Thursday, February 14, 2008

We're Leavin' on a Jet Plane!

Songs seem to ring in my ears. I usually cannot remember who sang them or what most of the words are except for a key phrase like...

I'm leavin,
On a jet plane,
Don't know when I'll be back again.

Tonight we are all leavin' on a jet plane to fly thought the night from Seattle to arrive on the other side of the country in Pittsbourgh early tomorrow morning. We will be attending a family wedding/reunion this weekend and then will be doing some sight seeing for the rest of the week.

I may try to post throughtout the week if I can get some time at a hotel computer but you know what it is like with a lot of long-time-no-see family visits. I may try to post some of the pictures that we will be taking on our trip as we do plan on visiting the Capital and a few major historical spots along the way as we travel after the wedding.

And guess what! I bought a new camera!....8 mega pixels, compact and with a 7X optical zoom, video features, "the works" (I guess all these things are standard on cameras these days). My sons were all over it and I have not had much of a chance to see how it works yet but I'm sure they will have it all down in a few minutres flat, then they can show me. (What am I going to do once they leave home. I will be hopelessly technically handicapped)

I'll be thinking of all my faithful American readers sleeping their your cosy beds as I fly across the entire US tonight from Seattle to Pittsburgh sitting upright in airline seats. Oh well. The flights were available at least and were a very good price. We can always sleep another day.

Happy Valentines Day!

My Son is Coming Home!

There is a song that some famous singer of my long ago past used to sing about the prodigal son who came home after an long, hard and wild life. The song must be quite memorable because it was ringing in my ears today as I went up north to Canada to pick up my 17 year old son, Jonathan. He was staying at his brothers (my oldest son, Ryan and Stephanie- Keeper of the for two and a half weeks assisting Ryan in a new business set up. It may have been more of a mentoring situation for Jonathan than assistance to Ryan but I so appreciate the opportunity my wonderful son and his wife afforded their brother. It was an excellent chance to see first hand what goes into planning a business start up. Jonathan assisted with some market research, business projections, and participated in potential client meetings and plans for the recruiting of qualified employees as well.

But oh, how I missed him. He certainly isn't a prodigal coming home (as in a repentant wayward son) but he is a different boy, really almost a man. He is confident, and talks positively about "our business" and "we are planning" and "projections seem to indicate." Girls are sweet and they provide you with a lot of joy, but boys as they grow up,.....well, a mom can be overcome with pride. I am proud of my son becoming a man. With it comes the understanding that I will one day have to give him up to a young lady who will fill his heart to the fullest. I will be replaced.... and that is ok because that is how it is supposed to be. But, I missed him. He went away a boy and came back a little more mature. Thank you God for your opportunities that I see daily that shows your provision for my children. I know I can trust You with their future.