It’s crazy how quickly reporting days can sneak up on you; one day Kade was finding out where he would be for the next two years and the next he was packing up and getting on a plane. It was like we blinked and he was leaving!
We have had a great last couple of weeks with Kade before he left, each of us trying to cram as much time with the little dude in as possible before his two year hiatus. We have been to the dunes several times riding our banshees. We have been to dinners out on the town, had family dinners at home, and we even got the whole family to the drive-in. Basically, we tried to spend as much time together as a family because we won’t really be all together for at least two years.
Seeing Kade get ready for his mission has been really awesome. He has already grown up so much since graduating high school in May. Since then, he has had several shots to prevent diseases common in Africa, had to get a passport and Visa, and try to figure out how to fit two years worth of clothes and supplies into one, fifty pound suitcase, which took many different weighings and removing things, and rearrangements.
Today was a bittersweet day for the whole family. We said “see ya later” to Kade for two years. We are so proud of the man he is becoming and so proud of his decision to sacrifice two years of his young adult life to serve his God and the people of Monrovia, Liberia. We were sad to see him go because we will miss his spunky, sarcastic personality. We will miss his awesome sense of humor, and his red headed self in general, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
We know that Kade is doing the right thing, at the right time, and in the right place by serving a full-time mission. By letting him go for these two years, we know that he will give families in Africa the same opportunity to be eternal families that we have though sometimes take for granted. He will be blessed greatly, and so will our family because of his service and faithfulness. We are incredibly proud of him, and lucky to have him in our family. We are not worried about him in the least. He is on the Lord’s errand, and he has a guardian angel watching over him in his older brother, Tyson, who is on the Lord’s errand in Heaven.
See you in two, Kaderbug! Stay tuned for pictures and stories from Kade’s first experiences as a missionary!