I'm totally behind. I think I started this post...oh, I don't know, multiple days ago. I keep pulling it up on the computer, looking at it, and then getting up and walking away for some reason or another. I'm feeling a little tired, people! So anyway, like I was saying....
I think it was all the way last May that my parents got a phone call from...huh...I don't know. Someone from our church inviting them to serve for another length of time in a mission-type capacity. They would be doing something along the lines of government relations, living in Brussels, Belgium, and traveling around Europe. Sounds awful, doesn't it. Well, they were very excited to go - they started studying French and learning about European politics, but they never really got a firm departure date. Then suddenly, about 10 days ago, they found out that they were to hop on a plane in just seven days. It was a little crazy, but luckily they had been preparing a little here and a little there for months so it wasn't too overwhelming. It was just so strange to say goodbye so quickly.
We had a family dinner the Monday before they left, and then I managed to see them three times the next day, and then suddenly on Wednesday they were gone. Crazy! I'm excited for them, though. I really admire my folks for how active and involved they are. I'm hoping to visit them sometime - they'll probably be gone about 18 months, but that time could vary a little bit. What with a new baby on the way, I'm really not holding my breath, but I haven't given up all hope that I could actually make my first trip to Europe. That would be great. It might kill me to be so close to Italy and not make it there, but I think that's a trip for the future.
I can't believe how long it took me to post those few little paragraphs, but there you are. Here are my parents with my kids from last Monday, a week ago today:
So, Mom and Dad, I hope you are doing great! We love you! `And let me just say, I've become a huge believer in skype. I can call my parents! And see their faces! They could see mine too if my huge belly didn't keep getting in the way. Actually, it's pretty much hanging around my knees at this point, so the facial obstruction is diminishing.
My goal? Blog again before another entire week has gone by!