Thursday, August 6, 2015

El Fin

The end came soon.  We had to pack up the house, pack our stuff, give away a lot of things we could not bring back in the suitcases, and say goodbye to many families.
We left our house Monday July 20, 2015 - our 40th anniversary.  We traveled to the mission home to turn in our phone.  The mission president met us there and had us paint our handprints on their special blanket that has all prints of the missionaries.
Then we headed to Guatemala City, about a 5 hour drive.  After turning in the car we spent the night in a hotel.  Their bus took us to the airport at 6:00 a.m.
The flights went smoothly, with a 4 hour layover in Los Angeles.
When we arrived our whole family was waiting for us.  Since most of them live far away they printed pictures of everyone who wasn't "there".
We spent the night in Corvallis with Ben and family, then drove home on Wednesday.
Since then we have been unpacking the house, working long hours hauling stuff up from the basement.  We have the whole family coming and we need to have beds, food, etc. ready for them (21 of us).  It could be real fun! ☺☻

So this is the end of our saga.  It was full of challenges and wonders.  Would we do it again?  Yes!  We already miss the people (but not the heat).
We would encourage any couple to consider serving a mission.
We think a temple mission would almost be like a vacation, adventure.
So, . . . hasta la vista.