On Friday of last week, my parents left the MTC (Missionary Training Center) in Provo, UT bound for an 18 month mission for our church in Lisbon, Portugal. On their first night in Lisbon, they were reassigned to Porto, Portugal working with the single members of the church. I am so happy for them and so excited for the adventures they are sure to have in Portugal. My Dad is a diligent writer and has been sending emails every week updating us on their mission. He wrote to me every single week of my own mission in Brazil. I can't tell you how wonderful it was to receive those letters from home every week.
The kids and I have made a goal to go and visit Grandma and Grandpa in Portugal at the end of their mission. We have been collecting cans and bottles to return for little bits of cash and the kids found a jar that they are using to store the funds for our trip. I think we have about $30 saved - clearly we need to get creative and find more ways to raise some traveling money!
Happy birthday Mom! I hope you have a wonderful day exploring your new home! We love you and miss you! My sister -in-law Amber is having her fourth baby this summer which they will miss and my younger brother Scott just announced his engagement to his long-time girlfriend Carmen this week. We love Carmen and are so happy for them! Going on a mission is a sacrifice, but I know our entire family will be blessed from their service and example.