The October mid-term break came and went very fast! Daniel arrived home late Wednesday night and we enjoyed having him home every minute he was here. Thursday and Friday were spent low-key, eating, talking and relaxing.
On Sabbath everyone at church was happy that Daniel was back and we were glad that in the afternoon he was willing to use his photographic skills in taking pictures of the church’s children’s choir for use in promoting their upcoming Christmas concert.
Daniel also enjoyed visiting with the youth group—including another Southern student whose family has just moved to the area and have started attending the same church that we attend. Inviting the family over to our home, we had a grand time walking together in a nearby forest, enjoying sundown worship singing around the piano, eating our traditional meal of fruit and popcorn and then playing a new form of the “Rook” game.
Sunday morning dawned all too quickly, but wanting to make the most of the time, more friends came over to enjoy Daniel’s favorite meal of homemade burritos before we went on another forest excursion.
All too soon it was time to take off for the airport and give another goodbye hug as we watched our son head for the plane that would take him back to Southern. Not long afterwards, Daniel celebrated his 19th birthday. While this is not the first birthday he has had while away from home, it is still hard not to have him home on his special day. However, thanks to Skype we could at least see and talk with him for his birthday, which was great.
He’s having a wonderful time at Southern—working hard on his studies and on-campus job, but also having fun with his many new and old friends. We are happy and grateful.
Can’t wait now to have him home again for Thanksgiving (although I wish the break was a little bit longer than it is!).