Monday evening Seth, Shawn, and Lindsey left to head to their families in OK. Seth bought Chad's motorcycle so he road it over there and I have to say... as much as I hated that bike it was much harder to watch it drive away than I anticipated. I couldn't imagine anyone else buying it though than Seth. He just better be super careful or else! Then Zach, Ashley, and RoRo stayed with us until early Wednesday morning. We just hung out and had a good time. I did get some one on one time with each of my bonus sons and we got to share our hearts and just make sure each other was okay and it was so needed by me for sure. It was so hard to watch each of them leave, but that was me being selfish. I just wanted to hang on to them as long as possible. I know their families were glad to finally get their hands on them and I will forever be grateful for them giving up some of their own precious time they had with them for us.
Once they left the reality sunk in that now I don't have an event or visit or ceremony to prepare for and look forward to. Suddenly it became real and it scared me to death! I'm so blessed to have my bonus kids from Tebo and will always have my Marine bonus kids and my husband and family and close friends, because they truly carry me through each day. Most of them probably don't even realize how much they actually help me, but they do. Just knowing they are there when I need them is enough. I guess it's just time to start facing this awful truth and focus on our Wings for Our Troops foundation. Once we purchase that first ticket for a Marine to go home will be a great day! I can't wait. This is us paying it forward and those will pay it forward and so on. How wonderful is that?
|Boys will be boys|
|Angelina, Butters, & Paige|
|Just chillin on the deck|
|Pretty sure she is telling big stories :)|
|Poor RoRo, they wouldn't leave him alone|
|It's go cart time (btw, Ashley won)|
|No Lindsey, you can't take the Jeep home|
|Just having fun|
|Me and two of my boys|
|Ashley & Paige|
|What a great night|
|Solving the world's problems|
|With friends like these they need no enemies (ha!)|
|Trying out his new bike...|