It's surreal how quickly the time has gone. It seems like just yesterday I wrote the first blog post, and now we're down to single digits.
In 6 days Josh will leave the house, travel to Boise, check into a hotel and get on a plane the next day to start perhaps the biggest adventure of his life. I'm thankful that we will be able to spend the evening with him (that he wants us to!), hang out and enjoy a few last moments before he departs.
It will be so strange not having him at home! When I walk by this room, I won't have to think: "good grief I wish he'd clean that up!". Instead it will be an empty room (clean, but empty). It will be much quieter without him there, and I'll miss the sound of his voice, his fun stories, and just having him there to hug (I'll miss those giraffe neck hugs!).
He has grown into such a wonderful young man, and has been a true joy to raise and have around. I'll miss his willingness to help me out and his technology skills!
I know this will be hard on his brothers as well. Even though he's the middle brother, he has a lot of leadership qualities and both his brothers look up to him. He's the peace-maker, the tough-guy with a soft heart and the steady calm of the group.
We all wish him the best, and will miss him like crazy. It's so hard to encourage him to go, when in so many ways I want him to stay. I know this is a fantastic choice, a great opportunity and the best thing he could do for himself; but I'm his Mom, and it's hard to let go.
So, spread your wings, Josh. Fly and explore, but don't forget me and the rest of your family that's been there for you, supported you, and want the best for you. Oh, and send some tickets to great places, would ya? :)