My parents have been in the Philippines for just over a week now. They will stay for 18 months serving on a mission for church. They've been planning and preparing to go for a long time and I'm happy for them that they got to go. They wanted to go to a different country we were really surprised when the call to go to the Philippines arrived.
It has been so nice living near them for the past seven years. We really enjoyed it and relied on them a lot to help with the kids. I will miss them a lot and feel really lucky that we can still talk on the phone and skype with them regularly. I'm coming to learn that change is inevitable and I should learn to make the best of it.