Sunday, May 23, 2010

Grammy and Papa's Farewell

Chuck was able to go spend a few days in Cali with his family to attend his parents' mission farewell. (I'm sure Chuck will add more details soon, but I'll get him started.) Here is Chuck with his parents and 5 sisters.
On Sunday, the morning they were to speak in church about their preparations on leaving for a mission, they received a phone call informing them that their mission assignment had been changed!In April, they had received their 18-month assignment to Greece. For many weeks they had been diligently learning Greek with the help of a tutor. Friends and family had made plans to visit them and stay in the 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment in Thessalonika, Greece.Instead, merely 2 hours before their farewell talks, they found out they had been reassigned to serve in Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa and need to learn French. Crazy! Talk about having faith to go where the Lord wants them to go.
I was sad to miss out on the emotional day, but I'm so glad that Chuck was able to be there with his family.

The family had other fun times with a corn roast at the beach (and subsequent foot washing party - top left below), sifting through boxes of memories of their childhood to help clean out the garage, and playing games.Check out this handsome man I married who found a bunch of BYU Cougars paraphernalia from his youth! (Yep, those are old school BYU sunglasses!) He claims it is proof to those who say he is anti-Provo.I wish my baby was there to play with all these little ones and that my girls could spend time with their great-grandparents.
To be honest when looking through all the pictures it made me miss living in Cali a little bit. I actually got a little teary looking at the beach pics. But I still love my daily life here at home in the South, and I can always visit Cali to taste the parts that I miss.

We are so excited for Grammy and Papa. We can't wait to hear all about their adventures in Africa. If you are curious about what it's like where they are going, check out the blog of the current mission president in that area.


  1. We had a wonderful time but we DEFINITELY missed not having our better halves with us. Good to see you still have a special place for CA in your heart even though it is "unnatural beauty" :) That picture of us when we were young- I can't help but think "what was mom thinkin' with my hair"... but then I see Amy's and realize... it could be worse :)

  2. That looks like so much fun for Chuck to be with his family. :) Crazy story about his parent's mission too! I've never heard that!

  3. Oh my gosh!! Just checked out that African blog. So cool. Yes, not AT ALL Greece, but what an adventure they're gonna have!!

  4. We sure did miss you! And we hope to get little 4th city Charly to play with her other 3 city cousins soon! :)