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Today I’m feeling overwhelmed.

Actually the past few days I’ve been feeling overwhelmed but today is the worst. My baby girl is moving out. Oh she’s not really a baby but in my eyes she’ll always be that same sweet little girl looking up at me and asking if I want to play. Now I know I should have said yes a little more and let the unimportant things go. For those of you who don’t know my daughter she is sweet, kind, beautiful, and full of grace. She makes me want to be a better person. I don’t know how she got to be this way. I would like to say it’s because of me but honestly I think it’s in spite of me. Our family has been blessed to have her and we love her so very much. I wish I could say that it’s going to be hard for her without us and she should just stay living at home. I wish I could just hang on tight. But the other part of me knows she’s going to be okay. In fact I think she’s going to do great and God had amazing plans for her life. Today as we unpack the truck and get her all moved into her new place I’m going to keep reminding myself of this. I’ll wait until I get home and then most likely, I’ll go upstairs and cry in her empty bedroom.

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  • Kate's Crazy Life - It's that whole "bittersweet" part of parenting. I'm sure I'll be the same way Toni. Hang in there and take comfort in the fact that she's not far away and will be home frequently.ReplyCancel

  • Shari - Toni,

    I have such strong empathy for what you are feeling right now. My oldest, Alec, is only a high school sophomore, but I ended up in tears last night just thinking about how fast he has grown up. I know it's a good thing that he is growing into a young man ~ and I won't burden him with my sentimentality ~ but it is really something when you look up and realize they aren't little anymore. I miss playing Legos and waiting with him at the bus stop.

    So, you are on my heart today. The fact that you have done a good job as a parent is proven by the fact that your "baby" is becoming self-sufficient and strong. And, you're right, God has her in his hands. He has plans for her.

    Take care, friend.

    –ShariReplyCancel

  • XXOO.Brandis - Toni, I am totally crying with you! Mine are just starting their little lives and I have many years before I'm in your shoes, but reading your words made me fast-forward in time. Just know, I'm thinking of you and hoping that you can take comfort in the fact that you did an AMAZING job raising your baby girl.ReplyCancel

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