I Love...

I Love bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches and rocky road milk shakes. I ate a BLT and split a rocky road shake with Bruce yesterday while we were running 423 last-minute errands to get him ready to go.

I Love big, deep suitcases that make it possible to fit two years worth of necessities without having to wrestle the top closed.

I Love a stake president who says just the right things to inspire a 19-year old boy and comfort his family.

I Love family who made sure they got to see Bruce before he left, even if it was only for a few minutes.

I Love good friends who have made sure I know they're thinking about me and care about me when they know I'm barely holding it together.

I Love soft kleenex.

I Love my husband, who is so excited for the experience Bruce is going to have that he's having a hard time comprehending how much he's going to miss him.

I Love my other kids who cry and have minor melt-downs because they love their big brother and can't imagine him being gone.

I Love Taiwan because that's where he'll be and because he'll soon love it.

I Love that the same time that flew by and made this day come so soon will keep moving and will bring him home.

I Love the people who have loved and inspired Bruce.

I Love that the MTC did away with that brutal, two-hour heart-shredding that sends loved ones one way and missionaries another way.

I Love my Savior who is the reason for Bruce doing what he's doing.

I Love my Heavenly Father, who will watch over my boy while he's gone.

I Love Bruce and am pretty sure I'm sending almost six feet of my heart halfway around the world. And I didn't know my heart was that big.

12 comments:

Lisa said...

cute bruce. love you all.

Leslie said...

wow. i was on the verge of tears tonight and this just put me over the edge.

we love bruce. we will miss him.

Tawnie said...

Beautiful and heart wrenching. I love you all so much.

Mindy said...

I Love this post!!

ElderFarr said...

Great post, it just made me cry all over again thinking about TJ. Now we can be missionary moms together. Love our Missionary Sons. Have a really great day...

ElderFarr said...

oops, I am on Tyler Blog and forgot to sign out...so it Should be Tamee.

Anonymous said...

I am the proud (yes, proud) grandmother of Bruce, grandson missionary # 3 leaving to serve the Lord. what great young men they are. I love Bruce. You are such a great young man and you have kept your priorities where they should be as you have prepared for this great day to come. You received such inspired counsel and a perfect blessing from your stake president last night. We will miss you so much, Bruce, but the next two years belong to the Lord and the people in Taiwan. As we say farewell for a short time, our prayers will be there for you every day. I love you. Grandma H

Christie said...

Beautiful words, mama. I can't imagine sending mine out, but our day, too, shall come. Probably faster than I realize, I'm sure. Hugs to you!

Alison said...

Well...one day closer to Bruce being home! :o)
I know that your family will be blessed in ways you cant imagine while Bruce is gone...comforted through tender mercy during the sad moments when all you want to do is give him a big hug, and overflowing with excitement when you receive his amazing letters.

Karey, you are a wonderful mom who has raised a valiant strong son. Taiwan is lucky to share the next two years with him! I am so grateful for his example to Carson.

Through it all, remember that I'm right down the street...with a box of tissues and a container of rocky road ice cream. Love you!

Anonymous said...

By the way, I love that picture of Bruce. It is one I had not seen before. It is so cute.

mormon birth mom said...

And I love this post! You will make it through :) I also wanted you to know that BLT's are one of my all time fave's too! And Rocky Road ice cream (a shake sounds awesome!) Next time I come visit let's have the same meal, okay? Love you girl.

Scott / Lori said...

Oh, this made it all seem so real. So awesome and so difficult at the same time. He will do an amazing job, can't wait to read about his service. Love you all!