Dustin moved out on Sunday night.
I always expected I would break down and sob when this happened.
Instead, I was too preoccupied with the tasks at hand, to have a meltdown.
I'm sure Dustin was grateful.
Since there was only a day to get the room ready for Lexi and Brody to move in, I had to get busy.
Everyone knows how much I adore Dustin. Not that I don't adore all my kids, for I do! However, everyone remarks about how much Dustin and I are alike and it's true.
We are both INFJ's.
We both crave quiet spaces and places.
Being away from noise.
Out in the woods.
We are hard working people. (Neither of us can stand laziness.)
We both go to the wall for what we believe.
We'd die for it.
We're both deeply introspective introverts.
We interact with people when we need to in order to lead.
Because we can't help but lead.
It's in our blood.
In our bones.
We came out of the womb a few decades apart, ready to change the world.
The list goes on and on of the similarities.
I'll miss him so much on a daily basis, coming in the door and feeling his fuzzy cheek as he brushes mine with a kiss while he's heading for the fridge to get a drink at the end of the day. But it's not like he's gone. He just moved into a staff apartment right down the road. (And, he answered my phone call even quicker than he normally does, when I called yesterday. So I take this as a good sign. I think he'll come home sometimes, especially when he really wants chicken casserole.)
While I was cleaning his room in preparation for Lexi and Brody to arrive, I couldn't help but read what was on the walls while I wiped them down.
A prolific writer, he chose to put favorite quotes or important reminders - scriptural and otherwise - to himself on the walls.
I could see where he had times of inspiration and just pulled out a marker and wrote something to encourage himself. I love that.
He truly is a man after God's own heart.
I've read the walls countless times before but it was different this time, reading them after he was gone. I was reminded again of what an amazing young man he is.
I'm so proud of him, and I know the best is yet to come, for him...for Lexi and the children and for all of us.
What an incredible man occupied this room.
He left a legacy for those coming after him.