Our suitcases are all ready and this will be our last day in Pine Valley. Frank finally packed yesterday, with everything except two pair of shoes and a few miscellaneous things fitting in his carry on size luggage! Now that is impressive (unless he really has forgotten all of his socks and most of his clothes :) It feels a little sad to be leaving our cabin, but we have great neighbors who will be watching our place and our kids and grandkids will be coming and going frequently, so we know everything will be all right until we return.
The day's schedule is pretty much like a normal day—we went for a walk with our friends Steve and Kathryn this morning. Our daughter in law, Robyn is coming up for a watering system tutorial since she will be head gardener J and we’ll go to a CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) meeting this afternoon because it will give us a chance to say goodbye to Pine Valley friends. The unlike-a-normal-day part of the schedule is that we will then go to be “set apart” as missionaries—that’s a special blessing given by the president of our stake (a stake is made up of several geographically defined congregations of church members.) After that blessing or “setting apart” we are officially missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Tomorrow we’ll travel and Monday we’ll enter the ten-day training phase in Provo. And then at last we’ll be flying toward South Africa for the actual journey part of our journey!