I took some time to look at pictures of my little birdies this morning. When they first left I couldn’t do that without feeling sad. Now I am filled with feelings of accomplishment and pride. I am so amazed that Phillip and I molded these two children into the wonderful young adults that they have become. Of course, there were bumps in the road but by the grace of God, we all made it through them and just look at my babies now!
As you can see my little birdies didn’t just fly around the corner. Within 2 years time, both of my children had not only left home but they left the state. First, my daughter Cindy moved to California to be with her husband Dean. He is in the Marine Corp and was stationed there at the time. Then, my son David joined the Marine Corp and left for boot camp in South Carolina. This left us feeling very empty here in Alabama.
Our family was not in the military prior to this so we never thought to prepare ourselves for this outcome. When Cindy left for California it was hard, but the thoughts of visiting her there were really exciting. She is 9 years older than her brother and had been on her own for a few years by this time. When my baby boy announced that he was not going back to college after summer break because he was joining the Marines I was in complete shock. Oh, I hid it well. I put on my best mommy face and told him I would support whatever decision he made but inside I felt like my whole world was disintegrating before my eyes.
The worst period of time was while David was actually in boot camp. We had no way of knowing exactly what was happening to him. Not hearing his voice for 3 months was pure torture! We exchanged letters but were only allowed idle chit chat. He was not allowed to give details about his life and what he was doing. I understand why now, but at the time it just felt cruel. All I could do was pray that he was really doing as well as he said he was.
My Little Birdies Together
While David was in boot camp Dean was transferred to North Carolina. By this time they had my sweet grandson, Bronson. This was closer than California but still quite a drive from Alabama. This was the start of Phillip and I figuring out that we could actually be together in a car for 10 hours straight and have a blast!
Miraculously when David got out of boot camp and some additional training he was stationed at the same base as Dean! That meant that our little birdies were together. This gave me so much peace knowing they would be there for each other. Cindy and David were always close growing up. Cindy was a great big sister and was always looking out for her brother so I knew they would be fine.
New Additions to the Family
A lot has happened to change the dynamics of this family in a short period of time. Since my little birdies flew away I have gained a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren. Cindy married Dean and they have 2 children, Bronson and Allysia. David married Anna and blessed us with our angel baby Aries.
Cindy, Dean and the babies have been transferred again but this time they are much closer. Only a 3-hour drive to Georgia! David is on his second deployment and is somewhere on the other side of the world. Anna is staying with her family in North Carolina until he returns.
My little birdies are still away from home and I miss them all so much. Some days I wish they were here with me, but I know in my heart that they are where they are supposed to be. They have started their own little nests and I couldn’t be more proud.