Tuesday, January 22, 2013

MTC DAY

No more countdowns. MTC day is here.

I arose early.  Straight to my knees.  Serious reflection.

We kept focused through out the morning.  9:45am rolled around and we made a quick run through the house.  Family prayer and out the door.  The drive was pretty quite and a little somber to begin with.  My eyes would tear up, then I'd get the big eyes from Matt.  "Control it Women!"  I can only imagine the thoughts that run through a missionary's head as they are about to embark on a two year missionary adventure.

Matt and I tried to lighten it up a bit by making jokes about when people say, "Hawaii???....That's more like a vacation than a mission!"  We came up with answers like, "It's better than 2 to 5 in the State Pen" or "Sucks to be you doesn't it!?" {He thought that one was too rude} or "Someone's gotta do it!".    We kept rattling them off and decided to give them a try when we went to eat at the Spaghetti Factory.

Our luncheon was great and we enjoyed each others company.  It's been a tradition of our family to go to the Spaghetti Factory when we drop off a missionary...and I'm sure it will continue through Landon and beyond.  Surprisingly enough, although we had many visitors at the table {Missionaries always attract a bit of attention!}, not one of the visitors at the table said anything about Hawaii being more like a vacation!  HA!


After lunch we had about 45 minutes to spare before we needed to be at the MTC, so we decided to walk the mall which would also keep Tanner's mind busy.  We could see the anticipation building in his demeanor.  So we walked and walked.  It really helped with burning off some nerves and making the time go more quickly.  We snapped a family picture and off we headed to the MTC.


 The following video is right when we arrived at the gate....and the pictures say the rest.....

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Our stop was at number 2....oooooh the anxiety and excitement!




 

Literally less than 2 minutes and he's off............it's faster than ordering fast food!




Until we meet again, Elder Shoemaker!  God Speed.

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