So Mother's Day came early for me this year when Alyssa skyped us at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday which was 7:30 a.m. on Sunday for her. During those glorious 45 minutes we experienced every range of emotions. From tears of joy and sadness, laughter, true happiness, wonder, amazement, worry, a little bit of selfishness (I would have loved a little more time), awe, excitement, relief (that the technology worked) and bittersweet heartache from having to say goodbye again.
But I was reassured on 4 important things. 1. I felt with a surety that Alyssa is exactly where she needs to be at this time. 2. I also know that Alyssa has that same surety. 3. No matter the distance, love transcends and gives you the courage to keep on going. 4. And finally, the work she is doing is absolutely true and God is blessing her every step of the way.
One of the fun things about the call was being able to hear Alyssa speak in Japanese. I could see her lips moving but could hardly believe that was her saying the words. I can't imagine how well she will speak by the end of her mission.
It was hard to say goodbye but we ended with a family prayer that bound us together even though we are oceans apart. It will be a long while until we can speak with her again but for now I will bask in the memory of that treasured skype moment.
|Dad "patting" his daughter.|
|Skype is working!!!|
|A hug from across the ocean.|
|The whole family.|
Alyssa saying hello in Japanese
Alyssa trying to send a shout-out to everyone she knows.