Thursday, August 8, 2013

Last letter home as a full time missionary

Hi family!
Sorry this email is a bit late...this week's schedule is crazy and my LAST p-day got shuffled around a bit. But I read all of yours! Thank you for the fun photos of Belize! I wasn't picturing such a tropical beachy scene when I read your emails, so that was fun to see. Sorry for not sending more photos of my time in Japan to help you visualize, but in my defense I was busy drawing a 500-page book.
My last week in Japan. It's been really weird, and it doesn't feel like I'm leaving. Sometimes I'm really excited to come home, and other times I just feel sort of sick and have no appetite (which you'd think would work for a diet plan but doesn't, unfortunately). Preparations for leaving my companion as a new trainer (!) come Thursday have been kind of crazy, and I'm sure the next few days will be extremely busy as well, so say some extra prayers that I'll have a cool head and remember everything!
Thanks for making plans to meet the Stake President after I come in. But why did you schedule "three hours of crying, hugging, etc" ? Mum, you don't know me at all!
Anyway, you asked some questions about RM Day so I'll go ahead and answer those...
As far as Friday night dinner goes, will that be like a normal family dinner with just us or like a Big Family Dinner? Judging by the experience of going from the MTC to Japan, coming from Japan to Vegas will leave me stinky, incoherent, and utterly exhausted, so I don't think I'll feel like staying up and answering questions that same day. Scheduling a welcome home dinner another time would be better I think. Then I can help orchestrate a big Japanese food night, maybe even after Tyler gets home so he can be there too. This Friday night I want to eat what I've been craving and unable to find the last 18 months: cheap, unhealthy, drive-thru Mexican food. Laugh all you want.
As far as what I'll do once I'm actually home, I'm still not sure but I know the Lord will help me figure it out. Whatever's ahead in the next chapter of my life will just have to wait until I'm done pouring my heart out in Japan. I love these people. I don't want to leave them. They have taught me so much, and I'm excited to share it with you.
Well...This is weird. I'll never sign off an email like this again.
I love all of you!
Long Shimai
P.S. I didn't get time to complete any comic pages this week to email, but you'll see the real thing in a few days. Thank you for everything!

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