See You Later, Baby

Good-byes are tough.  See you laters should feel a lot easier, but this one I’m facing is killing me.

If you stop by the Atkins store the next few days, you might be greeted by raspberry-blowing, toe-eating 5-month old.  She’ll probably be having a grand ole time with Grandma or Aunt Ariel and be soaking up all the attention from our amazing customers like you.  She’ll probably be happy as can be.

And here I am, about to go on a Caribbean cruise with my amazing husband (thank you, insurance industry for embracing the vacation reward system!) and dragging my feet.  Quite frankly, I don’t want to go.  I have always been a traveler and jumped on ANY opportunity to see somewhere new, but not this time.

Tomorrow afternoon as I start the drive back to St. Louis, I’ll probably be choking on tears.

This week, Selah gets her first experience staying with Grandma and Grandpa, a valuable opportunity to am so thankful for.  I cherish the memories of staying in the very same house with my dad’s parents every time Mom and Dad went out of town. I know she will be safe, have fun, and be showered with love.  But, man.  I don’t want to leave her.

I often have similar (although never before this strong) feelings when I have to send my hubby away for a business trip.  It’s hard to leave the ones you love, even if just for a short amount of time.

Inevitably, we’ve all been in these situations, and I realize I am COMPLAINING about going on a cruise, for goodness sake.  But, it’s weighing heavily on my heart, and I just figured someone else might be experiencing something similar.  If you are having to say “See you later” to someone you love, this is for you.

1.  Pray over them.  I have been constantly in conversation with God the last couple of days, particularly as I hold my baby girl.  “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  1 John 5:14

2.  Be honest.  I’m normally pretty private and keep my feelings quiet.  But, I’ve realized I need to be honest to people that this is hard for me.  It helped to tell my family I just wanted to hold Selah as much as possible tonight rather than passing her around as I usually would.  It helps knowing they will send me pictures and updates regularly.  It helps to lean on my husband who will miss her terribly too.  It helps to share.  “Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” Philippians 2:2

3.  Trust His Word.  I am relying on Scripture.  It’s perfect that my daily devotionals this week are focused on living without fear.  “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me.  My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.” Psalm 28:7

I know Selah will have a great week in Iowa.  I know I will will have a great trip with my husband.  And I know this “See you later” thing is REALLY hard!  Thanks for taking the time to read and empathize. I pray you find comfort in Christ when you face those difficult moments.

Faith, Hope & Love,

Johanna

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