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My grandparents are on a mission in the Philippines for the LDS church, and every week my grandma sends a letter out to all her extended family sharing thoughts and experiences and basically just keeping in touch. I am a horrible long distance communicator, and I have come to treasure these letters that have allowed me to feel closer to my grandma even though we are further apart than ever.
In the Philippines the lifestyle is completely different than it is here, as you could imagine. I admire my grandparents who, in their mid 70′s decided to give up basically all the material comforts of their home and country to bless others. I’d like to share an excerpt from one of my grandmother’s letters home about 4 months ago.
“The wonderful Filipino people are really happy with their lot in life. They are the hardest working people I have ever seen. I also grew up in a very poor home…but nothing like here. I decided that, someday when I had my own home, things would be different from the home of my childhood. It was more of a dream. Someday I would have a fine new home, with clean windows, privacy, nice furniture….everything would be nice and new, and things would match. I was a preteen then, and now that I am 74 years old, I still long for that dream. But I am slowly learning that happiness is more than matching silver, and coordinated color schemes. It’s usually only when company is coming that I ever feel a measure of discontent. Before we set our hearts too much on anything, maybe we ought to observe how happy people are who seem to have nothing. There will always be a newer watch, a more powerful computer, a fancier car. ‘You can never get enough of what you don’t need, because what you don’t need never satisfies.’ -Mary Ellen Edmunds” [Read more...]