It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. -Mother Teresa

Monday, February 2, 2015

Winter Hosting Day 28 (Departure Day)

Gag.

Yuck.

Stink.

The day we all had been dreading was finally here. N1 essentially acted like she had never, ever heard anyone speak English before. N2 acted like she had never heard of her home country before. Nan was dazed. Jo was clingy. Michael was quieter than usual (how is that even possible?). I just wanted to avoid eye contact...seeing someone else's tear-filled eyes would make me cry.





These two are sleeping to my right. I think the separation will be hardest on them. Before they were sisters, they were friends. My prayer is that they will always be both!

N1, as usual, isn't going to move until threats are issued and we have made laying in bed too uncomfortable. Before that point, I crawled in next to her just to see her, be with her, and pray over her. She doesn't appreciate when I start singing the wake up song. 



After we are all finally up and dressed we head to Chuck E Cheese. We made the mistake of not telling the girls and just wanting to surprise them...instead N1 freaked out and refused to get out of the car because she was afraid it was the airport. An emotional few minutes later, we get out of the car to play. Yes, every single transition today is going to be like this. 

A tiny bit of laughter and smiles on this tough day. 



Maybe we left there with about every combination of Robey's in this type of picture....but none with Jo because she refused to participate. 


I am so proud of N1 and N2. They are doing so much better with being able to make decisions. They picked their prizes...N2 with barely any hesitation and N1 with minimal hesitation. 


Oh yeah, we are NOT eating at Chuck E Cheese! These girls love hot dogs so to Portillos for lunch!



A little extra time before the airport be visit the pet store. LOVED hearing the girls talk about their future pets. N1 would like a bird and N2 a hamster. Future plan! Hopes! Wishes! Dreams! This mama loves to see that growth!!!!! 

O'Hare was AMAZING to us. They found out we were with NHFC and immediately opened the rope and walked us to the front. Put the bags through and did our paperwork. Even invited the girls back early to meet with some other kids, who the airport was providing a catered meal in a private conference room! But NOPE, we didn't have the let them go yet, so we weren't! 



Extra hugs today


We didn't do much with our extra waiting time. Ate Peanut M & M's, gave reassurances, watched the janitor buff the floors, and cuddled....that was about it. 


The girls showing off the last time they will be using these light blue passports. Can't wait for them to have navy blues ones just like ours! :) 
We repeated over and over to each other, "It isn't good bye. It is just see you later."

(Can you remind me of that often??? "Later" sure feels far away.)

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