Today brings the final letter John wrote to Whitney. It's hard to believe that she will be home soon. A few tears have been shed, hardly surprising. It has been a wonderful journey and experience. One I wish everyone could have.
We have had a fun little countdown the last week on instagram. It's been fun to hear the children's conversations and excitement about Whitney's return. She has been missed.
This is not a great photo, but in just one day I will get to give my darling daughter a hug again. It's such a small thing that I have missed. I love her dearly.
You can read her letters here. I will update her last week later this week when she gets home. What a joyous reunion! Also I feel like I'm nesting, like I did before each baby. Trying to finish up projects and such. I have neglected most everything online, but I'm getting back into the swing of things now that the big stuff is done. It's really silly because unlike when she was born, Whitney will return and be helpful.
I believe this is the last message I will be able to write you during your mission because a week from now you will be in Rome or traveling to Rome and involved in so many emotional and wonderful good byes and singing God be with you til we meet again and all those wonderful things. I wish you the very best last week in Bari as you express your love for investigators, members, and missionaries as only you can. Italy is such a wonderful place, and I love the Italian people so much. I remember when we were there together a little over a year ago, and I had the opportunity to bare my testimony in Pescara with people I knew and people I had never met. I pray that you will have a week of overwhelming love for the Italian people every day as you talk with them and as you see them in the streets and wherever you go. I pray that you will have a week filled with overwhelming and unspeakable manifestations of the spirit. I pray that you will be filled with God's love, as Nephi described even unto the consuming of your flesh. I pray for all these things and for your happiness now and always. You are such a wonderful person and it is such a blessing for me to be your father. I pray for your safety in this last week and as you travel home. I don't feel this week like telling you amusing stories, etc. There will be a lot of time to talk when you get home. I just want you to know how much I love you and how I will be praying for you this week. You are wonderful.