Monday, June 25, 2012

Mission Not Impossible

Did you notice that last Wednesday 
was the longest day of the year?  
We did.

That was the day we were up before the chickens, scrambling with two big suitcases, trying to get a handsome young man in a new suit 
to the airport to catch a 6 a.m. flight.
"The Joey" is going on a mission!

You may remember this kid
He's been a willing, or semiwilling participant in many a Larainy Day shenanigan.  Now, he has taken a leave of absence; from college, friends, family life, movies, girls, ipod, facebook, Mac, novels, and sleeping in for the next two years.

If you see a tall handsome missionary in a white shirt and tie with a name tag, stop and say hello. 
It might not be "The Joey", 
but it will be some mother's boy, 
who is probably missing him a lot.

16 comments:

Emma Karen said...

Oh my gosh, I miss him already! But I also wrote him last night! Also, this made me cry. I love Joey!

Anna M said...

This is sweet. Way to go, Elder Joey!

Way to go, Larainy!

Sue said...

What a great-looking missionary. And his mama ain't bad, either!

I love that first pic. He is a riot. I have a feeling he is going to relate very well to everyone he meets!

=)

just call me jo said...

Did you tell us where Joey is going and I just missed it? You are so beautiful in that last picture. Is this your last son to go on a mission? I am not sure I could do that--let my child go for two years. You have great faith.

Laraine Eddington said...

He is going to the Ogden, Utah mission so he won't be far away. His mission also includes a little part of Wyoming and Idaho. He's very excited.

Celeste Dana said...

Maybe he'll run into Shelby when she goes up to school. She'll be in Logan, so it's part of his mission.

karen said...

He makes a handsome missionary indeed. It doesn't really matter where they go - you miss them all the same. Whenever I run into missionaries when out to lunch, I always buy their lunch. Good karma for all the nice things people did for my boys.

The Bipolar Diva said...

The best of luck to him!

Pondside said...

I certainly have a new appreciation for the young men I see, from time to time, since reading yours and Jen's blogs. Two years - wow!

Holly said...

My heart is breaking for you here. I know how much you will miss his sweet face and his weirdo personality. He looks so very dashing in that suit.

RoeH said...

Ahhh - those are the days. I loved it when my kids were on missions. So fun to hear from them. He's one good -lookin' missionary dude.

MTeacress said...

Way to go! Where is he going? He looks so handsome and energized. :)

Misha Gericke said...

Must be really exciting for him! He has a great smile, btw. :-)

Connie said...

Very handsome missionary indeed. The next two years are going to go by quickly, that is until the holidays and then it seems like it drags. Congrats.

Anne said...

I love the pictures! He's going to be so great and you guys will miss him but what a happy reason to miss our great boys. The last picture of you two is so cute!

travelintoadventure@gmail.com said...

Hi, from another Az..blogger! Love that photo of him in a huge run - cool! And the one of him and you together so sweet - I remember that moment with our twins..Oh how I missed them..
Hugs..