It's "D" Day!

Hey everyone!  It's not a good way for a Nana to start the week, at least not this Nana.  Today was "D" Day -- Departure Day for our son and his family.

I (we) are going to miss these guys so much!

They buttoned up their house on Sunday and left it in the hands of their realtor, then came over here late in the afternoon.  We played, had a tea party, filled up on Nana's lasagne, watched "Frozen," and got in lots of hugs and snuggles (I can never get enough of those), & went to bed knowing that this morning would come all too soon.

Sweet and bubbly even at 4:30 this morning!

I know I (we) will see them again in a couple of months in Oregon for a family reunion, but
today just feels so final.  

I managed to hold it together until those final hugs and kisses as they got into their car this morning to leave for the airport.  This Nana's restraint was done!  Don't get me wrong, I (we) are thrilled for this new adventure and opportunity for this sweet family, but our hearts are truly aching right now.

The sight of this on the breakfast room table brought new tears as I think of those sweet little hands holding the tiny teapot and cups so carefully.  Perhaps I should put this little set away and out of sight for awhile.

It's truly a bitter-sweet time for The Man and I.  We will eventually only have gladness in our hearts, but for today, tomorrow, and probably for the foreseeable future, our hearts are very sad.  This will be my last post for awhile, but I will return with a lighter mood -- I hope!

Thank you for indulging my sadness, and I hope all of you have a wonderful week!


  1. Hugs to you Carol!!!! So quick, it seems only like yesterday when you told us about the move and the day finally came?!!!! Wishing them all the best and I think that instead of putting the tea set away, you should display and embrace them, that way, you'll inundate yourself with emotion at the beginning then learn to live and remember them smiling as you get used to seeing them! :-)

  2. Oh Carol, I am sending hugs to you, as well. I cannot even imagine how your heart must ache already. Lean on your husband, get out of the house and go do something fun...and get that computer read to go, you'll be video chatting before you know it!!

    1. Thank you so much, Kim. I'm so appreciative of your kind words.

  3. Oh Carol, any type of separation is difficult.. I know this had to be very diffficult.. Your aching heart is justified! Relish in the sweet memories..be exccited about the ones to come. Take your time to grieve and allow time to bring healing to the separation. I know this new adventure is exciting for them. I pray your day gets better and the week is blessed! Don't stay away to long! :) Blessings!

  4. Oh Carol,
    My heart is feeling your pain cause I know how I felt the day my daughter left...........you are so happy for them, and you know they are gonna be fine, but they aren't gonna be here!! So that's the whole
    gist of it.........
    These are painful and difficult times and some grieving is certainly understandable and normal.
    But I remember thinking how much sadder it would be if they were leaving and we were glad they
    were going..............our hearts might feel better but it would be a sad thing not to care..........
    Don't stay away too long, now is a good time to lean on hubby which I know you are already doing and to lean on your friends and we bloggy friends understand too, and I agree maybe you should
    keep that tea set out...........and get it out of your system. Praying for you hon............

    Blessings, Nellie

  5. Hugs to you, Carol. I know you'll do everything you can to keep in touch. Please know how much it means to me that you are going to do that, even though you are not my mother. Really, it will be wonderful for all of you and they will be so glad.

  6. I would be the same, Carol! The thought of having my kids/grands moving away is heart wrenching! You will be in my prayers in the days/weeks ahead! Bittersweet at best! HUGS!!!!

  7. I know you're missing them terribly, but maybe you can already start planning what you'll do together in a couple of months at the family reunion. It always seems to help to start planning the next trip or visit. Meanwhile, thank goodness for facetime and skype, right? Sending lots of hugs...

  8. I am so sorry Carol. As a Nana (that loves like you do) I understand your angst. God bless---xo Diana

  9. I read your post yesterday, but I was so sad with you, I didn't even know what to say. Unfortunately, I know that feeling so well. I am sending you big, big hugs to hold you over until you get to see them again in two months. Take care, my friend. Maria

  10. This is so sad. I don't know what to say to cheer you up Carol. My arms go out in a big hug to you both :(

  11. Change is hard. May the next couple of months fly by for you, until you see your sweet grandchildren again.

  12. Sending hugs and warm thoughts your way!

  13. :( Awww..Carol, I'm sorry. Chin up my friend. XO

  14. Well, clearly, I've missed a few episodes, travelling across the pond, back to the island.

    Carol, change is difficult, but I truly believe that things happen for a reason. My one and only daughter, Liberty, is VERY far away from us, a whole ocean and continent away, but it is for her future in a country that can offer her security and prosperity. It is ironic that she has moved to Canada, her mother's country of birth, although she was born in her mother's adopted country, Greece!

    Wishing you the best of this 'withdrawal week', but trust me, it gets easier.



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