Monday, June 6, 2011

graduations and saying good-bye again

Two and a half years ago our fifteen and a half year old son  left all of his friends, his home, his dog and cat (!), his older brothers, and his favourite fast-food restaurants (!!!) in the USA because his parents (Wayne & I) said we were moving with him to Hong Kong to follow God's call!!!

Last weekend he graduated from high school (Hong Kong International School) and today we are packing for the 15 hour flight back to Wisconsin.  When we return to Hong Kong in the fall, Wayne and I will be officially "empty-nesters".

The questions pile up... where will he live next summer? How will he get along in his first year of college without a home to come back to for the occasional weekend? Where will he be for Thanksgiving?

But we had even more questions and worries when we moved to Hong Kong in the first place.  And look at him now.  He (and we) hasn't just survived, he's thrived.

Packing has been very bittersweet, but I'm remembering how, at the baccalaureate service last Sunday, we sang this song.  

Come thou fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise.
While the hope of endless glory Fills my heart with joy and love,
Teach me every to adore Thee; May I still Thy Goodness prove.    
                                            (Come , Thou Fount of Every Blessing --  words by Robert Robinson, 1758)

We're all looking forward to what lies ahead.
(Well, not to the 15+ hour flight.  but what's ahead after that!)

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