Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Elder Hunt Enters the MTC

Ahhhhh, the window...says it all!!

"Two years" is relative:
730 days; 17,520 hours
1,051,200 minutes
2 Christmas holidays!

Dad, Dal and I left Santa Clara this morning at 7:00 a.m. (well, 7:10, to be exact!) and headed to Mapleton. Dallin said it was the longest, boring-est drive EVER!!  Yep, we didn't listen to any music.  Talked some, listened to a WW II story some...but none of us were really into it.  Just a long drive and lots of anticipation!

I didn't go to bed at all last night, so I was kind in overdrive-mode.

In Spanish Fork we were stopped at a signal and could smell something REALLY good.  Sure enough, it was Cafe Rio.  We turned around and picked up "one last Cafe Rio meal"  for Dal then headed to the Mapleton Barton's home.  We ate lunch, Dallin showered and put on his missionary clothes.  He had a final "chat" with Harrison, then Dad and I, Nat and Dal headed into town.  A quick stop at Missionary Mall before heading to the Provo Temple, where we walked around and took pictures, then Dal drove himself to the MTC...we came along, of course!

Maybe I'm a very biased mother, even though I try hard NOT to be, but it seems that the last year of 'hard knocks' for Dallin, and for our family, has helped him mature and be very prepared for his mission.  He looks, to me, like a RETURNING missionary...not one just leaving!!

No tears saying good-bye...until about ten minutes later driving to the freeway.  
By the time we got on the freeway, I didn't need a tissue anymore.  We are SO happy and excited for Dallin!

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