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DD left for India today. YIKES! DD left for India today. YIKES!

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Unread 08-28-2005, 09:01 PM
DD left for India today. YIKES!

Hi Sisters,

My 18 year old daughter left Canada for India today. She will be a volunteer at a school for orphans and slum children, and will be gone until mid-January.

I'm not exactly scared, but I feel sort of lost. Our house seems so quiet all of a sudden.

Does anyone have children that age who have gone off on this sort of adventure? How did you cope?

I think I'll have a few more grey hairs after this is over! LOL
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Unread 08-29-2005, 12:27 PM
DD left for India today. YIKES!

Congratulations!! You must have done something right to raise such a caring daughter. It takes courage and compassion to do what she is doing.

That being said, I know it is hard to have your child so far away. My youngest DD who is 27, has no qualms about taking off to follow her dreams. She currently lives in Rhode Island, far enough from home that we feel its like she is in a foreign land

I hope you will be able to e mail or talk with your daughter frequently and that will help the time fly until January. What a gift she is giving those children in India.
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Unread 08-29-2005, 02:19 PM
DD left for India today. YIKES!

Thanks for your supportive reply! I really needed to hear from another mum of an independent (and far away) daughter. Your kind words helped so very much.

Once she is settled, she will have e-mail and a website documenting her travels, and I will feel so good being in touch with her again.

By tonight, she will have arrived at her orientation and met her roomie (another 18 year old girl from England). I will rest more easily knowing she has arrived. She is probably on an airport layover in Malaysia right now.
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Unread 08-29-2005, 04:34 PM
DD left for India today. YIKES!

My DD went to Germany for 12 months as a High School Exchange Student when she was 16 1/2. It is scarey letting them go off and have people you have never met oversee them. She will go back to Europe to study in a year. You have to trust that you have raised them with the ability to make good decisions. Lots of prayer. Email and Instant Messenger are also great.

My 23 year old niece has been in Taiwan for two weeks now to teach English for a year. We are able to keep up with her by reading her blog. Is it possible for your DD to set up a blog that family and friends can read?

s and ers
Jane
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Unread 08-30-2005, 12:00 AM
DD left for India today. YIKES!

Hi Jane,

Yes, she will have a blog as part of her website. I hope she updates it lots!

Thanks for your support,

Laura
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Unread 08-30-2005, 02:00 PM
DD left for India today. YIKES!

This computer age is wonderful for keeping in touch with our kids while they are off spreading their wings. It really amazes me that one can have instant communication, the websites and photos there, with someone half way 'round the world and not cost us much. But, when our kids are half way 'round the world, the cost of communication does not matter.

Have you heard from your DD?

s
Jane
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Unread 08-30-2005, 06:01 PM
DD left for India today. YIKES!

Hi!

My middle dd recently returned from Germany. She was there nearly a year as an exchange student. It was hard seeing her off at the airport. She had never flown before, and was traveling alone. :cry:

As hard as it was to have her go, it was a wonderful opportunity for her which hopefully will pay off in the future. She traveled quite a lot there when not in school and met a lot of interesting people. We talked by phone only a few times and kept in touch mostly through AIM and e-mails. It was fun getting mail from her and her little brother especially looked forward to packages from time to time.

I am sure you are very proud of your dd. That is important and rewarding work she is doing! I hope that you hear from her soon. I think it's hardest until we get that first communication with news of the safe arrival.

I'm sending understanding s!!
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Unread 09-12-2005, 12:52 PM
DD left for India today. YIKES!

Two years ago my daughter spent half of her junior year in college in Southern India. It was a life changing experience and she is still in touch with all of the other students she traveled with. She studied and worked with young Indian women in a training program. She did get sick while there(salmonella) but got great treatment in an Indian hospital- $20.80 US for a 36 hour stay. We were only able to hear from her about every 2 weeks. My daughter is now in grad. school to get a Masters in Education. I am thinking of going on a mission trip to India in February. I am in health care and think my skills could be used in an orphanage.

I prayed for her safety, my peace of mind, and thanked God for the wonderful opportunity she had.
Good for you for encouraging her to go. -Melanie
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