On February 11, 2014 after a lot of preparation and excitement Dallin's brothers got out of school early and I only worked a half day. We put up balloons galore including a 100 foot high set of huge balloons tied to our mailbox. We put up signs welcoming our missionary back and then headed to the airport in Salt Lake City.
It seemed kind of surreal to be picking up our missionary after two years. Everyone around us kept saying "Wow, it's been two years already" and we were like "Ah, yeah!" We had a huge group of mainly family who made the trip to the airport which was really fantastic. It is great to have the support of family in life. We hung out and chatted waiting for the flight to come in.
Finally we saw some missionaries coming down the escalator and there he was in all his missionary glory. Elder Dallin Ollerton coming down the escalator waving with a great big smile on his face. His mother dove under the barrier tape and ran over to give him the biggest welcome home hug ever. What a wonderful experience.
It has been two years and our boy has grown into a man. He has been home now for just over 3 days and I can see what a wonderful person we have in our family. Here's hoping he stays that way. Now we start work and school and life. The missionary will always stay in there but some how life seems to get in the way some times, at least in my own experience.
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