Today is one of those days in a parent's life . . .
You know the kind. You are happy for your child to move on but oh so sad to have them leave.
Ted goes back to college today for his LAST semester! He will be returning home before Christmas break to begin his student teaching in the spring semester as an English teacher at an area high school.
We can't believe how the summer has flown by! It's been quite a summer, to say the least, with three surgeries, a couple of wonderful trips, and lots and lots of work seeing our small businesses grow.
STILL, there has been much time for just the four of us (Kevin, Ted, Philip, and me) to really, really cement that adoption bonding and attachment thing.
At the first of Ted's break, way back in the spring, Philip was still rejecting him often. Ted was an unknown to Philip because shortly after Philip came home from China last year, Ted was off to college for an entire year. Short weekends/breaks home and then leaving again threw Philip for a loop. He wasn't quite sure just who Ted was.
That's all changed in a wonderful way now. With Ted being home since early May, he and Philip have become so close. Now Philip includes Ted in his prayers, he goes to him often even in public, wants to play with Ted all of the time, and snuggles as much as he can with him.
Today will be hard for Kevin and me (it always is even though Ted is a grown man now), but it will be so much more difficult for Philip. Ted is his best buddy now. We just have to help Philip understand that Ted WILL ALWAYS be his best buddy.
Ted - we love you and miss you already. Just know that we are cheering you on to the finish and can hardly wait to see what God has for your future!