Tuesday, August 11, 2009


The biggest highlight of our summer was LEX coming home!!! It was so hard to believe he was really here. He has been in Germany for so long, and we were so happy to get him back with us. His Air Force tour in Europe is over, and he is now just getting settled into his new assignment in Osan, South Korea. Boy oh boy, that's a long way away too! But he will only be there for 15 months, and then he will be back in the United States for good.

Lex was stunned at how grown up his sisters have gotten, but they are never too old for him to settle right back in and start teasing them as a big brother should. It was so neat to see them all together again, out playing basketball or chasing the dogs around. Getting the five of us back together as a family made this mama go around grinning from ear to ear- its hard to explain unless you have been there...but its just this feeling that everything is exactly as it should be. And, for those days that he was back home, I didn't have to worry about him at all! :) That was a nice peaceful feeling.

Grandpa Jim was here from Washington at the same time, so "the guys" got to hang out and talk about Lex's future plans, and do a bit of flying around. Lex and Michael flew out to our cabin for an overnight trip, and Lex was happy to see the cabin again. I think it missed him too!

The days flew by and Lex had to head back to Anchorage to get ready for his flight out of the country. It was pretty hard to let him go, poor guy...he knew he would not get out of here without me bawling my eyes out...but I could not help it. Its such an emotional thing to have one of your children so far away and unreachable, out in this often strange and confusing big world. I trust the Lord to keep him safe, and I trust Lex's judgement and decision-making as well. He has grown from a boy into a man in a few short years. I miss that boy but I'm proud of this man. :)

Lex, I know you are reading this. We love you!!


Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Holy Moly! That handsome 'man' is your son??????

I don't know how any mom can do it... let her kids 'be gone' to pursue their own dreams.. but in another country??? YIKES! Hats off to your family...

How cool that he is pursuing such a great career.. You and your dh must be very proud!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a handsome young man! I'm so happy you get to spend time with him and that he will be stateside soon. God bless our troops and their families!


Sheila :-)

Denise K. said...

Oh what a handsome son you have Geri! I am so happy that you were able to have him with you, even if for a short time. What a wonderful young man and we are so proud of him and his work to keep our country free! God bless you all!!!!!

Kim said...

I can't even imagine! Hope the next 15 months go by fast for you.

My daughter is gone for a week and I miss her so much!! (She's down in your neck of the woods for the Soccer State Cup)

Casii said...

Awww, proud Mom. Send him my thanks! My own son will probably be doing the Army after he graduates from college.

Glad you all had a great time together!

Mere said...

I had NO idea you had a son! He's so handsome!! I bet those days he was home were among the best you've had in a while (although your life is wonderful)! Knowing that all your children are safe under your roof has to be a peaceful feeling. My mother speaks of it often since I was in San Antonio all summer. I will pray for Lex!

Love, Mere

Janet said...

Wow Lex- you look grown up!

I hope you have a great time at your next duty station and that I'll get to see you next time you are stateside. =)

If my avatar shows up right--- meet Windsor. Little dog, big trouble.