The Coolest People I Know

25 Apr

For years I’d always felt a little guilty for leaving the family behind and moving to Mexico. I have always missed them terribly, and I know they’ve missed me, too.

Then my parents did something that really took my by surprise.

About 5 years ago, my dad quit his 20-some year career in the mortgage business, and my parents moved to Charlotte, North Carolina so he could study at seminary. We were very proud of him when he graduated with some pretty impressive grades!

In 2011, my parents moved back to our hometown of Richmond, Virginia to find out what God wanted them to do with their lives. Both my parents began working while looking into opportunities all over the country, then they started looking even further.

During a phone call a few weeks ago, my parents told me that soon they will be moving to Bogota.


South America.


Starting hopefully sometime next year, my parents will be in Bogota for 8 months taking intensive Spanish courses, then they’ll look at missionary opportunities in different Latin American countries to see where they’re most needed. They’re doing all this with the help of the Mission to the World organization… the same organization that first brought me to Mexico 8 years ago!

Well, at least now I don’t have to feel guilty about moving so far away 🙂

I’m so incredibly proud of these people, and I can’t think of better role models.

If you want to read more about my parents, my dad just started his own blog called On Finishing Well, talking about their plans, challenges, etc. It’s an interesting read… at least for me, because my dad and I are pretty much the exact same person. 🙂

10 Responses to “The Coolest People I Know”

  1. murdocksmama April 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    That is SO EXCITING! So happy for your family!

  2. Susie April 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    How very sweet Laura!! Congrats to your parents on their new adventure!

  3. Milena April 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Thats fantastic! 🙂 Wishing your parents all the best on their new journey.

  4. aalstrup88 April 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    That’s amazing! Congrats to your dad and your family! What a HUGE accomplishment! Best of luck to them!

  5. ambyblue April 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    I need to send you a “not so fat” picture.

    • Laura in Cancun April 25, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

      We’ll get some updated pictures of you in a few weeks!

  6. KfromMichigan April 25, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    Congrats to your parents on their new adventure! Very exciting!

  7. mividaocupada April 29, 2012 at 3:05 am #

    That is so cool! I hope you get to go visit!

  8. mommiecooks April 30, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    That’s amazing Laura! I’ll definitely be checking out his blog; he’s going to have some fun stories to share I’m sure.

  9. Harri May 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    This is incredible- good for them! What a risk they took but they’ll be doing so much good for the world! Rhi xxx

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