But ... letting go is harder! My eighteen-year-old daughter leaves for college tomorrow. Nicole's flight is early and Rick has to work, so he'll be taking her to the airport in the morning. That means the boys and I have to say goodbye to her tonight. That's going to be hard. I know she'll be fine and I'm sure she'll have a good experience at school. It's just hard. I don't know how else to describe it. Being a parent is hard. You have all these worries. Are they eating the right foods? Are they healthy? Are they too skinny? Are we raising them correctly? No one prepares you for that. You have to learn it as you go and just pray you're doing the right thing. Rick & I used to worry about everything with the girls. We're a little more relaxed with the boys, but we're still very protective, probably way over-protective.
I am so proud of my girls right now. Nichelle is in Asia with YWAM doing what God has called her to do. Nicole will be attending a very strict Christian college. Both are making huge sacrifices for what they believe in. Letting go is the hard part -- at least for me. If I had my way, I'd keep all of my kids at home forever. That's not going to happen, nor would it be good for them, so off they go. It's still hard. Nichelle has probably landed in Malaysia by now and in a few days will be bussed into Indonesia. As you know, the island just had a major earthquake, so things are in shambles. Being the protective parent I am, I want her home. Knowing their mission, I suppose them being there couldn't be at a more perfect time. The same goes for Nicole, going to college in Florida, right as hurricane season starts. Pensacola is often hit hard by these storms. Talk about being a little stressed right now -- both my girls are going directly into the eye of the storms. I have faith they'll be fine and I know what they're doing is important. But, I'm still going to worry and be freaked out a little. Not to mention praying for their safe return.
Nicole -- Good luck, sweetie. I know you've been looking forward to this for a long time. Study hard and just do your best. We will miss you, but will be anxiously awaiting for you to come home for the Holidays.
Nichelle -- Stay safe. I'm not sure how the earthquake will affect your plans, but my thoughts and prayers are with you, your team, and also for the people of Borneo. I hope to talk to you soon and we will see you in November.