As most of you know from my last post that River is coming home. It is such a wonderful surprise that he said he was ready. It couldn't have came on a better day; Mother's Day. He was sick that morning, but he didn't hesitate to call me from his cell phone to wish me a good day. I was quite pleased to hear from him but I could hear sickness in his voice. It was his third time to be sick with the flu since he had been out there. I asked him if he was eating right, to which he laughed. This opened the discussion to how difficult it is to be out on your own.
After a couple more conversations we decided that he truly was ready to come home for good. He was thrilled and needless to say everyone was excited at this house. I think Boaz might have even giggled through a baby coo. We bought a ticket so that he could fly back home and this will put him home on Wednesday evening. Oh the hoopla that will commence!!
However, River and I have had some pretty good talks about life over the phone. He told me how good this experience was for him and I agreed. He needed to answer all the "what ifs' of his life. He needed to challenge himself and prove to himself who he thought he was. It gave him a new appreciation for our family and all that it offers. We have always had a really good relationship with River, but he was/is a young man trying to find his own path, and Mom and Dad's word wasn't enough at times. I understood that, and that is why Den and I worked so hard to help him set out on this journey, but there is nothing like the feeling of my oldest boy coming back home.
He will come home to a new baby brother that he only held and saw once after he was born; only hours old. He will drive down our long country driveway that he will be able to call his own. He will be rooming with Isaiah now in a large bedroom. He will have food at the plenty just by heading down to the fully stocked kitchen...lol. We will be able to resume back to our cups of hot coffee talking about God and life. He will have had a big experience to draw from for the rest of his life that will have altered his perspectives, and I am anxious to see and hear about all the growths in his young life.
Welcome Home River!