He Returns

Valentine’s was extra special this year:  Elder Ian Makechnie, Gregor’s youngest brother returned home from serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  He was sent to the Denver Colorado mission.  We “heart attacked” the house and Brynne put a special heart on the door for her beloved uncle:

My idea of a “special” Valentine breakfast.  Easy 🙂

As you can imagine, we created quite the scene.  Our bishop and his family were at the airport as well. There aren’t a whole lot of things that can top waiting in the airport for a missionary to come walking on home.  I still remember the way I felt when my twin brother came home after serving for two years in Idaho.  

He returns with honor.

The cousins were beside themselves.  And see that good-looking guy on the right?  Victor, one of “our boys” who graduated from Proctor in 2005 is working at the airport.  He wants to work air traffic control.  It was awesome to have him there.

I always get emotional at missionary homecomings, but I held it together very well.  Until Ian went to his mother…

And then his father

Brothers gotta hug

Nelson is so happy to have another man around. 

The girls happily carry the baggage:  one bag and one small suitcase.  A missionary travels light.

We went out to eat at the Airport Diner, arriving at 9:30p.m.  Yep, the kids are a wreck two days later but it was worth it.  Here Paige is Ariel and combing her hair with a dinglehopper.

Heather said that the next morning Ian said, “Now mom, you are not to do any of my laundry,” and then he went right to Proctor to get a job for a month before heading back to BYU-I.  At least we get him for a month.  We get to hear Ian speak on Sunday except that I get to go first!  I am honored to be on the stand with this good boy.
Welcome home Ian.  We’re so proud of you.
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