Wednesday, December 16, 2009
One of them sent this video to all of us recently and it touched me deeply. I hope you will all feel a little more of the true Christmas spirit after watching it. Thank you for sharing, RaShel.
As we prepare as a family for Jordan's mission, we are all so humbled by our Savior's example. We love Him. We believe in Him. We are committed to serving Him. And we will Trust Him completely with our own precious son for the next two years. What a blessing and honor it will be for Jordan to minister among the people living in the lands where Christ once stood.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
We met up with Jordan after he got off work and got down to business. I had been researching Missionary clothing and shoes on-line for hours and had our list down. I figured we would have to hit at least 4 different stores for what looked like the best deals and the recommended styles/fabrics for his mission.
We were so happily surprised to find out that Mr. Mac actually carried ALL of what I had put down on the list (even though their on-line store doesn't). We got a great deal on the missionary package, 15% to 20% off everything else, and came out with about 80% of what Jordan needed.
Making sure the suit had enough room to allow for extra missionary poundage!
Hamming it up for the camera.....It's hard for Jordan to be serious for more than a few minutes. So happy to have found the Ecco Boots that we wanted there and on sale. He's going to be doing a lot of hiking in very rural areas so these are perfect.
This picture made it all seem much more real.I'm bummed I didn't get photos of him picking out his ties. That was the best part of the shopping trip. Jordan certainly know exactly what he likes and has a fun sense of style.
So this is what we got to cross off the "To Buy" list:
1 two pant suit
10 short sleeve shirts
2 long sleeve shirts
8 slacks in black, gray, charcoal, and navy
2 pairs extra sturday Ecco shoes
1 pair Ecco hiking boots
1 three in one raint coat
5 ties (Jordan picked ALL paisley, his favorite)
1 missionary shoulder bag
1 toiletry leather bag
1 shoe shine kit
And a partridge in a pear tree!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Oh my gosh!!!! My hands were shaking, my heart was pounding, and I even started sweating with all the emotions that were rushing through me. I spent the next little while texting, emailing, and calling everyone about the big news. Then we all had to wait 8 long hours to open it until Jordan finished his classes for the day and a shift at the bank. Nicole came over early to help me make cookies. I had found some fun mission countdown blocks at Pebbles and I bought both of us one. We decided to make them together to help pass the time.
Just a couple amazing stories concerning his call:
3. A little over three years ago, Jordan was working on his Eagle Scout project. A family friend was associated with the Guatemalan MTC president and he learned that many local Guatemalan missionaries enter the MTC there with just the shirt on their back and a plastic sack of belongings. That really affected him and he decided to collect white shirts and ties to be sent to the Guatemalan missionaries and future missionaries from the city for his project. Now he's going to that exact place to serve them personally and will be one of them!!!
5. We just remembered that Jordan did his 6th grade country report on Guatemala. It was fun to pull out his display board and see his 12 year old handwriting describing a country that would mean more to his life than he realized at the time.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
College has been a great stepping stone for all of us. It's helped him learn personal responsibility unlike anything he could have experienced living at home. He's learned to prioritize his time, wash and iron his own clothes, and cook for himself...even if it is mostly microwaveable meals. It's helped me to let go a little bit (....just a little bit) and get used to not seeing him every day. This week his mission papers were submitted and we are waiting for his call to come either November 4th or 11th. It's such an exciting and rewarding time but it's also SO scary! Brendan said that it's a lot harder being on the parent side of things than it ever was for him as the missionary.
Everytime I think about the wheels being in motion already for this huge life changing event, tears well up in my eyes. He's my baby. My firstborn. My motherhood guinea pig. Oh, how I have messed up with him. But I hope he'll forgive me. But as wonderful as this time is, I have to be honest here....How am I going to survive on a weekly email and a bi-yearly phone call when I am used to texting back and forth every single day and talking several times a week? Where will he go? Where will be his home for the next two years? Will he be cold? Will he be too hot? Will he like the food? Will there be running water? Will the people love him and take care of him or will he have a hard time having anyone listen to their message? Will Nicole wait? Will he have carpet or dirt floors? Will he learn a new language? And if yes, will it come easy or will he struggle? Will he be safe? Will he follow all the mission rules? Will he get used to getting up at 6 am? Did we do enough to help prepare him?
Making the decision to have him come into our family was a time when I had to exercise the most faith ever and put it all in the Lord's hands. Again, I am standing at a heart wrenching crossroads. The Lord blessed me beyond my greatest expectations the first time and all I can do is have faith that all will go well again. Jordan came to earth with a specific purpose and I know that his mission is the beginning of many great things to come. I am so proud of who he has become and his preparation and willingness to serve our Heavenly Father. I'm grateful for his "I will go, I will do" attitude. He has been blessed with quite a charmed life and it's time to give back, help others, and thank our Heavenly Father.
But still I cry. Still I worry. Still I am sick to my stomach to start on this new and unknown path as a mother. Because you see, Jordan will always be my baby boy and it's hard to let go of such a precious little guy that just yesterday was learning to sing "I am a Child of God." (2 years old)