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!!