Well, Mom and Rachel are on their way back to Manila, after spending a good 3 months here. It was fun to have the whole family back together in the same general area. Sure, I only saw them several times during the months that they were here, but it’s different to have them in the area, rather than knowing they’re on the other side of the globe. It was good that we got to go camping last weekend, to get together one more time.
Getting together with my brothers, sister, and parents seem to be getting harder and harder these days. I imagine it gets even harder as time goes by. I guess that comes with growing up.
Before we know it, Oliver and Nem will be off to serve is 4-year term as missionaries (with Wycliffe, of course) in Africa, Lem will be on a 6-month shoot in Brazil for a piece for National Geographic, Rachel will be studying Criminal Law with Rory at Yale, mom and dad will be sipping iced tea by the poolside of their retirement home on Boracay, and Chesney, Caleb, and I will be Italy eating gelato while I speak on a panel at some web design conference there.
Wow, if that’s not wishful thinking, I don’t know what is.
Since my family comes and goes a lot, starting when I visited and left the Philippines twice a year for 4 years while in college, we have a collection of pictures of the family looking sad and depressed at airports. The tradition continues.