Well I havent been very good at blogging lately. So this post is just to catch you up on some things going on at the Gneiting Home in 2011.
The most exciting thing that has happened so far this year is the return of our Russian missionary.
She is home!!!!!
Sister Gneiting (aka Mindy) flew home from Russia and arrived home on Jan 6, 2011.
Her total trip, including layovers, took her about 42 1/2 hours.
We were able to track her flights online through the airlines which was fun. They had a screen that showed her airplane while it was in route and so we watched with excitement as she got closer and closer to home. She flew from Russia over Norway, Iceland, the southern tip of Greenland, across the Atlantic Ocean, Newfoundland and dropped down into New York City, where she had a long layover. Then she flew to SLC where she spent the night and then on home to Idaho.
Rhiana and Amy were able to make it home to see Mindy fly in.
The rest of the family came the next day.
These are the signs we made to welcome her home. As you can see a couple of them are in Russian. We wanted to test her to see if she really had learned and understood Russian. haha.......and we found out the she did!!!!!
Our first glimpse of our Russian missionary!
Back on American soil!!
All of our family came home to see her and we had a wonderful weekend together. She gave a beautiful report of her mission on Sunday Jan 9, 2011 and we all felt her love of the gospel and the country and people of Russia as she shared her testimony that day.
She is adjusting well but really misses her mission. Especially the friends that she made while she was there. But luckily through Facebook and Skype she is able to keep in touch with them. We are so proud of her and her willingness to serve the Lord and spread the gospel to the great country of Russia!!
Like I said - everyone came home to see Mindy. It was the first time we had all been together for almost 3 years. We had a lot of fun and crammed alot of stuff into a few precious days.
Our daughter Amy was able to go through the temple to receive her endowments that weekend. It was a very special day for her. And it was extra special because our WHOLE family were able to be in the temple with her.
We celebrated Joes birthday which was a few days after they all left. We also celebrated Christmas too!!!! And after Mindys mission report at church we had a luncheon and had several family members and friends come over to visit.
And of coarse we all played and played with the little Trentster. He was so fun and kept us all laughing. It was a great weekend and I'm so grateful for my family and how supportive they are of each other.
I hope it doesnt take us another 3 years to get together again!!