Adíos Muchacho…

Saturday we went down Centerville/Salt Lake City way to attend my step-nephew, Christian’s missionary farewell.  On Wednesday he will be flying to Mexico City, Mexico to the Missionary Training Center, and from there will spend the next two years in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Spanish-speaking mission.  Boy how time flies when you’re fighting acne flares.  It seems like just yesterday when he was 12 years old torturing his brother and the geezer cat.

We went to dinner at this little hole-in-the-wall Thai food restaurant, which frankly, when we pulled up scared the bagoobers out of me as it was a rundown old place situated next to a Tai Chi studio and a nail salon.  Nevermind… I’ll search the roads for the freshest kill and build up a fire.  It turned out to be good food, though, so I guess the moral of the story… don’t judge a book by its restaurant building.

From closest to camera, clockwise… Christian, Ethan, Shayne, Lindsay, Madre, Aunt Mel, Uncster Phil, Uncster Shane (he who served a mission to Thailand and still has some impressive Thai language skillz), Pretty Jean, Padre (checking the sports scores?), and Christian’s date (whose name I forgot… FORGIVE ME)!  That’s a table full of good people, if you ask me.  Even our Thai hostess had to take a picture of us on her own phone because we were such model restaurantees.

On Sunday, Christian gave an excellent farewell talk at church and then we had to stand in a line 600 feet deep full of all of his friends to get this picture.  One of the many reasons he’ll make a great missionary… everyone likes Christian.

The people of Philadelphia are gonna be some lucky folk to get to have Christian grace their city for two years.  He’s a quality guy, smart as two whips, kind, and knows his spiritual stuff!  We’ll miss the dude out this way, though.  Adios muchacho… see you in two years!

PS- Family… if anyone needs to know what to get me for Christmas, it would be this house and a partridge in a pear tree.

Doesn’t it make you want to curl up in front of a fire with a Dickens novel and a carafe of hot chocolate!?  Consequently, while I was taking this photo, some dude in a big white truck stopped in the middle of the road, rolled his window down, and asked if I needed help.  Apparently, I have the look of a lost soul on a regular basis.  This is time 8000 someone has thought I had dementia and forgot where my home was.

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12 responses to “Adíos Muchacho…

  1. Looks like you all had a fun weekend with Christian. He will be an awesome missionary for sure. And that house is adorable. Makes me want to move in too.

  2. Louisa

    Beautiful family.
    Best of luck to Christian in his training and his work.
    He is a bright light and will do many good things.
    Beautiful family picture!
    LOL – about the cozy house and the guy thinking you look lost.

  3. Avster

    Well, if you’re looking at that house no wonder you can’t remember where your home is.

  4. I Love Christian. His spirit will be missed in our home! A talk I read once quoted, “What-e-er thou art act well thy part.” Christian will act his part on his mission just as he has done here preparing. Christian has prepared himself WELL and will be considered what Joseph Smith described himself as, A “DISTURBER” of the adversary’s kingdom. Christian will be a disturber and a annoyer in the adversary’s Kingdom! He will be a very prepared missionary. We will miss and love him more than ever! It will be a very tearful goodbye on Wednesday. Thanks for sharing this post!

  5. Dessa Wade

    What a wonderful blog today. I love Christian as well. Pass the kleenex please:) He is such a brave and fearless young man knowing exactly what he is getting into and going into it with all that he has. Love the quote from Joseph Smith! Such a fun weekend with everyone – LOVE MY FAMILY and that includes my wonderful brothers Shane and Phil and their wonderful wives Mel & Jean.

  6. Alena

    Great post! I think you should make that house picture into a Christmas card–very cozy 🙂

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