Wednesday, June 03, 2009

I Don't Want to Go Bye Bye....but I Have!

Hard, hard, hard. That is really all that NEEDS to be said, but those who know and love me, KNOW that is NOT all I WILL say. ::snirft:: (snort/sniff)

Josiah and Jamin showed up at the Lake at 9:00 a.m. As we repacked the trailer, Josiah played a card game of some sort with Zander. Zander's Queen "magically" pops up as needed. Hmmm.... ::snort::


Finally, the two boys hooked the trailer up as Mike and I went for a quick walk to the dock.


We went back to "Stacia's House" one last time. It shines. TMO picked up the girls' college shipment this a.m.

It was HARD to say goodbye. I thought it would be easier as both of our men have previously moved out of our home....but WOW....there is a difference in knowing they are a mile away and knowing that we will be thousands of miles away. We cried. Then I tried to go back into denial as we'll see them again in Seattle.

JAMIN is the child years ago that began the "chase the visitor's cars down the block thing." Today he chased the trailer down the block. I was crying as I watched and then told Krista to grab the camera....we missed the run, but this is even more poignant. Jamin's the white blob.


Jamin gave me a quarter this a.m. A quarter that a few years ago he threw into a campfire. The next a.m. he picked it up. His fingerprints are scorched on to the quarter. He gave it to me this a.m. as a way to remember to pray for him. Oh, son, we need no reminders....HOWEVER, this quarter touches my need to have something tangible of you adult not be surprised if it shows up as a necklace. ::snirft::

Watching Cy and Jamin hug the younger ones goodbye was heart-rending....and I took no photos.....don't count on many from the airport either.

At lunch I told someone to go ahead of us as there were two of them and 10 of us....Mike said, "There are only 7 of us, De'Etta," and I teared up. This is our new reality.....7 plus KRISTA... I'm so glad she is with us. We had a great day driving together...lots of mommy/daughter time.

The view we saw until I called Mike and said, "Can I go ahead and drive the speed limit and meet you in Big Springs?" ::snort::


West Texas


BTW....Krista and I arrived much quicker....traveled the back roads that the GPS sent us on....I think having two vehicles is going to have some advantages...we checked in, can buy groceries etc before the gang arrives.
Cindy requested this photo.


Ah, the family is here - 9:17 p.m. Time to set up camp and get some sort of food into them.

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~ Coram Deo ~
Living all of life before the face of God...


Deja said...

So, ummm, you made it to Big Spring? That beats "ABILENE BY DINNER"

Debbie said...

You know I'll be praying you all to Japan and can I throw in crying you all there. Gosh, your blog is a cleansing experience for me each day.

I know your USA children have tons of family and friends, but if they ever want to see the northeast, you be sure to let them know they are always welcome here.

Romany said...

Well done for getting through those final days.

Thanks for letting us journey along with you!

Anonymous said...

Sis,Josiah,Jamin,& those with you on your trip=family:

Well, for sure your goodby tears our heart and eyes up also. It is a sweet/sour experience knowing your adult kids are ready and yet not having them with you. OUCH!!

LOVED ONES, our prayers are with you always and definitely our love.... all the way to Idaho, Oregon, Japan and to those in Texas and EBC.

EBC: About EBC has some wonderful news that we can't share yet. This is about the entire EBC. AWESOME!

Loving you all the way/praying for you all the way Mom T

Just me~Bobbie Jo said...

((((((((De'Etta & family))))))))))
I will be praying for all of you! If the boys need anything here just give them my info.-we will be here for a while.

Safe Travels!

Linda said...

That's exactly how I remember West Texas looking! :)

Cynthia said...

I can imagine it's so very hard.... That is so sweet about the quarter!

I can see where it would be really nice to drive ahead and have things lined up and ready! So nice that you have all this time with Krista just mom and dd! I bet that's incredibly special.

I remember we took a trip in 2 cars once with my parents and us. We met the other vehicle head on way too many times because my mom took wrong turns. I'm pretty sure the slower vehicle always ended up arriving ahead of us even though we had quite a bit of a headstart (LOL).