Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Ten on Tuesday - for Melinda and Tyler

It's the dreaded day again! After 45 days in Alberta, Melinda and Tyler are departing tonight for Nova Scotia. Does a mother ever really get used to saying good-bye and sending her children away? I know all the stuff about living their own lives, following God's plans, email, visits, our world is small, yadda, yadda, yadda. But my heart is still very sad and the tears are so, so close to the surface every time they must go ( and it doesn't matter if they go to Asia, Nova Scotia, Airdrie, Calgary or Winfield - the feeling is pretty much the same).

1. No more sharing prayer and faith stories as we study God's word and grow in faith together - we are blessed that Mel and Tyler share a personal walk with Jesus and encourage us in ours

2. No more sharing vehicles or squishing in to back seats as we travel here and there

3. No more daily workouts or runs to plan around - Tyler ran 30 km yesterday as he's preparing to run a marathon at the end of the month. Mel ran into Thorsby with him and I picked her up while he ran back home on his own.

4. No more rehashing of travel memories in Europe and Asia - gonna miss that alot, especially with the Beijing Olympics only a month away

5. No more great cooking sessions with Mel's recipes, new spices and vegetarian menus

6. No more discussions about medical conditions or terms with our future doctor-in-law and his lovely wife!

7. No more baseball practise on the front lawn (there's a slowpitch tournament this weekend and I think Tyler's determined to win so Mel had to get her game up a notch or two!)

8. No more lessons on how big an acre is, how an airseeder works or how to shoot gophers

9. No more of Tyler's puns and jokes - he has an awesome sense of humour and it lightens many a moment around here

10. No more suitcases and medical textbooks stacked in the living room.


  1. I'm definitely not looking forward to the day that I have to say good-bye to my kids. I don't think it ever gets easier!
    Hugs to you! I wish they didn't have to go again either...

  2. Big hugs Crystal! On the bright side, maybe you'll be able to visit them soon and have a wonderful vacation yourself! :)

  3. Sending a huge hug from one long-distance Mum to another. I know, my friend.

  4. I know how you feel Crystal. I just sent Alyssa & Bree off on a 2.5 week road trip to Ontario by themselves, camping!! Yipes! I don't like it one bit. Thank goodness for cell phones & internet.

  5. I don't think I will ever get used to sending my children off. I have to send the one off to college in a few weeks and I think that will be hard on me.

  6. I don't think a mom ever is able to say good-bye... Hugs to you.

  7. It's hard to say good-bye. We love being in Alberta and spending so much time with you and our family. We have so many memories and stories from this trip. We will miss doing all those things with you, except negotiating schedules and car use. ;)
    Can't wait for Christmas and the wedding.