On September 2, 2015, Parker Stewart Wood reports the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. He will be serving a two year mission in the Houston, Texas East Mission, also covering a large portion of Louisiana. We will miss Parker tremendously when he is gone, with Willie gone, there really won't be anyone, for about 6 months to make us laugh out loud. But, Parker will be a great missionary and we are so excited for him to sweat it out in the South for two years.
Yesterday, we ventured out to take some missionary pictures. It was hot and the sun was bright, and my eyes were a bit blurry, but we still got some good shots. I was happy that he wanted me to take some pictures for him and both Quinn and I, who are now very lonely with both boys in school all day, were extremely happy for the afternoon company.
While we were at the Jordan River Temple, Parker was approached by a small family because he was holding the Texas state flag. The son of the family had returned on Wednesday from the Houston South mission and was pretty exited to see Parker, someone who would be going to his mission in a month.
The returned Elders mom then crossed the street to me, with my camera and asked excitedly, "Is this your first missionary?" I smiled and laughed and said, "Well, I'm old enough to be his mother, but I'm just his cousin and volunteered to take some pictures for him." She smiled and laughed. We talked about her son for a few minutes and "my" "other missionary son" in Lithuania.
It was a really funny little exchange...Me, Parker's "mom" taking his picture with his "little brother" in the stroller watching YouTube on my phone.