Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Adventure Begins

Matt and the kids bright and early at 4 am.

This morning the kids and I woke bright and early to take Matt at 4:15 am to the airport. I am proud to report only minimal drama from Sam and a few tears from Emily. Chris just kept telling me to hurry he had to use the bathroom. Yep. The adventure is beginning. I cannot believe how fast the time flew.

I am trying not to think about us being apart for 3 months. Luckily we know he will be back for a week at the end of November. And we filed today for an exception allowing him to come back to NC to help me bring the kids over on January 19. Fingers crossed that it is approved. I told the kids this morning over breakfast at the Waffle House (our plan was IHOP, however not open 24 hours here) just think of this as daddy being on another business trip. And between phone and webcam things will be okay. Matt said this morning that it doesn't feel like he is moving. It just feels like he is staying in a bigger hotel since he is on all rental furniture and without us there.

It's going to be hard, both on me and the kids. But I know that it is just 3 months and that we can do this. We are looking at all of this as an adventure. The separation, the move, new schools, train life, a new language, a new culture, different foods... It is a scary adventure, yet at the same time a very exciting and rewarding time. The experience and memories that our children will gain will be something that they will treasure forever.

So think of Matt and wish him safe travels and luck. And for us too. My poor kids will need lots of luck after spending 3 months alone with their poor mom. Matt told them this morning that their life lays in my hands. They may wish their was some type of online trading for mothers by the time January rolls around.

Matt, his dad, and his brother and sister last month.

13 comments:

Aimee said...

I'll be praying for you while Mattis away. Keep yourself busy - he'll be back before you know it! :)

Deborah said...

Good luck! If anyone can manage 3 months with 3 kids, work, kids' activities and getting ready for a move - it is definitely you!!

Louise said...

Thinking of you all!

SuperMom said...

I can only imagine how excited and nervous you must all be. Thinking of you!

Ang said...

I will be praying for you all! My husband drives a truck for a living and is gone 18 days a month. It is very difficult doing it alone but with God as your strength you will be stronger for it!! You are right this is such an exciting/scary time all wrapped up in one. Yes our girls would have a blast playing together!:)

fern said...

You'll do great! This will be such a wonderful experience for your family -- the separation will be a tiny blip on your radar once you're together again. I hope the time passes quickly for all of you.

DeeDee said...

Not knowing you personally, (just thru the blogworld) I can tell that you are a strong person, a fun person, a creative person...so time will be good to all of you!

I will pray for you often b/c being seperated thru this distance and time...will be hard. May God's grace sustain you and grow your children's faith. For this to shall pass and soon you will all be together again!
Calendar marking is always an easy way for kids to see where time stands! Go out together an purchase a funny calendar and let the kids mark all the important days, i.e. webcam visits, letters, emails, trip home, date when you fly out, etc.

And keep us informed!After all we adults are nothing but big kids!

Joy, DeeDee

DeeDee said...

Not knowing you personally, (just thru the blogworld) I can tell that you are a strong person, a fun person, a creative person...so time will be good to all of you!

I will pray for you often b/c being seperated thru this distance and time...will be hard. May God's grace sustain you and grow your children's faith. For this to shall pass and soon you will all be together again!
Calendar marking is always an easy way for kids to see where time stands! Go out together an purchase a funny calendar and let the kids mark all the important days, i.e. webcam visits, letters, emails, trip home, date when you fly out, etc.

And keep us informed!After all we adults are nothing but big kids!

Joy, DeeDee

Monica @ Paper Bridges said...

At least with email, webcams and Skype, it won't be as bad as it used to be. Communication is much easier and faster today.

it's me, Val said...

I know Matt was joking when he said that, but I also know he was completely serious, too. That's Matt. Gotta love him :):) I'm thinking of him big-time, and you and the kids. It really will go by so fast and you are such a rockin' mother whom I really admire...I know you'll be just fine. And when you have a hard day, I feel confident you'll know who to call :);)

love,
val

Terri said...

good luck Matt! I'll pray for your safety and Alexis, your sanity! The kids will be fine! :o)

The Kasdan Family said...

Alexis-

Thanks for all the postings on our blog; we are really looking forward to meeting you guys when you arrive in Japan.

Best,
Mike
(www.kasdanfamily.blogspot.com)

Alexis Jacobs said...

Thank you everyone!!