Hello’s and Goodbye’s

Yesterday I had to say goodbye to my daughter and send her back to the states for university. It is one of the hardest things for mothers, at least so far in my experience it has been the hardest thing. I see my youngest growing up faster than I would like too, she will turn 14 in less than two months and I don’t really know life without kids, so not sure how the after kids thing works.

On the 6th of September I will be traveling to Kenya for a retreat with my husbands work. We will get to go to Malindi on the coast, than spend some time in Nairobi and than off to see the Wildebeest Migration in the Maasai Mara Reserve. I am very excited but for those two weeks my youngest daughter has to stay here for school. Another goodbye, at least with a shorter time span.

Being in this foreign country has been tough, I have hit the culture shock zone and saying goodbye yesterday to my daughter is really making it harder. I have to keep reminding myself that tomorrow will be better…. sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t.

6 thoughts on “Hello’s and Goodbye’s

  1. The Nerd

    Tomorrow WILL be better! I have no idea what you’re going through on either count, but from my perspective it sure seems like you are living such a unique life with so much opportunity. “Don’t delay the happy.” That may be my new favorite phrase…and I totally mean it.

    From Alabama to Africa – I’m thinking about you!

  2. Tammy Bowers

    14? Say it isn’t so!

    It is super hard, there is no getting around that. I use to say that my heart did not reside in my chest, but it lived in Kansas and Colorado where my kids went to college. I cried when they moved so far away. Then something wonderful happened. I started golfing with my husband. And laughing more, dating him again, and falling in love anew. Our hearts feel like when we were first married.

    Just like when our kids were little and we loved the toddler stage, then missed it when they moved to grade school, then loved that stage and missing it when they moved to Jr High, then we loved shopping for prom dresses, but missed those Jr. high days….our adult lives go through stages too. You will LOVE the next stage in your life, but miss the last dearly. God is really smart! I promise.

  3. Chelsea Glancy

    This wise woman once told me, “tomorrow is a new day”. She reminded me of that yesterday when I was having a hard time. Needless to say, today was a new day and things are getting better šŸ™‚

    I love you Mama!

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