I sit gazing out the window at a storm brewing here in Jackson this evening. It's supposed to be a big one tonight, which would just thrill me!
Since I hope to hunker down and get back to writing soon, a snowstorm is welcome to cruise on through here.
So thankful that we had wintry weather while Caleb and Claire were here though, but not so wintry that we couldn't soak it in. It was purely enjoyable to be here in Jackson and the surrounding area this past week with our kids!
It's hard for me to describe how precious this time was, to have time with our kids (including Tyler and Lara) these past weeks.
It's an odd phase of life, loving any time we get with them, and yet feeling content with where theirs and our lives are at. It's so right for them to be moving on into their adult lives, and for Dave and I to be back to dancing our dance with each other. I'm enjoying life with him so much in this new phase.
Yet, for these past weeks I reveled in the goodness of being with the kids again, being a mom, being a family and just enjoying the goodness of that. They're all so fun to spend time with!
This past week in Jackson it's been precious to have mom and daughter time...
And great for Dave and Caleb to have their time together too (this was after the epic skiing day on Thursday to celebrate Caleb's 21st birthday!).
And it was good to see them off at the airport today.
Not good in the sense that I don't want to be with them anymore...oh no! I could hang out with them for ages!
But it's good to see them flourishing in their next phases of life. They're figuring out who they are, finding God to be sufficient for them apart from their parents, and giving themselves fully to the lives God's called them to live.
That's why it's good for them to be leaving today.
They need to spread their wings and fly, and be the people that God's called them to be.
And that wouldn't be possible if we clipped those wings and made them stay.
So we give them big hugs and kisses, and prayerfully send them off to what the Lord has in store for them in the coming months, knowing this is so good and right.
Oh believe me, there's a tug on my heart, and a catch in my throat as I bravely wave goodbye. After all, I'm their mom and genuinely like being with them as much as possible.
But they're grown up now, doing just great, and I'm glad to have had no worries as I saw them off today.
That made it a tiny bit easier to say goodbye.
Thankful. SO. VERY. THANKFUL!