A Good Boy…

…in a far away place.

My son Dane is currently serving a full time, two year mission for the LDS church in Lithuania. He is having the time of his life. He loves the people and beautiful land and the companion he’s works with. He is struggling with the language, but it is coming along and he is determined to get better every day.

Dane in the Missionary Training Center

It is wonderful to read his letters and to know how happy he is–but as a mom…well, I never imagined how hard it would be to say good-bye to my boy. It was unlike anything I’ve ever done. I’m so proud of him…but man, I miss him.

With High School Pal–Justin Benson

I always imagined that it would be easy to be the “sturdy mountain woman” type about having him gone…but I’m more like a big, nerdy, cry baby.

Someone asks how he’s doing, and instead of answering…I cry. Someone tells me they’ve heard from him…I cry. We open his emails and read his weekly adventures…I cry. Ridiculous pattern here.

I have no doubt that this two year mission will be an incredible growing experience for all of us…especially his wussy mother.

11 Replies to “A Good Boy…”

  1. Oh my goodness, Me Too!!! When Cooper went into the MTC we all came home and moped the whole day. My mother brought flowers to help cheer us up. It really didn’t help though. Kali just kept saying (through big alligator tears) lets go back and get him and bring him home right now. We just felt like our hearts had been ripped right out of our chests. Cooper has been out for 17 months now and I will admit the pain has eased little by little each month. How long has Dane been gone? Aren’t Cooper and Dane pretty close in age? I bet you will be looking soooooooo forward to that call home at Christmas. And I don’t think you are a wussy momma. Just one that loves her little boy đŸ™‚

  2. Oh, it’s great to see happy pictures of him! I’m proud of you, Launi…I know it’s been hard to have him gone, but you’re doing great. It’s just fine to cry!

  3. Yeah. I am looking forward to that Christmas call. He’s only been gone since June 4th of this year. So I have a ways to go still. He’s such a good guy. sniff, sniff.

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