Update: Reese was all checked in and ready for her flight when she learned it had been canceled. So, she's back at home with us with no immediate flight available. Next time I won't post that she's gone until we know for sure she is. Please be praying. At this point she is unsure how she is going to get home without spending a lot of money for a flight back to England.
I have been debating this post all day. There are emotions and thoughts swirling around my head and because of that, it could end up being a jumbled mess. I was hoping to mainly post pictures, thinking that my desk computer might take a camera card so I could actually post pics, but it doesn't so that will have to wait until tomorrow when I'm at work and can download some photos.
Reese left today. At least we think she's leaving. She flies Space A with the Air Force and there's a flight that leaves tomorrow so we are praying she gets on it and is finally able to head home. We had such a good time. I am sure there will be many, many post in the weeks to come as we look through our pics and post about the awesome times.
Today was very hard. Usually she is here for two weeks staying with Tim's parents. This time she was here five weeks, staying with us. We always try to have a no-crying pact when she leaves because it just makes it too hard, and we are getting good at it too. This time, there was no hope for that. We held it together fairly well, pretending it was a normal day and not a day of separation. When the time came and we went our separate ways, I was a bawling mess. In fact, Dan decided that today was not a good day to stay home so we headed to Portland. I realized that both McKenna and I finally stopped weeping at milepost 51, 36 miles from home. Even as I put my girls to bed this evening and prayed for Reese and Ian, there were still many tears.
I am so thankful for Reese. I love her more than words can even say, that's why this post is so hard to articulate, there just are no words.
After I went to Germany, Reese put a quote on our old blog. It said "Do not cry because it is over, smile because it happened". That's what I keep thinking about. What a blessing! Never in a million years did I think we would have this opportunity.
We have a lot of posts spinning in our minds. I can't tell you how many times during her stay something quirky would happen and we would run and grab our cameras yelling "There's a post!" Yes, I think after weeks of somewhat silence, there will be a lot of action on the blog.
Safe travels Reese. Love you!