Monday, January 21, 2008

Weekend Wrap-up

Lots of catching up to do today. The weekend went well. Joe is settled into his dorm room at the University of Puget Sound. We spent Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning making several trips to Target, buying books (ouch) and exploring the campus and a little bit of the surrounding area. Saying good-bye was bitter sweet, as I knew it would be. But it's only two months until spring break, so I'll take it a day at a time. One of the highlights of my trip was meeting Kim of Mom-Musings at the SeaTac airport before my flight home! She is just as sweet as I knew she would be and we had so much in common. It was so good to end my visit talking to a mom whose been through (twice) what I'm going through. I always thought I would love to have Kim as a neighbor over my back yard fence and now I know for sure that I would. Over our Starbucks coffees, we talked non-stop, the time went way too fast and she had me in stitches with some of her stories. She was so good for my soul and I boarded the plane feeling more confident about sending my son off to college and so happy to have made a new friend. I didn't get to post my photo of the week before I left, so here it is. It was taken on Saturday, and is the culmination of all the activity and my feelings from last week.
Thank you to all of you who left such nice comments. I appreciate all of the encouragment. Bloggers are just the nicest people ever.


annie said...

What a fun bloggy meet up! (can I say I'm jealous?)... I'M JEALOUS :o)
I'm so glad you two got to meet and hope Joe isn't too homesick!

gail@more than a song said...

Aww, that's a great photo and love that building!
So glad you had a good trip and that you got to meet Kim! So fun.
It'll be an adjustment but all part of life and changes. I don't always like change but a visiting pastor told us Sunday that change is an opportunity for something better. It does sometime bring a different and better relationship with our kids as they grow.

Xandra said...

It's so much fun to meet a bloggy friend in real life! I'm glad you had the opportunity and that she was able to minister to you when you were down.


Lynne said...

I remember the day I left Donna up at Penn State. I drove a couple of hours - in tears - to the airport, then continued to cry the rest of the way home. But she did great up there - just as Joe will.

Jen said...

I'm really glad you met up with a friend after leaving him. You needed that and to pre occupy your mind. I know I will be there one day and need someone too. I'll be looking over the back yard fence. I hope your week goes by smoothly and you have alot to keep things off your mind. Hugs

Becky said...

What a great picture! I am glad all went well and you are settling in. What a journey, eh?

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

I can't imagine how hard it was to go there, get him settled in, and then leave. I'm so glad you got to meet Kim and visit together, especially after you were leaving to head back home. I'm a bit jealous, I'd love to come have coffee with both of you! :)

Great photo, hope he has a wonderul semester. I know you'll be counting down the days until spring break :)

Have a great week!

Judy said...

Have I mentioned lately that I just LOVE having adult children?

Yes, I miss that this would have been a fun 'stay in your pajamas all day' snow day here today.

But once mine went off to college they became these really interesting people that I enjoy knowing.

It helps that they do their own laundry now, too.

So glad you got to meet up with someone who understands!

Robin said...

Oh - I know where your heart is. Mine has been through that 3 times now. I guess the good news is that you do survive.

Bill said...

That kid has a great smile! You sent him off to school with far more than books and supplies, Karen; you equipped him with his values, and you can't buy those in any store.

I liked hearing you say you would take it one day at a time. God gives us one day at a time, because that is all he expects us to handle. He equips us well for that task if we listen to Him.

Madeleine said...

Awww, I remember when our son left home for the first time. We dropped him off at the airport, as he was headed to boot camp and we couldn;t accompany him.

I cried for a week.

The following year, when we dropped him off at college, it was like ....a kiss, a lick & a prayer, and I'll see you when you come home honey.

I'm glad you settled him in. Its hard on both ends, that first time.

And... how great is Target?

Tristi Pinkston said...

What a bittersweet experience -- it's hard to let go. I'm not there yet, my kids are younger, but every time they go off somewhere without me, I feel that tug and I know it's going to be harder as they really go away.