The desire to hold them close overwhelms you. Your time together is short and without room for full expression of your love. This is the way I have felt this week while having my daughter home from Korea.
My mother’s heart fills with precious moments spent enjoying her and my son, Josiah. This week was incredible and I wince at the thought of taking Elya to the airport tonight for her return trip to Korea. I must also mentally and emotionally prepare for Josiah leaving on his work/travel trip around the world this September.
Until then, I will enjoy every moment I have with her. Here are some photos of our time with friends and family. Elya missed so much of her cousin’s growing up these last ten months. She held Stephen Michael every chance she could.
She fell in love with him and became obsessed with spending time playing together.
The family birthday party filled with hours of talking, laughing, and loving. I watched my family enjoy each other and filled with appreciation for the gift we are to each other.
Another highlight of the week was Elya’s actual birthday. The morning began with a breakfast with just the two of us.
I tried to live that day in slow motion but time is no respecter of a mother’s heart. We drove down to Santa Monica and enjoyed a day of shopping and a lunch with Elya’s boyfriend, Jesse.
Last night, Elya’s friends, Meg and Liz, had a party for her in Brentwood. I looked around at all of the fun-loving, brilliant young adults chatting, hugging, and laughing, and smiled. My children have the most wonderful friends.
As they toasted Elya in honor of her birthday, I couldn’t help thinking how far this young woman has come in her life. From missionary kid to hometown girl back to world traveler again, Elya brings laughter, love, and life to everyone she meets.
Yes, these are the best times of our lives. I just wish they would stop moving so fast because I will never have them back again.