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Friday, July 25, 2014

Arriving at the MTC - finally!

Kooper will always have an interesting story about his arrival to the MTC.  He was scheduled to arrive Wednesday, July 23rd at 12:45 pm.  Well, at about 2:30 am that morning he woke up a very sick elder.  We were not sure what to do.  I called the MTC and they put him on the schedule to see a doctor as soon as he arrived, but they didn't understand this poor guy could not even lift his head to get in the shower!  I took him to the doctor and discovered he had a temperature of 103.  I called the MTC again and it was decided that he should get better before arriving.  His new arrival would be Friday!

Friday morning came, and Koop was still not feeling very good and I could tell he was super frustrated.  At some point he just decided he wanted to go no matter what. His dad came and visited with him for a while and they said their tough goodbyes.  

Everything was packed and this mama's breath was taken away as I saw 3 suitcases that held 2 years worth in the back of my car.  I cried as I watched him leave the house for the last time and as he went to say goodbye to his favorite little dog Axel.

The ride down was nice and he loved seeing his name on the overpass.  He was pretty happy to hear that his friends and cousins had put it up to show their love and support.
We stopped at the Provo Temple which gave us all a nice little breather before the big drop off.  There were tears and several times he told me and Kutter that we would be okay!

Then to the MTC.  It was very different from the videos and pictures I have seen.  We pulled up, the only car, right to the front doors.  We got the luggage out and had a few more tears and pictures, then helped into the front doors.  We were helped at the front desk and told to say our goodbyes!  More tears, more pictures, more "you will be okay"s, and more tears.  We walked away and I turned to catch that one more glance of that handsome face!

Yes we cried as we drove away.  We love what Kooper has chosen to do and we are so proud of him, but it is okay that we will miss him like crazy!  He was still not feeling very good, so tonight I am praying that he is feeling okay and can quickly settle into the routine of the MTC.  Much love to Koop! 
Pretty happy to see that his friends and cousins had put his name on the overpass to show their love!
(My camera wanted to focus on him, not the overpass!)

Best Brothers!

He actually hugged me! :)

Even if they fight, it is hard to say goodbye!

Last Goodbye!


  1. Oh, I LOVE these pictures! Two years will go by faster than you think! I will miss him tons!

  2. If you didn't love, goodbye would be easy!!! See ya later isn't easy either!! HUGS!