Thursday, August 13, 2009


So, our family is full strength again! Brit looks great and appears very happy. We can't get enough of her!

To her friends and our family that wanted to attend the airport reception we apologize. I truly wish I would have know and could have contacted you! However, we hope you will come see Brit at the BBQ we are holding for her.

Andrea, Amanda & Carin - please try to come. If there are other friends of Brit's that I didn't realize are following this please comment if you are interested in attending.

6:30 pm Saturday in Farr West. Take the Farr West exit and then go to the West side to the stop light. Then go North toward Smith and Edwards. But, watch close for the next left to go West on Higley road. Then go 1/4 mile to the next left. The party is down that lane 2/3 of the way on the left. We will have an obvious sign in the front yard!

See you there!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Come what may and love it...

Well, throughout the day I have had an uncomfortable feeling. I had all kinds of thoughts and concerns enter my mind. I dismissed them. Then, with 2.5 hours to go I became troubled enough that I began trying to track Brit's flight. The mission home sent us a simple itinerary which told us her flight number from LAX to SLC and time of arrival. But, we didn't even have a confirmation number (which it seems you must have or the Delta gastopo will take you out) and knew nothing about her international flight.

So, after 4 different phone calls and 4 different foreign employees (heavy accents) I finally got enough pieces of the puzzle from each that I was able to call the last lady (good english) and get somewhere. She was wonderful! The first lady "broke the rules" and let me know as a favor that Brit's international flight was with EVA Airlines. With that information I was able to get the next lady to give me a little more - that she wasn't flying into LAX but into SF instead. And finally, by the last lady I was able to spell things out well enough for her that she believed my story and provided me the details I needed.

So, Britney's international flight landed and she is safely on the ground in San Fransicso (changed from LAX to SF which was just one piece of the puzzle). But, there were problems with one of the missionary's luggage making it through customs so the group of missionaries missed their flight. I found out that she would be staying the night in SF and flying in Thursday morning at 9:00 am instead. We were 30 minutes from the airport when we discovered this news. So, we started urgently calling family. Then, Brit called and was quite suprised that I already knew her news. Don't mess with a concered Dad!!!

So, my promptings proved to be for good reason. I am so glad she is safe in SF and we will endure the disappointment until morning. We went to Marie Calendars to have pie to soften the blow. The benefit for Brit is that she gets to have a good nights sleep and take a good shower prior to seeing everyone.

I feel horrible because we weren't able to contact her dear friends to let them know the news. I received a phone call from Carin. It seems Amanda, Andrea and Carin (Brit's dearest friends) came to welcome her.

So, I thought I better post this tonight just in case anyone else needed to know what the latest moment in our missionaries life was.

We can't wait to see you sister Landrum at 9:00 am tomorrow morning!!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Well done thy good and faithful servant

Britney arrives in Salt Lake City this coming Wednesday evening. We invite any of her friends and any of our family that would like to attend. Be to the airport by 9:15 pm at the bottom of the escalators.

We are pleased with Brit's testimony and dedication as a missionary. Her letters and emails are evidence of how serious she took her mission. He personal growth will provide her an advantage in pursuing the balance of her life. We cannot wait to embrace her and see her smiling face. She is worried that she will be tired and beat down looking due to a 20 hour travel. I assured her she could smell and have tattered clothing and matted hair and it wouldn't make one bit of difference! She will be hugged regardless. That emotional and tearful pretty lady next to me will be her mother. She has earned every tear. Fly safe sis, we are counting the seconds.