Sunday, July 05, 2009

I will miss you most of all.....



Remember the Wizard of Oz and the tearful goodbye at the end when Dorothy prepares to leave in the hot air balloon? She says goodbye to the scarecrow last and with tears running down her face says "I will miss you most of all." It goes without saying that I will miss my boys most of all. It will be a hard 16 days without them. Honestly this is one of the most difficult things I have ever done. Each day since we began this journey I have prayed for the strength to be able leave them and board that plane to China. In my heart I know that I have a child that needs me to bring her home but it is still hard to leave three big pieces of my heart behind.

To Ethan, Logan, and Christian as we prepare to leave for China to bring Mia home I have a couple thoughts to share with you. First, I am so very proud of you for being willing to unselfishly share your parents with a little girl you have yet to meet. Not once have you complained about the football tryouts we will miss or the soccer practices we will not be here for. You have made the anxiety of leaving a little less difficult. You may feel a little sad from time to time and you may even miss us, right? Be a comfort to each other. I know that grandma and grandpa will take good care of you but each of you are a piece of "home" and are able to bring comfort to one another. A kind word or gesture could make a big difference! Of course the house rules still apply whether we are in China or not. Behave, speak kindly, do not aggravate, help out, eat your dinner. Remember we have eyes and ears everywhere, even on the other side of the world! Most importantly have fun and enjoy making wonderful memories with grandma and grandpa!

We love you and will miss you most of all! When we are reunited as a family, just as in the movie, I am sure we will all agree "there's no place like home."



5 comments:

Pamela said...

Melinda,
I can't even imagine how hard it will be for you to leave your boys! Thankfully, they are with family, which, I am sure makes it so much easier! Will be praying for the boys and for you to have God's tremendous peace as you travel and that you'll have a great few days with your boys before you embark on this journey! blessings!

Kim K. said...

God's blessings as you travel. It's going to be a life-changing event for everyone. I can't wait to follow your journey.

Kimberly said...

Safe travels to you and your husband! Sending prays and thoughts your way on this wonderful journey for your family.

Donna said...

Melinda, that was very hard for me, too. I just couldn't imagine being away from them for so long. We used Skype to keep in touch, which did help. We spoke to them everyday. You'll get through it :)
Donna

Jim H said...

Dan & Melinda,

What a wonderful time for you guys to unite with God's wonderful gift. She is so adorable we can't wait to see her and meet her. Have safe travels and may God be with you. Jim and Jill