Wednesday, September 3, 2008

She's Leavin', On a Jet Plane

Don't know when she'll be back again. Oh, babe, I hate to see you go.
One last hug between big brother (better known to our family as Bubba) and little sissy.
A look of surprise on Nikki's face prompted by her Bubba's offer of "an extra $50 in it for you if you order a body cavity search" to the security checkpoint officer.
Nikki's moment of angst while the security officer 'pretended' to be considering the offer. She played along good naturedly.
Nikki's look of triumph when the officer determined "no body cavity search required".
You can't see it very well, but she's wearing a shirt her brother bought her for Christmas. It reads "Homeschool Valedictorian", which she was, in our homeschool! ;-)
For anyone who doesn't normally read my blog, the above pictures are of my daughter, Nikki, at DFW Airport last week. She spent three weeks of August with us before going on to visit and say goodbye to other friends and family. She's spending two weeks in Florida with her best friend right now, then she's leaving for England to live there. I'm not as sad as I was the first few days after she left, nor am I as sad as I will likely be when I know she's left Florida for overseas. My little chick just loves to flap her wings. :-)
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Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.
~Psalm 127:3 NKJV


42 comments:

Debra said...

She's beautiful, so is your son!
I'm sad for you that she's gone-hope it won't be too long before you see her again.

I LOVE your new doggie picture. What a mouth!
Love, Debra

Nancy said...

What a wonderful post. I can tell that brother and sister are really close.

It's tough to say good-bye after an extended visit, huh?

cinnamongirl93 said...

Agh! What wonderful pictures. I love how you all could find humor in the situation. It's better to laugh than cry!
God Bless you all! I'm sure that you will be in touch a lot.
Peace.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I love seeing pictures of Nikki. You can't help but smile at her smile, so I am sitting here grinning my fool head off. :-D

Jennifer said...

It looks like you've raise a great kiddo! I think you deserve a trip to England. I'll be keeping her in my thoughts and prayers (and you, too)

Tins and Treasures said...

Well, I read this an hour a ago...and couldn't comment, cause I can't imagine...
Your daughter is beautiful and looks so full of life. I know you'll see her before you know it!

MSM said...

It's awesome that brother and sister are so close.

Great bloggy pics!! : )

Joyfulsister said...

Awww They both seem so close, hard at times to allow their wings to fly away from us, but they come back with even stronger wings don't they
*smile* I'm well rested and doing my bloggy visits and just wanted to say heloo, catch up on reading and I have to tell ya..

I just love your doggy's face lol totaly made me smile!!!!

Hugz Lorie

randi said...

(((HUGS))) for you, Renna!

Your girl is lovely and brightens the world with that smile of hers!

Wool Winder said...

The goodbye part is the hardest. My children aren't nearly as far away, but I miss them too.

Karen said...

She's a beautiful girl. You did a great job in raising them, they obviously love each other a lot! How exciting for her! Maybe you'll get a trip to England out of all this?

Marilyn - A Mixed Bouquet said...

Ooh, that naughty brother! :P What fun they have together. I know that you will all miss each other!

Love the pics! Nikki is gorgeous as usual!

Elizabeth - Scrappygolden said...

Beautiful pictures and what a fun relationship those two have!

Again, love the Bible verse you chose.

Tins and Treasures said...

Renna, I'm thinking about you today. Your daughter is beautiful and you have done such a great job...raising her to go out into the world!!

kim said...

Oh, your daughter is beautiful. It's so great that you had this special time together.

Truth4thejourney said...

What sweet pictures! Thanks for sharing them with us. I cannot even imagine having a child move overseas!! I'm sure it's tough. What's that saying, if you love them, let them go?? I need some prayers before mine are that age!

Love you!
Sonya

Theresa said...

Your daughter is beautiful! Living in England, wow, lucky girl! Is she going to blog her experience? I'd love to see it if she does. I almost went to nursing school in England and have an English "mum". I have only been there once but LOVED it!

It's a good thing that things are not so tense in security as they were - people have been arrested for joking with airport security! It's such a brother-sister thing to do! LOL

Laura said...

I just found your blog via Tracy's post on the Waffle Knit dishcloths.

Wonderful to "meet" you! I can relate to seeing the grown children leave - our oldest son just flew in for a few hours, but now he and his family have to leave and go settle in their new home in MS.

No matter how old my children are, they're still my children!

Cora from Nelia's Primitive Place said...

LOVED the pictures!!! Airports can be so hard with all the tears and good-bys! Thank God for big, husky brothers and their senses of humor when you need it! I know you will miss your daughter, but what a great opportunity to travel and see the world!!!! You've done your job well, now watch her FLY!!!!!!

Cora

PS: Thank you so much for your love and encouragement! It means all the world to me!!! I hope you know that!

Sharon said...

I enjoy seeing pictures of your children. How sweet. I thank God that her life is not her own, whether she remembers that or not. LOL LOL and that the Lord has His hand on her because she's the seed of the righteous!!! Thanking God for ALL of His protection towards her.
xoxoxox

Isle Dance said...

Oh Renna, what a beautiful post! How special. I love watching this story of photos. Thank you ((so)) much for sharing it with us. You are blessed. :o)

smariek said...

Looks like a trip to England is in your near future. :-)

tipper said...

Renna-she is so beautiful! I know you miss her-but I know you are proud of her too. I love the picture with her brother. You can see how much they adore each other. Which is as it should be.

Carol said...

You must be so proud Renna to have raised such a confident and adventurous soul!

I loved hearing and seeing bro and sis play with each other. Guess you raised two great kids!

Tins and Treasures said...

I love your blog and wanted to pass this award along to you.
The rules for this award are:
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Have fun.....Natalie

Linn said...

What an exciting week for you all!

Shannon said...

Wow! So sad, but how exciting! She will have a wonderful experience. Goodbyes are hard, but the good news is it means there is a hello in your future!

Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh Renna.. she's beautiful (just like you)...
I know you are proud of her, but yet I know you miss her terribly.
I LOVE the verse you posted on this!!

Liz said...

What an adventurous daughter you have! That's wonderful, although I'm sure everyone is sad to see her go so far away. Great pictures, you have a lovely family.

Debra said...

Hi Renna! I have an award for you on my blog! Come and gitit!
Love, Debra

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Such wonderful blessings! I am welling up with tears just reading it. But distance doesn't diminish the love, does it?

Blessings,
Lea

vikki said...

beautiful pics & post. kinda bittersweet... how we have them for only a short time, then they are on their own. our love keeps on growing tho. have a beautiful week*end. hugs & blessings, vikki ♥

Jen r. said...

I am so sorry she's leaving, that has to be so hard....She's a beautiful girl.

Jen r. said...

I am so sorry she's leaving, that has to be so hard....She's a beautiful girl.

GrandmaK said...

This little note may be lost in the midst of all the others but thank you for stopping by and visiting. I know how you feel about those of ours that leave for far flung places that seem so far away. But our oldest daughter and family lived in England for a year (Mundesley, on the North Sea, a lovely village just north of Norwich!) We got to visit and they had a wonderful opportunity to grow and learn. I thanked God for the internet, and digital pics. You will too! God Bless you!! Cathy

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Renna.
Thanks for dropping by, I wanted to come by and see how *U* were doing *smile* and give you a ((hugz)).
My daughter loves seeing the pic of your cute doggy, it just makes us both giggle!!

Eve said...

That is why you raised her to be independant, right? So she would not be afraid to leave that nest and go find her own way. Many parents who have grown children move back in with them, would love to be in your shoes. : )

Dani said...

She is a lovely young woman, no wonder you are so proud of her...I envy her stay in England, we were there in the 80s and loved it, know she will too...lots of adventures and explorations, I am sure...sad for
you, I know but a good excuse to go yourselves!

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Renna,
Happy Sunday Sistah!! dropping by to say Hello and because my daughter loves your doggy lol..

Hugz Lorie

kat449 said...

Hi Girlfriend!!!
OHHH I was soooo happy to see your comment on my blog. ive MISSED you! so much going on, looking to move, losing my precious Mom...oh my heart is breaking into a million pieces....i need all the friends I can get to get me thru this...just celebrated a milestone in my sobriety & i need my girlpower to keep me sober AND sane...Your kids are just too adoreable. I got welled up saying goodbye for you! Love you sister...Hugs, (((Kat)))(Katerpillarsnomore)

Danaover40 said...

I love these photos Renna. Your girlie will surely be missed, but I know you want God's very best for her, and he can use ALL things together for good to those who love him. She was KNIT together by a wonderful creator.
Wish I could have seen her while she was in Baltimore.

Melony at Whimsy Daisy! said...

You are so good about visiting my blog and commenting. That's the extra little gift...the commenting part. Thank you.

I really enjoyed seeing these pictures of your kids. Nikki is beautiful, and it's so nice to see her after hearing of her for so long. She is beautiful. I am loving her hairstyle. It's very feminine and frames her smile. I know you will miss her. Is it hard to believe your children are raised? It is sometimes mind boggling to me to think how old my big kids are, and how life changes.