Monday, July 13, 2015


At a few points in our mission, I have posted milestones of 1/3 finished or 1/2 or 2/3 done. Now we have only one week left! Our bags are mostly packed, we're spending today cleaning our flat and the week is scheduled with lots of activities and work that will be our "last time" efforts. We have loved being here and gaining all that we have by doing the work that we have been "called to serve" in, BUT we are really, really excited to get back to our family!
So today is Monday, and in ONE CALENDAR WEEK from today we will be on our way to the airport to fly out of South Africa to Abu Dhabi and from there to L.A. and then a short jaunt to Las Vegas where a good number of our family will greet us. The others will come for a family reunion a couple of weeks after that.
That is seven...only seven. SEVEN days! Whenever I see lined up sevens like this I think of our granddaughter Sophia who was born on 7/7/07. Pretty lucky huh?
Seven Days!
That's one, two, three, four, five, six, seven!
Here's a paper chain we made at our 100 days left mark, and some of the grandkids made the same chain at home.
Emma, Kate, Maia, Ruby and Mike with their chain and the cute sign they made to identify it.
We've all been taking a link off every day and here is Oliver a couple of days ago, showing us how small his chain has grown.
And ours is so small now that it hardly qualifies as a chain! The green paper are the directions for our luggage. We're packing and weighing now. We're leaving almost everything we brought with us or accumulated here because we need all of our luggage room and weight for the gifts and souvenirs we're bringing home :) I know they tell young missionaries not to think about the end of their mission until it's actually over, but I think grandmas & grandpas are given an exemption from that rule! 
See you very soon everyone!


  1. It has flown by! Can't wait to see you here soon! :-D

  2. I am really excited to hug you guys, Mom!! I think it will be a little tease to have you come home for a day and then leave to the cabin again, but we will have to come visit often before school starts again. We love you both, and are so proud of the example you are for the kids (and us!)

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