I thought it was tough when we dropped Sister Carr off at the MTC 7 weeks ago, but today was just as hard. In some ways today was even harder because there was no final hug, no looking at her sweet face, just a 10 minute phone call and some "I love you's ", "Good Luck", "You'll do great!!" , "Be safe" , "We are so proud of you".
There were tears on both ends of the phone, from me and from her. Tears of happiness and excitement that she is finally on her way to the Philippines.
The pangs of missing her hit me all over again as I visualized my daughter sitting in the airport waiting to board a plane that would take her away from her family, across the Pacific Ocean for the next 16 months. I take comfort in knowing that she has been well prepared, both physically and spiritually for her journey and that she will be serving with other missionaries that have been just as equally well prepared.
As I write this update she is flying over the Pacific on her way to Tokyo. She will have a small layover there and then will board a plane to Manila, from Manila she will have a four hour bus ride to the town of Urdaneta.
Below are some pictures of Sister Carr and her district that is flying out to the Philippines with her. Some of them will be going to her mission and some will be going to various missions in the Philippines.
|Sister Carr and her companions and MTC teacher|
|Sister Carr and sisters from her district with a photo bomb from an Elder|
|Sister Carr x2|
|Sister Carr and Sister Pace|
Sarah has another 2 1/2 months before she leaves and we are checking things off our "To Do List" with ease.
Sarah was at work today and unable to talk to AJ when she called. They both were very sad as it will be a while before they get to hear each others voices. They will both be in the mission field at Christmas time so we'll have to see if we can figure out a way to Skype or talk to them both at the same time so they can talk to each other too.
And the adventure continues....................