We celebrated our tie and ice cream tradition tonite. Our nephew Mike is leaving this week to serve a mission in NYC. It's a great way to say goodbye. We all bring him a tie, have a short program, and then top it off with ice cream. Tonite's program included a few thoughts from the cousins he grew up with, a history of the mission he is serving in, a story read by Adam, and then we heard from Mikey. He shared with us some reasons why he would stay and the more powerful reasons why he choose to serve a full-time mission. It was so well put and I loved the thought he has put into his decision. A few tears were shed, as Cole put it, by "the crying mom's club."