Saturday, August 16, 2014

And...He's Off

Tanner's last day home started off at 5am when these two characters - the best friends a guy could ask for - showed up at the door with a big gulp in hand to bid Tanner goodbye.  What sweet boys.  I could tell it meant alot to Tanner.
 We left the house at 5:45 to make sure we got to the airport on time.  Then we mad e aquick stop to chick fil a.  Tanner was too anxious to eat but I made him anyway.

 Last minute pictures and lts of tears and goodbyes before he went through security. 

 And then I came home and saw this...his laundry basket.  And it really hit me that he wouldn't be back for two years.  Oh how I will miss him.   

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Open House for Elder Argyle

Whew, I'm kinda swamped so a bit behind on the blogging.  They told me being on the PTO for the middle school was no biggie.  They lied.  
But, it's all good because one of my favorite people in the whole wide world just left for two whole years and it has left a hole in my heart.  It is a tender mercy that the day he left also was the first day I stepped into Reynolds middle school madness and started prepping for the busiest three weeks of the school year.

Here we are minutes before everyone started to arrive.
 The Bujnowskis and sweet Bre came to give him a good send off.
 Holly Duenas, Tanner's sunday school teacher last year.
 Old friends from our Carollton 2nd days, Jim and Diane Pike.
 Pete Sayroo, Tanner's HT companion and an old Sunday school teacher and friend.
 Victoria Hubbard, Diane, me, and Connie Davis.  The very best of old friends.
 Tyler and Amy
Terry Jetton, father of one of Tanner's best friends - Elder Jetton - who is currently serving a mission in Reno, NV.
 Matt and Jenny Wojcik

 Everyone signed this Texas flag for him.

Friday, August 8, 2014

July According to my iphone

 We had a great July!  This was my favorite quote of the month.
 Reagan and I had a quick lunch date while we were out running errands one day.
 And the whole family had a Saturday lunch outing to McAllister's while we were out and about.  Gotta love those $1 kid's meals.
 McKinley sprained her ankle pretty bad one night at the trampoline park.  Feat your eyes on this guy!  Doesn't that look horrible?  Fortunately, it only lasted about 4 days and then she was back to her old self again.
 Brutus says that July is just too hot to do much more than lay around the house in the air conditioning and nap.
 The week before Jensen came home from BYUi, there was a horrific flash flood that caught the campus off gaurd and flooded alot of the buildings at school.  Fortunately, she lives in an apartment off campus and none of her things were ruined.  Her is a pic once of her roommates posted of them dancing in the rain.  Grateful she was okay.
 We went to the Sherman pool one day.  That is always on our summer bucket list.
 Had a pool party for my sweet CTR7 class.

 Celebrated Brent's 47th birthday.
 Went to the temple several times with this kid.

Brent continues to do well at work.  He was grateful to close a deal this month that he has been working on for awhile.  It took a lot of pressure off of him to get that thing signed.  Church continues to require a lot of his free time but he loves meeting with the people of our new stake.  

Jensen is home and we are so glad we get to have her here for 7 weeks.  Unfortunately, we weren't able to go on a family vacay this summer because there were only 11 days that she AND Tanner were going to be  home at the same time.  I was hoping that we could escape to Sea World and San Antonio (our favorite!) for a quick trip but Brent's parents came to visit the weekend before Tanner left and between them coming, the open house, his farewell talk, and being set apart - there was no time.  I'm still pretty bummed about that. We will have to make up for it when he comes home and go on a good vacation in 2 years.  We are also planning to take off for somewhere once Jensen comes home at Christmas. 

Jensen announced that she is making plans to do a study abroad program in 2015, perhaps to London England.  So happy for her.  She is teaching lots of swim lessons and working part time at Old Navy to gear up for next semester.  She is here until mid September.

McKinley, Reagan, and Brady continue to spend every day with friends, swimming, and sleeping in.  It has been a very relaxing summer.  They were all super bummed when the school supplies started to appear in all the stores.  That mean the start of school is just around the corner and the fun comes to an end.  But we are grateful for the remaining month to enjoy time together as a family.

I am in deep with PTO and cheer responsibilities.  I guess I'm glad since my heart will be heavy now that Tanner is off to the mission field.  I love that boy more than life itself.  I feel like a piece of my heart went right along with him.  Being engaged in things helps distract me (at least for a little while, anyway) from how much I miss him.  We work all their lives to prepare them so that they can leave our homes and be successful contributing adults but it sure hurts when they fly the nest. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Paving the Way

Tomorrow morning, bright early, our missionary leaves for the MTC (missionary training center).   We are trying to take "sad"out of our vocabulary and only speak of how excited we are for him and this life changing experience.  

A few weeks ago, I could tell that he was feeling a little melancholy about leaving.  Tanner wants to serve a mission.  He is doing it because HE chose to, not because he has felt pressured by us or anyone else to do so.  Nevertheless, it is hard to leave everything and everyone you love behind - regardless of how great the reason is for your leaving- for two solid years.

As if by divine design, around the time he was feeling these things, he got emails  from two very good friends that are currently serving missions.  IT WAS EXACTLY WHAT HE NEEDED TO HEAR and it made all the difference to him to hear how happy they were and how well they were doing.  After these guys gave him their words of 19 year old wisdom, his disposition changed and he talked about nothing but excitement about his mission.  

Here are some excerpts:

Sick man! When it gets close it just feels unreal, but you´ll love it! My favorite part of the mission? Hmm that's a tough one. I think for me right now its just always having the spirit. Seriously its the best feeling ever. You'll see that people are going through some really hard things and they trust you enough to confide in you. Some of these people haven't even told their families the problems they are going through, but because you a representative of Christ they confide in you. At first it was scary for me, but now I've really learned to rely on the Spirit. Sometimes I think, there is no way what I'm going to say is going to help this person because I've never gone though anything like what they are going through, but if are quick to listen to the Spirit and are more careful with your words, word choice, you will see that you will have this burning as you speak and you'll find that you'll be able to give these people counsel, with 18, 19, 20, 21 years of age. You'll make a difference for someone that is 53 and has a kid you're age. Its awesome. 

Alright man, don't have much time! Hit me up with anymore questions and dude, put me on your email list, or hit me up with an email every once in a while!

Love ya bud!
Elder Libby

Hey man!!!! Its awesome to hear from you! I cant believe you're going to Tuscon! I'm pretty jealous, not gonna lie. You'll get american food, with an ipad (maybe), a car, and people you can understand!! The language is coming along, slowly, but surely. I can understand pretty much everything, but still have difficulties with things. The food here is really good. I've gained 15 pounds in just 5 months so....but its not american food, ya know haha. 

Alright bro, gotta run! I am pumped for ya! Put me on your weekly email list when you hit the field! If you got any qs, pass em my way!

Elder Libby

Man, You're going to love it. ...     I'm not sure what I'm trying to say right now besides this right here. This is important, i promise! haha. So, KNOW that you are going to be brand new. Push yourself, BUT, you will not learn it all at once. You have to be patient. Pray for a decent trainer. Most of the time a mission President picks the best missionaries. He tries to pair them with people that will get along. Listen to them! Your trainer will have already done everything you have done. I fought my trainer on so many things. He let me suffer until i learned. Just know if you put worth the effort, the Lord WILL take care of the rest! You're going to love the MTC dude! It's a spiritual giant!!! You will learn so much! 

Just go knowing this will be the best two years. It'a a blast man!!

Elder Jetton 

So grateful for these valiant young men, the selfless service they render, all that they sacrifice to do this work, and for their example to my boy.