and she's off! ashley joined thousands of other missionaries and entered the missionary training center (mtc) yesterday. it was hard to say goodbye to our daughter and sister, no doubt, but we know what she doing is right, and that made it a lot easier to say goodbye. regardless, there were tears. mamma faldmo cried the rest of the day.
here is our last family picture for 3 years.. (since isaac will be leaving for his mission around june and ashley won't get back until february 2015)
mamma faldmo was wearing sunglasses to cover up her tears :)
here is a picture of the cute sister missionaries carrying her luggage. ashley's uncle jason has a nephew on his wife nicole's side-- Elder Rowland, that was one of the host missionaries that met us at the curb and actually got her luggage out of the car and was one of ashley's greeters. such a coincidence!
it would not be normal for a family to get a picture of their missionary the very next day, but we are so lucky because the above picture is ashley this morning with her friend kelsey who works at the mtc. she sent this picture to mamma faldmo this morning with this text that said: "Hi Sister Faldmo! This is Kelsey, Ashley's friend. I saw Ashley today in the MTC and took a picture with her and figured you might want to see a pic of her in the MTC so she gave me your number! She looks so good and seems to be doing well and is happy. Have a good day! :)" kelsey also told us that she has a cute companion and she is doing well compared to a lot of the new missionaries she sees.
we can't wait to get ashley's first email on her prep day and share it with you all. we already miss her like crazy!