Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Well, today Courtney Entered the Missionary Training Center in Provo Utah.  She will be there for 6 weeks, as she trains, learns the language & culture of Fiji, and immerses herself in the Missionary life.
We arrived in Provo and met Celena & the boys for Lunch at Noodles and Co.  Then did the long awaited Drive up to the Provo temple to take pictures.  We lounged on the lawn for a few minutes, while all of us took turns telling out Favorite Courtney stories.  We laughed and teared a little.

It was an emotional afternoon, But as the time came to drop her off, She was so ready and calm.  She hugged us all before we got in the car.  We drove down the Missionary lined Driveway into the MTC.  It was a surreal feeling knowing you are dropping off your daughter for 18 months.
She was calm, and a little teary.  But she hugged us all one more time, while dad got out her suitcases.  A cute Sister Missionary came up to greet us with a huge smile on her face.  Introduced herself. Asked Courtney her name, and said "we'll take good care of her.. She is going to LOVE it here"
 Then they both grabbed her bags, and walked away.  Courtney didn't even look back.  Just like she always has.  She makes her choices in life.  Knows they are good, and it gives her the freedom and confident  to not look back, just go forward.
Good bye Sister Rich!!!  Till we meet again!  

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Farewell Sunday

Today was a great Day!  All my Family and Friends came to Church to hear my talk.  I felt a little overwhelmed with how many people were there.  But I could also feel the love and felt relaxed and confident as I started to talk.   Mom and Sharon decorated so cute for a perfect good bye party, Everything was set up so cute.  We were going to serve Smores and Root Beer Floats, and right at 6:00 as the time to start the party, It started to rain.  It put a little damper on the party, but it till turned out so fun!  No pictures of the Party only the set up.  :)

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