Well, it’s official, Judah is now living on campus of Central Washington University.
You might have a large family if your university dorm room is significantly bigger than the bedroom you shared at home with your brother. You might be from a large family if there a shorter line for the bathroom in your dorm, than at home. And you might be from a large family if you leave behind nine siblings who miss you…
Judah is a wee bit spoiled. As a perk of being in the honors college “living and learning community” he automatically gets the nicer, newer, air-conditioned dorm to live in. Studying hard and making good grades pays off, my friends. As does traveling overseas as a teen. Aside from giving Judah “practice” in leaving home, the university was very impressed with his world travel and service projects.
Remember the College Survival Kit I packed for Judah? Well, here is part of it, stashed in his dorm room. Chuck and I both thoroughly enjoyed the process of buying his necessities. Walmart and Amazon have been our friends during this process. Once we arrived at the campus, we realized he didn’t have a good way to access the internet in his room. He has a laptop he’s been using for school since 2012, but the kids don’t hook them up to the internet (due to security issues, viruses, etc). So we came home, bought him a Kindle Fire and are having it shipped directly to him. Man, I love Amazon. I can’t wait to send him his first care package!
After we got Judah settled, Chuck and I headed to Seattle to celebrate (four months late) our 20th anniversary! Chuck knows I love Seattle and have been dying to stay at the Edgewater…you know, just the hotel the Beatles stayed in when they came to Washington in 1964. You have very likely seen the iconic image of them fishing out the window. That image was taken at the Edgewater. For a variety of reasons we chose not to stay in the Beatles Suite, but will sometime in the future.
After checking into the Edgewater, we strolled along the Seattle waterfront and then ate dinner at The Fisherman’s. Looking for some great fish and chips like we were? This is your place. Piping hot, flaky halibut without a drop of grease? Yes, please!
After dinner we went on the Seattle Great Wheel and walked back to our hotel.
The next morning it was off to Pike Place Market, of course!
All in all, it was a great weekend!
Judah is already missed by his family, but this is the natural progression of things. We raise our children to be their own individual selves. For Keziah, Ezra and Boaz, this meant gaining the skills to survive and thrive in a new country. For Adalia, this meant moving halfway across the world and immigrating to New Zealand. For Judah, this means pursing a degree in Criminal Justice.
What does God have in store for Tilly? Enoch? Kalina? I have no idea, but I can’t wait to see!