Elder Joseph Harold Wight disembarked yesterday in Terminal 2 at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport at 3:40 PM after serving an honorable 2 year mission for
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
To say we were excited was an understatement!
Joe is the baby of our family. He came into the world on our mothers 40th birthday--8 years after her last baby (ME). It has been 14 years since our last missionary came home. Now we have another 17 years until my Nash decides to go. Anyways...my point...it was a big deal to get this kid home!
My mother has been very anxious/excited/nervous for him to get here!! Finally, no more communicating through emails where questions don't get answered (ahem, Joseph), emails don't get answered period (again JOSEPH), or where he ends up at the temple so his P-day gets switched without mom knowing and her waiting for a letter ALL day only to not get one. Tsk.
Joe left 2 days after I announced my pregnancy to the world. I've talked about how involved my family was in my fertility journey and so they were NOT out of the loop like everyone else. But the biggest thing, I wanted Joe to feel connected in some way to my baby...so Joe came to our very first ultrasound at 6 weeks. The one where we heard that awesome little heartbeat and were told we were having twins. Since Joe left, I of course, have sent him approximately 1,000,000 pictures of my son. Plus we got to skype with him (once i was still pregnant), then about 2 months after Nash was born, Again that Christmas (9 months), and again this last mothers day (Nash had already turned 1 and was walking by then). So he has gotten to see Nash grow...but its different in person.
I was so excited for them to meet!!!
My older brother Jeff and his wife also had little Samantha 6 months after Nash.
So Joe was coming home to 2 entirely new people!!
We loaded everyone up (Aunt Sally came for support--she just having got back from her own mission, and Wain came as well to help video) and we got to the airport. We were met by Aunt Joyce and Julie and her 2 girls--also there to lend support!! I made 4 signs and mom got balloons. His flight was delayed about 20 minutes and we let our guard down...by the time we figured out Joe was basically right in front of us, we were still worrying about everyone having a balloon tied to them (oi). However....
HES HOME!! HES MUCH SLIMMER!! HE HAS A FUNNY ACCENT!! Its awesome.
I took so many pictures, and still have so much to go through, but here are a few that I combed through on my card.
Welcome Home Joe!!! You were missed very much. We love you.