Let’s talk about Claire’s prep for two new adventures: study abroad and a mission.
As I type, she is already checked into her new spot in London, with a few days in Paris and a few days in Switzerland with a friend under her belt. And I’m so excited for her!
But let’s back up because this post is just about the “taking off” part.
Claire finished up work up in Provo, packed up her whole apartment and life as a college freshman, and headed down to the desert for a few days to situate life before she headed across the ocean.
Not only was there plenty to do to get ready for her London study abroad, but she was immersed in preparing to head out on her mission. She will be leaving for Australia just four weeks after she gets home, and wants desperately to have all her ducks in a row in order to get there. Who knew there were so many extra things to do to prepare for an Australian visa when you live in the desert?
She had to get fingerprinted, I think three different background checks, an FBI clearance, scan and send in all kinds of documentation. Phew!
She sure put in the work.
I cherished the time we got to spend together, just the two of us. (It was so strange that she was our “only child” for a few days since Lu is at camp.)
We shopped to get the last-minute things she needs.
Some good talks were delved into.
Claire was our lone girl here to celebrate Father’s Day with us.
Got in a good visit with Nana and Papa.
The airport drop-off
And THEN, after all that prep work under her belt, lots of talks about safety and navigating a new country, the two of us headed to the airport.
I walked with her as far as I could. Ha!
And then I stood on the sidelines to watch her fly off.
In some ways, even after letting so many kids go, it still doesn’t get any easier to send kids off.
But in some ways it does.
I stood there as I watched her leave, and thought of all she has learned this year.
She is ready as she can be. For now. Until the next big hurdle comes. Sometimes that “readiness” can’t actually come until you’re looking at it all square in the face.
There will be some tough times. Sure. But I think she knows where to reach to dig deep and get through them.
And that puts my mama’s heart at peace.