Morgan's farewell dinner was just a family affair. We are new to Minnesota and so we don't have too many friends. We invited family to a potato dinner (celebrating Idaho) and we had a pretty good crowd and such a nice time.We had baked potatoes with all the toppings. We had potato salad (thank you, Sara). There were tater tots for the "kids". And we had mashed potatoes for dessert:
|The centerpieces - fingerling potatoes in Kerr jars - very now.|
|Don't worry, they are just cupcakes, a Starburst, and caramel topping!!|
|Matt is ready to dig in.|
|Annie, Jen, Sara, Matt, and Morgan discuss the potato crop.|
|Grandma and Grandpa Hawley|
|A cousin picture! And Annie's 11th birthday!|
Sunday night, we drove to President Kerr's home for Morgan's setting apart as a missionary. President Kerr was in our ward when we lived in Nashville, so even though Morgan didn't remember him, it was still nice that he wasn't a complete stranger. His wife mentioned that she knew Morgan when she played the box (a violin reference). He was a nice man and said a beautiful blessing for her as she embarks on this new adventure.
|Dave and Lisa with Kaitlin, Chloe, Lindsey, and Sydney|
|Salt Lake City Temple - Temple Square is AMAZING, I'm always so impressed with the flowers there.|
|More of Temple Square flowers|
Next we were off to Provo to visit friends. We visited Lost and Found (that picture is on my phone), and next we went to see the marching band. It was band camp this past week. Morgan sure missed it. Everyone wanted to hug her, but the guys remembered to stop themselves, asked if she was "set apart", and then shook her hand enthusiastically. We had dinner with two of her tuba friends:That took care of Tuesday. Wednesday morning, we slept in… Morgan couldn't sleep and was up and ready rather early! We had two little errands to run, then we had lunch at Zupa's. There were a few other missionaries having their last meals, too. Morgan was anxious and did a lot of finger tapping. Finally it was time to make our way to the MTC (Missionary Training Center) on BYU campus. It was very busy there. Morgan took pictures as we drove in. I had already cried a couple of times. So I was pretty good at this point.
|Pepin and Janine|
|The MTC entrance - long lines of cars and lots of missionaries directing traffic.|
|We were directed to cone #9|
I have received and email from her and will post that in a day or two. She will be in the MTC until September 9. You may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or use dearelder.com to get a letter to her the next day for free!! You'll need to know her leave date (sept 9) and her unit #172.