There's a lot of excitement and anticipation at the Seminary today. Second year students are receiving their vicarage placements at 3:00 p.m. and concluding students are receiving their first calls at 7:00 p.m. Needless to say, those who attended classes today were not focused on the material. Timothy and I continue to remain separate from this anticipation (after all, it is 365 days until we receive a vicarage placement, but who's counting?). The day couldn't be better: sunny with a high of 85 degrees. Families are everywhere on campus.
We're excited for all of our friends receiving calls and vicarage placements, specifically our friends Hunter and Elizabeth from Alaska. They will be receiving a vicarage placement, most likely not in St. Louis. They are thrilled to have an opportunity to be traveling (something a native Alaskan doesn't have much chance to do). They will also be getting a break from the stressors that they have found in St. Louis through the Seminary. Although we will be sad to see them go, we are beyond thrilled for them!
That's one of the hard things about Call Day. We will not see the students receiving calls and vicarage placements after they move this summer (unless we go to visit). When the current second years return from vicarage, we will be leaving on our own vicarage adventure. When we return, they will be graduating and entering first calls. It's a bittersweet time, in the midst of all the excitement.