I missed her sweet face SO much.
So so so much.
Even writing about how much I missed her made me teary.
I had an amazing time at the Sara Lee Back to School Nutrion Summit and at BlogHer. I don’t want my whining about my kid to diminish the fact that these two events were wonderful experiences.
They were wonderful. I was totally blessed that Sara Lee Soft & Smooth sponsored my trip. More about that later.
By Friday, I was totally homesick. I really missed Grace, especially at night when I was settling into my room to go to sleep. It was bad.
On Saturday, I wanted to come home so badly that I would have gone to the airport and gotten on a plane if not for the gentle encouragement of a couple of awesome online-turned-IRL friends. They saved my sanity.
On Sunday, I approached the Harrisburg airport with a giddiness I haven’t experienced since my wedding day or my high school graduation. I had to wait for my gate-checked bag to appear, and then I practically sprinted up the hallway and out through the airport.
You know, as much as a girl my size sprints, which is not too much. It would probably be more appropriate to say that I walked briskly.
I distinctly remember the moment that I saw Joe and Gracie. Have you ever heard this quote?
We do not remember days; we remember moments.
It was a moment.
Our eyes met.
She squealed, Momma!
I yelled, “Gracie!”
She jumped up out of her stroller and ran towards me.
I dropped my three carry on bags and ran towards her, tears rolling down my cheeks.
I grabbed her up and hugged her in the tightest embrace I dared. I felt like I was hugging my baby, my husband, my home, my whole life. I missed it.
Mah love you so so much! Mah missed you so so much! I don’t think I’ll ever forget those words.
I didn’t want to let Grace go. I held her part of the night.
The next day, Joe, Grace, and I went to a local animal park for some family time. We spent the entire day enjoying each other’s company. It was amazing.
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