Monday, August 23, 2021

Dear Germany

Well, this morning was all of the emotions :)  Today our son left to serve a 2 year Mission in Frankfurt Germany for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  We are so proud of him.  This is something he has planned on pretty much his whole life and I can't believe it is here.   


And I'm not gonna lie, it was hard to let go.    Like one of the hardest things I have done.    I know everyone warned me, but for real, kids grow up to fast.   Truly, this morning just felt like all of the  happy, exciting, hard, amazing, nerve racking, humbling, and joyful experiences of his life all came together.   


So Dear Germany, please take care of my son.     He is so excited to come and serve in your beautiful country.  I know that while he is there with you, the experiences he will have will change him from a boy to a man.     


And we are so excited as a family, to get to chat with him each week and to hear of all his amazing experiences and watch that transformation take place via zoom.  Yup, all the emotions.    We love you Spencer!!!

  

And Thanks for sticking with me through a more personal post today.  No quilts, but I just had to share this huge milestone for our son and our family ;)    And now I am off to go sew and sew and sew.   Does anyone else use quilting as therapy on emotional days?? 


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18 comments:

  1. HI Melissa, I can so remember the day we dropped our oldest off at college 3,000 miles away from home...I cried a bucketful of tears that day and even the days leading up to his departure. They do come back though and like you say, he will really grow up! It's all good, like my husband likes to say, "you have to let the little birds go off and fly on their own"....but so hard for us moms! Hugs to you and the rest of your family who will be missing him.

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  2. Hugs! If you can't acknowledge your humanity every now and then, what's a post for anyway? It was very hard when my daughter moved to California. It might as when have been Germany. Then all the fires, then covid. She has (finally) moved back to Tennessee. But I know she is an adult and may move away again. So I enjoy the times we have.
    Then I go out and buy more fabric. lol

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  3. The one thing I remembered when we took our oldest daughter to college was that I knew that she was in the right place at the right time. She was ready for the experience. That made it easier. Your son is ready, eager and excited, and you and your family have given him such a wonderful start in life. He'll do just fine! You will too - it'll just take time.

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  4. Your post brought tears to my eyes! Thankfully there’s the internet and zoom calls available! Your son is going to experience so much! Bless him and your beautiful family!

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  5. Oh my. This is the first big life change where one of your children are involved and I can just imagine the heartbreak as you let him go. There will be lots of tears and thoughts of memories will flood your mind. I know you will miss him and it does change the vibe in the home with him gone. Time does help, and I'm sure that quilting will help a little too. The Lord will be not only with him, but with you all through this transition. Thank you for sharing this milestone with your readers.

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  6. I remember when our daughter went off to college and it was less than 500 miles away and I cried. We cry because we CARE!

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  7. As a member of LDS in the UK, i thank your son for his service

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  8. Oh definitely. Sewing has helped me through lots of many trying times…

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  9. My heart goes out to you Melissa! It hurts when we have to let go of our children to a far off place full of uncertainties. We've had to do it 4 times and it does not become easier. Wonder now how my parents did it. And yes.....I sew, sew, sew too whenever my heart is heavy - and glad :)! Hugs to you!!

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  10. Oh yes sewing helps me get through most days…..

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  11. I hope that Spencer has a wonderful time serving on his Mission. (Breathe, Mama Breathe.)

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  12. Oh Melissa, I know this anxiety. Spencer will have a W√ľnderbar time
    He will learn German, and have a blast!
    I will pray for his safety and happiness.
    Time does fly! and he will bring home all kinds of adorable treasures - that is a good thing. Cute German adorable cuckoo clocks, and ummm, chocolate.

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  13. Having done the same thing 4 times, I understand the emotions that you are feeling! He looks well and happy and everyone’s lives will be blessed through all of the ups and downs. Thanks for sharing your Mother Heart with all of us.

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  14. I have sent my children to China, Macedonia, Africa and Slovenia. I know it is heart wrenching and I pray God's peace will be upon you for the next couple of years.

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  15. Just the beginning of hopefully a wonderful adventure for him.

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  16. It must be so hard to know you won't see him for two years: you are such a good mother!!! He will come back a man though, and it will do so much good for him! thank goodness you can see him an talk weekly, instead of how it used to be!! Hugs to you my friend!! Helen

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  17. What an amazing place for him to serve! BTW...I have a former student who is serving there now...(Elder Bodily from Logandale).

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  18. Thanks for sharing! Our son returned from Paris France Mission earlier this year. Mondays were the best day ever when I received his weekly email and occasionally a video chat.

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa