In the mean time Amanda and I had planned a trip to Seattle to visit Grandma Martenson and celebrate her 88th birthday! I wanted Amanda to be able to see Grandma before she left on her mission because I'm not sure if grandma will be around when she returns because of a heavy duty cancer diagnosis 2 years ago. So we had planned to leave on February 20th never dreaming the mission call would not be here.
As events would unfold the mission call arrived exactly on the day that we were supposed to leave for Seattle. I got a call at 7am from the Pleasant Grove post office and they said, "We have your missionary's call would you like to come and pick it up or wait to have it delivered by the mail carrier?" So of course I ran down to pick it up! But before I could do anything else, the phone rang again and this time it was Delta Airlines. They explained that our flight at 2pm was over sold and wondered if we would like to take $200 ticket vouchers and go on another flight? I was so flabbergasted I couldn't even think for a moment but I quickly realized it would be so perfect to go the next day so Amanda would have time to invite over her friends and family to be there when she opens the call. Instead of having to rip it open and run to catch a plane. The turn of events was spectacular! I was so aware all day of God's tender mercies as he diligently took care of every little detail that I had been worrying about and there was much more to come!
So the planning began and since several people couldn't be there until then, we settled on 8:30 pm. It was a long day and that letter was just sitting there allllll dddaaaaayyyy long!