Friday, January 25, 2013

Counting Down, Looking Up


Two posts in three weeks . . . and I feel exhausted.   And I've already exhausted whatever creative, interesting ideas that might have been stored in my brain.   Maybe it's because my daughter will be leaving in just over two weeks and I won't see her again for a year and a half.  Maybe it's because I will miss her like crazy and I don't want to think about it.   I don't want to think about anything for fear that thoughts about her leaving will creep in and squeeze my heart until it hurts.    

BUT . . . I've been through this before . . . with my son.   I got through it.   I know I can get through it again.   I know that my daughter will be sharing something glorious with people that she meets.   And I know that my daughter will have angels ministering to her, protecting her, and just plain keeping her company for the next 18 months. 

And I can think of nothing more wonderful that she could be doing at this point in her life.   What an amazing chapter to be written in her own personal book of life!!    So, I will buck up.  I will wear the callouses on my knees humbly and proudly as I cheer her on.  

And the squeezing in my heart?   Well, that's love. 


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  1. That's so sweet Judy. You'll get through it. :)

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    1. Thanks . . . and, yes, I'll get through it.

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  2. Judy- A mothers love, and all that strength. I don't care what you say, you need a great big hug!! ((*)) May your daughters mission be filled with blessing.

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    1. Teri, I needed that hug - - thank you so much!!

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  3. As a mother I understand how you feel. Sending good thoughts to you!

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    1. Thanks Beth. Us mothers need to unite in support of one another!!

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  4. Your daughter must be amazing, I'm always in awe of people who are willing to make commitments like that.

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    1. She is amazing, Kellie - and she would LOVE your sense of humor!

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  5. :) It'll be an experience for both of you.

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  6. It is love, but it still hurts a momma's heart to have her children out of reach. Mine just live across country, but even that sometimes feels so very far when they just need a hug or a friendly smile across the table. I suspect this will be much harder on you than on her, but what stories she'll have to share with you when she comes home... a true growing up experience! We'll be here to keep you company in the mean time, though I know it's just not quite the same. HUGS

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    1. I would love your company while she' s gone :)

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  7. This is such a bittersweet time! But, as moms, we know that the sacrifice is so worth it. (Loved seeing the pics on facebook of her temple trip!)

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    1. Just remember, Julie - that was me through one of those lenses that distort your shape :)

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  8. Oh Judy my heart aches for you and is proud for you all at the same time.. Of course she will have angels ministering to her.. She has one as a mom.. Hugs.. And please thank your daughter for me.. Glorious works indeed..

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  9. *Hugs* Sending good thoughts and prayers, friend.

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  10. Oh, just got a knot in my stomach - I suppose that's empathy. What an exciting chapter for her, but understand the missing part. Hang in there, lady. You done good.

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