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Heading to Lansing Michigan

The last couple of days of getting ready for a mission are hectic. Monday Isaac spent most of the day shopping with his mom and they got most of the things on his mission list. That night, President Vance, our stake president, came and set Isaac apart and gave him a really special blessing.

On Tuesday, there were still some last minute things to do, and of course, the packing. It seemed like things kept getting pushed back further and further, but Isaac really wanted to go up to Victor for a few hours. We ended up meeting Grandpa Kunz and driving up to Grand Targhee to ride the chair lift up to the top and hike around a little. It was beautiful and I'm so glad we did that.

After that, we met the rest of the family at Texas Roadhouse for a farewell dinner. The waitress was one of Kory's old students, and she said we were the nicest, easiest large party she's ever had. :)
After that we went home and everyone decided to hang around and "help" Isaac pack. I headed to…
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