Thursday, January 29, 2015

What a difference a week makes!

Well, my life hasn't been the least bit boring.  In fact, two of the most significant events in a family's life have happened in the past 5 days...

Last Friday evening, Kelton proposed to Lauren!  The proposal was magical and beautiful!  Kelton called Rob and me last week to ask for our permission to marry Lauren.  The answer was easy.  :)  We adore Kelton.  He clearly loves Lauren and she is the happiest she's ever been in her life.  She sings out loud and smiles all the time.  They will be married on April 25th in the Salt Lake Temple.  Ahhhhh!  My little girl is getting married!  

Here are a few of my favorite photos:

Five days later, Drew reported to the MTC!  I'm not sure if I can put into words all that I've been feeling.  I've been blessed to have amazing friends who truly understand what I'm experiencing and have shared their insights with me.  My cousin, Tina, calls it a "painful joy."  Makes sense--because I definitely feel joy, but I can't deny the pain I'm feeling, too.  Lauren reassured me today when she said, "Mom, he was glowing."  :)  It's crazy because literally one minute I feel like I can handle it.  I'm smiling and talking and just have everything under control.  And then, out of nowhere, I cry uncontrollably.  Here's an example... Last night, I took Anthony and Trevor out to Panera for dinner.  Rob had to go out of town for a work meeting so the three of us were planning to have dinner and then go to an Eagle Court of Honor.  I walked in and ordered our food.  Then I saw a friend and started chatting happily about the events of the day.  I was completely fine.  Then, we sat down and started eating.  At one point, I looked up and glanced at the door--and completely lost it!  I was not prepared for the tears!  The reason why is because at least once a week, I'd meet Drew at Panera during his break from working at ShopRite.  Usually I'd order the food, and sit and wait for him.  I'd look at the door, waiting for him to come in and look for me.  So, last night, I instinctively looked at the door--hence, the reason for my tears.  These photos make me happy, though:  

I'll be updating Drew's blog as we receive letters and emails:

I'm one proud and happy mom!  I feel like my heart may burst.  :)