We got this nice email on Mother's Day from the mission:
We would like to congratulate all the mothers and caregivers for the brave and courageous children who are serving in our beloved mission. We are very happy to have them with us!
We know that it’s a very special date, and in the end who received the greatest gift was us, for having them here!
Thank you so much.
Secretário de Referências/Registro
Missão Brasil Santa Maria
Jake had told us he was calling at 6 his time, 2 our time. We were waiting, and waiting, and waiting. And finally looked it up and he is only 3 hours ahead of us, so it would be 3 our time. About 3:10, the call came. He looks so good. And is so happy. We were able to talk to his mission president and wife, President and Sister Louza. And we got to meet his companion, Elder Santos. Jake has a cute little accent, and kept forgetting words. It was fun to have Joci there to translate for us and to listen to the two of them talk in Portuguese. We asked Jake what he wanted to do when he gets home and he said Sky Dive. And I asked him what the second thing was and he said, "beijo" and Joci blushed. haha.
Jake is doing great. He is staying strong for the next 65 days. He didn't want to talk about how short the time is left. He bore his testimony to us in Portuguese at the end, and even though we couldn't understand a word, we could feel his strength and testimony. We are so proud of him, and know he'll finish his mission the same way he has been for the last two years...Doing his very best to serve the Lord.
The Bakers, minus Mark who was at church. Zac leaves two weeks before Jake gets home. He is going to Japan. They made plans for Jake to meet him at the temple.
Braxton, Timberly, Ryker, Great Grandma Silcox, Grandma and Grandpa Mckee