What's been going on, you ask?
Well last summer Melissa decided she wanted to serve a mission and sent her mission papers off within 2 1/2 weeks of making that decision. Five weeks later she received her mission call to the Spain Madrid Mission and left for the Provo MTC on October 23rd. She spent 3 weeks in Provo and then had 5 weeks training in the Madrid MTC before being" let loose" on the poor unsuspecting citizens of Madrid on December 17th! ;)
Her first area was smack in the middle of Madrid in the 5th Barrio (ward) (about 1 1/2 km away from the Real Madrid's football stadium) and she was trained by the lovely Hermana Gonzalez from Florida. She spent a total of 6 months in B5 and after being trained herself was called as a trainer. In June she was transferred to Gijón which is on the north coast. I was so glad she was transferred out of the city for the summer as she would have died with the heat and her English skin would have burnt. She loved her 6 months in Gijón which she explained was "real Spain" compared to the melting pot of Madrid. She trained twice while serving in Gijón. The members there were wonderful and they took care of our baby girl really well. For that I will be eternally grateful.
Two weeeks ago she was transferred back to Madrid to the 9th ward and feels like she could be living in Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Columbia etc instead of Spain. For once she's not training (which pleases her) but she was called as Sister Training Leader instead! :) This week she will be busy with leadership and zone meetings and gets to go to the temple. She's only got 15 weeks left on her mission and it is going by so very quickly. We hope for her that it will go by slowly.
We are so excited to talk to her next week for Christmas!
Modeling skirts a member made for them in Gijón - August 2013
On a bus ride to Oviedo
Gijón November 2013
New hair cut - Madrid December 2013
More later on the boys!