Sunday, August 17, 2008

"Forget Michelle, Thank you for Ryan"


I realize I'm not the first person to have their baby brother go on a mission or the last. I'm just the most proud. Today was Ryan's farewell. Though I've known it was coming, the reality that he's leaving didn't set in until he stood up before the large crowd and shared his thoughts on prayer and his testimony that he knew this was where he needed to be. I cried. My family cried. I looked up and all 3 members of the bishopric were wiping their eyes. Ryan is going to be such an amazing missionary because he's an amazing person. I ache. I don't want to, but I do. The simple truth is while I know this will be good for him, I can't help but think of my brother and friend whom I won't see for two long years.

We had lunch at my parents house following the farewell. There were so many loved ones there from our past and present. Even some of my girlfriends who just like to oogle Ryan came. It was so great to see everyone. We felt loved.

The highlight of the day was when my lovely friend Lowder was leaving. She turned and hugged my mother and said, "Forget Michelle, thank you for Ryan."

8 comments:

bv said...

ROFL! Ryan is a rockstar and for the record I want the world to know that I don't oogle your brother, ya sicko!!

The Lingwalls said...

I oogle...sorry I can't help it! Ryan is an amazing strong hearted boy! Did you know bv got dissed during sacrament by the deacon? Twice???

Holmesiefamily said...

Im so sad that I couldnt be there. I know he is going to be such an amazing missionary and believe it or not but you will be blessed too from his serving. call me sometime so we can talk. Love you! hang in there.. it will be over before you know it. Did you know that Megan just submitted her papers? Crazy!!

Supershepherds said...

I'm sorry we couldn't make his farewell. I seriously don't think I've seen Ryan since he was like 4 feet tall! How exciting for him and your family.

Clancy in Idaho said...

Sorry for your ache. Awesome, awesome, awesome for your Ryan!!! Sounds like he'll be a fantastic missionary!

Earl Family said...

It sounds like it was a wonderful day, I'm so sorry we missed it. I don't think I've seen your brother since he was 4 feet tall either! That's crazy how time flies so fast!! The next two years will go by fast too! Keep us all posted.

looori said...

That was probably the best farewell I've been too. He is so strong already and his testimony is amazing! I can't wait to see how much stronger he'll become. You are lucky to have a brother like him and you're even luckier to have good friends like us who love you no matter what!

Kristin said...

Sorry I missed it... among other things. P.S. That is an awesome pic of you two!