His flight didn’t arrive until 11 o’clock that night (how we managed to stay busy all day is beyond me). We adorned the house with banners and posters (all thanks to my mom, gramma, & Erin’s creative talent!) And Ellie got a sign to hold for Uncle Spenc, too! She was super excited for him to come home, though she didn’t remember him since he left when she was eight months old. We had been talking about him a lot the past month and she loved to mention him during her prayers. One morning, while I was saying the breakfast prayer, her eyes opened up wide as she tapped my arm and whispered “Don’t forget to bless Uncle Spenc!”
Due to his late flight, the lighting in the airport was terrible. Ha! :) But these next series of photos of Spencer running to my mom are priceless (even if they are a little blurry!) He and the elder he was flying with booked it off the plane and sprinted straight to their mamas! Best moment ever!
First family photo with all of us in two years! Ellie was a little scared at this point. The shrieking and clapping freaked her out and she couldn’t quite understand that Uncle Spenc was not a “scary guy.” Yes, that’s what she called him for the first few days. Ha! ;)
I couldn’t quite get everyone in the photo with my lens, but there was a large crowd welcoming home Elder Call!
One happy mama and son! Ellie just hung onto Erin for the whole evening, trusting she would keep her safe from “the scary guy.”
Zac was Spencer’s last mission companion before Spenc was officially released the next morning. He wore Spencer’s extra name tag and did his hair like Spenc, too!
On Sunday, we hosted a little get together in the afternoon in the backyard with family and friends. It was a super stormy day, but we kept praying that it wouldn’t rain on us from 2-6. The skies were super cloudy and dark but, hello miracle! No rain until about 6:15! Prayers were answered! Also, those missionary project life cards made for the perfect banner! (Again, my genius mother’s idea!)
We were also formally introduced to ketchup chips. I love ketchup and I love chips, but I think I’ll stay far away from these and eat the chocolate bars Spenc brought home instead. ;) Ha! We sure love having this boy back home (and his slight Canadian accent too, eh!)
P.S. If you made it to the end of this very long post, feel free to congratulate yourself with a pat on the back! ;) XO!