Thursday, May 2, 2013

Lovingly Hugged and Safely Tucked Away

Parker was allowed to call us from the airport on Tuesday morning.  We were hanging around the house waiting and just two minutes before the phone rang, I got this facebook message:

Hi Scott--
You don't know me or my husband Chris, but our daughter Elizabeth is a friend of Parker's from BYU. He's been to our home a few times and is one of my particular favorites of the BYU kids we've met this year. Elizabeth left this morning for Study Abroad in London, and we were just about to leave the airport when Parker's bus arrived from the MTC. I just had to let his Mom and Dad know that your boy looked so good this morning: totally together and full of enthusiasm--so ready to go--and just as handsome and darling as he could possibly be. Sounds like they had a crazy night with packing and cleaning until late, then he got up with part of his zone who had a 2:30 am departure, then back to try and sleep a little more before his group left. He was bright-eyed and calm despite this schedule and seemed to be doing a great job keeping track of his zone in a very busy check-in line. You would have been very proud of him.
Since we had the fun opportunity to be stand-in parents at the airport, I gave Parker a big hug on your behalf and took some pictures which I would love to share with you if you'd like to see them. I'll put a couple on FB to share with the BYU friends, but thought you might want to see them all.
If you'd like me to send the photos, please send me your email and I'll get them to you this evening. Hope you had a wonderful conversation with your boy just now. It was so much fun to see him this morning.
Michelle Davidson

What a thoughtful and much appreciated gesture by the Davidsons! 

So when he finally got to use the phone (I guess there was a line for the phone with all the missionaries who were there) we only go to talk for labout 10 minutes.  But he sounded great and very excited to be on his way.

Then this morning we got this message from the President and Sister Miles:

Dear family of Elder Eldredge-
We are delighted to tell you that Elder Eldredge arrived safely in Munich this morning.  He is tucked away in bed now after a long day of orientation. 
We thought you might enjoy these pictures from this evening. His new companion is Elder Stilger, and they will be serving in Haag, Austria. 
We are thrilled that he is here and are very impressed with his preparation and enthusiasm.  He will be a great missionary.  Thank you for all you have done to help him become the fine young man he is today.  We love him already, and we will do all we can to help him grow as a missionary and have a successful mission.  If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.  May the Lord bless you and your family at this wonderful time of missionary service.
President and Sister Miles
Alpine German-speaking Mission

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