And now something interesting: Zachary had a ziplock bag full of sunglasses. I displayed them for him, commenting on how many he had. He said, "Oh yeah, if you didn't know, I collect sunglasses! I pick them up whenever I can!" Ha ha! A lot of these were free! Some I know he'll never wear (thankfully!) :)
As I hugged Z bye last night, I cried. I cried leaving, but not for long. This morning I get a little sad when I look in his room. It's straighter than it's been in many months, not just because of his stuff, but with our kitchen remodel, a lot of things were stored in his room. His bed is straight. His high school graduation t-shirt quilt is laying out on top, showing me years and years of memories. It's bittersweet. I'm proud of him and excited for him. I want him to be where he is and to be doing what he's doing. But I'm selfish, too. I miss him. It takes me a few weeks to adjust to the "new" and since the two oldest are leaving at different times, it gives special time with me and our daughter to do some things before she leaves.
God has ways of preparing us for all of these transition times. It also brings us closer to Him. This morning I'll start writing out my ladies' Bible class lesson for our new year which begins Wednesday night. I've had a long summer break from that, so it's time to dig deeper in God's Word in a different way that I did this summer. That's a good thing.
Please pray for all of the college kids as they begin this new semester. They are at such an exciting time of life, but, sadly, for so many, it's an unsure time of life. They need our prayers. They need to know people care about them.