The month is over.
The longest I’ve ever been away from my large family.
Of course, I was still with 3 of my kids (Rauchelle, Mitchell and Maret), but it seems more difficult to be away from the younger ones since they tend to be the most ‘needy’… although they and their dad are more than capable to get along without me. And this month proved it.
I admit, I thouroughly enjoyed the break. I could go for a coffee and not have my littles to share with. Only 3 hands in the bag of potato chips vs 7. Breakfast made for me rather than the other way around. Nobody knocking on the bathroom door (Marin only did it twice in a whole month!!) needing Mom.
As Mitchell and I drove away from Rauchelle (& her family) and Maret, leaving Portland, OR for Vancouver, BC, we were both crying. I said the alternative would be that we wouldn’t care anything about our family members so then it would make the leaving much easier; even a relief. However, if family didn’t matter then we wouldn’t have even been visiting for 5 weeks in the first place!!
No alternative. Our family IS very important to us. We LOVE spending time together, being in each others’ presence….presence is a present.
Not surprising that my Welcome Back was precious, too. So when Gaelyn ran into my arms at the airport, I could feel her release into her own tears, overcome with the emotions that Mommy was finally ‘Home’.
Feeling Good, I am.