Eishelle and Danielle came home from BYU-Idaho December 14th early in the morning from a red eye flight. Whenever these girls come home from college, our house feels smaller for some reason. Laundry gets bigger and so many things around here just expand. Anyhow, the next day, something big came in the mail. Eishelle’s mission call came!!!!!!! We were so excited that we just couldn’t contain ourselves. We wanted to know where she was going but we had a problem. When the mail came, we were already almost leaving to go to church for our Plainview Ward Christmas Party. Eishelle’s friends from wherever wanted to be a part of it when she opened it. They had to Skype, face time, voice call, just whatever technology would allow. So, we went to the party and waited till we got home to do this mission call opening the envelope ceremony as her friends wanted to be involved. Well, Eishelle is going to:
Illinois Chicago Mission. She is to enter the MTC (Missionary Training Center) on February 20 to learn Spanish as she will be preaching the gospel in the Spanish Language. Wooohooo!!! Wow, my daughter will be called Hermana Whitney (Sister Whitney). I made an appointment with the the LDS Manhattan Temple for her to get important temple ordinances and so she did. A lot of members of our ward supported her through all these, even my sister Jetjet drove for 5 1/2 hours from Maine with her daughter Zipporah, to be with Eishelle on this very special day. That was January 26, 2013. As of this date, Danielle’s papers had been submitted 2 weeks already. She is just patiently waiting for it to come anytime now.
As we arrived home from the temple that day, Bill opened the mailbox and lo and behold a big white envelope stood out among the other mails that came. This one was addressed to Danielle. He ran it to Danielle and we heard the loudest scream of all! Danielle’s mission call is here!!!!!!!! Life is really getting so so exciting around this house, unbelievable! So exciting!!!
“Come’on Danielle, open it now …!” Same ceremony we have to go through with Eishelle, roommates from college has to be present to share the excitement over skype, face time and voice calls again. Where is Danielle going? Is the mail thick? Is it thin? Maybe she is going to Texas … California … Arizona … New Mexico … New Hampshire … New Jersey … Brooklyn ??? (fuhgeddaboudit). Nobody guessed it right. Danielle is going to Utah Ogden Mission and leaves for the MTC on March 6, 2013. Wooohooo!!! She is also going to preach the gospel in the Spanish language. Everyone just got so excited that we were crying. My girls are going on a mission!!! And they will be together at the Provo UT MTC for a month before they finally leave to the areas they are called to go. You go, Hermanas Whitney!!! I felt very comforted to know that they are staying stateside. Heavenly Father must have heard the wishes of my heart.
On the other side of the world (UK) is my nephew Jared Alforque, the son of my sister Wilma and Alex. He opened his mission call and was assigned to go to England Leeds Mission. He left home bound to Preston England MTC January 31st. He is now in his first area: West Yorkshire (just wanna plug that in). I have other nephews and a niece that are now RM’s (returned missionaries). Of Roger and Aurora”s children, 3 went (Ronron, Wizard and Riyadh), of Carol and Cres’ children, 1 went (Christina) and this is now our time: Eishelle, Danielle and Jared.
Danielle, she also went through the temple in Manhattan on February 16, 2013, got her the important temple ordinance and a lot of members of our ward came to attend. Very special day. These are pictures outside Manhattan temple (Jetjet and I included) and the New York hotdogs, they shared after the temple session. Yummy! … and our crazy family picture with Jetjet and Zipporah (both ends) at the bishop’s office.
Everyone in our house is really happy with all these recent exciting experiences we have had as a family. I feel blessed to have righteous children (picture below) who wants to serve the Lord. It puts fire in my behind to be better myself. Someone, though, is especially happy. I know this family member is sad, too, but I don’t wanna dwell on the sad part. A lot of non-missionary wardrobes will be left around here (over and under :0)) and high heels galore of different colors. Guess who that is? Noelle is!!! Congratulations Noelle, you just inherited a truck load of clothes and shoes!!! And thinking about it since we have the same size … me too! :0)