Friday, December 12, 2008

Little Miss Independent

Well, she's officially off!

It's 4:30 in the morning, and Tom just got Kami packed into the car headed to the airport to get on a flight to Raleigh, North Carolina.

By herself.

Yup, you read it right! She is flying as an unaccompanied minor, and though I've heard that those kids flying alone get some cushy treatment, she is feeling pretty grown up.

In fact, I have a hunch she'd rather fly alone than in a group of people. You should have seen the look on her face this morning as she popped out of bed at 4:00 A.M!!!

She's traveling to Raleigh, North Carolina for the ORU vs. North Carolina basketball game. Ummmm.... yep, the Tarheels are currently undefeated and the #1 team in the nation, but Tom and I figured that even if ORU got beat by 50 (God forbid!!) that it would be a memorable experience for her. She loves the history of basketball, and the Dean Dome is a pretty historic. Every time for the rest of her life she sees NC on TV, she will have that experience to refer to. She loves our team. She loves watching our games. So, it is our Christmas gift to her.

And...
One of her best cousins on Tom's side of the family lives in Raleigh. So, she gets some time with Jennifer, who she sees, at best, once a year.

The girl is pumped.

Even though I don't really understand it, being the ball of emotional complexity that I am, I am so thankful for the solid and unflappable personality God gave her. She didn't miss a beat when I asked her if she'd be willing to fly alone (the tickets on Tom's flight were waaay expensive). She is savoring the moment of pure independence.

I pray God's strong hand of protection upon her as she travels this weekend. I pray God will bless her with a wonderful trip, and that she will rely upon Him in her time away. We talked about her true source of strength and protection and wisdom and I pray she will seek God if there is a moment she feels unsure about something.

It's an interesting moment as a parent to look up and see your child so willing to walk away. I guess it starts when they are little toddlers running away from you as fast as their chunky little legs can go, and you have to run after them and swoop them up. This time, I won't be running after her, but I will be swooping her up when she flies home on Sunday!!!

7 Wonderful Responses:

georgie said...

awwww she is beautiful...I bet she has a BLAST...will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers for safety

Kathleen said...

Awww...that's all I can muster. Awww...

insertgracehere said...

Sniff, sniff....I sooo understand the ball of uncontrollable emotion...I think we have a lot in commmon...

ellen said...

Oh Annie. I think you are a wonderful mother to allow Kami that independence, especially since she is so excited. I already know I am going to have big problems with that. I hover and cling and then wonder why the littles aren't more outgoing. Crazy, I know. We'll be praying for both of you this weekend!

4 Lettre Words said...

How great are YOU!?! I can't imagine "trusting" like this, so I am in awe of you.

She is absolutely beautiful, by the way!!

Dawn said...

You made me cry! You do that a lot on here.

I hope she has a fantastic trip. I absolutely LOVE basketball as well. And, you're right, she won't ever forget this!

I pray you find peace while she is away.

Amber said...

This brought tears to my eyes! Werent you a nervous wreck?? Flying scares the living daylights outta me! I wont even let Courtney walk with me in the store unless I am holding her hand the entire time, otherwise she has to stay in the basket! lol im a nut. Its so great that she was willing to go alone, and that you all were willing to let her! I hope everything went well! ((hugs))