Well, I ddn’t get much house cleaning done yesterday. I did spend about 4 hours writing the proposal for my LDS Business College meeting, traveling, and the meeting at the school, so that took up a good chunk of time. I got back about 6:15 and was glad that everyone liked the crockpot turkey thing I made (Ciara told me that Bran said “This food is so good!! Who made it?” That kind of thing always warms a mother’s heart), so dinner was already over with. We were able to get the kids ready for bed pretty quickly, read scriptures, have family prayer, and get them in bed by 7:30.
Today they are so wired! They know the trip is near and they’re very excited and antsy. This morning we will all (all meaning Kaari, me, and all the kids) be going to the library, post office, bank, and WalMart. Library: return last books before leaving. Post office: mail the last letters to the mission home so Kavi has a pile of letters to read on the plane next Thursday. Bank: Kaari wants to do some business there. WalMart: exchange a couple of shirts and get a couple of last-minute things.
The entire rest of the day will be spent cleaning this house, removing John’s tools from the RV, and packing everything except tonight’s/tomorrow’s clothes. Oh, and I have to sit down every hour and spend ten minutes working on Kaari’s piano songs. There are other little things to do on the list but those are the big ones.
Kavi’s e-mails this morning on his very last P-day were GREAT. He has no clue we are coming, and he is going to be so flabbergasted/shocked/thrilled. He has very mixed feelings right now, contemplating only one more week in the mission field–he’s a little trunky, he’s so exhausted, but so filled with sadness to say goodbye to his beloved German and Austrian brothers and sisters. He’s also scared to come home…he says it feels like he will be visiting a foreign country, and that we will laugh at his grammar, speech, and spelling. Our prayers are with you, Kav! You just have no idea of the fun awaiting you when you step off that plane. 🙂
When I drove downtown yesterday afternoon, as I got on highway 201 and was facing the eastern mountains, I got all misty-eyed…for 8 years those mountains have formed a visible barrier between me and my loved ones and my lovely home state. Tomorrow we’ll be driving through that barrier and beyond, finally going home, home to the green fields and forests and blue lakes of northern Wisconsin!!! I can’t wait.