Well, we are on the treadmill now. It’s after 10:00 p.m. and Pres Lewis has 65 more letters to read before morning, when they all fill his box again. Office meetings tomorrow, MLC on Tuesday, Newsletter must go to press on Wednesday, our final Zone Conferences Thursday and Friday, Baptisms Saturday, Speak in church Sunday, Office meetings Monday, Last day of Interviews in The Dalles Tuesday, Transfer Planning Weds-Friday, Transfer Calls Saturday and my last Days for Girls Event in Yakima, Stake Conference in Moses Lake that afternoon and we speak on Sunday, Office meetings Monday, Departing missionaries come to the Mission Home Monday evening and depart Tuesday. New group arrives Tuesday and has orientation, Transfers Wednesday, Moving Truck comes Thursday for our stuff and we move to a hotel Thursday night.
Between here and there are a few dinners and farewell events and several returning missionaries who want to visit before we leave. We’ll be in the hotel our last week here while they spruce up the Mission Home for the Jackmans. During that week, we’ll try to finish writing the Mission History for 2017 and the first half of 2018. We’ll organize our computers and phones and get ready to turn things over to the Jackmans when they arrive that Thursday afternoon. We’ll pick them up from the airport at 2:45 p.m. in Yakima, stop by the office, then come to the Mission Home and spend a couple of hours with them, have dinner, then we will return to the hotel and they will fall into bed here. The next morning we drive home and they go meet the missionaries–half on Friday and half on Saturday. Friday night late, we embrace our kids in Orem.
Think we can get it all done? I’m not sure how, but somehow we’ll get through it. Add to that more hugs than I can count, and bucket loads of tears. Please pray for all of us –the Jackmans as they come, the missionaries, and for us to be able to let go and drive away.
I need to get back to work now. Thanks for your prayers. I love you all.