We had Michael over to spend the night. And Brooklyn's friend Mary Hudson came over in the morning, so we spent the day playing around at the Adventure Science Center. No pics were taken. Just lots of learning and playtime. Squeezing in as much fun and family time as we could.
We came home, cleaned up and got Jake prepped and ready for his trip. Our last moments as a family before we left:
I took Jake to the airport early, just the two of us. We took selfies. We goofed off.
We had a special dinner date before it was time to board the plane.
I've had to say a lot of goodbyes since this boy was a baby. He's gone away for a month at a time, a couple of weeks and even just a few days - most of the time traveling 400 miles to and from in the car and now with 2.5 years of flying solo under his belt. It's been over 10 years altogether, and it hasn't gotten any easier.
It's hard letting him go. Seeing a piece of my heart walk away. Feeling the sadness and emptiness in our home while he's gone.
But, just like his life verse in Deuteronomy says - I know Jacob is strong and courageous. God's already prepared him for this. The Lord will go with him just like He always does...guiding and protecting him the whole way through.