Ted's parents joined us for the opening of the call and we got my parents and grandparents on Skype for the big reveal.
Matthew has been called to serve in the Ohio Cleveland Mission. Matthew could have been called to Timbuktu and the kids couldn't have had a more enthusiastic reaction. They were so thrilled for him. The Cleveland mission includes Kirtland, one of our favorite places on the trip which we had just taken. Everybody is over the moon excited and Matthew is too.
Ted and I were actually commenting on the trip that if Matthew got called state-side, it would be so cool if he got called to serve somewhere where we had just visited. Yay for him!
These are the mission boundaries where he will be serving:
We are so happy for him! We're going to miss him a ton. It leaves an empty little spot in my heart when I think about it too much, so mostly we're just working and not thinking about the reality of it too much.
I know Matthew will be a tremendous missionary, and I'm proud of his desire to serve and his willingness to sacrifice that chunk of his life. He will be great, and I can't wait for him to have the amazing experiences I know will be his!