Thank you for your condolences and well wishes on the passing of my husband's grandmother. Though we hate being away from Ella, it really has turned out to be the best plan for everyone. Ella has been enjoying a fun weekend with my parents, and we have been having as well as can be expected weekend with my husband's family, saying goodbye to a strong and determined woman.
It was very strange to be without our child. In a way, it was "nice" to be able to make the trip without worrying about snacks or dashing to the potty or missed naps or nighttime stories. We were able to go out to dinner, attend the homecoming football game, mourn at the funeral, and then celebrate at the wedding without trying to keep her occupied. And yet, I missed having her with me, holding my hand, sitting in my lap, needing me.
I'm sad I didn't get to spend this day--her second birthday--with her. God-willing, there will be many, many more to celebrate. Her name--Eleanor--means "light". Oh, how she has brightened our world during these two amazing years with her!
Though I miss her dearly, it was a blessing to come home with my husband to celebrate. It was a bit of an emotional roller coaster to go straight from a funeral to a wedding, but I was glad that I could be there for him, with him.