We found out this past week that Daniel was accepted to the PhD program at Wheaton College. This means that we will take a three-year hiatus from Vietnam instead of just one year. I'm excited for the boys to get to know our family and to experience playgrounds and libraries and grass between their toes. I'm also a little sad to pack up and say goodbye to life here, but some sadnesses are a good thing.
There is much to do before we will be ready to leave, but I feel like we've already started the process of wrapping up, packing up, and saying goodbye. My biggest concern at the moment is getting Caleb ready for the move. He is a complete control freak (not unlike his mother), and I've learned in recent months that it is best to prepare him well for any new thing. We've been talking a lot about going to the States and flying over the ocean. I explained to him yesterday that soon we will need to put his books and toys into boxes so that we can ship them to America.
This morning as I was getting out of the shower, I heard Daniel and Caleb talking in the next room. Caleb was saying, "Daddy, we have to put the toys and books in boxes so we can get a ship... And go shipping... And it's a big ship with sails."
Apparently I still have some explaining to do.