Change can be so hard. Right now my husband and I are facing a very difficult change in our lives. Our daughter and son-in-law (who is like a son) and our three precious little grand-daughters are getting ready to move to Colorado. We have been so blessed to have them live here in Florida just ten minutes away from us for almost ten years now. It has been such a joy to have them so close by. We have made so many memories together. I am so grateful for every moment. Two weeks from right now they will be on their way to a new adventure. I feel as though my heart will break. I’m sad for them leaving, but I’m also sad for the reason as well. Our son-in-law’s father has stage 4 cancer for the second time. We are praying for a miracle for this man we are privileged to call friend.
As hard as all this is, I do recognize that change is a time for growth. There will be lots of growing pains for my daughter, who happens to be my best girlfriend, our grands, and us. We will become stronger and better for it. I was telling our oldest grand-daughter this morning as we were on a walk, when she finds herself starting to feel really sad, to choose to think about the wonderful memories and the new adventure that lies ahead. There is always something to be joyful about even in the midst of a difficult time. I also reminded her that we are only a phone call away. I am ever so thankful that it’s not like it used to be when my kids were little and we lived far away from my parents. It cost a fortune back then to call long distance. Now we have Skype, Facetime, unlimited talking and texting. My daughter and I won’t be cooking together in my kitchen but we can Skype and cook at the same time if we want to. Technology truly is a blessing.
We will still get to watch our precious grands grow up from afar. And yes, I will be hopping a plane every chance I can to go and explore Colorado with our sweet girls.
Another thing I am thankful for is being friends with our son-in-law’s parents. They have stayed in our home on more than one occasion when they came to visit and now they have said their home is always open to us. We got to see our kids and watch our precious grands grow from babies to now, ages 10, 9, and 6 and it’s only fair for their other Papa and Nana to get to spend quality time with them.
Will this change be hard? Absolutely. But I know that we will all grow from it and when God closes one door, He always opens another. I am so grateful that I have a heavenly Father who loves me so much and will give me the courage and strength to face this new adventure in life.