We spent the last week and a half with Mission to the World doing re-connect (or "welcome back to the US") to allow us deep breaths and remember what it is like to live in the U.S. and to make sure all is well emotionally and spiritually with returning missionaries. After that we stayed the week and attended Summer Conference. Basically, sleeping in late, working out, attending seminars, and eating lots of yummy food. This really was our first chance to take a deep breath and relax.
Today Mike and Madison are flying off to Missouri to get our rental car that we will have for the rest of our time back. They will make a stop in Nashville and check out some of the sights before they return to Georgia.
For the first time since we have been back I have been able to go to a mall! Did a little shopping for necessities...
Next week I will be participating in Readiness Evaluation for new missionaries. I am part of the assessment team. This is the same evaluation that Mike and I participated in more than 9 years ago, but now I am on the evaluation end, not the "to be evaluated" end. I am looking forward to it!
Friday, July 4, 2014
After much planning and anticipation, furlough has begun. So far we have been in three different locations, made three different presentations, and we haven't even been in the US for a week. But, the fun way for things to kick off is with the 4th of July celebrations! Cookouts and pool parties have been on the agenda for most of our dinners! And who gets sick of that?! The big firework display will be tomorrow, hosted by the largest chip company in the State. We keep hearing amazing things about it and can't wait to see it! This week we have also been spoiled, and been staying at a great Bed and Breakfast in the middle of Amish country. We have seen many a working farmsteads and visited some farmers markets along the roadside with some amazing vegetables and baked goods. We have spoiled ourselves with some goodies including Starbucks, home made ice cream, and even lunch at an English Pub.
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