Saturday, August 21, 2010

Change

People are always telling you that change is a good thing. But all they're really saying is that something you didn't want to happen at all, has happened.
(You've Got Mail)

That quote is from one of my favorite movies, You've Got Mail and it describes exactly how I have been feeling lately.  I do agree change can be a good thing, even an exciting thing at times.  However when  many changes happen all at once it can leave one feeling overwhelmed and even a bit sad.  My summer has been filled with just such changes. 

 I had been preparing myself for the first change for several months.  I knew it was coming.  As the month of June quickly approached this change became a reality.  My son would be graduating from High School.  Our home was filled with excitement and pride.  It brought joy to my husband and I to help Alex plan for his future.  But along with the excitement came a bit of sadness.  I began to realize that my role as a "Mommy" would be changed forever.  Oh of course I will always be Alex's Mom and he will always love me---he will just need me in a different way as he has grown into adulthood.  What a wonderful evening it was to watch as my son accepted his diploma and officially finished his high school career. 

An exciting time in my sons life.....A happy change......just one that I will have to get used to.

The next change was one that I knew would eventually happen I just wasn't as prepared for it to happen so soon.  The sweet girls that have been in my care while their parents worked, are also growing up.  Both girls came to me at age 7 weeks have grown to the ages of 10 and 6.  They  brought such joy and love to our home and have become a very special part of our family.  As time marches on the girls have developed different needs and it was decided that my daily time with them would come to an end.  A huge adjustment for me.


I miss my girls more than my written words can express.  But as Emma stated "Don't worry Mimi, we are not all done with you yet"  Thank goodness for that. 
Through this change, God has brought another sweet baby into my life.  His name is Drew and he will be my new daytime buddy.  We have become great friends already and I know he too will be a blessing to our family.

This next change was one that I was not prepared for at all.  Growing up you never think about your parents aging.  They are your parents and   they will be around forever to love and take care of you.  Then all at once something happens to shake that confidence and remind you that time has ticked by for them as well and they too are getting older.  My dad gave us a scare this Summer with several trips to the emergency room and a couple of extended stays in the hospital.  We already knew that he had COPD but the doctors ordered several more tests and were preparing us for a very frightening result.  As we waited to schedule these tests and then for the results, I spent a great deal of time with my parents---preparing for my dads return home from the hospital, visiting and looking through old pictures. 
He was unable to attend Alex's graduation party so we celebrated with him the next day.
God does answer prayers and the results of my Dad's tests were very positive and he is getting stronger everyday. 
Even though these changes were unwelcome and not at all what I would have wished for, I can see a positive result in each one.  Alex is growing into a fine young man and has such a bright future.  I could not be prouder of him.  The girls will forever have a place in my heart.  Even though I will not see them every day they remain a special part of my family.  I look forward to developing a bond with my new little guy and to the blessing it will be watching him grow.  God is faithful and I am so thankful that my Dad is recovering.  I am also looking forward to creating once again.  I am working on several projects and  am once again excited and ready to share them with you.  Thanks to all of you for your notes of concern---All is well.  Change can be a good thing. 

8 comments:

Celestial Charms said...

Mimi, this was such a touching post. I'm glad you chose to share all that was happening in your life. I was away from blogging for some time too. I'm sure you will have many blessings from the changes you have faced. New opportunities, new days, new joys. Looking forward to seeing your new projects come alive here on your blog.
Hugs,
Maureen

Shirley said...

Mimi, I kept watching for a post from you wondering about you and I am so glad to hear you are alright only making adjustments to your life. I can relate to all with the aging parents who are now deceased, the children growing up in adulthood and starting new adventures. They will still need you only as you say in a different way. Grandchildren also make for special changes later in life. Just enjoy every moment of it because the days are going by so very fast. Your Missouri Friend.

Country Dreaming said...

Well hello---
So glad to see you again. I too have been watching for a new post
from you.
Boy oh boy have you had a summer. Congrats to Alex on his graduation!
Change---um not my favorite word but what do you do? Go with the flow I guess. Glad to hear that your Dad is recovering and that you have a new buddy to spend time with.
Can't wait to see what you're creating.

Melinda

Scrap for Joy said...

Yay! You did it! I'm so glad to see you high up on my favorite bloggers list with a current post. You have had a crazy Spring and Summer and it probably won't be letting up any time soon. I'm glad you always make time to see your friends and have some fun!
Welcome back girlie!
xoxo
Joyce

Mimi Sue said...

So glad you're back! You have had a lot of change. Sometimes it's hard to live through but so many times life is even better on the other side. Congrats to your son!. You do know when they grow up eventually you get grandchildren! And that's just the best. Mimi

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hello Mimi! It was so good to get your comment on my blog and see your post too! I knew that you had been busy, but had no idea of all the changes. You quoted from "You've Got Mail" which is one of my favorites, so I'll add one of my favorite quote from that movie when Birdie says that "You are daring to imagine that you could have a different life." It's wonderful that you've been able to think so positively about your changes and be so excited about your life and what it will bring! I know you and Drew will have great adventures and fun together and I wish your son all the best as he begins a new chapter in his life! I also hope your Dad continues to do well too!

heidi said...

Mimi,
Congratulations to Alex! I'm sure you are so proud of him. What are his plans this fall? (Sorry if you've written about it, I might have missed that post!)

Changes...hum. Another word for "seasons of our lives". God is so creative and so filled with wonder. I just know He would never let us sit around and get bored, that's why there are "changes" for His children. It grows us, too, stretches us and challenges us. And, He has give you a new little life to touch, to make a difference. It is all planned and perfect.

Take care, Love, Heidi

Janelle said...

Oh, Mimi. Thanks for sharing. You have had a summer full of emotional events and my heart and hugs go out to you. Hang in there -- and I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been working on.

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