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I see you.
I dream about last minute meals with my mom and dad. Dropping the kids off with the in-laws for a free date night. Or just to catch my breath and clean my house. I dream about our parents getting to rock our babies to sleep and tuck them in more than just a few times a year. Having them witness all of the little milestones. Impulse sleepovers. Meeting at the play ground. Walks by the river. Grandparents day at school.
I love the anticipation of visits, but hate the tearful goodbyes. I hate telling my babies that Grandma will see them tomorrow, knowing it isn’t true, just to avoid the meltdown of the leaving. I hate canceled trips (thanks COVID) and the disappointment that comes with that. I’m thankful for technology, but hate that my kids main face-time with their family is through a phone screen.
If you can relate, know you are not alone! It’s hard and for most of us, there isn’t much we can do because the Lord has us where He wants us.
If you can’t relate, please don’t take it for granted. Thank your parents. Hug your aunts and uncles. Enjoy the cousin chaos. Cherish your date nights, knowing that those babies are being absolutely spoiled. Let your parents drop by for impromptu visits. Soak it all in. You have no idea the gift that you have!