Caleb put the last few things in his bags and then headed downstairs.
On one hand it felt like he might just be heading off to camp or a school trip.
But the reality is, this is it. He is heading off to work for the summer and then going straight to college.
While we will see him in a few days as we all meet up in Chattanooga for Tyler and Lara's wedding, he won't be back here at home until Christmas.
Reality for me today as a missionary mom is this: there are no week-ends at home with my college kids, no stopping by with friends, no doing a load of laundry quick before heading back for class, no cooking or baking for them, no late night chats in the kitchen to catch up. And we will only spend a few holidays here and there from this point on. He won't ever really belong at home again.
I truly wouldn't have it any other way...I'm happy to launch him as it is the right time for that to happen and he's ready for it.
But, it's a sad day too, and I know it's okay to acknowledge that.
I will miss the day to day life with Caleb, as I still do with Tyler...and will with Claire after she leaves next year. They are great
But I'll sure miss spending time together as a family.