Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Long Goodbye

I had been counting the days till they left in my head, so many times the last couple to weeks. I was dreading it, I wanted the day to be done at the same time wishing it would never come.

My son and grandchildren left last week, van fully loaded, headed to North Dakota. The goodbyes were hard, I knew they would be, but the days leading up to their departure were so busy that I barely had time for tears.

I have already talked to them, they arrived yesterday, safe and sound and thrilled to be reunited with their momma.There are still evidences of their presence all around our home, lego aircraft on the mantle, baby dolls forgotten, hair bows in the car, a ball cap in the room over the garage. Things I will be packing up to send to them.

The plan is for them to be back in the summer (mom's a school teacher) and we hope to be able to visit as well...going to need a "real" winter coat for that visit.  They are hoping to get internet so we can do "face time" and there is the phone, but it won't be the same.

I thought I would be a mess, but God has given us a peace that defies explanation.

With the children gone we will have more time, it will be a new season for us. I told a friend a few weeks ago that if our family left, I felt the Lord would fill the void with something else, he has (never saw that coming either but more about that in a later post)

I am going to miss those sweet little faces, but I am trusting that God has a purpose and a plan for all of us. Keeping eternity in view as we walk this journey.



Camille said...

Praying for you my sweet friend....the Lord is walking this path with you. XOXO

Debbie said...

I am sorry that this has happened, but soo glad to hear the Lord has filled your heart with peace. I do know how you feel. There are still times (though not as many!) where I find myself hardly believing that my only daughter and her two sons live almost 1000 miles away. Soo hard. But I do have my 3 sons and their families here to fill the void. But more than that soo many ways to stay connected. Not the same of course, but still good. I am anxious to hear what the new way you have found to fill your time. HUGS to you!!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a wonderful photo of all of you!! Lovely ladies and handsome gents.

I know God will fill the void left by their leaving.

Have a nice Sunday and a great week ~ FlowerLady

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I know that there's a real possibility that I might be facing the same journey some day ... I'm going to enjoy every moment now and not worry about what may come ... and trust God to get me through the journey if that day comes. I'm looking forward to hearing all about your new endeavor.

Lea said...

Oh, bless your heart! We have lived 14 hours from our daughter and her family the past 3 years and our SIL was transferred this past May to Texas, just 3 1/2 hours from us now. We did survive the 3 years and found other ways to fill our time and sounds like the Lord is already opening some door for y'all. Blessings during this time of adjustment. Hugs!

Debbie said...

I can relate to the parting. I will probably never get used to my daughter living so far from me, but you are right that God just gives the grace and fills the empty spot with something of His design.

I will be interested to see what He has been up to with you.

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, This just brought tears to my eyes! I know what you felt...
It really never goes away when they move so far away! But as you said God will make a way and He has the plan for all of you!
God has taken us through some tough things this year!
I am sending you a hug, my friend!
Blessings Always, Roxy