It was interesting, this past month I was like hmmm, "I wonder what my brother is doing, what he's thinking about home." - the thing is, at this point for my brother I could probably say for him he's probably wondering, "What is home?" The amount of hours, the dedication, the sweat, the tears, the laughs, the ups the downs, the "dunks", the transfers, the $1 pasta meals, the beautiful vacation he was on (I'm only kidding), I believe Australia is his home... - to a degree.
Pretty funny, years ago I remember when we went to Australia for vacation, and I DISTINCTLY remember my brother saying, "If I serve a mission, I want to serve right here." Now, I'm not saying this applies to everyone (cough cough me, Philadelphia? I said language speaking--out of states! But I love my mission so it's no worries :)) But I can honestly and truly say I know the Lord listened to him and heard him say that and because he had that courage to drop everything for two years and serve, the Lord responded and well out of the hundreds of places he could serve, he was called to that specific place... Coincidence--that isn't a coincidence, right?
Now, Bracken was always a handsome kid, but now he's a model? What the heck... He sent me a photo of him in the mail and not only did my jaw drop but I had to take a double take! He told me people asked him how he lost his weight and his reply was, "I followed the schedule, I was obedient." My mission president always tells us, "Obedience brings blessings, exact obedience brings miracles." My brother had some ridiculous miracles that were no doubt orchestrated by God due to his obedience.