Dropping Matt Off

Matthew was set apart bright and early Tuesday morning. He said goodbye to Alyssa before she went to school. Then it was off to Utah, to bring Elder Stucki to the MTC. Grandpa Stucki came with us and we dropped him off for a visit with his friend Gerald Finch. After Matt said goodbye to grandpa, we continued on to Provo. We picked up a couple of things Matt still needed for his list. That night we went to Carrabba's. It was the last dinner we'll have with Matt for awhile, but it was a great one. We laughed and ate and ate. The next morning we took Matt to Denny's for his free missionary breakfast. We headed over to the MTC. It brought up a lot of happy memories for Kyle. He was telling us a little bit about what it will be like for Matt. But unlike when Kyle went into the MTC, everything was green and gorgeous. Lots of pictures were taken. Then it was time for Matt to enter through the missionary door. He got his missionary badge and an orange dot to show he was a brand new missionary. We headed into one of the chapels at the MTC. We sang Called to Serve and it was amazing. After some short talks and a video it was time to say goodbye. We all hugged Matt goodbye, some tears were shed. Then it was out one door for Matt and another for us. I was happy and sad, and proud, and excited and I'm not even going, so I can only imagine what Matt was feeling. When we hear from him though, I'll be sure to let you know. For my vote, the first day was a good one.

Matt's Farewell

Here are some pictures from after Matt's farewell. He had so much support from family and friends. Thanks to everyone who came to wish him well. It was so fun to see all of you.

Family Farewell Party

Saturday Les and Pam (the best Uncle and Aunt) gave up their home for a family party to remember. Matt had family from both sides there having a good time. Les had so much food that everyone could have stayed and eaten for a week.
The weather was great and we all enjoyed the pool and watching all the little kids having fun. Then the Big kid Matthew got a hold of the basketball and it was all over from there!!He was running and trying to jump and then dunk, he stopped only when his mom told him to.Aunt Stephanie put together a photo video of Matt and his childhood and we all had a great time watching the pictures and remembering our own memories of Matt. It was a great time with all the families and we are all very proud of Matthew.
We all had such a good time celebrating Matthew and the Amazing man that he has become. He will be a great missionary and the people of New Zealand are lucky to get a Stucki!!!!!

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Well this is all new to me hence my blog is a little plain!!! This is where all of my mission photos will be posted thanks to my cousin Stephanie and my sister Estee!!!