Independence Day


Drew turning 10 last week was hard to believe.  Life has changed so dramatically in those 10 years, but also in the last six. Austin’s last day with us was Drew’s 4th birthday.  So beyond the normal dose of wanting to keep my kids young, comes the desire to stay closer to the time we last saw Austin.  And to have my kids at an age I can keep them under my protection.

Drew had a chance to travel with family to the Bahamas, and we decided he was old enough to be gone, knowing they would take good care of him.  But sending my first baby away, passport in hand, for two weeks was tough.

It’s a day to remember our job is to raise him into an independent adult, not to shelter and protect him.  And truthfully, we don’t have a problem with that.  Just with not being there with him as he experiences such a great week.  Missing Austin reminds us that time together isn’t a given forever.

Happy Independence Day son.  Go have fun.






  1. Awww…. bless all your hearts! It’s so true that we raise them to go on and be wonderful adults in the world. You’ve got a great head for success!
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  2. Brave lady! Good job! I didn’t let my oldest go anywhere other than summer camp till 15. She went on a missions trip to the jungle in Guatemala. When I let go I let go BIG.
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    • Yes, you did! I’m sure part of why you could was because you trusted who she was going with and the reason she was going. Definitely helped with letting him go that he is with 2 aunts, 3 uncles, and 4 cousins!

  3. We do want to keep them young, in some ways, don’t we? How fun to see them grow and mature, though. Hope Drew has oodles of fun!
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    • Some instinct definitely wants to keep them young- but it really is cool to see them grow and mature!

  4. Wow Anita… the name of your blog alone is powerful. More than today’s post I wanted to know more about Austin. I can’t imagine how you feel, but pray that God will give you peace with the circumstance. I’m sure Drew will have a blast!

    Happy Independence Day!
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    • Thank you Apple- most days we have peace, but peace with a side of ‘hurry up’ on finding answers. I think the peace is that we’re not alone no matter what those answers are, and the belief that they will come. One day.

  5. It is so hard to find the balance between holding them close and letting them go!

    I hope he is having an amazing trip.
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  6. He looks like he’s grown up to be a fine young man. Good job!
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    • Thanks Kat- this week was such a clear picture of who he’s growing to be in many ways. Very proud.

  7. Diane Sue says:

    So sorry about your losing Austin. Even when we haven’t lost a child. being away from our children for even a short while let’s us know how precious the time is, doesn’t it? That must be especially true in your case. And, yes, it’s so hard not to want to protect them forever.

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  8. Happy 10th birthday to Drew and I’ll bet letting him leave was SO hard!! He’s sure to have a great time though and I think it’s great that you decided to let him go without you!
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