On the way home from Visalia today we found the above sign along the way. It was worth a good laugh, and a, "Turn the car around Den and go back so I can take a picture of that sign." I wonder about the poor soul who wrote it.
But that's not what this post is about.
It's about my nephew Nick who got called to the Argentina Meuquen mission!As you can tell, I don't think he enjoyed having his picture taken, but he was sweet about it anyway.
Den and I left home about 8am, heading for Nick's farewell. We took Austin and Chandler with us being Logan and Amy can't fit all the kids in one car since the twins have been born.
So Logan and Amy and the other 5 kids were right ahead of us the whole way there.A good cozy family feeling.
Chandler suddenly said he was feeling car sick.
Thankfully I had my sea bands with me. They seemed to help him within about 10 minutes.
Logan and the kids back together again. Not sure where Amy was at that very moment, but I know she was there.
I have to admit that my favorite part of the day was this:Holding them both at the same time all snuggled up together brings tears to my eyes.
Oh how blessed I feel. No words justify my feelings.
Like I told Amy today, "First comes the trial, then come the blessings."
To which she replied, "And the trials make the blessings even sweeter."
After our church service we all went to my brother John and Suzanne's for a great feast.
The Roziers always have the best potlucks.
With salads as beautiful as this one:I am putting a picture of this in my recipe book. I love the combination of colors.
Nick will be flying off to enter the Missionary Training Center on June 10...the same exact day his grandparents (my parents) got married 58 years ago.
As I sat listening to his wonderful talk today, I couldn't help but think back to the times when I was the parent of a son happily getting ready to go on his mission. The feelings of separation, to me, felt brutal at first.
But then I soon started noticing the blessings. And did they ever come!
What a great 2 years that was for them, and for our family.
That feels so trite to say now. But they really were 2 GREAT years times 4.
We also went to Nathan Barnes mission homecoming today!
He just returned from the Oklahoma Tulsa mission.
We also stopped by the 'going away party' for Mark and Miranda Roberts and their 3 children. They are leaving this week for Puerto Rico for FIVE YEARS because of his job.
What a special dear-to-my-heart family.
But like Miranda and I were discussing tonight...because of blogs it's never really goodbye.
Besides, I refused to say that word today.