don't mind me if i get a little mushy, lovey-dovey here for a bit. you see, my younger, but very much taller brother is leaving today to serve a two-year mission for the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints. i can only imagine the kind of courage it takes for a young 19 year old boy to leave his family, friends, and overall life to serve in a far away country (or state), speaking a language they have never really spoken before. that is courage folks. but he, like many other's before, definitely has it.
i don't think i realized how much i would miss him. i mean, he hasn't even left yet and i've already cried at least a dozen times. we watched some family videos on sunday from our younger years. dang, he was cute! and he's still so cute! only a tad bit older. :) the last couple days i've been able to spend more time with him than i have in a long time. it makes it a little difficult when i'm living an hour & a half away and the short amounts of time i'm home he's either at work or with his girlfriend. but, i honestly believe he is one of the strongest and sweetest young men i know. even without a strong male figure in his life he has truly grown into a good and worthy man. i am so proud of the person he has become in his young life. i look up to him (both literally and figuratively) and his righteous example in all he does. i have loved watching him grow from a small, boy who was deathly shy into such a confident and sweet young men. he has such a love for all people and is always the first to bring about peace in any situation. i am so grateful that of all the boys in the world that he is my one and only brother.
the fact that he's my only brother doesn't make it any easier to let him go. still, it makes it all worth it because i know he is doing what he knows to be right. he is serving his lord and savior for two years. to share the gospel with the wonderful people of the dominican republic. one thing's for sure...the people of the d.r. are getting the greatest missionary ever!
the things i'll miss most about gregory while he's gone...