This time tomorrow one of my little birdies is going to fly to the other side of the world…literally. Arleigh is headed with a great group of people to China.

I’m so excited for her. I’m proud of her for pleading to step out of her comfort zone. I’m sad that I won’t be with her and a little terrified of sending her out into the world.

There are 1,000 things I want to say to her.

  • I love you deeply.
  • Your family loves you deeply.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • I love you.
  • Remember “be good, do good.”
  • Wash your things early so they have time to dry.
  • I love you.
  • Keep your passport with you ALL THE DANG TIME.
  • Call us…but as much as it hurts me to say give it at least 36 hours. Find your feet first.
  • I love you.
  • Be kind always…even when you’re tired.
  • Don’t be a rotten American.
  • See everything. Take pictures but really see it first.
  • I love you.
  • Get your butt back home!
  • I love you.
  • Take care of your friends.
  • I love you.

You get the idea. She is ready. Ray made sure she is ready. I, however, am not. Ray keeps saying that I just have to let them fly and pray they are homing pigeons. I keep asking why we can’t just all fly together.

I would truly appreciate your prayers. I don’t usually ask for specifics but this is my kid. Please pray for her safety and her health and for all the kiddos making this trip. Pray for peace for the chaperones please. Pray for the all the families waiting nervously for their return 12 days later. It would truly be appreciated.

Thank goodness I have three other kids providing plenty of distractions over the next two weeks. I know Arleigh is in good hands I just wish they were ours.