Once again, I am on the eve of sending another child off into the world. Okay, this time it’s to Haiti and it’s only for a week. I know there are bigger things happening in the world and many of you have faced much larger challenges, but sending two of my girls off in a week’s time is hard. I have a friend who is in a similar situation right now with her kids going off to be adults like we raised them to be and when I asked her how she was feeling she said, “my heart is full and heavy at the same time.”
What an absolutely perfect way to describe this time in our lives. Now, don’t get me wrong, this is all wonderful. I am a proud mama and I want my girls to go conquer the world…theoretically. I guess I am just wondering why they can’t conquer the world right here in our little part of the world? I know all the mamas out there who have sent their children off into the world (including ours) have survived and even thrived, but my heart is a little tender right now. I also know that there are mamas out there sending their babies off to preschool and kindergarten this month and they are shedding some tears as well. My advice to them? Hold them tight, love them with everything you have and be present for every moment you can because it goes so fast.
Today, my oldest will embark on a medical mission to work with mamas and babies in Haiti. She cannot wait and her heart is full of joy, hope, and a spirit that is contagious. I could not be more proud of her. This is something she has been wanting to do for years and this week it will finally come to fruition. I know she will be blessed immensely by this experience, but I also know she will be a tremendous blessing as well.
Tonight, as you tuck your babies in, please say an extra prayer for mine.
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G