A few weeks ago mom spoke in her ward before leaving and we hosted a dinner afterwards for all her ward members and family and friends who had come to support her and say their goodbyes. It was so nice to see everyone and for our entire family to be together.
Then it was time for mom to fly to the MTC (Missionary Training Centre) in Provo, Utah. It was a Sunday afternoon, Dave, Jared and I with our families came to see mom off. Rachel and her family had said their goodbyes a couple days before. Mom was quite anxious about flying but was so calm at the airport while I cried like a baby. We saw her off to security.
Once she was in line and already chatting with the people standing in front of her we headed home. Unfortunately, we got a call later that day. After sitting on the tarmac for 2 hours the flight was cancelled due to mechanical problems with the plane. Back off the plane, picking up luggage, back through customs and back in line to get another flight. By the time mom was able to book her flight there wasn't another one available until Tuesday afternoon. Jason and I went and picked mom up and she stayed with us until Tuesday.
All ready to go again. Jason took mom to the airport and stayed with her until she got to security.
After a short delay of 30 minutes she was finally in the air and arrived at the MTC on the Tuesday night in time for a quick bite to eat and then to attend a devotional.
She then spent 2 weeks in the MTC learning Preach My Gospel and some of the office duties she'll be doing in the mission office in Montreal. This Friday morning, February 23rd she headed to the Salt Lake City airport to fly to Montreal. Her flight was to leave at 10:00 am. Around 11 am we got word that the flight was delayed (seriously). It was snowing in SLC and the plane was in line to be de-iced before taking off. Another hour and they were finally on their way.
Of course, because of the delay in SLC she missed her connecting flight in Toronto. Luckily she was able to book another flight for that night and was able to make the connection. About 8 pm Montreal time she finally arrived.
It has been quite the ordeal but "Sister Puzey" is finally on her mission. We are so proud of her and can't wait to hear all the wonderful experiences she will have for the next year and a half.