On October 18, 2009 we spoke in church and invited family and friends to attend and then to have lunch with us at our home. All six of our adult children with most of their spouses were here, along with nineteen of our twenty grandchildren, two of Jo Ann's sisters, her father, along with her nephew, a niece and an uncle. Jim's brother, sister-in-law and a niece and some of our dear neighbor friends also dropped in with food, to eat with us and to wish us well. Needless to say, our home was very full with loved ones and we enjoyed the the time with them. The last of our kids left on Monday and JoAnn and Jim started the long, long, job of putting things away to prepare for leaving for the MTC on Saturday.
Our daughter Rachel, with her husband and three children will house-sit for us during the eighteen months that we will be gone. We love and appreciate our children, grandchildren and extended family, not only for what they have done to support us but for their love of the Lord and who and what they have become.