this year i am sad though. my daughter is not going to be here. she moved across the country in may & this will be our first thanksgiving without her. it seems a little weird. she is my best buddy. we've always been really close & neither of us ever expected this move. the plan was that she would grow up, get married, have my grandkids & build a house on our property. i would always be part of her daily life. her boyfriend's job was relocated to texas & she had to follow. they've been together since high school & all through college. they'll be getting married. she loves her man but she is not happy that she's so far from home.she wants the best of both worlds. i'm so proud of her diligence & ability to adapt. she teaches first grade, has found a church she loves, & is making grown up decisions. instead of seeing her face, i have become her commuting partner. we talk on the phone every morning & night as she makes her hour drive.
it's sometimes difficult for me to remember that my little baby, my gift from God is all grown up. we get these blessings but it's so easy to take ownership. she's mine... we had these plans.... she's been part of me for so long. literally seeing her beautiful face almost every day for 24 years.
i didn't see this coming. like i said... we had plans.
today i was reminded that we can make all the plans we want but we live out God's plan. i needed that little push to get me back to remembering just what i am thankful for. i am truly thankful that i was given this gift to nurture, to teach, to love. she is living out God's plan, her plan & mine. she's a beautiful person....she's kind, gentle, caring, thoughtful, & giving. i will always have that in my heart no matter how far away she is.
so... i'm gonna get myself psyched & throw myself into the day when i will have joy with my family despite the little ache in my heart. & i will patiently wait for december 19th when she arrives for a 10 day visit. a blessing indeed!