January 1, 2014
On December 31, 2014, I retired l after working as an attorney for over 30 years. I had looked forward to that day for many years. It was not because I disliked my job, I was working as a Child Protection Attorney and the work was fulfilling. It was not because I disliked my co-workers, they are some of the finest people I know. It was because I knew in my heart that there was something more for me to do. I wanted to find out what that might be.
I knew what one part of the journey would be. Jim and I have wanted to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for our entire marriage. We are lucky enough to be healthy enough to go. I feel blessed that the decisions that we made long ago have worked out so that I was able to retire and we could afford to go on a mission. He wanted to go immediately after I retired. I told him that I wanted to "breathe". I could not have anticipated what the next few months would be like.