🇸🇱Saying Goodbye: The Hardest Day of My Life🇸🇱
April 9, 2010.
My previous life as I knew it was gone. I was 19 years old and had no idea what I was signing myself up for by leaving the only home I knew.
The morning I left for Sierra Leone my dad handed me a handwritten note, gave me a hug, and told me to open it on the plane. It was the first time I ever remember seeing him cry.
I had expected it from my mom , who repeatedly told me how much she dreaded me leaving, every day leading up to this one, but not from him. Seeing them both cry broke my heart.
On top of my parents, my now wife @mccallwood (not pictured) was also there telling me goodbye. We had talked about marriage, but a lot can happen in two years and I remember thinking “this goodbye may very well be our last.”
We all hugged and cried and then the moment came. I turned and walked away from everything I knew, and never looked back. It was the longest and hardest day of my life. That note my dad gave me got me through a lot of hard days and sleepless nights.
I remember for the first month or so, every time I would see something new and exciting in Sierra Leone, I promised myself I would one day bring my dad back to show him. Every time I did this it put a smile on my face.
It’s been almost 8 years since the day I first stepped on Sierra Leonean soil. In a few short weeks I’ll be stepping back on that same soil, this time with my dad @jeffpwood44 .I’ve been longing for this day for almost a decade now & the time is almost here.
wi dey cam
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