Amanda's friends threw her a goodbye party last night. Ed and I were invited to the first part. This was convenient, as the party was at our house. Those that had been on missions told a story and shared a picture or two from their missions. It was a very sweet idea and personal for Amanda as she prepares to leave on her mission. I enjoyed hearing their testimonies and sharing a story of my own as well. Afterwards they ate deserts, played games, talked and stayed till midnight. It's hard to imagine how Amanda has formed such good friendships in the short amount of time she's been in Maryland. It's been a great blessing in her life, although it makes parting a little more sorrowful.