Where do I send letters?

joshua.wartena@gmail.com
or
Elder Joshua D. Wartena
Casilla de Correo 70
Bahia Blanca 8000
Buenos Aires
Argentina

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

And...He's off!











It has been quite the day. We spent the morning making sure we had all the stuff we needed--immunization papers, body soap, socks, camera, etc. Then we realized that the baptism pants still needed hemming. All was found and packed at last. Off to lunch at Cocolito's where we found another large gathering sending off a son on a mission to Eugene, Oregon.

The new send off at the MTC was just wonderful. You park across the street and are told to spend as much time as you need saying goodbye and taking pictures. When you are ready you get back in the car, you drive into the grounds, are sent down to the flag area, and are assigned to one of 12 spots around the door. A couple of serving missionaries come to open your doors and ask to collect your luggage for you. An older sister missionary come to say hello with her clipboard. After looking for your missionary on her list, she puts his MTC address on a card to give you. She then says you must get your camera out because the missionary helper would like to take pictures for you. You pose, and begin to cry. Then the hugging. Soon enough the luggage goes one way and the missionary goes in the doors, and you are left wiping tears. The lovely woman just thanks you over and over for bringing your missionary and letting him serve. You feel very appreciated and special. Into the car for a short drive around the back of the MTC to come out on the road by the stadium, then home. It's very short, sweet, and personal.

Chris made the comment of the day.
"We've made our missionary donation for the year." It felt just like we we're driving away from D.I. or savers. Haha.

The boys have wasted no time. The bedroom Josh, Chris, and Nate have shared has been revamped already. IT is very roomy and bright with the top bunkbed gone to the shed.

Here are a few pictures of the day. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Signing off for now,
The Mama

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Farewell Sunday






Just two more days, and then "Poof!" he will turn into a missionary. Yep, that's right. Just two more days. We will drive up to the MTC, unload him at the curb, hug, and drive home. Things are quick and easy in Provo now. Until then Josh is going to be busy packing up his stuff and packing the suitcases. Woo hoo what fun.

So many wonderful people came to share a special good-bye time with us today. We feel very loved. Thank you for coming today.



























It was quite hot so little ones showed us how to cool off with the water fountain. Only one fatality occurred all day. Jojo slipped and bashed his forehead. All is good now.

Signing off for now,
The Mama