Here's Stephen posing with our 20 suitcases... the hours are few before we step on our plane in the morning!
This evening we did father's blessings - my dad did one for me and Daron, and Daron gave the kids' their blessings. I took some notes on the highlights - they were all so thoughtful and gave me a great feeling of peace as we embark on this momentous adventure ~
Kassie ~ that you'll retain your wonderful personality; find things to laugh about; enjoy new friends; reach across the language barrier; relax; seek out opportunities for you to grow and develop your skills; pray often
Kenny ~ Heavenly Father loves you so much; continue to be happy; develop the gift to find happiness in many things; be a help to your family; be a great friend; learn and understand French with your smart mind; find wonderful friends and make a quick transition
Stephen ~ Heavenly Father cares about you and is interested in your challenges and accomplishments; you have the privilege of being the oldest, and to demonstrate great leadership skills and help your brother and sister; be a great friend and find new ones you'll enjoy; you have an incredible mind; have the patience you'll need to understand differences in language and culture; have the ability to control emotions - with no anxiety and nervousness; reach out to your Heavenly Father; continue to enjoy physical activities
Mel ~ to be calm for this adventure; to be able to anticipate difficulties and problems and see their solutions; that your mind will be clear and active in this new experience; that you will have good health and strength and be able to do the things you want to do; to be a wonderful servant in the hands of our Heavenly Father; to quickly be able to understand the language and converse with friends you will make as you have throughout your life; to feel at ease as you are guiding your children.
Daron ~ blessed with health, strength, and guidance; to feel comfortable working with coworkers and have a positive experience in your career; lead your family in righteousness; seek out things to bring joy to your fellowman; be a positive influence on people who will feel your love for them; quickly get accustomed to the language
It's hard to describe my feelings on the eve of our departure. I KNOW this is the right time in our lives to take this amazing adventure - I am excited and yet when I get the lump in my throat -- it's because I'll miss everyone here. But we'll be back and we'll enjoy every moment of this fun new chapter in our lives!