Today we tried to get all the last minute things together for Lauren to leave. She had help from Krystal and Amy packing and repacking, weighing and re-weighing...can't go over 50 pounds! I was grateful it was a busy day so that I didn't really have time to think about it. We celebrated her birthday ( early ) so that we could all be together for that too!
The reality of her leaving is beginning to sink, now that my living room is full of luggage and her room is getting more empty. I can do this....right? Well, the only thing that does my heart good is knowing that she is ready and excited to go. She wants to get on with the rest of her life, for that I am grateful and excited.
Watching her tell her sister Amy and the girls good-bye tonight though started the tears again. I am going to bed, maybe if I sleep my heart won't hurt sooooo bad! I know....this too shall pass, but it hurts!
“Motherhood is the greatest potential influence either for good or ill in human life. The mother's image is the first that stamps itself on the unwritten page of the young child's mind. It is her caress that first awakens a sense of security; her kiss, the first realization of affection; her sympathy and tenderness, the first assurance that there is love in the world.”
So good-bye dear Lauren, good luck and I pray that you will remember to keep looking for all the beautiful things in life! Life really is good! We love ya!
Goodbyes are not forever.
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I'll miss you
Until we meet again!
"Love is missing someone whenever you're apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart." ~Kay Knudsen
"The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected." ~Nicholas Sparks