I had to keep this secret for a very long time. It was really hard! And now that I'm finally writing about it, I don't remember many of the details.
I didn't know that Wiyah was even considering a mission. But here and there she would mention things about "......my mission....." and I realized it must definitely be on her radar. It was exciting, but I didn't feel like it was something I should ask her about or talk to her about. That I should just let her explore those ideas on her own without any pressure or expectations.
My recollection is that by the time she got around to officially telling us that that was her plan, she had known and shared with Baboo for quite some time. There was a part of me that was sad to have not been part of her process with her. And another part that was really happy for the close sibling relationship and sharing with her missionary sister.
Once it was official, I really wanted to make some kind of announcement because it was so dang exciting! But I WAS NOT ALLOWED. In fact, she wanted to keep the whole thing a secret, even from her siblings, UNTIL SHE GOT HER CALL!
So we had to make decisions about what college she would accept at, knowing that she wouldn't be there for two years. It was really hard for her. And people kept asking questions about her future that were really hard to answer truthfully without divulging her plans for a mission.
I got pretty good at it, though, and loved it when she appreciated my helping her out of some sticky conversational situations.
Eventually, we did have to tell the kids that she was planning a mission because some things just needed to be talked about and keeping a secret like that at home was almost impossible. But no one was really aware when she submitted her papers.
And then nine days later (last Wednesday) she got her letter from the Prophet telling her where in the world the Lord needed her. At first, she planned on waiting until Friday to open her call. But in the end, she wrote on facebook, "I've waited almost 19 years and I'm not waiting any longer! I'm opening my call tonight..."
It was a lot of fun posting the surprise photo of her with her call already on facebook and the shock and surprise that family members had.
Anyway, without further ado, here is her call opening. The first two videos below are part 1 and part 2. They were taken by a friend of hers. The third video is one that the Hubba took on his phone and is a little bit longer.