Trent’s Mission Homecoming

This was the first time we saw Trent in 2 years.

He was faithfully serving the Lord down in Chile. We got to email him once a week and Skype him on Mother’s Day and Christmas for 40 minutes each. Other than that, we could not talk to Trent. As a missionary, your days are filled from start to finish with planning, teaching, finding, service, and learning. One reason why we could not talk to him much was so he could stay focused on the work. And while I understood this, it didn’t make it any easier not to talk to him or see him! I tried to write him every single week to stay close to him. And I missed him so much, but…

My heart didn’t realize to what level I had missed him until he was back in our arms.

It was almost a tangible feeling to feel so whole with him home. Our family was happy, but now it’s even happier. We are proud of what he did & have felt blessings directly from him serving.

I will say, the hardest thing for me was Trent not being at my wedding. We got married about 6 months after he left. Luckily, he had met Nick and approved of him before leaving, but I still missed him there. I thought about him a lot on our wedding day and even played a song for him at our wedding reception. I found peace knowing he was immersed in the work of bringing the joy of Jesus Christ and the gospel to the world.

About a week and a half ago, the night before I left to go back to work in Texas, I showed Trent our wedding video to allow him to experience a little bit of what our wedding day was like. I looked over at him through watery eyes and tears were quietly streaming down his face. Sacrificing the things we want so badly isn’t always easy, but sometimes is required of us and can bring us blessings. Despite our aching for Trent to be there on that day, we all know that he was in the right place and the right time. We are so proud of him.

I made this little video of his homecoming in hopes to capture some of the emotion associated with a mission homecoming and so we can always remember the special day. We were all so nervous and excited and couldn’t stop crying- emotional roller coasters to the max. Thank you to everyone who has supported our family and especially Trent throughout the years. We love you and couldn’t have done it without you! <3 Finally, thank you to God for protecting our brother and bringing him home to us.

Welcome home, Trent!

2 thoughts on “Trent’s Mission Homecoming

  1. People don’t always understand why we miss large family events for another purpose. I am not religious, but am working to get out of debt while establishing a career that doesn’t make a lot of income at the start, so I have to give up on a lot of events so I can keep hustling. I’m missing my niece and nephew’s first birthday next week because I can’t afford the plane ticket, and need to spend that time earning. It’s not as large as missing my sisters wedding for a mission, but it’s still a hard decision I had to make. It felt like I was choosing between letting myself down and letting my family down, only more blurred because I felt the need to make both work. One day I just had to tell my family that I’m at a point where I have to take care of myself first so that I can be around in the future and feel good about it. Most of the time they get it, but sometimes it’s hard for them to accept. I’ll have to spend the holiday season where I am, and I think that’s going harder for them
    I’m sure this separation was hard for all of you, but you’ll all move forward cherishing your time together even more. Congratulations on the happy reunion!

    1. Kelsey, thank you so much for your heartfelt message! I felt the same way with missing some of my siblings big high school events in the past because I was a few hours away going to college. In the end, we have to do what is best given our circumstances. Hope you had a great weekend! xo

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