Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Long Awaited Day has Come

I suppose this is the day that every parent anticipates with mixed emotions. And so it was with us. We are very excited that Jenessa made the decision to serve a full-time mission for the church, but were also nervous about what that decision means for our family. This is our second missionary, so it should be easier. It wasn't.

When Riley left for his mission, we were just as nervous and scared about the unknowns of his mission experience. And I don't know if you ever totally get over that feeling while they are gone. However, you learn to trust in the Lord and know that the missionaries receive extra blessings during their service.

As Jenessa left the house for the last time as she begins her mission, she actually looked pretty calm and happy. A lot different than I felt. The past couple of days has been a whirlwind of activity trying to get the final stuff done, while trying to spend as much time as possible with her.

She didn't pack lightly. We actually had to put on the luggage carrier to get all her stuff and us to the MTC. Unlike Riley, who could only take one suitcase, Jenessa could take two and she packed them to the brim. Not knowing what to expect when she gets to Argentina, I think she packed for just about every contingency.

After getting the suitcases out of the car and handing them off to the poor "host" assigned to us, we said our last goodbyes before driving off. Another difference from when we dropped off Riley. We pretty much gave her a hug, told her we loved her and sent her on her way. This is the last look we got of her before being ushered into our car and told where to find the exit. We love you Jenessa and can't wait to hear about your first experiences in the MTC.

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