It's been almost two weeks since Elder Evans AKA Nate came home from his mission in Edmonton, Canada. It was an amazing, joyous homecoming beautifully documented by my good friends Janae Cooper and Tracy Wagstaff. They were both so kind to drop everything else in their lives to come and spend an hour or so at the airport awaiting Nate's arrival and then photographing it second by second.
The anticipation and excitement in the air were palpable. I was pretty much beside myself by the time I saw him step foot on the escalator toward baggage claim, where we were waiting at the bottom. I screamed, I jumped up and down, I hooted and hollered. It was the most incredible feeling to see him again.
It seemed like it took forever for that escalator to descend, but the second he stepped off, I ran and enveloped him the biggest hug imaginable. Two years ago as I hugged him goodbye at the Missionary Training Center, I remember not wanting to let go...and thinking that hug had to last him...and me two years. How wonderful it was to see him return and to and give him a HUGE hug again!
Nate was only home for a few days before he started school at BYU. Those days he was home were wonderful and seemed to fly by. I was very sad to have to say goodbye to him again when we dropped him off at his apartment in Provo, but now at least he is only an hour away and he can call, text, e-mail, visit!
His mission was a wonderful experience for him We said goodbye to our 19-year-old boy two years ago and welcomed home a 21-year-old man on August 24th.
We are so happy he has returned with honor.
Here are some of my favorites of the airport-a-palooza!!!