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Saturday, January 05, 2013

Thanksgiving came and went. No Sam. My son lives a busy life, and has a job with many obligations. At family functions, my brothers and sisters will often ask; "Where's Sam?" They know the answer. There is one thing that they don't fully understand.
I raised my son to be happy and independent. Although I miss him terribly when he is not here, I am thrilled that he is successful in both his personal and professional life.
Christmas and New Years came and went. No Sam. He wanted to be with family, but obligations kept him away. The day did come when he was able to make the 6 hour trip North to see us. We had a great time!

I have learned to trust God with my children, and to enjoy each day as it comes. I can't compare the special days that I'm given with what other people get. If I did, I'd be depressed at times, and then on top of the world at other times. I'd rather appreciate the life that God has given me, and let Sam live his own life. Sam is a caring Christian man with a wonderful wife. I can celebrate Sam for who he is.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DOVESEYES 1/6/2013 3:19AM

    How lovely he could get there to see you

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CLARALAW 1/5/2013 9:08PM

    emoticon for time with our children!

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DEBBYFROMMT 1/5/2013 8:43PM

    What a handsome young man! You must be so proud!

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68ANNE 1/5/2013 5:50PM

    Time spent with family is a holiday no matter what the calendar says!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/5/2013 5:17PM


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ERIN1957 1/5/2013 2:21PM

    Great blog.
I have learned that with my 4 sons; I take what I can get when I can get it and trust in the Lord for everything else. We still talk much, and share frequently and when we are blessed to have time together we share immensely and deeply. I guess I have come to appreciate quality instead of quantity.

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JUSTDOINGIT101 1/5/2013 1:34PM

    YAY for time with our children emoticon

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OKBACK2ME 1/5/2013 11:42AM


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BAKER1009 1/5/2013 9:27AM

    That's awesome! You have a handsome son!

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YOYONOMORE1 1/5/2013 9:20AM

    It sounds like you have done a wonderful job of raising your family, I think they are pretty lucky to have you for their mom. Glad Sam was finally able to make it for a visit.


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-AMANDA79- 1/5/2013 9:19AM

    Glad you got to have a nice visit!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/5/2013 8:27AM

    emoticon They tell us all the time that as parents, our job is to raise our children to be moral, productive and independent -- we have to do our kob and let go. That "letting go" part is sooooooooo hard.

My own DS is coming home on leave from Alaska on 18 January (13 days and counting!) and we are so looking forward to it. I understand your feelings totally.

You did a good job. THAT'S what we have to remember in the end I guess.

HUGS and thanks for sharing this beautiful story. Made me cry.

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RD03875 1/5/2013 7:49AM

    Great blog.

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GRAMMYEAC 1/5/2013 7:36AM

    Glad you had a wonderful time with your son. Our son, and his family, are an 11 hour drive away, with in-laws again that far away in another direction. We know the choices that have to be made.

This reminds me of a quote I saw on an 1850's sampler in a museum:

"There are only two things we can give our children. One is roots; the other is wings."

Sounds like you have truly succeeded with Sam!

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