Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I'll Love You Forever, I'll Like You for Always

Alex gets on a plane tomorrow headed for Iraq, where he'll spend the next year or more. His departure date got moved around a few times in the last week or so, and Mark and I had to scramble to get a flight to TX in order not to miss him. But we are here, and we have this evening and most of tomorrow to hang out with the boy, helping him pack up his gear, and just enjoying his presence. He is a pretty awesome guy, if I do say so. I'm getting a little misty eyed already, and I am bound to lose it tomorrow when we say good-bye. Alex has already scolded me ahead of time, telling me that he would have been fine but now his mom is going to make him cry in front of his men! Well.... tough! ;-)

To those of you with young children, it doesn't get any easier when they get big...they move out and start their own lives, but you are still "mom". That never changes.

So this is for you, Alex... from the book "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always.
As long as I'm living,
My baby you'll be.


StaceyC4 said...

You can tell Alex that there are mom's all over who are reading this now and crying as well. We'll praying for your whole family today and for Alex's safety during his time serving.

Love you guys!

Shaw6pak said...

Ditto to what Stacey said. This has got to be the toughest part of being a mom....letting go. Many prayers are with you and Alex. Love ~ Kristi

Amanda said...

well way to make me cry again mommy!

Becky said...
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Becky said...

Praying for you sweet friend and for your husband as you see your man-boy off tomorrow. Please tell him "thank you" for his service. The kids and I will want his address when you get it for package sending. I feel my own sense of upcoming emotions reading your blog...anticipating John departure.

I am praying for Alex.

GrammaJelly said...

And, those of us with grandkids (particularly the 'first') will tell you that it doesn't get easier with the next generation, either. My eyes have been filled all week just anticipating his departure. My heart is in Iraq. love, mom/gram

Renee said...

Beth and Mark,

Praying for you both. Beth, I read this book to my children, boy what memories. Take care.


Sylvia Goode Basham said...

I know you are so proud of him! Your family sets an example to so many of us.

Lea said...

Please come be with us next Sat ( Feb 14) @10:00 Youngsville Lib.... There is so much support and your situation helps other moms see how strong we can be.....

This was surely the time in my life where the rubber hit the road.... How much did I really trust in HIM to watch over my child

Praying Joshua 1:9 over child daily