Without a doubt the hardest thing I have ever done
is love Chelsea enough to encourage her to follow her
heart to Australia and Thailand.
Over the past four years of struggle with Anorexia
we have become so close that we were nearly
Well, obviously she worked and had her friends....
but Chelsea was always, always a part of
having her leave and trusting that she would
do the necessary things to stay healthy for
let alone all of the dangers inherent in traveling to
Australia and Thailand
nearly took me down.
But all the while I wrestled with fear and worry
there was an underlying peace.
Somehow I just knew that what Chelsea would gain
in these studies and experiences were worth
a million times more than my
Last evening we met her at Newark International Airport.
Let me just say that I LOVE Harrisburg and Lancaster Airports much more.
But, Newark, New Jersey works if you want the shortest flight possible
and all of that.
We were so busy looking for her that she
nearly made it right into our faces before we saw her.
So tanned, tiny and tired.
But she looks good.
Her brothers have missed her immensely.
They were nearly as surprised as we were
at just how much they missed having her around.
She is the glue.
The inspiration behind silly plots.
She is JOY.
Her culture shock is in full bloom already.
Americans are apparently loud and quite rude
compared to other cultures.
There was a bit of a glazed look that took
over when she was not directly engaged in
She is sleeping now and we are committed to
letting her sleep as long as it takes on this first day.
the hair cut and shopping
(at her request)
before a special treat this evening.
I'll try to get pictures to show you tomorrow.