Sunday, July 17, 2011
Our entire married life Dave and I have looked forward to the time when we would be able to submit our mission papers and serve a mission together. This time finally became a reality on May 24, 2011, when we received our mission call. The circumstances around waiting for our call to be delivered after 6 weeks following submission of our papers was hampered with our vacation plans to visit our oldest son in Topeka, Kansas. After inquiries to the Senior Missionary site online, and visiting on the phone with them in person, it was arranged for us to pick up our call at the Church Administration Building on our way to the airport. They were very generous and offered to see our papers through the process and have them ready for us. I remember very vividly the walk from our parked car to the Church Administration Building. I was nervous, excited and very aware of everything around us. It was an exciting day. Having our call in our hands was a fun experience, but we still had pre-arranged with our children to have them all witness "the Opening" and we were going to do that on Skype while we were at Scot's house. It was after 8 pm before we were all together and able to open it. How thrilled we were to realize that the call would be to the very same mission Dave served as a young missionary some 40 years ago. It was to the NEW ZEALAND WELLINGTON MISSION. A dream come true. We would depart for the MTC on September 19th (Happy Birthday Jaxon), and leave for New Zealand on September 26th (Happy Birthday Sadie). In the meantime we are busy taking care of business, enjoying our family together time and preparing ourselves for this great experience.