October 22, 2009


This is hard.

Kate just went out the door.

The tissue box is being put to good use, catching tears.

I'm so proud of her. But I don't want to be this far apart. Sending her off to college was pretty easy, even if she was 1300 miles away. Letting her go to Spain by herself when she was 16 was easy too. I knew I'd see her three weeks later.

Amman, Jordan is 6,013 miles from home.

It was a restless night for all of us. I dreamed of haikus of Kate leaving. Of my feelings, and how I imagined she was feeling. Of her wiped-clean computer, awaiting a new owner. Of the third car we will sell since we have no driver for it. Haikus of Hannah not understanding how long two years really is. And tears.

As much as it hurts to think about her being gone, we are all very excited for her. It's amazing.

I just saw her Facebook status: Let the Wild Rumpus Start!!!

That's my girl. The adventure begins.

Deo volente.


Charissa said...

I can't imagine how hard that must be. You must be so, so proud of her.

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

I can only imagine how hard it is to have Kate SO FAR AWAY!!!! What a great experience for her, but how hard for you guys to have her so far away!!! at least you have facebook and other ways on the internet to keep connected!!!!!! thinking of you

Wendy P said...

Ah, hugs to you Mama. So rough, but what an amazing opportunity for a fantastic person. Good job!!

My name is Sarah said...

This is Joyce. I am so far behind in reading so I had to scroll down to get the whole story. What a truly amazing opportunity for Kate. I'm sure it will be so hard having her gone for so long though. I bet you will come up with some clever ways of keeping Hannah connected over that time. Our prayers are with Kate as she travels into another land for safety and a great experience.

Tina said...

I am sure this is hard on all of you, but a new exciting experience is awaiting Kate, one like no other. She will look back on it with some extreme feelings I am sure...and 2 years will fly :)

Monica said...

Oh Beth, what a mixture of feelings you must be going through!! Sending prayers for you all! Sometimes the hardest part of Dylon being gone is watching Adam's confusion about why he is no longer here with us.......hugs~

I can't wait to read about her adventures!!! She is an amazing young lady, if I could go back in time I would totally want to do the Peace Corp!!

Sally said...

Beth, Crying here for you in Switzerland! It'll be so good though, she'll do great. I wish you and Kate all the luck in the world - thinking of you!

Monica Crumley said...

What an amazing young woman. I'm sure behind those tears is one proud mom.

Holly said...

Good Luck to Kate! It will be such an incredible experience. We can't wait to hear updates! Can Caley go visit??

Natalie said...

:( and :) all at the same time!