My oldest daughter Mindy is leaving for Austria in about 10 hours.  It’s hard for me to fathom that she will be almost halfway around the world from us for the next 4 months.  She is spending Fall semester there in a study-abroad program with her school at Franciscan University.  It’s a great opportunity and I’m excited for her.  If you are a parent, you also know the hurt that comes from sending her away.  Bittersweet is the appropriate word.

She created a blog that I will follow.  In addition, thanks to Skype, we will be able to talk to each other for free on the computer.  It’s going to be tough putting her on that plane.  I can’t wait to get her first postcard.

That’s bittersweet!