Well, of course, it is only right that I blog about this momentous occasion! And, of course we all agree that we couldn’t be prouder of our son and brother for having such a successful mission to Bilbao, Spain! Congratulations to Perris! Please enjoy these first few days back!
Here I am waiting by the window, sign in hand of the flight that we had listed on the itinerary as bringing Perris home, flight 1938 from Atlanta, Ga! The window was HUGE and we could have easily walked by him to the exit gate! We so wanted to and thought that would be a lot of fun! We waited, and waited, and waited; finally, the entire plane was empty of passengers! No Perris! So, we went to baggage claim,---definitely No Perris! How could we have missed him? We came back up and saw a small backpack on the back of a well dressed, missionary who was obviously Perris walking away! I yell, “Perris!”
“How could we possibly have missed you”, we query? He informs us that he actually arrived on Delta flight 5923 coming from La Guardia Airport in New York! He had one itinerary and we had quite another! New York, and Atlanta are just a few miles away from each other! Just lucky thing both itineraries were on the same day and same airport, and within 45 minutes of each other! Here we are welcoming him to Washington Reagan Airport in Alexandria, Va.
Dad helps Perris with his load!
Perris talking to Mike in the elevator; I’m thrilled to have him back with us in the United States again!
Me with President Bradshaw’s wife, Corrine, and their 5 year old daughter, Reagan. Corrine gave Annie a double stroller when they were here in 2008! That whole family is good people. Reagan let me play with her Disney Princess dress up magnets while we waited for Perris!
Visiting with President prior to the releasing! You will notice his missionary tag!
Perris with President after his releasing as a missionary---no tag!
You will see these three people next week!
I personally love these pictures Perris took of Molly! Too me, they look so “puppy-like” despite her 16 years! (It must be her spirit)!
The 30th was family day for the G-3/5/7, where Dad now works as a LTC Colonel. He started working for the G-3/5/7 on the 15th of July as a Major and as of the 16th was notified that he had moved up in rank to LTC! He will be pinned in a ceremony at the Pentagon this Friday the 5th of August. This party was held at Ft. Belvoir. Enjoy the pictures!
This guy didn’t stand a chance! Good thing he was wearing a padded jacket and that it was just a demonstration! His arm would have been torn to shreds otherwise!
We ate: burgers, chicken, beans, potato salad, chips, watermelon, etc. and had lemonade
We had a nice time at Family Day!
Next we went to Clothing Sales where Dad purchased his new rank---that would be silver for a Lieutenant Colonel!
I love fried okra (but I also love pickled okra)! So that was the end of this day---we already shopped for shoes for Perris at Potomac Mills since I threw away his old tattered ones, upgraded his cell phone---it was high time after about 6 years of the same phone, and lastly went to the Hoffman 22 to see “Salt.” We have plans to see “Inception” (it was sold out this night), and “The Other Guys” (due out Friday).
Finally for this post, the long awaited day of Grandpa Nelson’s baptism and confirmation took place at the Washington, DC Temple in Kensington, Maryland! The feeling was incredible! In addition to Conrad Benjamin Nelson, your Grandpa Nelson, we did Nils G. Johnson who is Conrad’s Great Grandpa on his father’s side, your Dad’s Great, Great, Grandpa, and your Great, Great, Great, Grandpa on your Daddy’s side! We did his wife up until initiatories---Her name is Elsie Olson. Additionally we did one of our German relatives ---Helene Drissl who is a one child of my Mother’s Grandmother. We are on our way to linking hearts! Enjoy these pictures!
Welcome Home Perris! You helped the Lord save souls in Spain and now you continue doing it with your family here! Again, it was truly fantastic. I bore my testimony regarding it yesterday, and Perris did also. Truly indescribable, except to say—Incredible, and Miraculous! I look forward to the 14th to share that feeling with each of you in the Redlands, Temple in California as we continue the work for these family members!