Can you believe 2009 is almost half-way over? We just passed the year mark since our return to the States. It’s hard to believe that so much time has passed since we said goodbye to such dear people and left behind a country that has become a second home to us!

This year has been wonderful, doctor however. It’s been the first time that Alex and Maggie have lived near grandparents and aunts and uncles. We’ve had lots of time to enjoy the company of friends and family while we travel through Michigan.

The school year has just come to a close. Alex and Maggie finished school on Friday. After a couple of weekends and weeknights of soccer tournaments, end of the school year field trips, recognition ceremonies – Maggie just finished her last year of elementary school – and goodbye parties, it’s time to hit the road! There will be no lazy days of summer here…at least not yet!

As school came to a close on Friday we were busy packing our bags, closing up our house and getting ready to hit the road first thing on Saturday to head to Springfield, Missouri where we will spend the next three weeks in Missionary Training. I’ll keep you updated as we go along so you can get a glimpse of what it’s like to go through this process. I have to be honest, this is a much more fun adventure for Alex and Maggie than it is for Corey and I, but it’s a time for us to get prepared for our time in Colombia and we are grateful to have this time with other missionaries and our leaders.

~Tona