January 26, 2014
About 3:30 am we arose, pulled our suitcases downstairs and took off for the airport via a van provided by the Missioary Training Center. We are flying home to Texas to pick up our van and drive to our mission in Chicago. We ended up in Texas by surprise 14 years ago. Now we are leaving the place we had lived for longer than any other in our married life. A plan was in place. Having sold our home in Texas and purchased a home on a lake in Michigan, we would spend our summers up North and our winters with our family in Texas. Now, as we pack up our van with our final load of belongings, our plan flys apart like the little pig's straw house. As we are packing for our mission, our Texas family is packing for a move to Denver, CO.
We started this whole endeavor by moving forward one step at a time, Listening to the spirit and making our next move. This is what we will do a year from now as we conclude our mission. Listen for what our next step should be. In the meantime, we will be coming home to two storage units full of stuff and a hotel room. We will travel to Chicago on the well wishes of our Texas friends and our family. Although we will miss all that is familiar, we are so filled with anticipation, excitement, and sense of mission that we drive away without tears.