Our family's babygurl is Winter.
We only treated her like a babygirl when she was little.
At about 9 years of age, maybe 10, she began to be a lifeline in our family.
She is so accomplished, responsible and well, just plain gorgeous. Winter has been Tuffy's little momma, she has been his anchor as I worked hard to manage the hockey team, and then navigate attending college. Neither Tuff nor I, nor her poppa could have done any of this without her!
Yesterday at 11am, Winter left with her high school for a 3 week long humanitarian trip to India. All of us are in culture shock. We miss her immensely.
I must say that Winter had so much help pulling this trip all together. She worked all summer 2009 and made nearly a thousand dollars for her trip. Family and friends helped too; Sara, Grandma Betty & Grandpa Steve, Uncle Jim & Aunt Pleasant, Dee, the Teeters and Pat.
How can I begin to thank everyone for their love and support.
Winter will learn so much, she will gain so much insight, she will be a different person because of this opportunity and experience.
I dropped her off and I just stood there, I didn't know what to do. I wanted to go with her, I wanted to talk with her! The only thing that I was able to do was hold onto Kathryn LeBaron whose boys go to Walden School of Liberal Arts and are going on the trip and walked in with Winter.
Next time though, I will definitely make her take her phone, at least a text that says, we are off and ok, that would have helped me let go better.
But now she is gone and the only thing I can do is wait, wait to hear from her, wait to read her comments and wait until she gets home.
She has started her own blog, as this is the first of her BIG adventures, feel free to drop in and leave her a comment! The World with Winter. Enjoy!