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WOW oh wow-ee!

Can you believe that it's already time to fly to the States? I'm in shock that it's already here. We have been so busy trying to take care of business here with the works and home that I'm pooped and we don't actually leave until tomorrow.

My house is spotless acceptable and we are almost all packed. We have packed all that Josh wants to take to the States and cleaned out his room. It's a really yucky feeling to be packing your kid to go off and live life without your watchful care but alas it has to happen, I'm told. It's crazy to think that from Joshua's 13 years in Croatia he only has two suitcases of belongings.

[[[stopping to interject....It's snowing!!!]]]

Okay so back to Josh. We had his going away service last night at church. He's been here since he was 4 so these people are family and it was hard to see people cry and say how much he'll be missed. We took a ton of photos.





The church in Čakovec gave him a beautiful wood carving of the castle in our town and they had a verse and the name at the church carved at the bottom. Great gift. 

It's crazy to see so many of our "kids" all grown up now, or at least they're big!

Anyhow, we've officially wished Josh well from the church here and then next step is teaching him to live in the USA. His big brother Cody is there so help so I think it'll be easier for him than it was for Cody. 
I will say I almost cried this morning when I realized I was walking him up in his room for the last time. Wow, time is precious, wish I had known just how precious it was to wake him up each morning, I would have savored it a bit more. 



 Okay so it's time! It's time to come clean about my weight loss goals and how I did. As of last week I had lost 25 lbs. of the 30 I wanted to loss. I was super excited while being a bit bummed too. I didn't make it to my goal but I made it close. Well today's weigh-in is as follows.
YUCK! I totally got derailed this week with the stress of Josh leaving and getting life here in order before we return to the States. So my weigh-in this week is...+5 lbs. No, I'm not kidding. It's the honest, ugly truth. I ate what I wanted for the most part and now I'm paying the price. So now instead of being 5 lbs from goal I'm 10. Oh well, I have to deal with it, count my losses gains and move on.



So we are driving to the capital today and staying over night. With the snow and having to drive through the mountains to make it to the capital we decided it'd be much safer to just drive there today and take a shuttle in the morning. We fly out at 7:30am and we'll arrive int he great state of   Texas at 9:30pm. Considering the hour time difference it's gonna be like a 20 hour trip. Then the next morning we have to get up and drive three hours to a meeting that night. What we were thinking?  Anyhow, I'm gonna do my best to blog regularly and continue my weigh loss blogging. 

Just be prepared....multitudes of photos to follow!!!

[[[BTW...it's still snowing!]]]


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11 comments:

  1. Wow! You've got a lot going on! I remember those days of leaving kids at college. It's harder than when they get married! Prayers for safe travels. Gail

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    1. Gail, getting married? I'm still trying to deal with driving! Guess others have survived and so will I.

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  2. I am very proud of you for the weight loss. With everything that you've been dealing with, it's a great accomplishment. You are a very descriptive writer...as you describe your feelings about getting your son ready to leave...I felt like I was right there with you. Wish there was some way to slow down time. My daughter is only thirteen (fourteen next month) but I admit, I am already stressing about her leaving for college. (and I totally can't imagine her being in another country) But, you've got a friend in TN praying for you as you go through these changes. (and if you get anywhere near TN while you are in the states...I'd love to meet a blogging missionary friend) Just saying... ;) You can always send me an email via my blog.

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    1. Thank you Tammy. You are always such an encouragement. Too bad we not coming your way, I'd love to meet you also. We're doing our best to stay in Yexas since we home for only two months.

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  3. Praying for safe travels!

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  4. Woohoo! Praying for you! It would be a blessing if our paths could cross, but at least you will be blogging while you're here so we can keep in touch that way. And oh yes, TWITTER! :) :)

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    1. Actually Valerie, we are in Longview the day after we arrive, that's kinda close to you.

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  5. Have a great time in Texas! I'll be praying for you!

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  6. Tori this post made ME cry.. Bless your heart. I can't imagine how it will be when my precious babies leave me... but, it is coming, I know it I just don't want it :P
    20lbs is still an amazing weight loss and you should be proud. You look AMAZING

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  7. Oh Tori, what were you thinking?!? A meeting after all that flying? Yikes! We'll be praying for you.

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