So much has happened in this past year and yet I haven't been great at keeping a journal as well as I should. Hence, the reason I started this blog nearly 6+ years ago. My hope is to be better with it this year and years to come so that I might be better able to write about our family.
Bethany has been in the Provo MTC since April 24th 2013. She is a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Sister missionaries serve for 18 months and Elders serve for 24 months. Bethany is the 4th of our children to serve. She was called in November to the Brazil Campinas Mission. She was supposed to go to the Brazilian MTC, however her visa never came.
I am glad in many ways. First off, Sean works at the MTC and she was able to see him nearly everyday since she has been there. Plus she has had lunch with him once a week. That has made me feel good to know that she has this "inside" connection while she has been there. She was supposed to leave for Brazil on Monday, June 3rd, had her visa come. It didn't come. SO, Instead of heading to Brazil she is going to.....drum roll....POCATELLO, IDAHO! I don't know how many Brazilians live in Idaho and I don't know how much chance she'll get to use the Portuguese she is learning, but she is being sent here for a reason. She called and had 5 minutes to tell me yesterday, we both laughed when she said Pocatello. The great part is that good friends, the Bangerters live in Pokey. Bethany is hoping to see them. So until her visa arrives she will live in Spud Country
She has had a wonderful time in the MTC, the 6 weeks have flown, here are just a few of some of the pictures she sent over the 6 weeks she was there. I know she has grown so much already and I know the next 16 and 1/2 months she will grow in SO many ways. Yet, I would be lying if I didn't say how much I miss her and how much harder it has been sending her off than it has been sending off Becky, Robbie or Sean. I don't know if it's because she's 19 or if it's because she's my baby girl, but I miss her terribly. I am so proud of her though. I know how difficult coming to the decision to serve a mission was for her. Many don't know what she had to go though to reach this point. She amazes me. I look at pictures of her and think, who is this amazing young woman that I get to call my daughter? I am thankful to be her Mom.