a birthday, a mission call and such a happy week

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I’d guessed, I’d hoped Hansie’s mission call might come on Stefan’s birthday. Somehow nothing seemed more fitting than opening Hansie’s mission call, while Stefan quietly turned 21 on the other side of the world. Although we couldn’t Skype, call, text or email Stefan, sharing the excitement of missionary work made it a glorious day. The mail arrived at 11:14 a.m. and I think the nervous excitement kept my heart rate at a steady 140 bpm all day long until Hansie opened it at 8 p.m.

I was so anxious all day long, but the moment he said where he was going all my fears washed away. I wondered why I ever doubted. Just in case you don’t already know his destination, I’ll let you enjoy the surprise in the video. We sent the video to Stefan lasts night and titled our emails: DON’T READ THIS UNTIL YOU’VE WATCHED THE VIDEO!

a birthday and a mission call from Michelle Lehnardt on Vimeo.

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p.s. and if you didn’t have a happy week (or even if you did) you should go see “Cinderella.” Everyone in our family, from Mary to Erik to Ben to my teenage boys, loved it. Exact quote from Hans, “You were right mom. That was the perfect date movie.”

March 10, 2015



  1. Cath

    March 16, 2015

    Hans! We are so THRILLED for you! Still reeling from the news and that amazing place you’re headed to! This video really is pure happiness. As will be your experience teaching and sharing the gospel in Madagascar. Our congrats, love and support! xoxo

  2. Jeanelle

    March 17, 2015

    What a happy video and what a happy day. I’m so thrilled for your family!! xo

  3. Raluca

    March 18, 2015

    Lovely! Love the happy sparkling video. Michelle, you are such a wonderful and dedicated mother!

  4. Fairchild

    March 18, 2015

    Wow! Congrats! Just curious as to when he’s going into the MTC?

    • mlehnardt8@msn.com

      March 19, 2015

      July 22nd. Thanks for asking!

      • Fairchild

        March 19, 2015

        That’s great. I’m curious because my oldest will be a senior next year and he’s still not sure about the whole mission first or year of college first thing. I know you have a lot of experience and it’s good to see how others do it. Decisions, decisions!

  5. Kayci

    March 18, 2015

    Beautiful video, just like all of your work! How exciting! Your missionaries are touching all the edges of the earth! So wonderful!

  6. Anne Marie

    March 25, 2015

    Pure amazingness! Congratulations to your son! What wonderful news. Love all of the connections you and your family continue to create. True magic

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