WOW! I can't believe our mission is already coming to an end. It has really hit us hard this week. Monday evening we welcomed the new couple, the Martins from Washington by going out to dinner with all of the senior couples. Tuesday morning we moved furniture from our apartment to the Martins. It happened to be a very hot muggy day and we were drenched before we could finish. Tuesday afternoon we met 7 new missionaries arriving in the mission and helped prepare their dinner at the mission home and Dad and I did the cleaning up and dishes. Wednesday was transfer day. We didn't get to go to the temple with the departing missionaries for fear Dad would have a kidney stone attack while we were gone. We spent the day training the Martins as well as the Hogges who are transfering from the employement center to the office. They have only been in 3 other times so they also needed a little help that day. At 4:00 we all left the office to pick up potaotes, gravy and pies for the dinner at the mission home for those departing the next morning. Once again we helped prepare as well as clean up afterwards. We then had a testimony meeting where all of those leaving the mission bore their testimonies. There were 9 of us in all. It was a great meeting. Thursday and Friday were very busy days with trying to get all the training in that we could. We are exhausted!!!
Dad hasn't had any discomfort or pain at all since Tuesday. He almost feels like he passed his kidney stone and didn't realize it. We can only pray that is the case.
We will also need your prayers for good weather as we leave Friday morning. We see there was a terrible tornado in Jackson, Mississippi area. Mapquest told us to take that very route going home because it was 1 1/4 hours faster getting to Jeremy and Rebecca's but Dad wants to go further west before we head to McKinney. I remember a couple of years ago when we were in McKinney in April and was stuck at the airport because of a tornado that touched down. So it sounds like this is the time of year for them. Had we left this past Friday instead of next Friday, we may have experienced a little of it as we would have been passing through Mississippi on the day it struck. Please pray for our safety.
We are really going to push hard and try to make it to McKinney late Saturday night. It will be an 11+ hour drive on Friday and about 10 hours on Saturday to make it. That may sound easy for you young folks but it sounds like a looooooooooooooooong ride for old people. My back has really been aching the last few days so I hope it will last that long. We want to attend church with them. We will most likely leave Wednesday morning to head to Utah. That will give us 4 days to arrive before Saturday evening. It is the same distance from Florida to McKinney as from McKinney to Centerville so we should be able to do that.
We love you all and are excited to see you in a couple of weeks.