A little over a week ago, I took my daughter to the airport where she boarded a plane to Copenhagen, Denmark. This was most definitely a teary-eyed day. I have sent many children off to college. I helped one child move into her first dorm 3,000 miles away! I also drove cross-country with this child when she took her first job in Newport, Vermont. It is always hard for me to say good-bye to my children – but I think sending one overseas is even harder! The fact that there is now a nine hour difference between our two time zones and that we can only connect via wi-fi is challenging.
Of course I want to hear about everything – her host family, her room, the town she is living in, her classes, the other students, and how she is spending her time. We have had one brief conversation during my lunch time at school via Viber – but our connection was not that great and we returned to texting.
The fun news is that my daughter Nicole has started a blog! So as long as she is writing I can hear and learn along with the rest of you how she is doing while studying abroad. Nicole is chronicling her ventures at Denmark Discoveries.
I love the look of her new room – especially the twinkle lights and study desk. If you have to study for hours to be a doctor- I think studying under twinkle lights adds a bit of whimsy to all the science she is learning.
And then to be able to run throughout this forest! How magical is that!?! I truly cannot wait to go and visit her! Yes, I have already bought the plane tickets, and I am busy planning my itinerary to Copenhagen!
So check out Nicole’s blog and enjoy her travels and studying abroad along with me!
Since I am doing a shout out for one child- I can’t leave out a few other family writers. We apparently are a blogging family. My daughter Alyssa’s blog is Eating Right With Every Bite where she shares wonderful recipes and her life farming and exploring the great outdoors in Aspen, Colorado. And my son, Robert (@rgbarsanti), while not currently maintaining a blog at this time is a regular contributor to SFGiants_Rumors and a few other baseball sites.
I guess there is something to be said about being a writing teacher – three kids choose to spend time writing. I’m working on the younger three. Olivia does enjoy writing, writes a lot, and writes beautifully – so maybe one day she may host a blog. We shall see.
What a fun adventure for her to embark on! I wish her the best of luck (and you too, Mom!)
She will have such a blast! I seriously wish I did some studying abroad, and I’m regretting not having done it now. She will remember this for her entire life!
Oh, hugs! But how exciting that she gets to have this amazing opportunity! She’ll be back in the states before you know it!
Thanks! The time will fly by fast. And She totally is soaking up all that she can!
I agree, the twinkle lights add such a magical touch to the room! It’s so exciting to go study in a different country, and I know it’s hard for parents to think of their kids so far away. It’s really cool that you will be able to also follow along her adventures as she adds more entries to her blog.
Yes, she is very lucky and I know she is appreciating all that this opportunity is providing her.
How awesome! I think Denmark looks pretty. I’ll have to visit someday!
It does sure look gorgeous!
I love the fact that you’re a family of bloggers! Creating a blog to keep you updated is such a great idea. With my husband in the military, that’s how my blog started as well!
First, thank you to you and your husband. Him for serving and you for supporting his serving! Yes, blogging is a great way to stay connected. My daughter can share one post, and everyone in the family can see what she is up to.
My grandfather is from Denmark. He always talked about how beautiful it is!
I cannot wait to visit! the pictures are amazing!
What an amazing opportunity for her! The one thing I regret in college is not doing a study abroad trip. And how fun that she has started a blog to share everything!
She is my first child to study abroad. It didn’t fit with her older sibling’s schedules and course of study. I am gad that Nicole was able to take advantage of this opportunity. I never studied abroad. I can only imagine what an incredible experience it will be for her.
What an amazing experience! My Mom teaches high school English and I credit her for my love of reading and writing.
I love that! It is so nice to see our children enjoy or passions as much as we do!
I am beyond grateful for all of the travel opportunities my parents gave my siblings and I when we were growing up and while I know it was always difficult to see us get on those planes I am so thankful they did it! So from a child (albeit a now grown child!) thank you for letting your daughter spread her wings to fly!
Ahh thanks! Sometimes it is really hard! – I can say it is not easy. As a teacher – I know of parents that have not allowed their children to travel far to college – even when full scholarships were offered. I have tried to not be that parent. Even though in all fairness – we can never walk in someone else’s shoes. I do not even want to pretend that I know what their thought process was or what their motivation was. Parents everywhere are doing the best they can for their children.
And that all being said – I worry that my children have spread their wings so far that they might not settle back near the nest. That is not a fun thought! Meanwhile I keep packing my bags and heading off to visit them.