Tuesday, May 26, 2009

So Long... Farewell...

The time had finally come for Darrel and Verlynn to head to the MTC. They were due to report on Monday, May 25, 2009. Saturday morning they arrived at Ryan and Ginger's house and in true MacGyver fashion, Darrel loaded the car to the brim with luggage. Imagine packing for 18 months for two people all in 6 suitcases - under 50 lbs each. Well, they did it and ready or not... it was time to go! Passengers on the trip included Darrel, Verlynn, Ryan, Ginger, Miranda, Parker and Grandma Sanders. It was a full car, but no one seemed to mind. The first stop was in Cedar City where Ryan's parents, Nancie & Raynold, had a gourmet lunch ready for the weary travelers. It was just what we needed to make the long haul.

Saturday night was filled with a last minute shopping trip to pick up a couple forgotten items, dinner at Brick Oven (of course) and a late night viewing of Night at the Museum 2. Darrel and Verlynn just had to get one more "movie premiere in before leaving.

Sunday morning we attended Sacrament meeting with Elaine, Verlynn's sister, in Orem. Later that afternoon we gathered at Elaine's house so Verlynn and Darrel could be set apart.
Darrel and Verlynn's Stake President, Curtis Steadman, was in Orem for a baby blessing and was able to set them apart there

Verlynn's cousin, Verlynn Sheffield came over for this special occasion and it was the first time they had seen each other in many years.

Darrel and Verlynn were both given beautiful blessings and promises for themselves and their families as they fulfill their callings as Missionaries. It was a special time for everyone who came.

Monday morning the excitement was in the air as we again loaded the luggage onto the car and headed out for breakfast before heading to the MTC. Darrel and Verlynn were even practicing their Tagalog flashcards while waiting.

Finally, we couldn't put it off any longer.... it was time to head to the MTC
We drove through the portico and they handed us their room key and instructions to unload luggage and head back to the main building for their assignments.
And so we headed to Room 153 in building 2M - their home away from home for this week. video
It has all the comforts of home- (except a TV)After unloading the luggage, we walked them back to say our goodbyes. Besides the main travelers, Adam and his wife Kilee joined us. After stopping for pictures, many hugs, kisses, and yes, a few tears....
in true Darrel & Verlynn fashion they said goodbye....
And so we say.... "So long, Farewell..... have a fabulous time in Manila!"


Natalie said...

What good looking missionaries. Glad you made it safe and sound. Love ya and have a blast serving in the Philippines.

Naomi said...

So fun! I love that you guys are doing this blog for all of us to keep up with them. And I love the farewell song.

Lori and Tracy said...

I didn't think I would get to cry with you at the MTC! This blog is going to be great. Luv ya! Lori

Merrivonne said...

You're looking good! What a great couple. So many people love you!

debbie said...

I had to peek and I am glad I did! The Filipino people are so lucky to be getting them and it looks like the Phillippines will never be the same. Your parents (and your family) will be in our prayers. Thanks for sharing!

dmmuaina said...

We are so excited for you. We hope to someday do that too. I'm so glad that you have this blog and we'll be sure to let you know what is happening with us. I didn't get a chance to give you a hug but know I'll really miss you guys. Love ya, Maureen