Valentine’s Day threw up on my desk!

We mentioned last week that Soeur Holt’s Valentine’s package arrived the day Soeur Heno was leaving Guadeloupe to go to Barbados. This week the internet connection was better so we got some more photos of her new flat and saying goodbye to Soeur Heno.   We may have gone slightly overboard with the package: Thank…

Christmas at the MTC

The timing of emails, Christmas and going to the Caribbean means that we have to go back in time slightly before we can move forward. Just before Soeur Holt left the MTC she was able to celebrate Christmas. This was a bittersweet time for all of us; it was the first Christmas where we weren’t…

Piano Guys and Infield Training

  This week’s email was a bit less detailed than previous ones. This is probably due to the excitement of going to Barbados next Tuesday; Eleanor mentioned that in her district meeting we went through departure procedures, very exciting. As we checked our weather app this week we realized the contrast that Eleanor will be…

A visit to Temple Square and the ER!!!

Aside from the usual activities of service, teaching and learning there have been a couple of events that led Eleanor to describe this week as crazy! Though having said that, we’d rather she didn’t title her email ‘A trip to the ER’. After her preparation day last week Sister Tolman got poorly rather quickly. Soeurs…

Crazy bonkers week!!

I have to admit that after a couple of weeks of writing a blog about Eleanor’s life in the MTC I was beginning to wonder if things would get a bit samey- as she spends a lot of her time in the classroom and doing very similar activities each week. But just as I was…

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…