The Sunday before the kids headed back to school we sat squished on a row in church, all seven of us: a whole, complete family.
I loved how interested Max was about everything in that box…
Among the treasures we found a letter addressed “to my son:”
Dave had forgotten he wrote that years ago to his future son. I love that it is addressed to his “son” and not “sons”…he must have had some good intuition back in high school when he wrote it:)
Max opened it up and it had all kinds of great advice.
Then it was on to the shopping. Boy, I will tell you what: there’s a lot to think about when you’re sending a boy overseas to live for two years and he won’t be able to buy any clothes that fit him there.
I’m pretty sure they don’t have any size 15 shoes or slacks that will fit a kid who’s 6’7″ in Taiwan. We were able to knock out a ton at one store that it totally catered to missionaries and we felt pretty grand about that.
I felt pretty grand about having a helper at Costco too.
After that first big errand day Max started work so he’s been busy as can be and we’ve been trying to fit in things here and there as we can.
We’ve been trying to do a little “missionary boot camp” trying to get on a good schedule and reading and haircuts and attending the temple and even trying to eat better.
He’s been in charge of our morning scriptures most days…
So many kids left in the summer, it was missionary farewell season galore (back HERE). It’s kind of fun all over again to be in round #2 (but on a much smaller level). These next boys are all leaving within the next few weeks:
And of course, had to get one with my photo-helper too who was meeting some girls to go to the temple as well.
SO, on to the farewell…I cannot believe this day is finally here!
Today some of my family who are coming for the farewell are starting to trickle into town and we’re so excited to see them. Five of Max’s friends are coming down from BYU too (he and his roommate both have their farewells on the same day) so we’re trying to situate everything to get ready for all the festivities so I’ll log out now, but come join us if you’re local!
Yes, this is all getting real!