|Michael after being set apart. One of our Sister Missionaries gave him this beautiful seashell lei.|
Michael handled his leaving much better than his family did. We were a sobbing mess standing outside the security area. We had no shame expressing our love for a member of the family who was leaving.
I admit that I had a good, hearty cry...you know the ugly cry...when I walked in the house. The dynamics of our home has changed but it is for the better. I can already feel the blessings of having a missionary out in the field. It was hard not knowing where he was or if he made it through customs alright. I think the hardest part for me was that he was traveling alone. It's the way I feel when Kevin leaves on deployments, I get to stay with my family and I have support but when he leaves he is often alone. I was quickly reminded that Michael is not alone, he is being watched over by Heavenly Father and he has been lifted up by so many prayers from all of our amazing friends and family.
The support our family has received the past few days is overwhelming I wish I could go and hug each person (and that's saying a lot since I am NOT a hugger) but I have felt the love and comfort and it was humbling.
I know I am going to have days where I struggle with missing my son but I know we'll have more days when we will feel blessed to have an amazing son who has followed his Father's plan.
This morning, I woke up to a short email from Michael and it left me with such comfort. I can feel his excitement and I just can't be sad about that.
Mom, we just made it to the MTC about 4 hours ago. All is well, and my bags made it here as well. The MTC is just amazing and beautiful. We only have a few short minutes today, but I wanted you to know that I have felt so much support from you guys and I am so grateful for that. I love you so much(:
Elder Albrecht, we love you and we do support you and we pray for you always as you embark on this new chapter. Until We Meet Again....