Young men in our church are encouraged to serve a 2-year, full-time, mission when they reach the age of 19. They pay their own way and put off school, work and dating for these two years so they can focus on their missionary service. Doctors and dentists are visited to make sure they are in good health, paperwork is completed, interviews are conducted, and finally everything is submitted to the leadership of the church where they prayerfully decide where in the world to send each young man. Calls are usually made on a Friday and mailed out the next Monday - making Wednesday The Big Day that prospective missionaries everywhere watch for the Big White Envelope to arrive in their mailboxes.
Well, despite the fact that I can very clearly remember my oldest boy as this little person:
he is turning 19 in June.
His envelope came yesterday.
Family and close friends gathered in our home as Coolister opened his envelope and read to us where he would be spending two years of his life...
Fort Worth, Texas - and teaching in the Spanish language!
There are just no words. My heart is full to bursting.