Monday, October 26, 2009

As It Should Be...

I feel a little out of sorts with my blog, a little behind on things that I want to blog about. The last weeks have been hectic with so many things that needed to be done that blogging has taken a backseat to living life... As it should be. :)

But still I won't feel settled till I "catch up". So, that is what I will attempt to do. Not all in one blog post, of course, but maybe over the next few.

With Jordan leaving for the Missionary Training Center (MTC for short) he has been very much on my mind. Last Tuesday night (October 20th) he was set apart. This means that he received a special blessing from our Stake President, President Lindmark, to "set him apart" to be a full time missionary for the next two years. He gave Jordan a chance to say something to each of his sisters and brother (Jacob, Abigail and Annah were there) and then each of us could say something to Jordan. Abigail and Annah cried so much -- Annah so much so that she couldn't do anything but hug him. It was an emotional time for all of us.

I told Jordan that I knew the difficulty he had in deciding to serve with his dad facing cancer but reminded him that we had to have faith that no matter what happens in the next two years, we will be taken care of and that he has made the right choice.

When it was Tim's turn to talk to Jordan he said,

"I fully expect that I will be here in two years. I will say it again, I FULLY expect to be here in two years. But, I don't know what will happen but whether I am here or whether I am not, I want you to know that BOTH of your fathers will be watching over you." (meaning Heavenly Father and him).
Of course everyone was crying. What a beautiful spirit filled that room. I do so love that husband of mine.

For Wednesday morning we had our alarm set for 4:30 am so we could be up and leave for the airport at 5:15 for his 6:40 flight to Salt Lake City. We were still asleep when there was a knock on our bedroom door and Jordan came in and whispered,
"Mom and Dad, are we going to go?"

We mumbled, "What time is it?"

He said, "Ten after five."

He was fully dressed and ready, and with a scene reminiscent of Home Alone when the power went out and their alarms didn't go off and they were late for the airport, we screamed and jumped out of bed and ran around to quickly wake up kids and get dressed!!!!

We never heard Tim's alarm go off! Tim uses his cell phone for an alarm clock and later we realized that the night before Tim had put his phone on silent when Jordan was being set apart and he never changed that setting so it stayed set for silent. You would think there would be some kind of override of the silent setting when you set the alarm but no....

We made it to the airport in time but poor Jordan didn't have a thing to eat -- he was leaving for two years and I didn't even send my boy off with breakfast!!! :( I told him I would make it up to him when he got home. So breakfast for him was from the airport gift shop -- a muffin, a protein bar and some M&M's! What kind of a mother am I?????

Thumbs up...MTC here he comes! :)
A small, far away picture of my boy but it was his final wave....
our last glimpse of him before he went to board his plane. He is off for two full years of experiences that will change his life, and ours... As it should be.
"And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up." (D&C 84:88)


Ladysam said...

just beautiful!

Natalie.Rob.Branson said...

Jordan will make one incredible missionary! He is an awesome young man. It sounds like you've had some touching experiences as you prepared to "let your son go". We will pray for his success.

Cretta said...

Isn't it interesting how days march on, events march on, our lives change,and our hearts grow larger with each pass.
Sometimes I think mine will surely break when I read your wonderful posts and talk to you on the phone. Then I realize, what I am feeling are growing pains.
I love you all.

sweetsusan said...

when jeremy was set apart, it was so spritual. everyone cried. ryan had to go to his room because he was crying so much!!

Patty said...

By now I guess you have heard from him and I hope all is going well! There is something quite remarkable in the MTC as they prepare for their upcoming two years, it is really amazing!

The Hicks of Kentucky said...

Thank you so much for sharing that experience with us!

Debbi said...

WOW Loretta, you have such a way with your words that I feel I am there experiencing it all with you. Thank you for sharing this with us.
I too think that you show a wee bit of magic through that camera lens as well. Keep the pictures coming.