Tim and I anxiously waiting - It was the neatest feeling to FINALLY see him walking down the gate.
We have had so many blessings come to our family for having a full time missionary in the field. He was a great missionary and I am so thankful for his example to his brothers and for serving the Lord. Coming home is a difficult thing for a missionary and coming home to a family mourning makes it even harder. When we knew that my dad wasn't going to make it through the week and that his funeral would be the next weekend (the weekend JT was coming home) we contacted JT's mission president (Pres. Riggs) and told him our situation and asked if JT could possibly fly home early so it wouldn't interfere with my dads viewing and funeral services. He immediately got to work and changed his flight. He arrived (August 16th) Thursday night around 11:30 pm. We were so surprised with the outpouring of love and support when he returned and we know it was a huge sacrifice for many. I know JT wasn't expecting to have all the family there but it was a neat time a happy time (which by the way, we ALL needed). I am just really grateful for my eternal family. FAMILY IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT!! Welcome Home Elder Slade - JT - Bubba!!!