Well, we got Mark moved into USC today. It all went really well, but I have to admit my heart is still sad! I have been totally okay all week knowing he was leaving today. Even yesterday I wasn't sad at all!! But last night it just hit me that it was his last night in our house and from now on things would never be the same. He came in to our bedroom before he went to bed and hugged us and said, "You guys have done so much for me and I wanted you to know I appreciate it. I love you!" That was such a sweet thing for him to say! Steve and I were both very teary. God has blessed us so much with such a precious boy.
This morning Steve's mom and dad came over for breakfast and to say goodbye to Mark. My parents came by yesterday, but they missed him. They dropped off candy for him, though! :)
This is Mark and me right before we left.
We headed out about 8:30 and got to Columbia around 10:30 (we had to make a few stops). Mark was on the 7th floor and the elevator lines were SOOOO long, so we all just carried everything up the seven flights of stairs. My legs were like jello. But guys are so much easier than girls! Mark had about half the stuff Ashley had! He doesn't care if anything matches or is decorated cute.
He did take a poster I made for him a few years ago. It is a collage of all his favorite basketball players.
Mark is so lucky to have three sisters. They were all just buzzing around making his bed, hanging up his clothes, hanging posters, setting up his desk, folding his clothes and putting them in his drawers. Mark didn't have to do a thing!!
We had lunch together and made a Target run. Then when we got back to the room, we set up his printer and TV. Here is Steve setting up his computer.
We got everything finished around 4:00.
Mark walked us out to the parking lot and we hugged him goodbye. I didn't want to let go!! I didn't cry, but I had a huge lump in my throat. It was so hard seeing him walking away. But he is ready and was anxious to start checking everything out and calling his friends to get together. I love him so much (it makes me teary eyed just typing this). I want him to have a great year and meet lots of new friends and absolutely love it. And I want to be okay with him being gone. Our family will be different, but I know we will get used to it.
We will be doing this again for the last time next year. So we are making the most of our time with Laura and Lindy!
PS--Congratulations to Michael Phelps. He is just AMAZING!!! 8 GOLD MEDALS!!!!!!
And, in honor of the Olympics and Mark's favorite commercial.... (love this one!!) If you want to see it and other music is playing, go to the playlist on the sidebar and press pause!