"But friendship is precious, not only in the shade but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine." ~Thomas Jefferson
Well, this is it. Today is my 21st birthday and tomorrow I enter the MTC. What an eventful 8 months it's been since I decided to go on a mission. And you know, I wouldn't change anything. It's been a great ride. I've been able to make a lot of wonderful memories. Speaking of, Jill and Jamie, I have loved texting those memories back and forth. I can't wait for our next adventures when I get home ;)
My farewell was yesterday... or 2 days ago I guess seeing that it is technically Tuesday now. I felt really good about the way my talk went. And I felt even better that I didn't cry, seeing how I have my mother's genes. It probably helped that I looked right over the heads of my friends and didn't look toward my family.
I am so grateful to all my friends who came up/ down to hear me speak. You guys have no idea what it meant to me to have you there. I am so grateful for your love and support, and for the wonderful friendships we have been able to build over the past year or more. We've had some great times. Though I will admit, I thought it would be a lot harder to say goodbye to some of you than it was. Not that I didn't cry a little or that I won't miss you. I just guess that means I'm really ready to go.
I was pretty busy yesterday getting things ready. I cleaned my room some and labeled everything. Wow was that a fun chore. And I started actually packing my luggage. Everything has been in my luggage because of lack of a better place to keep it, but with no rhyme or reason to it. Of course, we'll probably end up taking everything out and repacking it later today when Dad the master packer can help me so i can sorta get an idea of how to do it for transfers.
However, today will be a super busy day. I have so much to do. I have to do laundry. I have to iron. I have to finish packing. I have to register my car and renew my drivers license. I was making cards to send for birthdays or thank yous and making them look all cute, but have completely run out of time so I'm just going to put one simple stamp in one simple color on them. Sorry in advance to anyone who gets a boring card. It's not because I'm lazy. I have to then separate my stamps and ink and such from mom's and put them away. I have to change the sheets on my bed. Oh man. So much to do! It's sure not going to seem like much of a birthday--not to mention all my new mission clothes and the camera mom and dad gave me after I tripped over Bear and broke my old one WERE my birthday gifts. But I'm not complaining. Like i said, I really am super excited that I'm leaving tomorrow! I know that the Lord has something wonderful in store for me on my mission and I can't wait to find out what that is!
I can't wait to be a missionary. My aunt sent me some pictures of her with my old roommate Megan who is serving in the same mission. It was so good to see Megan's face. It's fun to hear them talk about each other in their letters. After I get home, Megan and I will have to make a trip to see Linda and Steve.
Well, There isn't much more to say, other than goodbye. I love you all, and will see you in 18 months! Keep your eye on my blog for the updates I'm going to have my mom post.