Amy Rees Anderson

“Accept what it is, let go of what it was, and faith in what will be.”

I have thought a lot about changes lately as I just spent the last several days with my daughter and her high school friends on a trip to Las Vegas for her Senior Spring Break trip I had promised to take her on.  The timing of the trip couldn’t have been worse as we are smack in the middle of trying to complete our new home so we can get moved in, but I knew this was her last spring break from high school before she graduates and I had to make that the priority because I knew I could never get that chance back again.  I knew that very soon everything was going to change with her…..and knowing that kills me…..

My baby is all grown up and soon she will be leaving me to go to college.  I barely survived sending my son out into the world and now I am going to have to face sending my baby girl out into the world as well.  And no matter how hard I fight it, or how hard I dig in my heels, that change is going to happen and I am going to have to face it and move past it and that scares me to death.  On the one hand I am so proud that she has grown up to be an amazing adult and on the other hand I am so not ready to stop seeing her as that cute little baby with the big dark curls in her hair and that bottle in her mouth as she stomped around the room taking command of every room she entered.  I am not ready for life to change with her….but it will and it will very soon….

I found an amazing quote by C.S. Lewis, my favorite author of all time.  It has caused me to really think a lot about my need to embrace the change taking place with my baby girl that is coming in my life:

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars.  You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” – C.S. Lewis

I know I will have to let go at some point in order for both she and I to move forward.  It is a necessary part of the growing process.  I get that. But it doesn’t change that it is hard and it hurts – it does….a lot.  But as with everything in life the changes are going to happen and no matter what aspect of our lives they happen in we can only allow ourselves to fall apart for a small amount of time before we have to force ourselves to get back up and brush ourselves off and make the choice to move forward so we can allow God to bring even better things ahead into our world.

“There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

For all of you who are struggling with some sort of changes taking place in your own life I just want you to know that you are not alone!  I feel your pain!  So we can know that we are not the only person out there who feels sadness at changes going on in our lives, but we can also know that together we can all take courage to let go and move forward toward a better future ahead.

With love,

Amy

4 Comments

  • J'Aime MacPherson says:

    I just moved to Utah for my husband’s job and we are from Las Vegas. He loves it here and I’m really struggling with the change. I miss my family back home and I want to go back but I’m just happy it was Utah and not somewhere far like New York we moved to for a job. I am still able to visit my family and they come up here once every month so I look at the positive side of things. My mom and grandma mostly had a hard time letting go. My brother and sister keep me updated of how things are at home with them so I make sure I really spend a lot of time with them when I see them. 🙂

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