It's so sad that families can't go see their missionaries off at the airport anymore from the MTC. So we did our own little thing to send him our love and well wishes. We spent the weekend making a 35 foot sign that he could see from the freeway as he drove past Lehi for the last time.
His bus left the Provo MTC at 5:00 am so we were up bright and early (I should say dark and early). We put the sign up for Jordan and his good friend Josh Miller who is going to Arcadia, CA but left at the same time. My sweet dad left our house at 4:00 am and drove down to the MTC. He parked outside the gates and watched as the buses arrived to pick up the missionaries. We got play by play phone details when they were loading the luggage, when the missionaries came out, and when the buses left. That's when we knew we had about 25 minutes until they would get to us. He followed them all the way back to Lehi so we knew right when they would be coming. My dad is one to follow the rules only because we would get mad at him, but always figures out a way to bend them as far as possible when it involves his family. We're so glad he didnt' get questioned by the MTC Security guards. He's the best! We waved our flashlights, jumped up and down, and screamed as we saw the MTC bus drive by and then when we saw a 2nd one we did it all over again!
It will be fun to hear if he was even able to see it in the dark when he drove by. We outlined the letters in glow in the dark paint, but it didn't work too well out there. Well, on we go with the waiting game for the phone call. Kids have been checked out of school and Brendan will conference call in from work so we are all set. Come on Elder Smith!!!! Call home soon!!!!