|The group returning home. I never thought this day would come! Bittersweet!|
The night before we boarded the plane and headed our separate ways we stayed in the mission home. We spent the afternoon at the temple, which was so needed. It had been 18 months for me. We all ate dinner together. WE HAD A BLAST. We stayed up literally all night. I think I got maybe 45 minutes of sleep. We hung out with the elders and talked as if we were finishing our senior year of high school and graduating. It was surreal. I hadn't stayed up that late in a LONG time. It was so fun. We goofed off and laughed at iPad videos for hours. I am going to miss this so much. I am coming home with a good group of elders and sisters.
|The FIVE missionaries who served in Richmond going home with me.|
Me, Elder Viehweg, Elder Waite, Elder Jacobson, Elder Money
Bryner Family: the most amazing family ever!
|Sister Katelyn Rickords and Me (she was my MTC companion)|
|IT was so humid at the temple. President Brough said "wow this camera is so foggy!! No one knew what he meant until I looked at the picture. This is what we call our celestial glow. Thank you humidity.|
I boarded the plane the next day. It still didn't feel real. I felt like I was getting a little vacation time from missionary work to see my family and then I would be back in a week. I was able to sit next to Elder Blake and Hermana Little on the first flight. Then when we all had to depart for our second flight, it finally hit me. I was done. This part of my life is over. It has been absolutely incredible and taught me a lot, but now it is time to see if what I taught I internalized. I facetimed my parents and dennis in between my flights and that was so incredible. I needed it. The second flight was so long. SO SO LONG. I thought it would never end. It was an emotional roller coaster. I thought I had all of my tears out before I got to my family, but that didn't happen. haha! One minute I was so happy and excited and looking forward to the future and then next I was super sad and sobbing because I would no longer be Sister Hannah. It was a hard flight. I landed 15 minutes early too. I had 15 minutes to compose myself. I went to the bathroom and pulled up my big girl panties, emailed my dad to make sure they were THERE and then slapped a smile on my face and tried to hide my fear.
Then came the moment I was reunited with my family. IT WAS GLORIOUS. The tears came flooding back. Mom ran up the stairs to come and grab me. She got the first hug. Jeffrey and Daniel dog piled in after that and then Dad got his hug! My family DOES LOVE ME! As if I ever doubted that. But sister Brough's words were true and still are true. I came home to a family that loves me!
|I love my momma!|
|I love my daddy!|
|Jeffrey Facetiming Dennis into the welcome home at the airport!|
I love them with all my heart!
Airport Reunion; CHECK
IN N OUT: UP NEXT
|Comp study lives on with sis jones! :)|
|San Diego temple!|
I am so eternally grateful for the opportunity to serve a mission and be Sister Hannah! I know every second was worth it! I am grateful for the experience of serving and look forward to see what the future holds! :)