I'm not exactly sure when my daughter told me that she and her husband had decided to move their family from Oregon (40 minutes from our home) to Ohio (2000 miles from our home) to be near her husband's family. I think it was a year ago. But since that day to this one, it's been one long difficult time for me. My daughter has had a hard year, fixing up their house to sell, keeping it "staged" for showings, getting it sold, packing everything for the move... and now it's all done and she and the girls fly out in the morning. Her husband will drive to Ohio after spending a week here finalizing his job and things.
We've tried to spend as much time with the girls as possible. We took them to the beach, have kept them for overnights, took them to lunch, etc. As the "end" neared, on Sunday we took them shopping for snacks for the airplane trip. Paige, the 3 year old grabbed this huge jar of cheese puffs and wanted to take it on the plane.. I just had to get a photo of them. Jenna thought it was funny, too.
Jenna, Hayden, Caleb, Michael, Gabriel and Paige. The grandkids.
Note the fun and cheesy "CHEESE" faces on the little boys. Note the baby girls going.. ewww.. don't touch me.... LOL I must say, the older boys did their best to hold them all together.
Today we went back one ... last... time.. and took the girls to lunch.. then to Finnegan's Toy Shop in Bridgeport Village near our daughters ex-home. Here is Jenna.
And so.. life will now be different. I just hope I can figure out how to be happy with it. Wish me luck. And just to warn you.. people have told me ad infinitum.. how it will be fine... I can "Skype" with them and talk with them on the phone and maybe see them once a year. And I am not consoled one bit. Not ONE LEAST BIT.