Tuesday, June 12, 2012

And they're off...

Last night I took my parents to the airport. Today they are in London. Tonight they fly to Kenya. Next time I see them I will have moved past the diaper stage of motherhood. It is hard to imagine how the next two years will change our family and all the milestones my parents will miss in the lives of their grandchildren. But it is well worth the sacrifice.

I love my parents. I feel honored to have been raised by people who live what they teach. They have taught us all to be self sufficient and service oriented. It isn't always easy, but our lives are blessed through service and sacrifice.

My mom got a little teary as we hugged goodbye. "You'll be fine," I told her.

"I'm not worried about me," she replied.

A small chuckle escaped me. I reassured my mother that I would be fine. All of her kids would be. We are all married and have supportive spouses. We will be able to face the challenges that lie ahead.

People of Kenya ... take care of these two. They are pretty special.


Jocelyn said...

I needed this today. My parents leave for their mission in a few months. They are going to the Republic of Georgia. Kinda makes me realize that I am not the only adult child who is sending my parents off.

Cheryl said...

I have sent my parents off on a few missions to Africa..there's something about that land that people are drawn to! It's always a little heart wrenching but with technology and skype and email it makes it much easier than it used to be!

Judy said...

Such a bitter sweet experience~we just got home from visiting my in-laws in New Zealand, they are the MTC Presidents in Auckland we got them home for 1 year in between Missions (they were the Mission Presidents in the Marshall Islands before that) It is so hard to have them gone & missing milestones but the blessings will amaze you! Lots of love to you and your family!!