My oldest has been in town on leave from the Army. We've been spending time with him. This is one of the reasons why I have been intermittently posting. The other is that I've been helping my daughter pack. She and my oldest left on Monday night and are headed to LA. WAH!!!
I can't believe she is old enough to be out on her own, let alone live 2,000 miles away. I'm so proud of her, but of course I'm nervous for her as any mother would be. Nick rode with her, which was such a relief. It was an adventure getting her out the door. Two days before she was supposed to leave someone backed into her car. They asked her not to call the cops as they were drunk and gave her cash to buy a new car so on Monday morning she bought a car then I went to the DMV to get her tag while she was packing. They loaded up the car and around 9pm they took off. I held it together until they pulled away and then I simply LOST IT. Seriously, I balled for two hours. I realize that N and M are not my biological children, but I've been their part-time mother since they were 2 and 3 years old. We had them for summers until they both moved in with us as teens. I feel like they've always been with us and are my children too. So, when they left I felt like something was missing. N will have more leave in June so we may see him then. In the meantime he's stoked to go to LA for a few days then back to his base. I can't give details per the Army's instructions to him. They wouldn't even let him wear his uniform for our pictures because of his patches being shown.
Aren't my boys, ahem, men handsome? Soon my baby will be as tall as his big brother. We had many adventures and emotions, but I am beyond proud of my children, all 3 of them. M taking this leap into life is hard on me, but it isn't about me, it's about her going out into the world and doing her thang. I will continue to pray for her safety, as well as N's obviously being in the Army, but I pray that she is able to live her dreams. And come back soon!!!!!!!!!!!!