Thursday, April 10, 2008

Another one bites the dust

Little bil Rusty received his mission call for our Church yesterday. Drum roll please...


And you know what? He guessed Australia before he opened his call! He may be soft spoken, but big things are always happening in that sharp spiritual mind of his. Just by being around Russell, you get the sense that he knows things.
Gosh. I love this kid. I've known him since he was 8 or 9 years old. He was painfully shy and just the cutest little Lego-loving punk you'd ever seen. When I'd come over to BD's house I'd always make an effort to say hello to Russell just to see his adorable reaction. Sorry Russ, I couldn't resist! If he would come into the room I would wink at his mom and say something like, "Hi Russ, I love your hair cut, it's soooo cute." He would blush the brightest shade of scarlet red and stare directly at his feet, squirming. His mom would wink back playing along, "Russ can you say Hi to Brad's cute friend?" No. He most certainly couldn't. And would turn around and politely dart out of the room as fast as he entered it. Then his mom and I would chuckle and comment about how he's so stinkin' cute.Fast forward 10 years. Russ is still a little shy, but just as adorable. He's smart, confident, sincere and steadfast with everything he does. The picture above is of him and his twin sis (she's the one totally freaking out in the video, although we all kind of were). They may be opposites in many ways, but don't let them fool ya...they are thick as thieves these two. Saying that we're proud of him doesn't even begin to cover it all. We love him so very much.
Russell reports to the Provo, UT MTC on August 6, 2008 to serve in the Australia, Adelaide mission. We're elated!

11 comments:

Tuttles said...

That's awesome! My neighbor went there and LOVED it. They named their daughter Adelaide actually!

Two Wheeler said...

Way to go Russ! We love you bud.

The P*dunc's said...

I am going to sound like a valley girl here: SUPER YAY!!!

Congrats!!! G'd luck and g'd day!

Heather said...

Yeah!! That is so great, a big congrats goes out to Russ! We are so happy and excited for him. Russ will be a great missionary in Australia!

Lisa P. said...

That is so exciting. Now you and Brad for sure have a reason to go to Australia!! I love the screams in the background.

Mindi said...

good grief!! i must be pre or post menstrual (i kmow, tmi-sorry) or something because this is the second blog of the day that i have teared right up over--shhheeesh!!
what a sweet moment to capture--thanks for putting it out to us

Natlee Lloyd said...

Hooray now you really might come visit!

The Blairs said...

Congrats Russ!

Ginny Richman said...

Russell, our family is sooo excited for you to serve the good people in Australia. You'll be an awesome missionary & our prayers are with you. Thanks for your great example to all of us. Our love to you, Ginny & family

Rachel said...

Congrats!!! That would be a pretty awesome mission! But wow, he doesn't leave for a LONG time!

Jessie said...

What a sweet mission to go to. I would want to go just to try to pick up their accent. I'd be a great missionary hu!