Light the World ✨ 2017


Light the world.

We need more light on this Earth. This is why I love the Light the World initiative, and anyone can participate! 

The challenge is to light the world 25 ways in 25 days- aka every day leading up to Christmas, find a way to do something for someone else.

Look around you. Who needs help or could use some light? A neighbor, your lonely grandmother, a friend, family member, or complete stranger! 

One thing I love about lighting the world is the mentality it brings. Yesterday (Saturday) we ran around doing errands for a while. Knowing I wanted to light the world, I kept looking for ways to help people. I saw this old lady walking. She walked so slowly and couldn’t stand up straight. She sat down near Nick & I and I just kept wondering how I could brighten her day. This may seem anticlimactic and it probably is, but when she looked up, I made sure to smile at her. We ended up being done with that errand, so we left shortly thereafter. I wish I could have thought of something more to do, but I loved the fact that I was simply in a different mindset. On a regular basis, how many old, sweet ladies do I simply let walk by me?

If you’ve never heard of this, or even if you forgot- start today with me. It can be anything good- giving flowers away (which is what we did yesterday), writing a thank you text, baking cookies for neighbors, donating clothes or food to shelters, or calling your cousin! For more ideas, visit this link.

It not only makes the world brighter, it will make you so happy! 

Light the world. ✨

XOXO,

Alyse

Trent’s Mission Homecoming

This was the first time we saw Trent in 2 years.

He was faithfully serving the Lord down in Chile. We got to email him once a week and Skype him on Mother’s Day and Christmas for 40 minutes each. Other than that, we could not talk to Trent. As a missionary, your days are filled from start to finish with planning, teaching, finding, service, and learning. One reason why we could not talk to him much was so he could stay focused on the work. And while I understood this, it didn’t make it any easier not to talk to him or see him! I tried to write him every single week to stay close to him. And I missed him so much, but…

My heart didn’t realize to what level I had missed him until he was back in our arms.

It was almost a tangible feeling to feel so whole with him home. Our family was happy, but now it’s even happier. We are proud of what he did & have felt blessings directly from him serving.

I will say, the hardest thing for me was Trent not being at my wedding. We got married about 6 months after he left. Luckily, he had met Nick and approved of him before leaving, but I still missed him there. I thought about him a lot on our wedding day and even played a song for him at our wedding reception. I found peace knowing he was immersed in the work of bringing the joy of Jesus Christ and the gospel to the world.

About a week and a half ago, the night before I left to go back to work in Texas, I showed Trent our wedding video to allow him to experience a little bit of what our wedding day was like. I looked over at him through watery eyes and tears were quietly streaming down his face. Sacrificing the things we want so badly isn’t always easy, but sometimes is required of us and can bring us blessings. Despite our aching for Trent to be there on that day, we all know that he was in the right place and the right time. We are so proud of him.

I made this little video of his homecoming in hopes to capture some of the emotion associated with a mission homecoming and so we can always remember the special day. We were all so nervous and excited and couldn’t stop crying- emotional roller coasters to the max. Thank you to everyone who has supported our family and especially Trent throughout the years. We love you and couldn’t have done it without you! <3 Finally, thank you to God for protecting our brother and bringing him home to us.

Welcome home, Trent!