As soon as Nathan got home from school, he, Andrew and I hopped into the van to head out for a couple of errands culminating in a trip to Five Below for the boys to spend their birthday money from their Aunt Lindsay. We had a good chat on the way home about how much I love them and will miss them while in China...it was a sweet time together.
During our "last supper" together as a family of five, I explained to Nathan and Andrew about their special treats for each day I'm gone. I had so much fun picking out special little gifts for them to open as a reminder of how much I love them. Nathan's bags also have a Bible verse written down to read each day and I'll be reading the same verse each day. And of course, a little chocolate always makes kids happy!
Then I had a great time of prayer over the phone with my sister, and a lot of my tears were because I miss my mom so much. I so long to call her and tell her all that is happening, but I'm so thankful to be able to share these feelings with Lindsay.
Nathan got home from the football game and it was just about time for us to leave for the airport. He gave me a "I will miss you" note with tear-filled eyes, and I gave him a card that I'd gotten for him. He cried A LOT, as did I. Watching him stand on the front porch waving good-bye, only to rush out to the van for one more hug, nearly broke my heart. Love that boy so much!
God is faithful and He will be with Nathan and Andrew in Newnan, as well as Jason, Shelby and I as we fly to go bring Jenna HOME!!!
*I started writing this on the night we were leaving for the airport but due to lack of wireless connection, I could not post until today.