My sister Kaley left for her 18 month mission to Spain last night. This is the 5th missionary in our family to go, but it never gets easier to say goodbye. She'll be gone for 18 month with only little communication with family (she can write letters and email once a week, and call home on Christmas and Mother's Day). We did the traditional run after the car as she drives away. Logan and Macey burst into tears as her car went around the corner! We will miss her so much! I know she is going to have a great adventure and share the news of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ with so many who are looking for the truth. I know she'll grow and have experiences that will help her in her life. She'll be a better person because of serving a mission. But it's still hard. I will worry about her safety and I know she'll be homesick at times. It will be probably the hardest thing she's ever done, but so rewarding.
She will be in the Missionary Training Center in Utah for 3 weeks where she will begin to learn Spanish. Then she will go to the MTC in Madrid for 6 weeks where I'm sure she'll learn the language for real, plus the culture and the people. Then she'll be in Madrid working every day to bring people to Christ. I'm so proud of her!
If you see the mormon missionaries in your neighborhood, think of Kaley, and be kind to them! They are far from home and need some love.
We love you Aunt Kays!