Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Goodbye is Almost Here

I have had 19 wonderful days with my daughter who has been home from England! We have talked, laughed, laughed some more and given hundreds of hugs to each other. Today she is leaving.

We have cooked together, visited family and friends together. I have had the privilege to hear her speak at church, and just enjoy watching her interact with those that she loves and cares about.

I have fulfilled lunch and dinner requests, and enjoyed every moment of them. I have sat in the living room to wait for to come home after visits with friends just to hear her say, "Mom, you didn't need to wait up." I know I didn't need to, but I wanted to.

I can hear the noises of packing. I think it is time for me to go check out the progress. Enjoy a few more hugs and laughs before it is time to leave for the airport.

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  1. What will you do when there's silence once again in your house?

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  2. So wonderful to have them home and so hard to see them go. What a good mom you are, staying up, fulfilling every meal request, cheering her on and then letting her go. Tears.

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    1. Hopefully I will get to see her this summer!

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  3. It is hard to say good-bye. But what memories we have to hold us over until the next time we see them. Staying in touch is so much easier these day than it has ever been. Not the same as having them home, but...

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    1. So true! When I first left home, I could only call a few times a year. How times have changed!

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  4. It's great that your daughter was able to come to visit. The laughter and hugs will be deeply in your memory until you meet again.

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    1. It is also the laughter and hugs that I will miss.

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  5. Those hugs and laughs and just having them around is special. So glad that you got to enjoy 19 days. Many memories will linger as she leaves once again.

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    1. It is very quiet at the house now....

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  6. It's so very hard when they leave, that is for sure. It helps me to remember that we did "our job" if they are launched into life.

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    1. That is true! Thank for the words.

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  7. I love the image of you waiting up for her to come home - even though you didn't "have" to. Sounds like a lovely time you had together. Not good-bye, just "see you soon."

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    1. I hoe that that it will be sooner than this time!

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  8. As soon as I read the title I knew what this post was about. Sending hugs to you to get you through!

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    1. Thank Leigh Anne! Perhaps some more time for writing now....

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  9. Hard to say those goodbyes, I know. I'm glad you had so many days together, Jaana. Memories add to our pleasure. Happy New Year!

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  10. Oh, I know this feeling. But you made most of your time together. Happy New Year!

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    1. Yes, our time together was wonderful!

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  11. I like the little moments you chose to capture her stay -- cooking, waiting up, packing... sweet and wonderful. (Every time you write about your daughter, I always can't help but be surprised that you have a grown daughter! You write with such a positive, youthful voice!)

    I've missed "seeing" you during my blogging hiatus -- glad to connect again! :-)

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    1. Jennifer!!! So good to hear from you! Hope all is well with you. I have missed your words and wisdom!

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  12. I think the hardest word is goodbye. So good that your daughter was able to spend time with you. A lovely post! happy New Year Jaana!

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    1. Happy New Year Beverly! I really was blessed to have her home for the holidays!

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  13. Only a Mother can capture the tugging of my heart that is in this post. The cooking, the waiting, listening for the packing...absolutely a Mother's work here. It makes me want to call my Mother immediately (or in an hour), and just chat a bit. Thanks for the nudge. Beautiful post.

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    1. Calling your mother, is always a good idea!

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  14. Goodbyes are the worst, but to that end, there is will always be a hello to look forward to! Look ahead and treasure those special moments and memories! As many have suggested ... start writing and capturing those moments! Happy New Year Jaana!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Michelle!

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  15. Sounds like you had a blast together!

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