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Bon Voyage

July 11, 2014

Today is a really bittersweet day for my family.  My baby brother is moving to Italy tomorrow.  We're sending him off properly tonight with a Bon Voyage party at my parents house.  My brother is in the seminary studying to become a priest and he'll finish out his studies at the Vatican.   So please say an extra prayer for him on his journey, both spiritual and physical.  Or maybe we should have him say a prayer for us? 

This is absolutely an incredible opportunity for him.  Can you imagine!  He spent the last two years studying in DC so this is going to be a huge change.  Because he is going on a student visa, he will be limited to how many times he can come home over the next several years.  He will be so missed!  His niece and nephews especially will miss his surprise visits.   I guess we'll just have to facetime our way through his adventure! 


And for all of you lucky ducks with Nordstrom cards (because that's like magic money, right) your early access to the anniversary sale has started.   I am so tempted to sign up just for the magic sales but I know Matthew reads this and will be texting me any minute to say NO.  I've already started taking advantage of the online shopping trick where you can pick-up your item an hour later.  Genius.

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  1. Wishing your brother luck on this momentous journey. That's really a beautiful and wonderful thing that he is going to become a priest.

  2. Congrats to your brother!!! But I'm sure that it will be so hard on your family having him so far away. One of my best friends became a priest a few years ago, and I am so proud of him. He does such good, and important work. I bet you feel the same way about your brother :)

  3. Congrats to your brother! I am sure you will miss him! Would be amazing if you could head over for a visit!

  4. How wonderful that your brother is studying to become a priest! I know you are all so proud!

  5. What an exciting journey your brother is about to embark on, and how wonderful for your family to have a priest in it! You all must be so incredibly proud. I know you will miss him terribly, but perhaps that's an excuse to plan an Italian vacay?? ;)

  6. That's so exciting about your brother! Prayers for safe travels. How exciting to finish at the Vatican!! The current pope definitely seems like an amazing one to learn from.

  7. Wow, what an incredible opportunity for your brother. My mom's baby brother is also priest (actually in DC) and it is the greatest blessing in our family. We couldn't be prouder of him.

  8. What an amazing opportunity and bless him for finding his true calling! How proud you and your family should be for him. :-)

  9. Best of luck to your brother, although in his business 'luck' doesn't have much to do with it! That is an amazing opportunity. My trip to Rome and the Vatican proved that if you just have one must see it would be the Vatican..simply breathtaking. He is soooo fortunate! I hope his journey continues to be blessed. xo Nancy


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