Before I left my mother-in-law to return to California, I told her if she needed me, I could come back after Caleb's birthday. Well, Caleb's birthday was on Tuesday, April 24th and on Wednesday morning, April 25th, I received a phone call from one of her friends saying that she was headed back to the hospital. Wow! I'm not even sure I had finished unpacking. To make matters even more challenging, Kerry was headed out of town on Thursday, April 26th and wouldn't return until Monday, April 30th. So, we made plans for me to start driving on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.
To say the week before I left was tough would be an understatement. It was super emotional. Just as I was saying hello, I was saying goodbye again. We had spent only 5 nights together as a family before Kerry left and then had just one more night together before I left. There were also some other issues that just left me feeling raw. This time, I left not knowing how long I would be gone. How much should I pack? What should I let the boys bring this time? Basically, I let the three littles bring as much as we could fit in and on top of the car. Bicycles were strapped down to the top of the car this time. Golf clubs were packed again and lots of random things. And I brought the dog this time.
We were already planning a family trip to Texas this summer to meet my newest nephew who was due in July and had a trip planned with my parents to San Antonio. We decided it was best for me to stay there at least until then, with Kerry bringing Caleb when school was finished. At this point, we also began praying what was best for us long term. We didn't want to be separated as a family indefinitely. We didn't hear any clear answers from God at this point, but kept our hearts open to hear Him. It wasn't as tough pulling out of the driveway this time as it was before, but it still wasn't easy.