Elder Kennedy(even Leo gets a farewell hug even tho Leo hates having his picture taken.)
left from Evansville Airport, flying to SLC. His Uncle Buddy
who dropped him curbside at the MTC in Provo for a 6 week stay before flying to the Marshall Islands for his 2 year mission.
So many of his
The report from Cara was that she was fine, having cried in the days leading up to this moment, UNTIL she'd look at Ella who was really shedding tears. NOTICE HOW CLOSE ELLA STANDS NEXT TO HER BROTHER in the pictures above. (this could be your Where's Waldo/Ella moment)! Cody did some standard dance moves of his as walked away from the group so they all knew he was happy to be starting his mission, probably even chomping at the bit to do so. Oh, and he wore his suit even tho his mission does not require a suit. I think he wanted to at least look like the standard missionary leaving home. I think it was a perfect choice.
We have 2 boys from our ward called. Ethan has left **
I don't know if I am supposed to feel shocked that I have a grandson old enough to serve a mission but I don't. I think it's because I always have a 17-year-old Susan still in my heart and head. I'm not older...I just have a grandson who is.
**A little historical note. When I was growing up and the boys left for their missions, they had these small folders, some trifolds, to hand out. On the front was their pictures. Inside listed their missions and addresses, both home and mission. They were wonderful keepsakes. Then the church discontinued this but I was so happy to see that the 2 from our ward handed out similar cards. If I had scanned the details for either of them, you would have seen where they were going, addresses, countries they were called to serve. I choose to not add this private information. The cute last line under Ethan's says: "Letters/Cards once a week are encouraged." With the fact that all missionaries today get an email address through myldsmail.net, it makes writing to them much easier. But I forsee gift boxes of some kind now and again. It is just SO nice to have these cards, to put a reminder in my online calendar to write each week. No, I don't expect an answer...but I know how important it is for them to receive news from home or uplifting stories.