Hello's bring so much joy.
This was Caleb's first visit home since he left...2 months and 4 days. (sniff) We all miss him.
Often I hear someone say, "I miss Caleb". It's a sweet thing though, things that remind us of him. It brings him closer, but it also reminds us he is not close-by. Bitter-sweet.
Smiles and hugs
This was a working visit.
Not much to his possessions, but enough that a small moving van was better than a couple of fully loaded cars and a couple of trips. No doubt he is glad to have all that is familiar and his.
Fully embracing the Portland vibe.
He was just about ready to pull out of the driveway...
When MaryAnne started to cry.
"Taleb, wait! Me didn't hug you!" (she had.)
"You going back to Port-and?"
Hello's bring so much joy...Good-bye's - not so much.
It's a grand adventure.
To be lived
It is for this day that we pour ourselves into our children all their growing up, teaching them - academically, socially, spiritually. It is our goal to send them into the world, being a light for Christ in word and action - in the big things and the small, in the everyday, in their little neighborhood or the big, wide world.
Although my heart strings are pulled in their absence, when my children leave home I want them to feel confident that they have our love and support, and that Home will always be a place of comfort, and encouragement.
No strings, no guilt, no heavy expectations.