February 18 2017
We are 3 days away from entering the MTC 20 February. We will fly to AU Monday 6 Mar 2017.
I wanted to enter a few events leading up to going on a mission. Monty and I started the paperwork process for a mission after he retired from Delta February 2016. It felt like great efforts were being made to keep us from going once we decided to go.
I will list the 2016 events as best I can remember them.
Jan 2016 - Linda diagnosed with a mass in her stomach. Doctors not sure what it is.
Jan 21 Ellison family went on Family cruise celebrating Monty's upcoming retirement.
Feb 04 Linda diagnosed with GIST (malignant tumor)
Feb 12 Linda's mother passes away
Feb 12 Monty's retirement flight. Seth accompanies Dad to Africa for an amazing adventure.
Feb 20 Mothers funeral
Feb 22 Linda's surgery
Feb. Monty works on his missionary paperwork and completes them before leaving for Appalachian Trail and Linda's recovery.
Mar 07 Monty starts hiking Appalachian Trail (AT)
Mar . Linda works on her missionary work with several due overs.
Apr 17 Monty returns from AT for golf trip with Linda
Apr 26 Linda's Father passes away.
May 02 Linda's Father funeral.
May Delay of 6 weeks for reading of Linda's TB test.
May 16 Monty leaves 2nd time for AT
Jun. Work on Dad & Moms house clean out and get ready for sale.
Jul. Monty returns. Finishes 800 miles about 1/3 of AT. He has severe foot damage, but
loved the whole experience. He wants to go back and finish after mission.
Aug. Submit completed missionary paperwork. Wait.
Oct 11 Calling comes in mail. Wait one week so we can SKYPE with all family.
Looking back it was an eventful year. I felt supported from my husband, family, extended family, friends, and ward family. The understanding of the Gospel Plan made loosing both parents in such a short period of time a lot easier than if I didn't have faith and a testimony. I know where my parents are and what the purpose of life is for.
As Elder Tom Parry says, my parents have "Graduated from life".
Now Monty and I will enter this new adventure together, hoping that we will accomplish good serving in the Sidney Australia Mission. More to come.