Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Elder Lightheart leaves Medford

We got up bright and early to take Elder Lightheart to the airport.  I think he is probably most sad about leaving Midnight, his black lab.  Once the kids were "awake", they were so excited to be there.  We stayed with him as long as we could and then watched him go through security.  We then went up and watched him through the window from the second floor (he didn't know we were there).  It was a bit weird for me because I saw him talking to someone and wanted to know who it was.  My initial response was to text him about it. It's amazing how we become so dependent on our devices and communication.  I loved seeing the excitement in Jonny's face.  You can see from the pictures that he was just glowing.  It happens so fast.  One minute your standing conversing and the next they are out the door and on their way.  What a great experience.  Dee Dee Morgan was there with us and we talked about how this is "pay back day."  This is what we have worked together for as a family and it is an amazing opportunity to see your son make such a selfless, obedient decision.  I think more than anything I feel gratitude for my son, for his decisions, and this incredible opportunity.  We will miss him, but know he is where he is supposed to be.  WE HAVE A MISSIONARY!!!!
Elder Lightheart saying good bye to Midnight

Last family picture
LT, Elder Lightheart, Brian, Anna, Scotty, Maren and Emily
Elder Lightheart and Sister Dee Dee Morgan (Shaun's mom)
Maren and Elder Lightheart

Watching Elder Lightheart and Elder McGonigal (a missionary leaving from Etna ward)

Emily and Scotty watching Jonny

The last wave

Watching the plane leave out in the rain


1 comment:

  1. Great pics! I'm sorry, but the picture of him saying goodbye to his dog made it more real to me that he will be gone for 2 years than him saying goodbye to his family! I bet it's wonderful having a missionary out! He'll do great!