Monday, September 19, 2011

Goodbye May

For the past few days, my Mom has been in town visiting and helping me out with my little men. Yesterday she left.

And I had myself a good little cry.

Not because today I am officially taking care of two little ones on my own, but because I miss her.

So much that it hurts.

Since moving to Texas three years ago my Mom has only come down twice to visit us. We go up to Ohio 2 to 3 times a year. So, that means I really only see her a few times a year.

And it's hard.

I love seeing her interact with my children. The way she rocks Connor and sings him to sleep. How she can captivate Aidan while reading him a  book. And the joy in Aidan's face when she gets down on the floor to play with his zoo, cars or boat with him.

All of the grandkids call her "Gram". Aidan can't say it yet, so instead it comes out as "May". Whenever she would walk away from him, to the bathroom, her room or just to check on Connor he would run after her repeating her name over and over again.

He was napping when she left yesterday and it broke my heart when he woke up and walked around the house calling out and looking for her.

I gave him a picture of her and pointed at her and then kissed her face. I know he misses her, too. 

It's times like these that I really  miss living close to family.

The next time Connor sees his Gram he will be almost four months old. So much will have changed in that time. Babies grow so quickly and it saddens me that our family doesn't get to watch our children grow up.

But, then I think about all of our wonderful friends down here and the opportunities our kids have here in Texas that they wouldn't have in Ohio and I know that we made the right decision in moving South.

I still miss my family though. I always will.

So, if you are lucky enough to have your parents close by, please let your children see them as often as they can. A grandparents love is so different from that of a parents and one that all children deserve to be enveloped in.

We love you, May. :)


  1. Emily, you made me cry. Glad you had a nice time with your family, but it is hard being far away, and only seeing them a few times a year.

  2. Not gonna lie - I *may* or may not be tearing up right now. Reading this definitely makes me miss my family even more. It is so easy to take proximity for granted, and then when you take that away, a monumental void is left. I am glad your mom was able to get there and spend so much time, that is such a blessing.

    Your family is beautiful, darling. Hope you are well!

  3. Oh sweetie..hope you are feeling better today! Will doesn't get to see his grandparents very often either...and it stinks! If my mom and fil were still alive I have a feeling Will would be seeing them all the time.
    Do you guys get to skype with your mom, its not the same but definitely helps!

  4. Oh goodness ... tears are aflowing. I hate not living close to family ... for the love, support, and help. Love ya, friend. *hugs*


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