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Jun 7, 2013

They're slowly leaving the nest.

So as you have guessed from the activity on my blog, I'm back home. Being back home means that life slows down enough for me to even think about blogging.
Our short 2 month furlough was a whirlwind. We were in 25 churches and got to spend tons of time with family and friends. We also got to watch our second son Joshua graduate from high school. Then we said goodbye to him on Tuesday as we flew out of Dallas and left him behind.

I can't even tell you how hard it was to leave Josh. It was so much different leaving him than it was leaving our oldest son Cody. I've thought about it many times in the last few days and I think it has to do with Josh being our last boy in the house. Here we are with only a daughter. It's so strange having only Johnny's clothes in the wash, I mean all the boys socks are his. I don't have to look at the size in the jeans to figure out who they belong to, they're all his cause he's the only male in the house. It's strange and I'm defiantly feeling "empty nest" even thought I still have Hannah. 

We had a great time seeing good friends, 

and adorable nieces whom we adore. 

I loved being with my boys, both of them. I cherished the time with Josh knowing we would soon be leaving him. He's doing wonderful though, he has a plan for his future and is preparing for Bible college in the fall. 

It's been a very hard two years here in Croatia without Cody and I loved being with him while in the States. It's crazy to look at your son and see a man. I'm so proud of him and my prayer for him is that he'll make the Lord proud of him. 

Our life is changing whether I'm ready for it or not. Here we are the 3 of us watching The King and I in our slowly emptying home. I better get ready cause I only have a few more years and they'll all be gone. Since I can't do anything about it, guess I'll just have to give it to the Lord.  



  1. Then the fun begins with grandchildren. :)

  2. Oh how bitter sweet... I am and not looking forward to those days.

  3. Anonymous9:37 PM

    I can only imagine how hard that would be.....

    Welcome Home!

  4. I'm dreading it. Prayers for you!!

  5. It is hard I know. Can't imagine being in a different country than your kids! It is hard enough being in a different state! Hugs to you!

  6. Welcome back! I can imagine how hard the adjustment will be! I often feel overwhelmed with the changes in life that I have no control over. I read a quote by a preacher friend of ours that I really liked: "Our plans haven't changed; our changes are planned!" :) Praying for you all!

  7. Hoping to hear more about what is going on in Croatia. Would love an update.

  8. Hello from America, would love to hear how things are going in Croatia. Maybe you are sharing on twitter?

    1. Kristina,
      Do you guys get our prayer letter, that's a pretty good update unless you a thinking about something particular. Let me know, be glad to answer any questions. I bet you're getting homesick by now.

  9. So sweet! Now the Lord is giving you a special time with your daughter. I have been praying for you and this new change in your life. BTW, you look GREAT!!!


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