A week ago we took daughter #7, Laurie, to the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah and dropped her off to start her 18 month LDS mission. She will leave next week for the Everett, Washington area. AKA Snohomish County area where my friend Nan of Pots and Pins lives.
Laurie is smart, and pretty, and funny, and has a desire to serve a mission for our church. It is my job to support her 100%, even though it crushes me to not see her for 1.5 years! We will get weekly email and I can face time with her on a few major holidays.
If you remember Mason (#8, the baby and only boy) is getting ready to serve a 2 year mission for our church, as well. So right before Laurie left, she and Mason went to visit daughter #5, Chelsey, and her boyfriend Malachi, in California.
Disneyland is so exhausting, right? Mason is always photo bombing people.
The Sunday before Laurie left, she gave an amazing talk in church speaking about Jesus Christ and her desire to be more like Him. I was so proud. After her talk we had a party for about 50+ family and friends at our home.
We had people on the front porch, the back deck, kitchen, and anywhere they would fit. It was so humbling to see our family and friends come from near and far to support Laurie. I was so touched by everyone. It was a day to remember.
I wish I had taken the time to photograph all the food. We had a very simple menu with fresh fruit, fresh greek salad, sandwiches and desserts from my neighbor Laura's cupcake shop, Carmela's Cottage (oh my gosh - they were so good). It was a great summer menu. There were lots and lots of preparations for the big party but seriously but I was too busy to take photos. No kidding. But now I regret not having more shots.
Allison was so glad her cousins could come. I can't tell you how much fun the kids had together.
Malachi took some family photos. This is one with all the kids. Wait. Where is Allison? Left to right Shelbie, Chelsey, Laurie, Jamie, Mason, Natalie, Eliza, Whitney and Tracey. Yes, Whitney and Tracey are identical twins. But obviously they all look alike.
The day came to drop Laurie off. And seriously, that is what you do. DROP OFF. I think there was less than 5 minutes before she was whisked away by a cute sister missionary. We had a chance to take a couple photos. But I think Laurie was over it and ready to just leave at that point.
And this is me...right when we pulled away from the curb. Tears, red nose, the whole works. Eighteen months just seems like it is so long. After all, that is how old baby Lizzie is right now. Sigh. I am grateful Laurie is doing good things. Isn't that what mothers want? Yes.