Wednesday, 1 July 2015


Today at 1pm Salt Lake time Jaxon reported to the MTC to start his two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He flew out of Abbotsford yesterday morning.  Emerson had to work so he said his goodbye's at home.

We took two vehicles out to Abbotsford as I had to go to work after saying goodbye.  Grandma and Grandpa Shirley were still with us and flying out later that morning.  We got him checked in, paid for his one piece of luggage and walked to the boarding area.  We all gave him our hugs, wished him well and sent him on his way.  Not thinking - he packed all of his shampoo, sunscreen, toothpaste, etc. in his carry-on bag - so they were confiscated at security.  Lucky for us the guard let us take them home.  Jaxon would have to stop and pick some up once he got to Provo.  He went through security, checked in at the gate and walked on the plane.

All the build up - all the anxiety in saying goodbye - and just like that he's gone.  I said goodbye to my parents and my family and headed on my way to work - had a good cry on the drive there and was good to go!

Everyone stayed behind and watched the plane take off, went and got some breakfast and then drove Grandma and Grandpa back to the airport to head home.  Then we were left to wonder what he was doing - did he get through customs - did our friend Jessy Robinson meet him - did he get some more shampoo - did he get to the MTC - did he get a good companion - do they get companions in the MTC - so many questions and we have to wait until Monday to hear from him and hope he has time to answer all of them in his email home.  I think that will be the hardest part of all of this here at home - wanting to know how he is and what he's doing all the time but only getting weekly updates.  Here's where the faith in the Lord comes into play.  We know he is doing what he should be doing and that the Lord will protect him.  I'm sure with time we will stop wondering and thinking of him so often - and maybe not...

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