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Cole's dinner

Cole's dinner
Hunting in Costa Rica

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

Papa, Nana, Cole, Grandma Annie

These are the words straight out of Elder Christensen's mouth, "AWKWARD"!

I can't wait to hug my son again!!!!

The final drop off

The dreaded MTC drop off day

This is the day that I thought I was ready for. The MTC drop off day. We are standing in front of the Mimi's in Provo. We chose that because it was right next to the Missionary Mall where we needed to pick up some last few things. I am a true believer that everything happens for a reason, it our job to find out why. We had a awesome experience in Mimis where we were seated in a room all to our own. My family has a great love for Polynesian people. (In fact Cole was hoping to be called to Tonga) The waiter happened to be Polynesian. His name was Sal Salanoa. In the course of the meal we found out that he grew up with our Hawaiian cousin. What are the odds? Sal served a Spanish mission. At the end of our meal, Sal sang to Cole a Spanish song called the blessing. It was beautiful! He said that we are now family. It was a great start to a beautiful day.

Pictures from Cole's farewell day

Life's all about our relationships and friends. We received an extra special gift (lei's), from extra special friends.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

See how Bruce and I are in the background?? These three have taken over!!!!

Family Photos

letter to mom

Love You so much mom! there has been times where i have been sooo homesick, but its getting better!! before i left i printed out a picture of my dream ranch in Iowa.. i look at this from time to time.. and every time i do i just get motivated to keep working hard. i feel like im progressing in espanol!! so it bien!! I think it would be easier at least while im in the MTC if you tell everyone to mostly use Dear ELder to send letters, so that way i can spend more time writing back in my 30 minutes that i get to email!! but thanks for all the packages and what not!! tell mi hermanas that i love em. and i love you guys a ton! :)

2nd letter and follow up

On Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 8:38 PM, bruce christensen <> wrote:
Cole, Hi! It was sooooo amazing to hear from you!! I am so excited for you! I can't believe you have that awesome companion!! Is he headed to Costa Rica too? How many missionaries are going to Costa Rica with you? How is the food? what sports have you been playing? Where is the sister missionary hunter from, and heading? Did you get your chips and salsa? Do you understand how to use the laundry sheets? (read the directions). We have found the watches and will pick them up tomorrow and send them to you. What has been your favorite snack so far? any requests? Has the Spanish come easy for you? Sounds like it's coming along great. I will write my next letter to you in spanish. I hope your going to be able to go to the temple tomorrow. It is awesome to go with all the missionaries. We have requested your pin number from the bank so that you can use the atm machine. As soon as we get it we will send it to you. Mom and I are so proud of you. You are such a good kid. We are lucky. I hope the letter that I wrote will help you. You read it I hope? I love you! - dad

Hola Padre y Madre,  Yeah mi companero is muy bien!! hes a way cool kid! so far i know of 5 people headed to Costa Rica! but my companion is headed to Honduras. the food is alright but you know.. whatever!! In gym my and my companions have been play a lota volleyball!! so its awesome, lovin it! The Hermana missionary is from Riverton and shes headed to Chili! I would LOVE it if you guys send me some Elk Jerky!! por favor! I feel like im progressing well in the Espanol so im way excited!! And thanks for the letter, it did help and Enos is a great story, i like it because enos was out HUNTING!! but you should send me the mailing addresses of like nana and papa and joe and lisa and other people,,, cause on p days i literally only have 30 minutes to email!! so it would help to be able to send letters to other peole!! Love you guys a ton!! cole

1st letter