees the light!
And it's like the fog has lifted
And it's warm and clear and bright
As the Spirit fills the room
All at once, everything looks different
Now that he knows truth

Leave with commitment. Close with prayer. 

Time to be guided by the Spirit...time to find. Get to store, carry Book of Mormon. Look around for someone who stands out to me. Feel discouraged. Take a breath.

(Cue Pochohontas)
I look once more,
just beyond the frozen food
A family of four
I know I've seen them before
I find the courage to walk ahead
Just beyond the frozen food
For me..waiting for me!

Make appointment to see new friends again. Check watch. Gasp! Run to car. Ponder for 20 minutes while driving to dinner appointment.

(Cue Hercules)
I have often dreamed, of a far off place
Where a great warm welcome will be waiting for me
Where the crowds will cheer, when they see my face
And a voice keeps saying this is where I'm called to be

I'll be there someday, I can go the distance
I will find my way, if I can be strong
I know every mile will be worth my while
When I go the distance I'll be right where I belong

Arrive late to dinner appointment. Chat with family while dinner finishes. Discover fried butter on the table. Sigh

(Cue Beauty and the Beast)
Be their guest!
Be their guest!
Put my stomach to the test
tie my napkin 'round my neck, Cherie!
And they'll provide the rest
Fried butter!
More fried butter!
Why we only fry in butter
Try the butter
It's delicious
Don't believe me? Ask the Misses!

They can talk, with their mouth
After all this is the South!
Still the dinners here are never second best!

Go on get comfortable
soon you'll be very full

'Cuz you're their guest
Be their guest!
Be their guest!

Share spiritual thought. Find mobility to get to car. Waddle out the door. Squeeze into car. Drive home and check mail....

(Cue Hercules)
If there's a prize for rotten judgement,
I guess I've already won that
I should have guessed I'd get no letters
But it could make my life so much better

Who'd you think you're kidding
You're behind in writing them back
You know that they love you
They just got their tax return back
Probably on vacation...
Don't you know you're still the one they're thinking of

No chance, no way, they have time I know it

(muses): They work they school, just get over it

Ooooh it's okay now, they will write me someday....

Get home. Plan. Throw Pj's on. Report on conference call. Crawl to bed. Write one thing I learned and pray. Think of family at home and in Douglasville.

(Cue Tarzan)
"Come stop you're worrying they will be alright"
I'll do what's right and hold on tight
He will protect from all around them
He will be there, stop, don't fret

For 18 months it seems so long
But everyday he'll keep them safe and warm.
This bond between us can't be broken
They all know that I love them

'Cuz you'll be in my heart
yes you'll be in my heart.
From this day on now and forever more

You'll be in my heart
No matter what they say
You'll be here in my heart.

Love you all :)

Sister Hawkins

Pretty blossoms!

We gave a salamadar to the Elders in return for the frog!

Zone conference. See? The butter is making me fat! 

Sis P took this pic of Douglasville in Spring!


  1. Ack! I AM crying! Not prepared for that last part. You have a spectacular daughter there. I know that's not news, but she is the best.
    xoxoxoxo, Liz

    1. I wasn't prepared either, I should have been, darn that girl!

  2. Wow, talented in so many diverse ways, including making the moms cry! What a fun email.