Tuesday, April 20, 2010

And, I'm off

In a few hours, I'll be getting on a plane to fly to Atlanta. I can hardly believe it! Through the surprise, amazing generosity of a family friend, I get to go to the States to spend a couple weeks with Becky as she begins chemotherapy. Thank you, Family Friend!! This is such a blessing to all of us, I hope you know that. I just wish there was a word that meant "blessing-plus" or something, cause that's what it is.

Jason's parents were planning to come to see us in May, and when his mom heard that I was trying to work out how and when to travel, she offered to come early and help with the kids. And that's how it is that in about 9 hours, I'm getting on a plane all by myself.

I've been told that they serve meals on planes. And that there are movies one may watch. And that you can even read books or magazines. Could it be true? I seem to have a vague, very dim recollection of doing such things myself at one time. I guess I'll find out tomorrow. It says something about the season of life you're in when you look forward to a 13 hour flight alone so you can read and watch TV.

My hope is to be available to do whatever Becky needs or wants me to. If it's playing with the kids, or cooking, or cleaning, or even late night runs to Super Target. Yes, I will step into that breach for her. When we left the States back in January, I thought it would be two years before I'd see my family again. And although, I'd wish this trial away in a heartbeat, I am so grateful for the chance to physically be there and help shoulder the burden.

That said, I'm sure gonna miss my little family here.

Jason, being the complete superhuman that he is, encouraged me to go without the kids when I was agonizing over what to do. "What if Grace forgets me?" I asked him, only half joking. He assures me she won't. And if she does, well, there's always bribery to win her love back. Hey--it's worked for the other two, after all.

I'll catch y'all on the other side of the Pacific. I'm off to put some BOOKS in my carry-on! Books for ME to read!


  1. I'm SO glad that
    a. You get to fly on an airport by yourself.
    b. You are going to be with B when she starts her chemo. It will help her so very much.

    Also, that picture of y'all in front of the merry-go-round? TOTALLY Elisabeth Shue!

    Hugs and Kisses to all of you.

  2. Two things:

    1. You are a major hottie in these pics!
    2. Take ear plugs.

  3. Safe travels to you, Amy, and lots of love to all of you as Becky begins this phase of treatment.

  4. Have a safe trip, and give Beck a big giant hug for me! I'm so glad that you are going to be there with her as this new phase begins. Sending lots of love to your whole family!!

  5. What great news--I'm so glad you are able to be with your sister. I am sure it will be comforting to both of you to have eachother! Safe travels.

  6. You are such a great sister. I've been thinking about how tough it must be for you to be so far from Becky while she was going through all of this. I know it'd kill me not to be able to be there for my own sister.

    Have a great trip.

  7. Wow. I'm so glad you can be with Becky, what a tender time (not to mention the fact she'll definitely need help with those late night Target runs;).

  8. Hi Amy
    Hope you had a nice flight and caught up on some reading and movie watching!
    Praying for y'all!