The next few posts will have nothing to do with our mission in Budapest… but everything to do with our family!
Our son, Clinton, told us a few months ago that he and Tanya were getting married – maybe in May 2013. We knew this was a possibility, since he and Tanya have been traveling companions since August 2011. Clinton loves to travel. Of course, when he met her, he told her upfront that he was LDS. She had some experiences with the “Mormon Missionaries” before she met him but was a bit more interested after she met Clinton. She and her mother joined the Church in April 2012.
The date was settled: August 1, 2013. We got permission to leave our mission area from our Mission President and once we had a final date, we got permission from the Area Presidency – in 20 minutes! We are allowed to leave our mission area for a “life-changing event” and having our 41 year old never married son get married was certainly a life changing event!
Elder Felsted and I flew into the Zhulyany Kiev Airport on Monday, July 29, 2013. Tanya had arranged a taxi to pick up Clinton at the Boryspil International Airport when he arrived Tuesday, July 30th. We met up with Clinton there and drove down to Cherkassy – 180 km or a 3 hour drive. That gave us some time with Clinton to see what has been going on with his businesses, farm, travels, etc.
Tanya met us at an apartment where Clinton stays when he is in Cherkassy. There was room for us to stay there, too! We went out to lunch at a little mall across from darling blue bank in the first picture. Yummy! Then Tanya went off to do some last minute things – including a wedding dress fitting. Clinton took us for a little walk around the town and later we went to Tanya’s apartment for a dinner that she and her mother made for us. Authentic Ukrainian food! Some yummy potato dish that Clinton loves, chicken, salad and sauces.
The next day, we and Tanya and Clinton walked to her dress lady for a final fitting and we waited out in a park strip that is in the center of the street for that. Then we walked a short distance to an authentic Russian restaurant for lunch.
We had very lovely salads for lunch. The waitress let me take her picture…
Afterwards, Tanya had more things to do so Clinton showed us some other sights. This beautiful Russian Orthodox Church was closed but we walked around the outside grounds. It has some beautiful mosaics.
We did not stay too late! Big events were happening the NEXT DAY…