When I graduated I thought it meant the end of slaving over papers. Unfortunately, when I am assigned to speak in church, my brain autopilots to the only way it knows how to prepare such things.
|Nine Page Outline of Mission Decision History|
The truth is, the last week or so has been pretty crazy in preparing to leave. No joke, I got an hour and 40 minutes of sleep the night before I gave my talk. That's pretty lousy. I was up all night writing this bad boy. Did I mention I spoke for half an hour? After I spoke the Landeen Brethren sang, "Lord I Would Follow Thee," leaving the high counselor with only eight minutes... whoops!
With the exception of a few people, most everyone I cared to have there came. As I looked over the pulpit I was overwhelmed by the amount of people who came to support me. By the end of the day my shoulders were sore from all of the hugging I did.
After I spoke we had a farewell party at the Warburton home. Complete with waffles, crepes, toppings and "Canadian bacon," I'd say we know how to through a party.
|One of my Hidden Talents is Cutting Strawberries. Lots of Them.|
|We've Been Eating Breakfast All Week.|
Cookies were reserved for the after-party at our house. My mom has developed an ultra cutsie imagination lately and decided we needed to make Canadian Flag cookies.
|Thanks to Lauren and Aly it Happened.|
I was ultimately exhausted by the end of the day. I talked Scott and Jo into staying an extra night, and they were kind enough to tolerate my fatigue as we hung out. And of course I had changed into my pajamas and was washing my face when the Stake President and his wife stopped by... I think they understood.
All in all it was a very delightful day being surrounded by my family, friends, and ward. My one regret is that I didn't take pictures with all of my guests... (Some took them on their phones or cameras, if it was you, please send them my way)!
|Dad Snapped This One...|
Also, this is a noteworthy photo:
|Official Missionary Plaque. Look For It In A Church Near You.|
(that is, if you are standing at 673 East 300 North in AF).
Two weeks from this moment I will be getting ready for bed in the MTC.
It's gonna be great.