Thursday, August 14, 2008

On The Road Again

Today, my little brothers are on the road. Headed to Arizona to start school. For one of them, it's a new venture. His freshman year. For the other, it's nothing new. Just the same old, same old, but this time, his little bro gets to come along for the ride.

It's hard to believe that these two are already in college. The house is getting emptier and emptier as the days go on. Mary is the only sibling left now, and pretty soon, my parents will be empty nesters. I can hear my Dad's sigh of relief from a million miles away. It's been a long time coming for him. He has been raising children for the last 34 years consecutively. That is a long time!!

Nick (see above) has always been the jokester in the family. It's pretty obvious in that photo, isn't it?? He is always cracking jokes, and making the entire room burst out into laughter. It's going to be weird not having him around, or watching his lacrosse games, or seeing him when he comes over to watch Tigers games. It's kind of sad to think he is all grown up now. On his way to college for the first time, and he's a man now. A Man. No longer a little boy, he is no longer my "little" brother (he has me beat in height even!), he is a man now. A grown up, about to endeavor on a huge adventure. And I am so excited for him.

Nate is a lot like me. Or so I started to realize over this past summer. He has opinions, and lots of them. He likes to argue, and even when you are agreeing with him, he is still arguing his point. I think he might find himself becoming a lawyer one day. He would probably be rolling his eyes at that comment, but I think he would make a good one. Nate was the first little boy in the family, and he was the first tiny baby that we welcomed into our 3-girl-deep household. I loved pushing him around in the stroller, and feeding him his bottles, and taking care of him like I was his mom. I was fascinated with him when he was little. And I still am. He has turned into an awesome young man. He's still sweet and sensitive like he was when he was little and it's been fun watching him grow up. (please note, Nancy's AWESOME race car cake!!)
These two aren't young anymore. Neither is Mary. Neither am I. We are all growing up, and it's been a whole lot of fun watching this family evolve over the last 25 or so years. I am so lucky that I get to a part of it. I feel truly blessed today that I get to call these two my brothers. My life wouldn't be the same without them.

If you could, say a prayer that they arrive to Tucson safe and sound. I have a feeling they might get into a little bit of trouble on their way, but I know that God has them in His hands now. And that makes all the difference.

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