After the trip with the guide, he came home early with Mr. Howard (long-time family friend) and got home in the early afternoon. I was happy to see him, having gone a couple days without and knowing I would soon go through about 30 more.
We got all spiffied up and ready to go out on the TOWN. While getting ready, John truly surprised me by putting putting this around my neck:
Beautiful (real!) pearls. I asked what they were for and he said, "Because I'm leaving you." They are so pretty and classy.
So we first went to the temple and decided to do Endowments, despite my headache and running low on time. It truly was a good decision, it was a wonderful experience, one I'll always remember. We then went to a little Italian restaurant on Provo Center St. called Gloria's Little Italy--it was absolutely delicious and such a fun atmosphere. The waitor was great and even gave us a free dessert! (After finding out it was our last night before military training).
We got some last-minute things done, including buying a few things at Walmart and then giving him a haircut when we got home! (turned out pretty well, I must say!) All in all, it was a wonderful night. We only got about 3 hours of sleep, waking up really early to head to the airport in time on Friday morning.
Sending him off was tough, but I truly feel I've been blessed and I've been able to handle everything a lot better this time around. It's still hard and I still miss him and can't stop thinking about him, but it's different than last summer. We took pictures at the airport, but they are on his phone, which I sent to him in a package.
I got a (SHORT!) call from him on Saturday letting me know his address and info. He said to send his phone and charger and that he'd explain later and he'd text me. Hopefully this means he can call and text regularly! Good thing we have unlimited. ;) I've written 3 letters and sent one package so far, but haven't heard anything yet. I'm sure he is busy and exhausted! (not to mention I think he forgot our home address...) :) The package should get to him tomorrow or the next day. Soon I will post a picture that we took at the airport before he left.
I miss him, I love him, and I am half-empty for this month apart. I'm lucky to have my family surrounding me, and my little Matty and Daniel to be my buddies while my hubby's away.