Had some last minute running around to do, like getting US money for airport and MTC cash. $250.00 US I'm sure was plenty. Then we had to go to Surex Insurance and get a driver's abstract so she can drive. Then off to Wink's to say goodbye to Mrs. Lee and Mr. (I can't remember his name), but I recently learned from Mrs. Lee that in Korea the women does not change her name, so her last name is not the same as his. We are a big fan of the sub's and Jaime just loves their pizza subs. When she went in there they gave her all sorts of treats for the trip, pop, cheezies, Big Turks, Swedish Berries, and some other stuff. They are great people and really love the youth of this community. Mrs. Lee said as Jaime was leaving that she would see her in 18 months and not before. Awesome!!
At 3:00 pm we left for the church to meet the Stake President so he could set Jaime apart. Gramma and Grampa met us there, and Kevin met us there coming from work in Lethbridge. It was a wonderful meeting and the blessing that President McMahon gave her was so special. When he spoke those words, "I set you apart to be a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints", my heart just melted.
It was a very special time.
Grandma and Grandpa Taylor came with us on our trip to Great Falls, we took their van so we could all fit. It was wonderful to have them along. They are a riot to travel with. When we got to the border, she rolled down her window and I had to open the back sliding door. Grandma gave the customs officer all of our passports then proceeded to roll her window back up. The Customs Officer quickly told her to roll it back down as she had to be able to see all of our faces. Gramma said, "well it's cold", and she then began to wrap up her face. I was trying not to laugh, and I think it was so cold that the officer didn't make an issue of it. I gave the officer all of Jaime's necessary papers, and surprising to me we didn't even have to get out of the car. Less than 3 minutes at the border and we were off.
First stop; JC Penny's, Cut Bank, MT, Gramma needed to use the bathroom. So we get there and we all get out. Really?, for a bathroom stop. Well Grampa had other ideas, he was going to browse while Gramma and I used the biffy. In the time that it took for us to use the bathroom, Grampa bought a big bag of shirts and ties. All .97 cents or something like that. I made the comment that we would be returning most of them on the way back through the next day. Grampa's amazing that way. I wish sometimes I could shop like that.
May I just say that riding in the back of a van is interesting, you feel every sway or sudden jerk, and it's very noticeable. When we got to Great Falls we went to The Golden Corral. Lots of food and good conversation. We then headed to our hotel, and it wasn't long before Jaime was fast asleep. We had to get up early because Jaime's flight left at 6:15 in the morning, but the wonderful thing about Great Falls is that you only have to be there an hour early, even for International flights. Shortly after we got up at 4:30 am there was a little knock at the door and it was Sister Erica McMahon, she was also leaving that morning from Great Falls, she will be serving in McAllen, Texas, but she is entering the MTC in Mexico City. Her flight left 45 minutes after Jaime's. She said that she was lying there waiting to hear noise from our room so she could come over and say hi. Hermana McMahon and Sister Taylor had a wonderful visit for a few minutes before we had to leave. The Great Falls Airport is so easy, it was wonderful. No hassles, very small line up, and we got to see Jaime go through security.
Bye my baby girl see you in 18 months