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Aug 22, 2014

Teach is Finally Home!

It was a crazy morning! We got everyone up early and my sweetie made our favorite special occasion breakfast, chocolate Malt-o-Meal with lots of marshmallows. We still had all the smiley-face plates to put on the lawn before we could leave for the airport.

We were finally loaded just after 9:00 and we were off.

It's a 20-minute drive to the airport, but we already knew the flight had taken off about 10 minutes ahead of schedule and we didn't want to be late. The airport was a zoo! We found out later that there were 19 missionaries on that flight and all of their families were waiting for them to come down the escalator.

It took a while. We tried to wait patiently, but our eyes were constantly scanning for suits and skirts and name badges. After what seemed like forever, we saw that first name tag, but it belonged to an elder and his family was super excited to see him. Then a second elder came down. His cheering section wasn't nearly as big.

Then we saw Teach. She was crying and waving. I waited until she was about halfway down the escalator before I ran to meet her at the bottom. It was one of the best moments of my life. I hugged her for a long moment and then released her to share with the rest of the family.

After many tears and hugs, we finally left the airport. We didn't have to be at the church until noon so we had about an hour for her to become reacquainted with the house and the changes we have made over the past 18 months.

Her release was quick and simple. She interviewed with the Stake President and then she bore her testimony for us. After that she took off her name badge and we had a closing prayer. We drove back to the house and ate pizza and talked and talked.

Teach was worried because she had brought very few clothes home with her. She is also about 10 lbs lighter so most of what she left here wouldn't fit so I took her shopping. That took most of the afternoon. She was exhausted since she had to be up this morning at 4:00, but I couldn't convince her to lie down for a while.

We had tickets from the Read Today program that let us all into the Bees baseball game for free, so after a quick dinner we took off for the ballpark. We were a little late, but it was still a great time. We talked and giggled and enjoyed being together in the beautiful night air. I know I had other family members there, but we didn't see any of them. (Hope you all enjoyed the game!)

The kids even got 2 seconds of mini-fame on the Jumbotron for their crazy dancing!

I took Teach and most of the kids home after the 7th inning stretch. Bossy left with her family too. Only my sweetie and Sport stayed and the game went in to extra innings. They didn't get home until about midnight.

It was a wonderful, glorious day! Teach is sleeping in her own bed again. She keeps calling me "ma'am" which is a little weird but in a good way. She is mostly still the same sweet girl we sent out in the world a year and a half ago, but there is now a maturity and a confidence about her that I hadn't seen before.

A mission is a wonderful thing!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am thrilled for your daughter and her wonderful family..Made my Friday and weekend..I have prayed for Teach each day for the entire 18 months, she is changed only for the better, God will greatly Bless and Reward her and you her Mother and Father too, her siblings have a great example of your faith..Your son who is a missionary dog walker is a shining example of God's love and his love of your LDS faith too..How proud and blessed you all are of your sweet daughter, it went the time fast indeedy..Now she is starting a new chapter in her young life. God's Blessings to your daughter and to your son too..You have done such a wonderful job of parenting yes you have..I see few people doing what your daughter and son (does) & she did..No I do not, the missionaries who come to our home are far from their families and wonderful young men..My husband is a sweet God loving human being we are not of your faith, but even he was totally impressed with your daughters sacrifice and your son's sacrifice..If more kids got the opportunity the juvenile jails would be empty indeed.Congratulations upon having your sweet daughter home safe and sound and still on fire for your faith and the LORD, ciao!!!!!!!!!!!

Natalie Ockey said...

Thanks again for the tickets! We had a great time! We also left at the 7th inning stretch...sorry we didn't get to see you.

And yay! So glad Teach is home and can't wait to see her.

LeAnn said...

A mission is such a wonderful thing but it is such a happy moment when they get home. Sounds like you had a great evening
I loved this one and blessings to you all!

Marci said...

Teach came home the day that my nephew went into the MTC! How fun to finish following one missionary and now have another to keep up with! Hope you've all had a great weekend and that her homecoming went well!

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