My girl-child is in the front row, middle one sitting on the chairs. That's her mission trip team right before they headed out on the road to their project in Indiana at the beginning of July.
It's hard to believe that I'm leaving again tomorrow to make the trip back down to Florida to pick up my girl-child from her missions trip. I headed out on June 26th to bring her down and the time since then has gone by SO fast! I thought the time without her at the house would drag by but I don't know where it's all gone.
We've gotten a bunch of letters from her over the summer and two phone calls. One was at the beginning of July and for 10 min. The other was Monday night and that was only for 5 min. She said that she's had an awesome summer but she's ready to come home. Five weeks away from home for a 12-year old is a long time, but she's done so well! We'll stick around in Florida until the 8th so by the time she comes home, it will be a total of 6 weeks that she's been gone.
(Girly is the one in the middle row, on the left, with the purple shirt on - her eyes are closed...doesn't that figure? This is her team picture at the beginning of Boot Camp.)
We got a letter from her recently with all the things she wants me to bring to Florida for her. To be fair, I did ask her to send me a letter letting me know what she wanted to bring because they had a no-shorts and boots only policy so I knew she was going to want shorts and flip flops. Here's the letter that I got:
This is what I need you to bring when you come to Florida:
Shorts - all of them!
Capris - all of them!
Underwear * Eyeshadow
face cream * pimple cream
more of my t-shirts
colored pencils * another blanket
snake stuffed animal
turquoise sneakers * plaid flip-flops
batteries * toothpaste * conditioner
shampoo * radio * another pillow
One Direction magazine
Love Girly, your favorite daughter!
I think she forgets that we have to get all of this AND her duffel bag with all of her mission trip clothes, toiletries, etc. onto a plane and fly it home.
I went through her drawers and room tonight and I can't find any capris. I only found a few pairs of shorts, I did get some more of her t-shirts, but I have no clue where her other aeropostale t-shirts are. We're staying in a hotel and at my aunt and uncle's house in Florida so I'm leaving the two pillows and blanket she requested at home. Batteries? I bought her a 16 pack before she left! Granted, Zach took two of them before she left, but still that left her with 14 batteries. What in the world was she trying to power while she was gone? I sent pimple cream in a package to her already (must have crossed in the mail with her letter) and I didn't even know that she wore face cream and wouldn't know where to find it. I can definitely bring the flip-flops and sneakers because I know what it's like to spend a whole summer in the same pair of boots. Radio? What the heck for? We'll be in a hotel that has a pool and we'll have a rental car with a radio. Nope, that's staying home. I might be able to stuff the 3-foot long stuffed snake in her bag, we'll see tomorrow morning. I sent her with a gagillion colored pencils. I wonder what she did with them? She took every last one we had in the house. The toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner I can understand.
Her list just cracks me up.
See that big pile behind her and next to her? That was her duffle bag packed up beneath her bedding and pillow. Next to her are the sheets she brought plus the bucket with all her laundry and toiletry stuff, as well as the air mattress pump. This was all her luggage at the beginning of her adventure. That's what I have to get home in one duffel bag. The rest of her stuff is going to have to stay in a carry on. That's just the way it is. :)
I'm so anxious to see her. The house has been so quiet with her gone. I think it's been a wonderful opportunity for Girly and Zach to be apart this summer and do their own thing, but it's definitely time to have our family back together. I'm wondering if she had a growth spurt and grew a couple inches while she was gone. Her hair will be a little longer. She's going to seem SO grown up!
Gosh, I love this kid! Can't wait to see her on Saturday morning! (This was taken the day she registered at Boot Camp.)
My niece is coming along for the trip and she misses her cousin. The two girls are only 6 months apart and have grown up very close to each other. This is going to be a nice trip for the two of them to take before they come home and start middle school at the end of the month.
While I'm in Florida, I'm also going to be able to meet my friend, Bethany, who I have known online for many years and have mutual friends with. I'm also excited to be meeting up at the beach with my buddy, Anna, and her two girls. Anna moved from the east coast to the west coast at the end of last year and I didn't think I'd be seeing her again any time soon. I was thrilled to realize that we're both going to be in Florida at the same time. I'm also getting to spend time with my grandmother, who I haven't seen in two years (though it doesn't feel that long because we talk to each other every week on the phone). This is going to be an amazing trip! I might even make another zine about it like I did with the last road trip down.
I'm not sure how much I'll get to blog while I'm away since I don't have a laptop (only my cell phone), but I'll definitely be posting pictures and stories when I get back.