Monday, August 09, 2010

Still counting down...

Well, it's Monday and we leave on Thursday...still trying to accomplish a ton of things, but the visas and permits are all in. PTL.

I think there must be something innate in teenagers that makes them become real stinkers before they move out. Granted...ours is not moving out forever...just a few months at a time....but still.

He doesn't talk about it much...even if we poke and prod him...but I know he is feeling some of what we are. Therefore, it does make sense to me that he is pushing us away some. It seems like a smart thing to do when you are about to leave all that you love and have known as your security. I remember fighting those feelings when we were leaving the states. It makes sense to guard your heart against some of the upcoming pain and grief. But, to me, it was more inportant to have those last good times with my cherished ones. Those are some of my favorite memories to recall when I'm homesick, but...

I can't expect a 15 year old to have that wisdom. So, he is being 15. There have actually been a couple of days that I thought, "OK. The tables are turned. I can't wait to get him out of here!" Good thing I only thought it...because it didn't last long. He is still a kid whether or not he thinks it.

The Princess hasn't fully realized the changes coming, either. I think I forgot to tell you that we have some American friends over here who have a daughter the same age as the Princess. Well, they are going back to the States while we are taking the Prince, so when we come back...much will have changed for us..as well as the young couple who were visiting for the summer...going home. It's coming up on a lonelier time for us. Please pray for us as we transition. ALL of us.

Thanks for walking the journey with us...it makes it so much sweeter to share it with you.

3 days...

5 comments:

Sebrina said...

My 18 yr. old Prince has been pulling away for a year now. Some days I want him gone for my sanity and some days I want him to stay forever for my sanity. He is considering spending time with Uncle Sam seeing the world after graduation next May. My Princess and her Little Prince moved out last weekend. Things are changing. Maybe its time to find another companion. LOL. We'll see. Love you all and miss you.- Beanie

GloryandGrace said...

It speaks of your wisdom as a person and parent that you can discern his behavior as simply the way he is dealing with the upcoming change. I'm sure it's a struggle not to take it as a personal offense, so I commend you and admire you all the more for your perspective on all that's going on this week.

Definitely thinking of your family this week, and in the days and weeks ahead, as everyone adjusts to a new normal. I anticipate this is going to be an extremely formative time for the Prince and you all, but that doesn't mean it's going to be any easier - at least not initially~

Love love love~

The Allens said...

totally praying...I can't imagine what yall are about to do...

Anonymous said...

I just wish I could be there to hug you and cry with you. Give a hug to the prince from us. Tell him to write when he can and we will write back. Much love and many prayers to my Father who has him in his hand!
Love-
flea

Colorado Dreamin' said...

Always praying for you guys. I know this time will have it's challenges. Thanks for sharing them. I know those are some of the same ones we will be facing when the time comes for us to make a trip "across the pond" long term.