Two weeks went by from when Nathan submitted his papers, and we all were getting a little anxious at our house...especially me...I'm not going to lie! So on Sunday I told Nathan that I was going to ask the bishop if he knew the status of the call, and Nathan told me that he would take care of business! After Sacrament Meeting, I saw Nathan talking to the bishop, then he came back and told us that the call had still not been assigned. We were pretty bummed, but figured that since the Missionary Department had had a few questions, the call would be delayed. By Tuesday, and after a few more conversations with Nathan, we figured out that he wasn't quite sure what the bishop had said (this is why I should have handled things in the first place, right?!?), so Rick emailed the bishop. On Wednesday we received an email from the bishop saying that the call was in-route if not already in our mailbox! I was frantic, but in a trip to the mail box and to the post office (Brittani by my side!), we figured out it wouldn't be to our house until Thursday or Friday!
At around noon on Thursday, the nice lady named Joy from the post office gave me a call telling me that the call would be delivered that day! I called Rick and cried, texted Nathan and cried, called Britt and cried, called my mom - she didn't answer, but I cried anyway, and texted Connor. I went and had a quick lunch with Lori because they dropped Seth of at the MTC the day before, and then headed home where Brittani, Cody, and Nathan were ready to go to the mail box, and then start baking!!!
It was fun to see how excited Nathan was. He kept holding the envelope saying "the next two years of my life is right here"! Crazy! We baked and baked, my mom came over and chopped and chopped, Rick took Connor to his lacrosse game, my mom went to Nathan's lacrosse game, and we finished getting everything ready at home.
By 8:45 people started filling our home. Nathan got home from his lacrosse game about 9:00 with his whole team right behind him (this made for a stinky house!). By the time Nathan opened his call, our house was packed full of people there to show support and love to my handsome son. I couldn't help being overcome with emotion so many times that night, and many times since, because of how thankful I am for the village that has help us raise our boy. There are so many people that have made a huge impact on Nathan's life, and each and every one of them were at our house last Thursday night. Thank you. Thank you for loving Nathan, for taking the time to really get to know him, for setting such a good example for him. Thank you for being here. I love you all.
After Nathan opened his call, his lacrosse team gave him a huge group hug!
I LOVED it!
This is what team is to me. Support always.
^Even my sweet dad made the long trip to be here^
After the dust settled, and it was just our little family, Nathan quietly said, "Thank you, that was a perfect night."