Monday, May 26, 2008

MTC with Grandma and Grandpa

Derek's parents reported to the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah today. They will spend a week there, and then fly out next Monday to begin their 18-month missionary service in the West Indies. We picked them up at the Salt Lake airport today and took them to Provo. We are so grateful for their wonderful examples of selfless service. They just returned last August from an 18-month mission to Tonga. We will miss them while they are away, but know they and we will be so blessed in their absence.





This is the place. I was a little emotional going there today, knowing that in just a few months, we will be dropping Nate off there for his mission. His papers are in and he could receive his call as early as a week from Wednesday. I'll keep you posted!






Taking the luggage to their new living quarters.





I love this shot! They look so happy!





Grandma and Grandpa with Mallory and Alex pointing out the West Indies on the world map.





Grandma Jana attaching her missionary badge.





Derek, our kids, Grandma and Grandpa.




Saying goodbye. Derek and his mom.



Grandma Jana, Alex and Mallory.



Elder Evans (Grandpa) with soon-to-be Elder Evans (Nate).



Grandpa admonishing Parker to 'obey your parents' while he's gone!:)



Grandpa and Mallory.

And off they go... with a promise to obey all the mission rules and to work hard to get along with their companions -- each other.:)

21 comments:

Chell said...

Oh how wonderful they are getting to do that. keep us posted on where your son goes. Exciting times..

Lance and Sue Zan said...

Thanks for the photos and update. It was great to see them.

Ginnie said...

I hate saying good bye... it's always so hard. I wish them the best of luck with their new adventure. As for your son, how exciting! Can't wait to here where he's going.

PS I'll be living in sandy for a bit and then I will be moving to springville... I can't wait. Maybe I'll get to come to some pea get togethers :)

Sara said...

How beautiful.

Kristen Wagner Penn said...

What a wonderful thing for them to do. What a great set of role models your children have.

7EVANS said...

Thanks for the pictures!

Sure wish we could have been there! Always hate saying good bye!
I love the one in front of the map! I can't believe Nate's papers are in already! I'm thinking .... Brazil ....Mindy

Tracy said...

Such a bittersweet day! Hard to say goodbye, but what an awesome adventure! Hope they love the West Indies!

Angela~Kclmomof4 said...

Aww... Lots of P&pts for their journey.

Becky said...

Great documentation of this event. I love the one of them pointing on the map!

Becky said...

what a beautiful family moment!!!

Reds said...

That is so wonderful! Must be hard to say goodbye but it is for such a good cause! You must be so proud!

Amanda said...

The best of luck on their new endeavors. Great photos of every day life.

Jen said...

Good luck to them!

Mom2Drew said...

I can tell it's an important/memorable time in his/their life/lives. Godspeed.

pat said...

Margaret, what a wonderful post! I LOVE this--such a wonderful visual example of the joy in service. They will LOVE the people of the West Indies; one of my friends served there with her DH and they didn't want to come home. Love these shots... Keep us posted about Nate!!

Amy said...

What a great documentation. Grandpa and Grandma are a handsome couple! Love the one of them pointing to the map.

Bobbi said...

Awww, these are so great. There is so much emotion and what a wonderful thing. You have a beautiful family.

Scrapper88 said...

WOW, what a wonderful thing for them to do!! I bet they will be blessed!

BizEMommaK said...

You captured some great memories! Great job!

Shawna (shawkrem)

Janae and Travis said...

How fun. Loved all the pictures. A kid in our old ward is there on his mission. He LOVES it. He has only been out for 6 months or so, but from what I hear he is having a blast. It is neat that they are serving a mission. I loved all the couples that served in my mission. Its like having some extra parents or grandparents there to take care of you.

Janae and Travis said...

How fun. Loved all the pictures. A kid in our old ward is there on his mission. He LOVES it. He has only been out for 6 months or so, but from what I hear he is having a blast. It is neat that they are serving a mission. I loved all the couples that served in my mission. Its like having some extra parents or grandparents there to take care of you.