My Kids Are Gone…?
I don’t have all the pics at my disposal yet, but wanted to verify that Bo, Emily & Arulai have officially moved to Minnesota. We had a beautiful weekend, although Emily wasn’t feeling her best and they were all really tired when they arrived. Arulai must be a born road-tripper. She was exhausted, but the sweetest little thing! She never even had a melt down until they were leaving yesterday! She definitely has her Mama’s traveling blood in her!
Friday, as promised, we had chicken and dumplings with Gooey Cake for dessert waiting for their arrival. It was a hit, with barely any left over! The kids brought Sara L. and Emily’s brother Jordan along, and after dinner and a little chatting, they went over to “Nee-Nee’s house” for the night. I know it was rough to walk into that cabin where so much blood, sweat, and tears had been shed, knowing they were really leaving for good this time.
Saturday was packing/loading day. I had to stay home to cook breakfast for Dad and Mama, and get them settled, then I went over to “Nee-Nee’s” house to pick up A. J. We played in “the park” (what Arulai calls Dannye’s playground for her babysitting kids), then came back here for a nap. Arulai was so good. She never fussed about the nap at all. I layed down with her in case she was nervous about her surroundings, but she seemed to remember everything. She fell asleep in no time!
When she woke up, we went back over to “Nee-Nee’s” and had a nice visit with the kids. Jeanne stayed with Mama and Daddy, so I had no worries. Then I got to bring Arulai back to spend the night with me! What a joy! We got up Sunday morning and got ready for church together, and again, she was such a sweetie. She loves to dress up, loves to have her hair fixed, and wants her turn with the lipstick! What a girlie-girl Emily and Nathanael have!
We had a wonderful day at church, a scrumptious lunch at Los Cucos, then a nice (though too quick) visit with Bill’s dad and mom. Emily rode with Bill and I to his folks house, which gave us opportunity to have a nice talk. I think I miss that as much or more than anything since their move. Emily and I have always had plenty to talk about! She is truly my daughter of the heart!
Arulai had Memaw in awe with those beautiful curls! Memaw, like my Mama, suffers with dementia. She loved having the company, and hated to see everyone leave. The kids went to visit their couple friends while Bill and I came on home. I was soooooo tired! Dannye Reigh was to bring Arulai to me for another spend-the-night, so I rested until she came. A. J. was just about asleep when they arrived, so I popped her into the bed and went to bed myself.
I dreaded Monday, knowing they were leaving and I would feel very empty. Bo and Em didn’t rush off, though, so Arulai and I had a nice time playing at “the park”, and she willingly gave me all the hugs and kisses I wanted. Bill was able to take off and be with us, too. It was such a sweet time.
Finally, it was time to go. I realized I had forgotten to bring “Wubbies” – Arulai’s blankie – as well as her pack-n-play, so they all loaded up and came here to get it. This is where things got a little soggy, but I think we all did pretty well. My heart was heavy, but I am fixing my heart on a (relatively) soon visit up north. Arulai is becoming more and more verbal, so phone conversations are more rewarding than ever. They are moving into their new home this weekend, and Emily promised me space for that visit – AND she promised to cook for me, almost as big a draw as seeing them!
I want to post pics with this, but just don’t have them yet. My next post will probably be just photos with some captions! Plus, I want to show you all the book I made for Arulai, so I have to figure out how to put it on here.
Life can be so hard. It isn’t easy to say goodbye to our beloved son, our amazing daughter-in-law, and our precious granddaughter. But I can truly be grateful for God’s plan in all of our lives, and if I will keep my eyes on Him, I can “count it all joy!”
God bless your day!