You see when they get their mission call in the mail it comes with a 40 page book listing all the things they have to get done before they go and all the things they need to take with them. They have to get visas, passports, sometimes special letters from the police department vouching for their goodness, and all sorts of immunizations depending on where they go. Before they even put in their papers to go on a mission they have to have their wisdom teeth out, see the optometrist, the dentist, the doctor, find their birth certificate :),get interviews and all sorts of fun. To add to all the fun I have had children who do not really want my help getting ready. They want to pay for it all themselves, they want to do it all themselves. And then my favorite part is that they think they do not need everything on the list that has been lovingly prepared and sent to them. That part is hard for me. I imagine a group of people who really know all about these countries where they are sending these kids sitting in a room ever so carefully making lists of what they will need to be comfortable and happy for 18 months to two years in their mission.How can you not obey the list when you have that picture in your mind? :) I figure if they went to the work to make this list I should go to the work to fulfill it :) But my kids think the lists are just guidelines :) And they may be right :)
I joined missionary mom lists on line to try to determine how accurate the lists were and what other moms bought for their kids and did to get their kids ready to go. The missionary mom list for Zach's mission was very helpful but Madeline and Miriam's lists have hardly any moms posting on them. Which is okay, I am figuring it all out :)
My kids have gone places on their missions where it is not easy to send them things they may realize they need once they get there which is why I get my panties in a bunch occasionally when they are ignoring lists :)
So far they have ended up surviving just fine so I do my best to remind myself of that and let it all go. But I am hoping it is normal for a mom to want to play "can I help you get ready to leave home to spend 18 months to two years in a foreign country" :) I know, I should be grateful they are independent :)
So when all that is said and done I have to tell you Miriam and I finally went shopping last Saturday and she was awesome. She went in more than one store. She tried on oh so many outfits. She was cheerful through it all even though I know she hated every single minute of it.
Wish me luck because in April Amanda, Baird child number 4, is putting in her papers for her mission and then I will be shopping once again with a Baird child for a mission :) Which reminds me I should find her birth certificate now :)