Well, okay, to be honest, I'm not sure she has the actual ticket yet. But she's very close to getting it, if it's not already in her posession.
My mom had her mission farewell today. To everyone's surprise, after getting called to the Italy Catania mission, she received a letter asking her to go to the England Leeds mission instead. She had already begun Italian lessons and was in the mama mia mindset, so it was a bit of a transition, but now she's looking forward to England.
I told her she did it just to make me jealous. When she got called to Italy, I was happy for her, but not really jealous. England, on the other hand -- I've wanted to go to England my whole entire life. There is definite jealousy taking place now.
Just for fun, here are a couple of historic sites in Leeds.
This one is called Harewood House. Doesn't it just scream "Pride and Prejudice?" It's an 18th century manor house with fabulous gardens, and is now a gift shop/museum.
This one is Leeds City Hall. Yeah, I can see going to a place like this to pay my utility bill!
Her farewell was really nice. She spoke in church and afterward we had a nice meal. A bunch of family was there, including all my uncles and aunts on my mom's side. That group doesn't often have the chance to be in the same place at the same time, so it was a real treat.
Mom goes into the Missionary Training Center midway through January, so she'll be here through the holidays. It's kind of weird to think -- when she gets back, my daughter will be thirteen, my first son will be ten and a half, my second son will be eight, and my third son will be four and a half. That's pretty funky.
I'm really looking forward to getting letters from my mom while she's gone. She's going to have so many great experiences to share. And I'll get jealous all over again.