Im pretty sure the most difficult part has been the absence of my parents in my kids' lives. I LOVE watching my kids interact with my parents and I love seeing the different relationships they have. AnDee knows just how to make my mom act like a goofball and Pep and my dad are best buds. Im sad they will miss the first 18 months of this new babies life BUT I am so glad they chose to serve another mission. Not very many couples get to serve two full-time, foreign missions. Its pretty stinking cool and Im jealous of all the cool things they are getting to experience.
On the plus side, they are senior missionaries, which essentially means that they can do what they want (ok... maybe not completely... but much more so than the young Elders and Sisters) They can call whenever they want and they can even come home on the weekends if they could find a way to pull it off (but seeing as the flight alone would take them the entire weekend, that wouldn't make much sense)
So last night we got to FaceTime with them for a bit! It was good to see them and it left me with a little bit better attitude. (Ive been a feeling-sorry-for-myself grump lately)
The only pics we got of the big goodbye where, as always, on the phone and they are awful... like really poor quality but we take what we can get around here.
One very cool side note: at one point The Timp 3rd Ward Missionary Board looked like this..
Its hard to see, I realize this so I will explain. In the top left corner we have Elder Jacob Wendall Naugle serving in the Belo Horizonte, Brazil mission. In the top right corner we have Elder Stephen Page Naugle serving in the Florianopolis, Brazil mission and on the bottom row in the middle-right spot we have Elder Lewis Ned Cowley and Sister Marylynn Cowley serving in the Hong Kong, China mission. At one point my kids had 4 close family members serving full time missions for the same ward. We are super lucky to have such awesome people in our lives!