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The Return

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Well. After traveling for 5 days and a 37 hour flight- I’m home.

God bless America!

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Sisar Clifford’s Last Week in the 84010

Remember this post?  Way back in July?  Well it happened, and I can’t even believe it came that quickly.

I came down for one last Sister Saturday, which we filled with all of the Clifford Sister’s favorites: Just Dance 2,3, and 4; Keeping Up with the Kardashians; our favorite episodes of Gilmore Girls and The OC (Chrismakka of course);  crawled in my bed for a final viewing of our all-time favorite Harry Potter 3; and ended the night by staying up until the wee hours of the mourning viewing One Direction and Justin Bieber’s videos.

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On November 11th, the celebrations (for lack of a better word) began for Sisar Clifford’s farewell….

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A blizzard worthy of Finland.


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Sister Clifford did an incredible job giving her farewell talk, with lots of cool stories of her cool adventures, and continually mentioned how ready she was to get out of Logan (much to my offense).  I held up surprisingly well, until she announced to the public I would be receiving my mission call that week, at which I felt the entire congregation turn and stare at my face. It took a good deal of strength not to curl up into the fetal position and bawl at that point.  Not because Kamille was leaving, but because I had realized that I was not as mentally prepared with the thought of leaving as I thought I was.  But It was exciting to come back to our house and celebrate Kamille’s decision to serve with all our friends and family.
The next few days were full of last minute shopping trips and goodbyes, all while trying to get her packed for the next 18 months of freezing weather in Finland.  Unfortunately I still had school and work that kept me in Logan until Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean that I necessarily got much done.  Tuesday night turned out to be a crazy one, with some unexpected (but hoped for) events- soon to be posted about.  But it was exactly what my family needed to take the edge off of this new adventure we were about to embark.
Last Family Dinner at the one and only China Platter.  Any major event in our life has been marked by this restaurant.

Last Family Dinner at the one and only China Platter. Any major event in our life has been marked by this restaurant.

Thanks to her time abroad in Asia she insisted showing us up with the chopsticks.

After all of our friends and family left, and only minutes  before we were supposed to be leaving to get set apart, Kamille called Maddy and I up to her room where she presented us with some lovely t-shirts sporting the saying ‘You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful’ in which we donned and had one last dance party (while sobbing) to the ever-comforting One Direction.
First official photo as a Missionary!
First official photo as a Missionary!

 

One last photo at 3448 S. Huntington Dr.

One last photo at 3448 S. Huntington Dr.

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Her final request.
Her final request. 

… and with one final photo Sisar Clifford was off for her next adventure!  We love her and miss her everyday.  It’s a miracle that my Dad has stopped crying a month later.  But I think the packages he sends her weekly is a nice medication for the both of them.DSC_0119

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Update

For an update on this lovely Sister…

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check out her blog HERE.

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Called to Serve…

My older sister is pretty neat.

 

So maybe super neat.  Possibly even Brilliantly Neato.  She’s quite the adventurer.  6 weeks in Uganda, 6 months in Taiwan, and 2 weeks in Hong Kong and Thailand.  Not too shabby ‘eh?  But last week the biggest adventure thus far was officially determined- and we couldn’t be more THRILLED.

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, going on ‘missions’ is encouraged for the young-adults of the church.  Through Kamille’s experience in Taiwan she decided that going to serve the Lord was what she was supposed to do next.  After a long and complicated process of putting in her papers in Asia, her call was supposedly on the way.  Her arrival back into the US also meant that any day (well, we’d expect a Wednesday..) her call could jump out of the mailbox.  The only problem?  My parents weren’t exactly on this continent at the estimated time of arrival.  So we had a plan to let her do whatever she wanted with it.

So, when I walked in from work one afternoon to Kamille reading what seemed to be a large packet with a picture of a baptism in front, it obviously could only be one thing-                                           THE CALL.

You could say it was one of the more awkward and uncomfortable situations I’ve faced in my kitchen. It was an inner battle of “Do I ask her?  Should I pretend I didn’t notice her shoving it under her backpack with wide eyes?  Does she want to talk about it?  What in the heck is going on, I just want my nutella!”  Eventually, she explained the sitch.

Her call had been there for a week, and hid it as to not be tempted to open it without our parents.  One week couldn’t kill, right? WRONG. But she still didn’t open it…. until she received a SECOND smaller envelope in the mail a week later.  Now, any straight-minded person would be at least somewhat concerned as to what the second envelope contained.  So naturally, she pulled it out of the mailbox and BAM right through the envelope she saw in big letters “********,*******”; which led her to an extremely hard decision as to whether or not she she tell my sister and I to help surprise the parents, or to wait and tell us all together.  She broke, and and told us where she would be serving for the next 18 months come November 21st, 2012.  She videoed our reactions, but considering I am hysterically sobbing into my palms for the majority of it, I think I’ll pass every posting that baby to the internet.

The next step was deciding how to tell my parents.  It was absolute KILLER not being able to tell anyone for 24 hours, but it just made telling my parents all the sweeter!  If the church knew how many people we had to lie to about her call… I think they’d revoke it.  Our original plan was to have a display with native items and the flag to her country, but after our parents caught a flight that got in 5 hours earlier we decided to surprise them as they came down baggage claim.  However, my Dad  was the first to come down and completely surpassed us; until he heard my mother squealing from the top of the escalator and basically jumping over the poor bystanders.  Seriously one of my favorite memories of my family of all time.  Unfortunately, I got too preoccupied and the video isn’t the greatest.  But I had never been so thrilled for my sister and to see my parents so shocked and confused but completely overwhelmed with joy at the same time.  It rocked.

Soon after the baggage was picked up, the car loaded, and many squeals/hugs/tears were shed in the middle of the Salt Lake City baggage claim we were on our way dinner.  Where Kamille informed us that she couldn’t hold it in any longer and that she had invited friends and family over to surprise them with the exciting news.. in an hour.  Great planning, Koke.  It all turned out great and i’ve never enjoyed watching people’s reactions as much as I did that night. But who could blame them?!  Her call is so unbelievingly random, yet so crazingly perfect.

So where is she going?

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