She's the blondie with the spotted scarf on the front row!
She spent two weeks in the Provo, Utah, training center waiting for her VISA- and had quite a few adventures while there :) She spent some time in the hospital thanks to two back-to-back epi pen injections. She'd never used an epi pen prior and didn't have a prescription for one! but luckily after a severe allergic reaction (including body swelling- welts and hives- non stop vomiting- and an intense asthma attack) to some nuts, an on site doctor administered the epi pens and rushed her to the ER. She's fine now- and will be carrying epi pens with her in Brazil! I think all of the drama involved with that made her a little homesick and nervous to actually go to Brazil! but- she's there and it's a lot harder to get home now even if she wanted to!!
Having her go reminds me so much of my mission! I LOVED it so so much. I spent 19 months in Moscow, Russia, over TEN years ago! I can't believe it was so darn long ago. All of the memories I made are still so vivid it seems like I just returned home! It was definitely two of the hardest years of my life! I worked so hard and learned so much and fell in love with Russia and her people! I still DAILY think and pray about the people I met there!
I miss the snow and the sour cream and the bread and the borscht and mostly the wonderful people.
Sometimes I miss it so much still, it hurts.