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my baby's gone

Monday, August 05, 2013

Saturday night I had a farewell party for my daughter, Erika. She's 22 years old and is off to San Antonio to volunteer for a year working with inner city kids!
This will be the longest she will be away from home and her first apartment!
She has done other volunteering, she went to shur Lanka for a month to work in an orphanage and afganistan to teach skateboarding for two months and several small ones here in DC.
At the party I took a pic of each person and had them write something inspirational in a journal where I placed their pic! She loved it! I asked to write something in it daily!

So Sunday I cleaned out my cabinets of all the junk, plus a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter to get her started.
No junk in the house now!

I'm trying my best,her leaving, not to let it get to me!
I will miss her terribly! But at least this time she's in America! Road trip! emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GETTINFIT-2014 8/9/2013 9:08PM

    Wow, that's a great gift idea!

Your daughter sounds like a really great person - good for you!

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PEZCATHY 8/7/2013 7:12PM

    You sound like an awesome mom who loves her daughter! I had four daughters and they came and went and came and went (all boomerangs). It never gets easy to see them go. San Antonio is an awesome place to visit (I used to live near Dallas), you will love it there when you visit! Hugs to you, so hard to have your baby leave home.

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HAPPYDOES 8/7/2013 6:28PM

    I hope she love San Antonio. It's a great place with lots to see and do. I have a daughter that lives about 25 miles from there so I get to go down there a couple of times per year to see her, her husband, and my two grandsons.

My girls left home years ago, and I remember when the last one left, I felt so lonely. Then she came back home for a short stint, got married and left again, came back home when her husband left for the military, then she stayed after he dumped her. Now she's gone again for a while but keeps a bedroom at my house because she works in the oil fields for several weeks then gets a week or so off before she heads back to the rigs. She just started a new job in N.D. and she plans to actually move up there. I guess I'll finally get my guest room back, but I'll miss her occasional homecomings 4 or 5 times per year and her company when she is home.

My heart goes out to you. I'm feeling the same way you do because I think this time, she might actually leave the nest for good. I didn't expect it to be so hard to see her go this time....especially after having seen them all leave and return and leave again. I wonder if it ever gets easier to see them leave, even when they just come for a visit?

I appreciate my mom so much more now and the things she must feel when we and our children come and go from her home.

Hang in there. I'm here if you need a friend to talk to.


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LOISJOHN14VS6 8/7/2013 5:51PM

    This brings back memories of how I felt when my son left for Desert Storm at the age of 17. He was burning with fever when I gave him a farewell hug. The night he arrived there the bombs shook the ground where he was. Prayer is what kept him safe and brought him home. Today he preaches the word of God in a church in Lee Summitt Ms.

I know you are concerned for your daughter and I know you miss her.
Wishing you the very best and your daughter too.

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DEB9021 8/6/2013 8:48PM

    I am with you. My son (oldest of two) leaves for college on Sunday. He is only going about 45 minutes away, but it's still moving out and still a lot to do. He just got an on-campus job, which is awesome and he is so excited about it, but that means he probably won't be running home so much on weekends. He is the chattier, busier and more social of the two, so the house will be quiet without him. He is always making music (singing, guitar, keyboards) and his new roommate is a drummer. Yikes!
I hope the whole floor in the dorm is filled with music lovers!

The pictures and journal was a neat idea. The problem with sons is they don't appreciate you getting sentimental about it.

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NELLIEC 8/5/2013 4:30PM

    I know what you mean. My three sons have been in the military, and one is still in the military over in S. Korea. My oldest has been in the Dominican Republic for several months, but is expected to return soon.

I was in San Antonio many years ago. Definitely a historical place! I hope she has read up on Texas history and the role of San Antonio.

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STR458 8/5/2013 3:32PM

    oh boy, you got some tears coming on this deal, and I bet you are already waiting for her to "come back home" emoticon emoticon

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    I'm sure you are very proud of her. She sounds like a special young lady.
It's hard to let them go but it gets easier as time goes by.

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JTREMBATH 8/5/2013 2:50PM

    I know that feeling when your youngest leaves home.

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