As I page through it I can believe that he will be LIVING in this city in a few weeks. In a few months, if I go to Beijing, my baby could show me around like it is his own home town. You know how helpless that makes this (somewhat controlling) Mama feel? He went to China with us about a year and a half ago when we went to adopt Mina and he has been in love with the culture ever since. (I can't believe how much he has changed in the last 18 months, he looks sooo much younger in these photos. )
I wonder if it has anything to do with his rock star like status while he was there?
A few minutes ago we finished all his visa application documents, and that is pretty much the last loose end before he leaves. I will be going to D.C. with him the week before he flies to China. He will finish up his first semester next week and then he gets to hang out at home until he leaves.
I'm am secretly hoping that he pulls out every annoying teenager trick in the book...
maybe that would make the fact that he will be gone for months a little less heart wrenching?
Get ready for the Mama pleads for prayers and words of wisdom, he leaves in 35 days and the reality is quickly setting in. Last week I begged him not to go, I know it was futile but I had to try. He will do fantastic living and learning in Beijing, I am so proud of his enthusiasm and bravery, but even with 4 little kids still underfoot, the house will feel empty without his energy pulsing through it.