As some of you may know two of our daughters flew into China to teach English to highschoolers there...It's been a strange week or two as you may imagine.
Day before yesterday was the dreaded airport day. A very emotional day. I know this; I was not alone in my feelings from hearing about other parents, and spouses as well. The airport scene was interesting...I have a chipper shell of sorts -at times...Maybe I'm delirious who knows? I'm also exhausted emotionally. I hear of another mom realizing the temporary absence from her two young people as she bought only one bag of bread buns instead of two at the store chatting with the understanding lady next to her on the bakery aisle of this most shocking change in her household... I can see myself doing the same! : )
Things like this immobilize me at times, all the packing and preparing etc. Fear of the unknown. Some of you get me on this...in these times I feel an instinct to freeze. I must freeze and pray. My energies are poured into prayers at times like this. Sometimes I'm not that strong...I can be a real case. I'm cautious by nature but my trust in God is childlike and that carries me through life. It does. The older I get the more I need Christ's strength. Many things at play here of course.
A song that keeps before me is "How Beautiful" by Twila Paris. You can see it on my Pinterest if you wish under favorite music. It so adequately frames the entire scenario here. Perfect. God has allowed it to play over the radio that day too....He sure knows what He is doing.
As my husband and I left the airport yesterday, we looked at each other...We agree... This is what it's all about. Other things said too I'll try to share at another time.
Yesterday morning the phone rings...
Ring-a-dinga ...... Ring -a -dinga.....
It's my dad!
Me: Hey Daddy.
Daddy: Hey, I can't get in touch with your mom.
Me: She's okay, I talked to her yesterday evening. Do you have her number right? (He can't see well)
Daddy: Oh Okay. Tell her to call me. How are the GIRLS? I'm trying to track their plane route!
It was so cute, he used to love-love-love to fly. Really love to fly, it was his hobby and he was what you could call a gifted pilot. He was also a practical joker in his flying as well. (another blog) He was also asked to do a secret mission in the 60s back when which he refused. (yet another blog!).
It was a special blessing this particular morning. He amazed me. My dad is 82 and you don't know how refreshing it is for me to hear him talking about the different flight routes to China and the special names for the routes. He tells me how the norm is to stop in Hawaii for fuel. Visions of the 60s and my handsome daddy. So very Americana. So thankful my dad is still sharp as a tack.
He tells me he's firing his yardman because he's a nut. (an understatement).
He tells me he's upset about Judge Roberts. (me too!) We ALL are! And we agree on Herman Caine being OUTSTANDING on Hannity the other day.
He tells me before he hangs up: Hey, say the Psalms 91 for those girls.
Yes Daddy I will. Always.
Following are some pics I will share with you that tell the mood:
A beautiful old church on the way home from the airport in Midtown. This is right smack dab in an affluent part of the city. Beautiful grounds surrounded by trees. This was taken in a moving car.
One of my favorite skirts I've made, a go-to skirt for sure. I pair it with a black belted t. Works great for days like this.
The sky fit the mood. (I reiterate, these are all taken as we were moving in the car)
A sight for sore eyes... Our little friend above.
The moooooon..... As said by Donna Reed to Jimmy Stewart...
Had to get out and get this shot while dh was filling up so you could see how large the moon really was.
The moon over our home as we pull up...lovely reflection in the pond.
Before we left...Noticing the cross.
Mar telling Muffie goodbye...She rescued him from a busy street several years ago...He is our smallest wee lil doglet baby. He was so nervous upon seeing the suitcases (he knows what suitcases mean) and became ill that day. These animals are very sensitive little creatures from God.
The aftermath of packing and weighing etc. Even my little Victorian lady looks a little woeful here...
Our girls. Becs. Li Li, Delle & Mar - A recent shot. Pray for our girls, Mar & Delle in China, Li Li and Becs are holding down the fort.
And that's the wrap til the next update...
Love to All, ~amelia
P.S. Dh told Byron that the girls were leaving to teach overseas for a bit. He says if they pull any funny business with our girls over there he'd go get'em. Byron's a tough senior soldier from the 60s. I believe him. : )
P.S.S. We watched "Pride of the Marines" with John Garfield. Oh what a fantastic old 40s movie! You must see it! They show a beautiful scene of his fiance praying. Hope to put a blog up on thats-italian soon about it... Great-great patriotic WWII movie.