I finally did it! I ripped off the band-aid!
Last week, Matthew and I went on our very first trip ALONE since I was pregnant with CELIE! Yes, 5 years. I had been away from Celie for a few nights 2 times, but never for 6 DAYS!!!! It was monumental for me. Clearly, I have never been away from Libby.
Matthew was invited to a conference for Music Pastors in Dallas, TX called METRO. It was SO much fun. It was the kind of week you have that you know every word that was said was just for you. I think the break-out sessions were really just for me! I really needed it. And man! Was it refreshing to see and hear from hundreds of other ladies just like me. Don’t even get me started on the pampering, too. Not in a “spa package” way, but in a “coffee and tea bar every where you went” type way. And meals prepared for you. No cleaning up all week! It was much needed! One of the best parts is: this year is the first of many METROs for us. We get to go every year. Next year – New Orleans.
The whole week had the pot sweetened for me since my very best/dearest friend of many, many years lived about 10 minutes away from where we were staying. I got to spend every single afternoon with her and her girls. What a TREAT! It felt like we were back in college, except with kids and homes. AND we got to spend Friday night with another very dear friend and HER family! It would have been a great time to have the girls with us – they each have 2 girls the same ages. It was a memory making week, to say the least!
I was very nervous about leaving the girls. And not because I was scared of how they would be cared for. They had 2 grandmothers watching them…. I am SURE they were very well taken care of! I was nervous for ME! I did cry pretty much every day because I missed them, but it got a little easier as the week went on. When we got home, Celie was thrilled! Libby could have cared less. She was just upset my mom was leaving. I’m so sure….. She finally came around, though. I think it really impacted Celie, though. I have not been able to go anywhere or do anything without her right by my side. I can tell she was ready for her mommy to be home. My bug missed me!
I can safely say it may take a full year for me to want to leave them again for that long but I came home refreshed. I am tired, don’t get me wrong. But I have found I am MUCH less irritable since I had a little break. I know it was good for all of us. I know it was great for Matthew and me! We got to spend REAL time together. And worship together. I don’t think there is anything better.