Bonne Annee!!

As we celebrated New Year’s Day this week the event that we are most excited for in 2018 is when Soeur Holt returns home. Although we know she is where she needs to be, it will be lovely to be with her again. While we’re focussed on this the only mention of anything to do…

No ordinary week!

This was no ordinary missionary week for Soeurs Holt and Atkins. They had conferences in Barbados and Martinique (it’s a hard life!!!!): A really strange week this week with only one day really spent in our area. Honestly this really stressed me out, to stay in a hotel all week and not be able to…

Manchester

The post has been slightly delayed this week because of the events in our hometown of Manchester on Monday. Our thoughts and prayers have been focussed around those who have lost loved ones, those who are suffering and the senseless loss of life that this is. We emailed Sister Herrington on Tuesday morning and asked…

Guadeloupe!

Late Tuesday night Eleanor left the MTC in Provo to travel to Barbados with two Elders: Elders Casady and Griffin. They were to have a two stage journey- first to Miami and then, after a two hour layover, on to Barbados. Needless to say we were tracking her flights every step of the way: On…

The days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days….

Eleanor signed off her email this week with something that she thought rang true: the days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days…. I think as parents we could agree with this as well. For Eleanor she is cramming so much into each day that they seem to last a long time; and…

The first ten days!

Last we left her, Eleanor- or Soeur Holt as she now is- had arrived in the Missionary Training Centre. She will spend six weeks here learning French, studying the Gospel and preparing for missionary service. Her experience will be very similar to many missionaries, but in her first ten days she had the experience of…

That was the week that was

Eleanor entered the Missionary Training Centre in Provo yesterday and began life as Sister/ Soeur Holt. This was the culmination of a week of mixed emotions in the Holt house. Last Thursday Eleanor celebrated her 19th birthday which continued into the weekend. On Saturday night we had birthday party to which we had invited lots…

Sister of a Sister!

Eleanor is the eldest of four children. Her youngest sibling, Martha (aged 10), wanted to write something about her feelings about Eleanor leaving to serve a mission: Some people know me as a friend; some as a daughter or a granddaughter; some do not even know me; but only 3 people know me as their…

Life as a missionary

Summer at work (a University) is somewhat odd- I work at home sometimes and when I go into University to work in the office it often seems as though everyone else is working at home on those days. As such I’ve not really had any conversations with colleagues except by email on work related issues. This…