Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sweet Memories of Summer

I feel so blessed that we were able to have Hannah home for the summer. Yesterday we took her to the airport so she could go back to college. Every time I go to the airport it brings back memories. It seems like only yesterday we were taking Jenny and her to the airport for their return to college last year. And now they are both starting their third year at Fairhaven! Where has the time gone?

I tried to hold back the tears, but as we waved goodbye through the glass I could not contain them any longer. I think of missing their birthdays, not spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with them, and how much I want to be a part of their everyday lives. But I also see how God is directing their paths while they are at Fairhaven, and using it to help them mature into young adults and the future he has prepared for them.

Nathan picked Jenny up in Auburn NY, where she finished her summer of traveling with the ensemble, and Amy surprised Jenny by showing up at the church too. Jenny nearly fell over when she saw Amy. Then they all went back to Rochester for a day. I wish I could have been at that family reunion! Jenny is spending the week with Nathan and family, as he is preparing to return to Mozambique.

I will be counting the months.....hopefully in nine months Jenny and Hannah will be coming home to spend the summer with us.


Jamie Parfitt said...

I know how you feel, and that is only in part. When we took Allen to the airport last Thursday after his 6 days home, I found myself sobbing on his neck for at least a whole minute. And he was planning to come back in January to live with us for his last semester. You have to wait until next summer! There's nothing wrong with loving our children so much. In fact, I would wonder about a parent who didn't. At least time passes quickly for us older folks. :-) I know it's FLYING by for me!

Anonymous said...

I know it's so hard to be away from family from day to day let alone holidays! Trusting the Lord will continue to cheer your heart and sustain you even during the difficult, lonely days!

Lisa said...

How would we do it without Christ? You make me want to tear up because I can relate when it comes to missing my family, I kinda thought of my family in being in your place :) it is such a blessing to see your children serving the Lord, nothing in this world can compare to that! God Bless you as you and your children serve the Lord and keep laying up treasure in heaven and know that we pray for you often.

Ted Snyder said...

I don't look forward tothat time, when we have to say good bye to our older ones. Ted reminds me every once in a while that its coming sooner than we think and we need to make everyday count for Christ in their training. I will pray for you as these different holidays come and go, God's grace to help you through. Tell the family we said hi.
Dawn Snyder