Presidente looks happy surrounded by a lot of our Hermanas. What is going on? Hermana Roerig, who is by the Presidente has been experiencing a foot problem and needed to spend a week in the mission home to recover, 4 Hermanas are going home, and the Bilbao Hermanas, Hna Patten and Sandovol were here to take Hna Roerig to be with them for a day. But we all had to sit down to some beef stew and some girl time! It was so fun to have so many wonderful young women in the home. I wish we could do this a little bit more, but alas, not to be.
They all spent the night, but bright and early these 3 Hermanas are getting ready to work after breakfast. I drove them back to Bilbao where Hna Roerig would be with them until the next day. These are 3 great Hermanas who all love being missionaries and are doing a fantastic work.
So why do we have this great picture of the puppy? Well the 4 Hermanas that are leaving and I decided to do a short tour of the Guggenheim before we went into the office this morning. 3 of the 4 Hermanas had already had their exit interview and so we had a little time. A beautiful spring morning in Bilbao was the order of the day.
Hna's Miskin, Rudder, Sanchez and Calderon are all hugging this statue of a former president of Paiz Vasco. Are they getting anxious to go home and get back into the dating world?
We get to the office to find the rest of the Elders. Elder Webb seems to be ordering someone around! Elder Stevens is just taking it all in.
After all the interviews are completed it is lunch time.
Then it is off to the vista with this wonderful group. They are R. to L. Hnas Miskin, Rudder, Sanchez and Calderon. Elders Corbridge, Stevens, Webb, Hanson, Rowley and Moore with El Presidente and me. It was a beautiful day for a last look of Bilbao.
Elder Webb was demonstrating some of his skills.
Wow, what a great looking group of Elders. All served incredible missions, we are really going to miss them.
Back at the mission home we are so grateful for the help of the Belnaps. When we do Navajo Tacos, Hna Belnap is always ready to help.
Ghee, is Elder Webb in a pensive mood? Maybe just a little bit. What a wonderful and fun Elder. He will be missed by all. He is what legends are made of!!!
Elder Rowley took a little time in the backyard to throw a frisbee with Elder Corbridge. Less than 24 hours before heading home. Elder Rowley, we wish we could keep you longer!
Leave it to Hna Rudder to come up with a fun idea. Great desert, huh?
After a wonderful, heartfelt testimony meeting, we are posing for one of our last shots. Time is running out and emotions are running high.
Didn't we already take a picture of these great looking Elders. Just couldn't resist again.
Yea, we needed one of the Hermanas. Boy we are going to miss every one of them. It is so exciting for what lies ahead, but always hard to let go. I guess this is what life is about.
And finally, when they were all checked in, it was the time for one last picture. This was an incredible group of missionaries that had a huge impact on the mission. Everyone of these Elders were Trainers, District Leaders, Zone Leaders and just plain great old missionaries who loved the work. Elders Corbridge and Moore served as our Traveling Trainers for 3 months and made a huge impact on the mission. These Hermanas were examples to all of work and diligent efforts. We said good-bye and didn't know what a tender mercy the Lord would allow us to have. This was the very day of the closing of so many of the airports in Europe because of the volcano in Iceland, but everyone got home. The Americans left Germany just hours before everything was halted. Moms, we are so happy for you that they didn't get stalled. Just please give them all a huge and a kiss from Presidente and Hna Clegg. They really did "Return with Honor!"