Some of this might not make sense because we were writing back and forth so fast and sometimes answering out of order, but it was fun :)
MOM/JILL (just getting on the computer to write Amanda and notices that Amanda has just posted her letter 1min ago): Yes! We are! We just got them earlier this week :) Thank you! I haven't sent you any (obviously) but will when you get to Denmark. I'm writing you a longer email right now!
AMANDA: MOM!! HI!
MOM/JILL: Hi!! You saw a dog?? Yea. I need a name / logo for my studio. Any suggestions? Jesse suggested: We Got Doughnuts! That would bring 'em in but I'm not sure for the right reasons :?
ANDREW: hi this is frandy your husband is in the top 8. I was gone on Sunday so the Deacons were a mess when they passed the sacrament according to mom [Andrew giving Amanda an update on her favorite So You Think You Can Dance contestant who she claims she will someday convert and marry]
AMANDA: Frandy thank you for telling me about my husband! I was literally just wondering about that last night! Haha of course the deacons were a mess without you! They need their fearless leader.
AMANDA: Did you have fun at Dad's high school reunion? Was he social?
MOM/JILL: We're all fine here :) Getting ready for school. The dynamics of your District crack me up! What are they doing needing girl friend advice in the MTC for cryin out loud?! I laughed so hard about the cereal thing. Reminds me a little of when we visited your BYU Ward and your Bishop scolded you, Emma, and Andrew from the pulpit with a "gentle" but direct reminder about needing to be reverent to invite the spirit. Yes, Robin Williams died. Very sad because he was so vocal about his bouts with depression and eventually it just got the better of him. Great awareness for all of us to value ourselves and be so, so aware of the unseen battles others are facing and to be gentle with one another - always. Oh, another message from you just popped up ... :)
Andrew says he didn't actually go to the reunion. Whites happened to be staying in town at the same hotel so he was swimming with them. Dad says he did have a good time and glad he went. It was a small group and more of the "partiers" were represented but he enjoyed visiting with many. Andrew did say that he saw some of the reunion folks about and how old they looked compared to Dad. So grateful you kids have Dad's young genes :) And many look older because of the hard lives they've had. A few have passed away and that was sobering. Life is so precious :) Then at some point Dad said he was wondering how soon he could leave without being rude or unappreciative to the people who took time to arrange the reunion. But it was good; they had a very nice weekend.
Oh, one more thing. I'm sure you have limited computer time but Emma sent you a handwritten letter yesterday so you can look forward to that - AND something for your birthday. I have to do that TODAY so you'll get it on time :) Love you!
AMANDA: Name it-"If you come here, you will be on Broadway. Guaranteed." IDK mom I'm horrible at this! Haha And yes-I did see a dog! on our way to the temple. I felt like Buddy the Elf because it was actually the most exciting thing that's ever happened.
MOM/JILL: I love that last line of D&C 8:5, "Remember this is your gift." Wow. You're right, you are not good at name suggestions. We all have different talents :) I've asked Uncle Mat to help me. Oh, does getting your flight / travel information mean that YOU HAVE YOUR VISA??? Answer this now before you get off the computer. Please.
AMANDA: YES! MAIL! I can't tell you how much we love mail. I can't wait. Yesterday I got your letter and a cute letter from Aunt Jill about Andrew, and it just made me so proud of my siblings! They are such great people. FRANDY AND GIB CAN YOU HEAR ME? YOU ARE GREAT PEOPLE!
MOM/JILL: Emma can't hear you; she's at school but I'll tell her when she gets home :) Andrew can hear you even though he's watching Fox and the Hound. Lazy summer days. He did just mow the neighbors’ lawn. He's a good boy that Andrew.
AMANDA: We haven't heard about our Visas yet. Maybe Friday? I don't know. Also, tell Uncle Matt that Elder Bradshaw and I are both very upset that our uncle hasn't written us :)
MOM/JILL: Duly noted; I will tell him. They have been camping this past week in the Uintahs but I will tell him. Oh, I can't wait 'til Friday! Exciting :) It's gone by fast, hasn't it? In other news, Emma and I were sharing a car while Dad and Andrew were gone. I took her to church on Sunday and she said she'd find a ride home. She arrived home in the classiest silver convertible! What is someone in the singles ward doing with money and a car like that?! It was Andy. He's older, a convert, seems like a really nice guy. She's in a really good place right now of being comfortable NOT having a boyfriend - like for the first time since she was .... 14?! We had a conversation about it yesterday and laughed that maybe now my insomnia will go away and my hair will thicken again. I think I'm stuck with the grey.
AMANDA: andy. who is this...andy. and how old is older??? I'm glad she got to ride in a convertible. Tell him to go be a nice boy somewhere else. Don't worry mom, Sword in the Stone will always be there for you!
AMANDA: K-email time is done. I love you!! Have a great week!
MOM/JILL: LOVE YOU! BYE!