Monday, September 6, 2010

Welcome Home, NATE!!!! Returned with Honor

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!!!

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12 comments:

Kate said...

Woohoo!!! Welcome home, Nate!! He is a good looking young man... if he needs to meet a girl, my sis is at BYU now...

janett said...

These are so sweet! What a great welcome.

Beth said...

The shots of your family waiting in the airport show such anticipation and the one of you hugging him made me tear up!

Yolanda said...

I love the look they captured on your face when you spotted him.

Reds said...

Awww - such emotional and beautiful shots!! 2 years is a long time!

Angela2932 said...

Such wonderful shots of your family and the welcome home! I love the "hug" shots and the look on his face on the escalator.

pat said...

Ok, Margaret, I am officially teary. These shots, and your description of his arrival, pulled up all my memories of my son's homecoming... I warned you that you would be a crazy woman when you saw him--isn't it the most incredible rush in the world to see that MAN returning home? Glad to hear he is tucked in down at the Y. Hope he got to go to the game! Go Cougs--SO glad they beat the disgusting Huskies.

Jen said...

SO so love this!! and so happy for you!!!

Nicki, said...

I missed this post - the shot of you hugging your son brings tears to my eyes. Love the added 'eh' to the poster. Job well done Elder Evans/Nate - well done!

Janae said...

So glad you finally got to see your first born!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Photo's by Shan said...

Makes me cry!!!!

The Kempiak Party of Five said...

Oh Margaret, these photos make me cry! Seriously! So glad Nathan is home. Please tell him hi and that I love him.