If you just want to see pictures of MTC day, go to the bottom. :)
A sunny day at Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square with Adam and Mom and Dad
|Adam has been taking organ lessons in the basement of the Assembly Hall on Temple Square from Bonnie Goodliffe, a Tabernacle Choir organist.|
|Inside the beautiful Assembly Hall.|
Adam played piano at a rest home one last time. They LOVE him there!
|Adam's Eagle Scout project was organizing a bunch of people to play various instruments and sing on a regular basis for a rest home. Once his project was done, Adam was told he wasn't allowed to be done! He has come every month since then.|
|This mom is one big fan of the pianist!|
Other last minute stuff.
|Let's take family portraits!|
|Adam's niece Zia is his favorite little buddy. She loves to play piano too!|
|Zia sure likes her Uncle Adam.|
Time to pack!
|Mike and Adam's two brothers wanted to be with him while he packed.|
|I thought it was cute how Adam packed his ties, all rolled up inside his new shoes. I nicely suggested he find another place to pack them for the flight to France. He doesn't want all his ties to have boy's stinky shoe smell once he arrives!|
The day before MTC day...
|One more soccer game with Adam's little brother. Frost never stopped these two soccer fans!|
|Adam disassembled and put away the two soccer goals that are out in the yard most of the year because Adam loves to play soccer.|
|Gotta bug the little brothers while Adam can!|
|One of Adam's chores is to empty the trash can and recycling can under my desk. He wanted to do it one last time for me.|
|My sweet friend Monica brought over the cutest gift ever!|
|It's a Missionary Mom Survival Kit|
|The contents are listed below. I wore this watch to the MTC and I kept wearing it after as a token of Monica's love and support, and to remember this sacred day.|
Adam outgrew his mission shoes (and running shoes) since we bought them six weeks ago! Off we go to trade sizes...
|I recommend Holmes Clothing in Ogden, Utah to anyone sending off a missionary! They were great to let us trade for a bigger shoe size.|
|Buying a few last minute things at Walmart. This is Adam telling me he is DONE with my picture taking that's been a bit obsessive lately! You can understand why I've been overboard with pictures, right??|
Last dinner before the mission
|Adam LOVES Famous Dave's.|
Adam getting set apart as a missionary
|Adam's grandparents came to support this special event.|
|We love our wonderful stake presidency.|
|Grandma Georgia requested that Adam play a song for her. He played a hymn. Then I told her that Adam plays a great rendition of David Archuletta's song "Glorious" that plays at the end of Meet the Mormons movie. He just sat down and played it by ear. I'm so glad I video taped him playing this for his grandma!|
|Wow, Adam is an official missionary now!|
The morning of MTC day
|I think Adam looks great in his new grey suit.|
|Mike is really going to miss Adam's shoulder rubs! I loved sitting next to Adam for most of the ride down to Utah County, while our driver's permit daughter drove next to Dad.|
MTC day lunch with the whole family
|We met Malia, Austin, and Zia at Apollo Burger for a family lunch first. Adam has a special place in his heart for "Cute little Z-ster."|
|Malia made Adam a handmade quilt for his mission! She is gifted with sewing, quilting, and crafting!|
|Apollo Burgers are yummo.|
|Adam sat next to Zia, entertaining her and helping her eat lunch.|
|I love our family!!!|
|Adam actually gave me permission to take this picture!|
Taking pictures at the Provo Temple grounds
|Beautiful day. I love every person in this precious picture.|
|Adam with his only niece Zia.|
|Adam with one of his twin 12-year-old brothers.|
|Adam with the other twin 12-year-old brother.|
|Adam with his 15-year-old sister.|
|Adam with Malia, who is finishing up her sign language degree at UVU and is expecting baby girl number two this spring!|
|Adam with two very proud and sentimental parents.|
|Adam carrying Zia back to the car.|
|For some reason I like pictures like this. Capturing the moment of watching my family with my heart filled with love.|
Saying goodbye on the curb by the Provo Temple.
|Saying goodbye to Zia.|
|Saying goodbye to Dad.|
|Saying goodbye to Mom. Awe man, this picture brings it all back...|
|Zia giving one last kiss to Adam!|
Dropping Adam off at the MTC Curb
|We pulled up to the furthest away curb. Number 25.|
|Mike and Adam pulling out luggage. I didn't think we were allowed to hug him there or take more family pics, so I thought this was the best I could get.|
|To our surprise, our little helper missionary Elder offered to take a family picture! Hooray for us! We each gave him one more hug. I gave him two.|
|Our helper Elder was great. Very upbeat and positive. A blessing for Adam, who was doing well holding it all together and didn't cry, but he may have wanted to a little.|
|I stood there watching my beautiful oldest son walk away with his beautiful new suit and luggage, walking off to serve the Lord whom he loves with his whole heart.|
|Up to that moment I had stayed pretty upbeat and excited for Adam, amidst a few tears here and there. But after watching him walk away, when I couldn't see him any longer, I completely lost it. Good thing Mike was right there to hold me.|
The ride home was quiet and melancholy.
So after a while, Mike announced that he must tell a Silly Mukdeegee story! Since our kids were young, Mike has created delightful stories about this villain and the heroes are always the princes and princesses of the kingdom of Edwardia. This story was about Silly Mukdeegee trying to capture Adam at the MTC, even poisoning his blueberry pie in the cafeteria. But Adam and his new mission companion saved the day. It felt great to laugh again. I needed that.
Tender mercies from God for a sentimental mom
A missionary quote book from Mom...where is that thing, anyway?
Adam now has a blog where I'll post his emails and pictures.
It's AdamEdwardsInParis.blogspot.com. His contact information is at the top of his blog. You can also subscribe to his blog if you want Adam's weekly email to come to your email box.