Ever since he was a little little boy, he always wanted to serve a mission. There was very little doubt in my mind that he would go. I read the book "Mommy, Do I Have To Serve A Mission?" to him over and over again, and never got through it without ending up in tears. I always knew it was coming, so why am I not more prepared?
He called me on Sunday just after his appointment with the stake president, and he simply said, "my papers are in". I could hear the emotion in his voice and when I asked if he was okay, he cried as he told me how excited he was, and how happy he was. I am so proud of this boy I call mine. I'm so amazed by his courage, his strength, his love for others, and his testimony. He quietly and consistently has made good choices throughout his life, and that has lead him to where he is today. I'm thankful. Thankful for his example to me and to the rest of our family. Thankful that he chose our home. Thankful that he is my son.
The waiting game has begun. We got an email yesterday from Church Headquarters asking a few questions, and the last email from them said that his papers would go in front of the brethren next week! I wonder where he will go. I can't think about if for very long or my heart hurts, but his papers are in, and Nathan is going on a mission.