Well, Chad left for the MTC (Missionary Training Center) yesterday -- October 13, 2010. He will be there for about 2 months learning Spanish and having wonderful, spiritual experiences. Brian and Dad flew out to Salt Lake with him at 7:30 AM. There were several of his friends there to say goodbye. Everyone tried to keep the mood light, but it was difficult to keep smiing. Haji serenaded us with his rendition of "His bags are packed -- he's ready to go...." Sweet and funny, but I think it just made me cry harder.
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Thanks Brian -- and Brian's Grandma (for the car). They even stopped off for a cheeseburger in Salt Lake before making the drive to Provo. Utah was a crisp 45 degrees yesterday morning. (A bit different from our 106 degrees here.) It's really hard to believe that he's gone. I turned into a "BIG BABY" at the airport. Even Kenna misses him -- and they hate each other, right???? And in Dad's words, "Those parents that said, 'we just dropped him off and everything was great ...' they were lying !!" It was HARD !!!
I kept thinking all day, "What time is it -- where is he?" And then at 12:00 our time (1:00 Utah time) I knew he was getting close to the curb ..... and the phone rang. Kenneth. It was done. I can't wait for an e-mail.
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In Chad's favorite words, "See ya in 2 !!"