My Mum took my kids overnight for me so I could get some painting done in our bedrooms. The kids were so excited to be going to stay at Nanny and Poppy’s. I watched their little hands waving to me from the back seat, big smiles on their faces. Jack reassured me as they pulled out, “Don’t worry Mum. It’ll be all right. I brought my torch.” All is well in the world, Jack has his torch.
Mum returned a couple of minutes later as she forgot her phone. A second time I waved the kids off. Jack again reassured me ever so seriously, “We’ll have fun Mum, and don’t worry, I’ve got a second torch as a back up”. Priceless. I couldn’t help chuckling to myself. They love staying at Nanny’s. Jack and Indi packed as if they were staying for a week.
Painting gives me way too much time to think and I ended up in tears and having to stop, as you need to be able to see to paint. Time is drawing ever closer to our move and I realise again how much my kids are going to miss my Mum….how much I am going to miss my Mum; how much she does for our family; the love that she pours out to her kids and grandkids. She is amazing.
My tears subsided and I took a deep breath. It’ll be ok. I know it will be ok. I know that I will miss my family dearly but I have been reminded lately to take a “helicopter view” of my life. Take a moment to look past the things that are hard today and look at the big picture. Big picture? Our time in NZ is a time of growing together and being together as a family, making new friends, intentionally keeping in touch with old friends and family, community as we have never experienced before, being stretched, being a part of a brand new church, adventure, and learning, learning to love more and more. I am sure there will be more things to add to that list.
I’ll let the tears falls when I need too. And that’s ok. I will miss Mum, and that’s ok too. But I think I’ll be having quite a few helicopter rides 🙂
Mum with Jayden, Jack and Ollie.