Today was the day that my eldest (and only daughter... )set off on another stage of her journey through life. Only 3 1/2 months ago she got married, and now her and her hubby are heading off to Perth to live. Perth is in Australia ~ over on the western side of the country... 7 1/2 hours by plane from where we live.... I understand their reasons for moving... the need to extend themselves in their work and try new challenges... but it is a sad day for me. I will miss the chats during the day when one of us is a bit bored at work, the family dinners we have every few weeks, and the random visits. But as her hubby said to me today " you're not losing your first born, you're gaining a holiday home!!!!!" Now onto the planning
We went out to the airport to have lunch with her and to say our goodbyes. She left at 2.05pm but her hubby is staying till next Thurs to finish up work and get the house ready to be rented out. I was strong.... only a few little tears from both of us and her friend Natalie...
I made a card for her and gave it to her with a bag of Liquorice. There is a bit of a story behind the liquorice. My Hubby LOVES liquorice especially Black Knight Liquorice. We have to buy a bag or two each fortnight when we do the major grocery shop... and he keeps it in a jar on top of the fridge. The very first thing either child does when they visit, is to head straight to the jar and they get upset if there is no liquorice in it....So the liquorice was so she wouldn't miss out too much.
Now for the card
Very simple... I took a page from an old map book of New Zealand and tore round it. I distressed the edges with Vintage Photo and embossed one of the Hero Arts cling Bicycles. The little letters are from a pack I got on the weekend. Inside I used the computer to write
" hop on your bike and enjoy the ride" and stamped another one of the bikes.
So to Emma and Brad, ('cause it's nearly St Patrick's Day)
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Love you both. Enjoy the Journey!