About three years ago in preparation for a move from our home of 35 years we evaluated our "stuff" that had accumulated over the years to decide what to keep and what to let go. It seems much the same now as we are completing our mission and prepare to return home. It might be different if there was a couple coming to replace us, but instead much of what has been accumulated to make a mission apartment a home is being given to others who will stay and serve in Cambodia. We have attended the two wards here twice as long as we had lived in our current home ward. In spite of all we see ahead of us, it is time to time for the change. We have learned so much. It's time for new adventures.
We have been experiencing so many "last" things for our Cambodia adventure, yet looking forward to the "firsts" that are just around the corner. There are so many friends to tell goodbye among members and missionaries. We have seen amazing growth in our young adult friends, and look forward to seeing the changes in our grandchildren.
Tonight was the "last supper" with the senior couples. It made us think of the parallels between a mission and life. Coming to the end of one adventure means you are beginning another.
Thank you to so many who have given of their time and efforts to serve missions, especially those we have been blessed to know in Cambodia. We miss you already! Just a few more days to finish those final details before we board a plane and take Cambodia home with us, always in our hearts. "God alone knows when we shall see each other again. Then we must leave it in His hands."