About 11:00 a.m. Thursday morning we received a call from a pay phone at the Salt Lake International Airport from Joshua. He was calling to say good bye and that he would call from Dallas Fort Worth a bit later, which he did about 3:00 p.m. His plane was delayed 2 hours in SLC, but I wasn't worried. You see I learned yet another reason to be totally in love with my internet service. Did you know you can "Live Track" a plane in the air?! I knew which gate he would be arriving at, when the plane actually left the ground, and when it landed. It was fun to startle him with these bits of information. You see, he didn't even know some of the stuff I had found out. All we had known was the departure and arrival predictions. We didn't even know the airline he was traveling on. We had a nice long chat with him with lots of laughing. He said he will never drive anywhere again. Flying is the life for him. The plane from Dallas had a two hour delay as well. Well, not to worry, we just left the "Live Track" up on the computer screen so we--dad & mom--could walk in at anytime in the night and see how far the plane had made it. It was fun. Josh landed safely at 9:44 a.m. Argentina time on Friday, October 2, 2009.
This morning we awoke to a surprise. Three emails from the mission-- one from Josh and two from the mission president. We expected to wait at least until the next scheduled p-day to hear anything. Thank you, Mission President. He is happy and well. His new companion is Elder Wiltbank. Tonight after conference they were going to move to their apartment which is 3.5 hours from the mission home. Elder Wartena promised to send additional information on p-day. Oh, what a pleasant surprise of a day in email world.
Signing off for now,