Today, we dropped Elder Bradshaw off at the MTC. It has been a very, very hard day! Things just feel a little off, and it's going to take time to get used to it. We first stopped at the Provo temple to take pictures and that is where Nick was able to say goodbye to Grandma Sharon and Harv. After, our parents, & Justin & I, took Nick to the MTC. When you first get there, they have you pull off to the side, you are then greeted by many missionaries (they were awesome and so sweet!). We grabbed Nick's bags and said our goodbyes. Lots of tears were shed. Nick did such a great job though, he is so ready to get going and do the Lord's work! The missionaries there that greeted us, then took Nick and his luggage and walked towards the MTC building. That was the last time we will see him in person, or give him a hug, for the next 2 years. It's hard, but good at the same time. The countdown is on!! I didn't get any pictures at the MTC, (too much was going on) but he will send pictures and I will definitely post them.
Elder Bradshaw will be in the MTC for 3 weeks. May 14, 2012 is when he will be leaving for Jackson Mississippi. He will be able to call us from the airport before he takes off. As for now, I know he would LOVE to hear from everyone. Here is his MTC address. He does not have a lot of time on his email, so letters would be preferred. When he get's to Mississippi, I will then give everyone his Mississippi address :).
Elder Nicholas Joel Bradshaw
MTC Mailbox #306
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604-1793
Our Grandma Sharon has already sent Nick a letter. Here is a little quote from it.
"If God brings you to it,
He will bring you through it.
Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments, worship God.
Painful moments, trust God.
Every moment, thank God."
So proud of Elder Bradshaw and the decision he has made to serve a full time mission! He will be AMAZING! We love you so much Nick! You are constantly in our prayers.
I am going to miss this kid so dang much!!
Nick's Favorite... Applebees. I'm sure that will change after he has food from Mississippi!
The day before Elder Bradshaw left for the MTC. We all went to lunch. We had a great waiter. He went on a mission to Brazil. He left Nick this note and wrote 3 phrases that helped him most on his mission.
The night before Nick left for the MTC, his close friend Tyson Holden brought over doughnuts :).