Sunday 11/11/2012 was Firstborn's mission farewell. He gave a wonderful talk on why he was willing to go halfway around the world to teach the Romanian people about the Atonement. It was wonderful to listen to his testimony. Every day I pray that Heavenly Father will help me to see people the way He sees them. That day I was able to see my son the way his Father in Heaven sees him. He will be a great missionary.
There were hundreds of cookies and 4 types of soup as well as a lot of rolls and sliced homemade bread with butter and jam. We prepped for hundreds of people to show for the open house. After our extended family left to head back to Utah, the house was quiet. No one else showed. We kept posting on FB that we had a lot of food and were waiting for visitors. The soup ended up being put into the fridge/freezer. Firstborn and Secondborn put together plates of cookies to take to people. The rest of the cookies were packed up to take to Utah.
The night we arrived in Utah, more family and some old friends we haven't seen for seven years since we moved came to my parents to say goodbye. Good thing we brought the cookies.
It was fun to see everyone. The house was noisy with laughter.
Some of these cousins will look very different (and taller) in 2 years.
Firstborn made sure he was done with the openhouse by 9:30 and in bed by 10 p.m. per mission rules. He was set apart as a missionary Tuesday night and had his dad for his companion until he reported to the MTC. Whether he slept at all that night is a different story.