I'm not sure how to label this post - "I thought my life was crazy, until today!" or "Day 22 in Athens" or "Goodbye Shawn - We love you!" or "WOW" Either way, I am sure will you all understand when you read the following:
1st and foremost - Ali got her first tooth today!! Yeah for Ali. She is only 4 1/2 months old and Shawn said, "I think she has a tooth!" I thought he said, "I think she has a toot!" So I replied, "Great - You can change her when she poops!" He looked at me confused as laughed and then emphasized, "No, I think she has a TOOOOOOTH!" I looked at him and said, "A Tooth?!?!" She's too young to have a tooth!" But, Sure enough, she has sharp little ridges on the bottom gum. Way to go Ali.
2nd - My dear husband, who I love very much - was sustained today as the 2nd counselor in the bishopric! YEP! You read it right. We have been in Athens for 3 weeks and 1 day and the Lord has a great sense of humor. "Shawn, you're not busy enough spending 70+ hours a week at school - never seeing your family - let's give you a more to deal with!" Of course, there was no hesitation at all of accepting the call - we are deeply humbled and grateful to our Heavenly Father for the many blessing he has given us to be here in Athens - He had a plan all along, we just didn't know all the details.
Shawn will do great - and I support him 110%. Our bishop will be great and I look forward to getting to know the Palmer family a little more. The other counselor is Cory Johnson, you know, my friend Mara that I always talk about. They moved in the same day we did. We have said it all along, we are in this together - we really are now!
So for all you out there - please keep us in your prayers. I know Heavenly Father knows our strengths and abilities and never gives us more than we can handle - although sometimes you wonder! It will be a great adventure and we will cherish the few moments even more when Shawn is home spending time with us! We love you Shawn!!