Farewell Fair Sisters!

2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (1)The alarm clock went off at 3:00 a.m.  That was a very short night.  Breakfast was ready in the kitchen.  Who’s hungry at that hour??  We had fruit and muffins and snacks to pack to take for the day.  It felt like the middle of the night.2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (2)2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (3)2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (5)3:45 a.m.  zzzzzzzz   We left for the airport at 4:00.  The world was dark and quiet.  A drizzle of rain fell.  The van was quiet as everyone stared out the windows, thinking their goodbyes to this place.2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (6)Yakima Air Terminal2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (7)2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (8)Happy/Sad reunions with new converts who got up in the middle of the night to be here to give one last hug and send their love with these Sisters.2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (9)2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (10)2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (11)2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (12)Fake smiles.2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (13)2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (14)2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (15)Courtney, who was baptized last year, is preparing to go on a mission soon.  These Sisters are her true sisters.2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (16)And Katie, who was baptized almost a year ago, will go to the temple soon.2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (17)The Cramer family was sealed in the Columbia River Temple a few months ago.  All of these Sisters taught them.2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (18)2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (20)2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (21)2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (22)Final good byes and then through the doors of no return.  We break the rules here and Pres Lewis gives the Sisters a hug.  I give them a last Mission Mother’s hug.  Their next hug will be their own mothers.  This is the hand off.  It’s hard, but we are also excited for them to go out into the world armed with goodness and love from here.2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (23)2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (24)2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (25)2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (26)2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (27)2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (28)2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (29)Boarding call:2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (31)And off they go.  With our LOVE.2017-3-14 aDeparting Group (32)

About annlaemmlenlewis

I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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