Monday, August 24, 2015

Sister Kramer: A Legend

So this week we got transfer letters they are sending me to CORNERBROOK NEWFOUNDLAND!!! they are sending me back to the rock!!! so crazy.....also they are closing wolfville for sister so we have to close the area which is kind of stressful but we have some good elders to help us!

So in one of my comp studies my companion shared with me the story of cherokee legend of a boys rite of passage...

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night until the rays of the morning sun shine through his blindfold. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night he is a man. He cannot tell the other boys of his experience, because each boy must come into manhood on his own.
the boy is naturally terrified!
he can hear all kinds of noises. wild beasts must surely be all around. Maybe some human might do him harm...the wind shakes his stump. But he sat. never removig the blindfold.
finally after a horrific night the sun appears and he removed his blindfold. it was then he discovered his father sitting on  the stump next to him.
He had been at watch the entire night. Protecting his son.

This story is like us and our father in this life we must walk by faith and not  sight but our Heavenly father is always there always watching over us and protecting us!
{somethings never change :) }

love you guys 
Sister Kramer

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Ukee Runaway

We stared at this for hours, it was rough but we managed :)
Super and I needed a break, together, not from each other. So when the invitation came to hang out on the west coast for a few days, we ran as fast as we could...

It's a magical place where blood pressures drop and clarity comes with the sound of each crashing wave. Where you get a little sense of what heaven must be like....
Wickaninnash Beach

We  stuck our toes in the waves of the Pacific, ate a Ukee Dog, wandered the waterfront and docks, talked to a real live yacht captain, saw every corner of the fire hall and wished we could still be firefighters, someday. Ate the best fish and chips ever. (so I'm told, my corn dog was delicious ;)) at Jiggers, survived a squirrel bite and fell asleep each night to the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks below us.

I should have been a firefighter ;)
best dog ever
it's a vampire squirrel that didn't want its pic taken

But best yet, visiting with our dear friends who remind us that we do not walk alone in this world, ever. (Even when that friend, was once your seminary teacher, you may have tied up in a volleyball net, so you could get some extra sleep...)  Friends, where weary hearts can be mended some, where you come away with your bucket fuller than when you arrived and where you leave thanking your Heavenly Father for just how blessed you really are. Thanks guys we needed that, more than you know <3 p="">
Group Therapy would be the perfect name, if we had a boat.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Sister Kramer: S'mores

This last week i have been studying sacrifices and how they compare to the sacrament...

in the bible dictionary it states that the ordinance of animal sacrifices was replaced with the ordinance of the sacrament...both were made to represent the atonement...

there is a quote by elder Holland that says " We need to remember that it is an ordinance that we will partake of every 7days for the rest f our lives...this is a very personal ordinance. this is the only ordinance, really, that we repeat for ourselves" 

i just love that how it is a ordinance that we repeat for oursleves; to me that shows how much the savior truly loves us that he wants us to partake of his atonement weekly so that we can remember it daily! Christ wants us to use his atonement! 

love you guys
Sister Kramer

Monday, August 10, 2015

Sister Kramer: Just Happy

this week was great! I feel different...changed i have been thinking a lot about these past 15 months and see how far i have come. Some missionaries get scared to go home but one anyone asks about how i feel about going home i say that i am excited...not because my mission is over but i am excited for the future and to see you guys because i know that serving a mission has not only changed me for the better but it has changed all of you and i am excited to see that change! i am just happy.

this is a new youth mormon message i think it is amazing...tells us that we must keep trying it reminds me how in alma....when the sons of mosiah are having a hard time because the people will not listen but the Lord comforts them...
Alma 26:27 Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I with give unto you success.
never give up on the people in your life because we are all on the path back home.


love you guys!
Sister kramer 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Golden Child

It's kind of a running joke in the Kramer house....
Disgruntled child: "Oh my gosh!!! {Pick a rug rat} is your favourite child!"
Me: "Well then, maybe you should try harder!?!?"
It's weird but  a few people referred to our missionary as our "golden child", (I'm sure mostly in jest)  and while we really love our missionary, we actually really love all of our kids.
None of them are perfect, all of them can be a giant pain in the ass difficult, each one of them is hilarious and talented. Each of them have brought worry and sleepless nights and even heart ache sometimes...
But I have watched each of them answer prayers, each of them show compassion beyond their years, each of them bring light to even the darkest days. Each of them has a forever place in our family....
Because of them, I have learned that love is always deserved and is never predicated on choices or paths. I have learned how much our heavenly father loves me, in the love I feel for them.
So yeah, we don't have "A" golden child, we actually have five of them, lucky (blessed) us. :)


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

No Room, Yet.

 This was full of tools this morning :)......
Bailey will be home in 3 MONTHS.....that's less than 100 days?!?! Where did the last 15 months go?
 Here is the thing, Bailey doesn't have a room to come home too...yet. I suggested that Madison share her room with the returning missionary, but well NO. (the room is really too tiny, any way)
So all of a sudden we (mostly Superman) feel an urgency to get Bailey's room done.
That meant building a tool shed in the carport, running power to that shed.
Moving all the tools into said shed.
Cleaning out and reorganizing three big closets, in the unfinished former tool room.
I love organizing but even I am reaching my limits....
We still need to build a closet in Madison's room.
Clean out another closet.
Move the deep freeze to the deck, with some electrical.
Dallyn and Alex have done so much work, they are begging to go back to school. :)
Bailey will have a room by November, I am almost positive.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sister Kramer: He Sent Me

this week was great! we met this amazing person knocking and so we set up a lesson and in one of his text messages he said.. "really don't know much about the Mormon religion but i am open to finding out you probably caught me at home by myself on the only time possible that week. i think its something God wants me to see and it comes at a time when i need a little extra faith in my life"!! isn't that amazing the whole time that we were talking to him you could just feel the spirit so strong saying that "it is his time" "he is ready" :)

Also another amazing story Do you remember the lady Sister A....well She wrote me a letter! it was like four pages long! in the letter she told me that if us sisters didn't show up on he door step she would never have been baptized and before we came she had lost hope...but now that she was baptized she has hope in salvation and knows that God loves her! and she said that know no matter what comes her way that She will be able to face it because we brought that faith back into her life! 

i know now that God didn't just call me to serve in the Canada Halifax mission he call me here for specific people that needed me personally! God truly works in amazing ways.

love you guys,
Sister Kramer
I was On exchanges in Bridgewater and we went to Liverpool because they had some of the tall ships in so we did a lemonade stand.  we talked to about 120 people they were from all over lots from the states and Europe but met a few from Australia :) and yes i got sun burnt it has been 30 here for the past week!