Empty Nesters for the second, or is it third time? #Familyfirst #Chasingthedream #mgtab

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This post is bittersweet. One week from today, DH and I will say goodbye to our daughter and grandson as she leaves to begin her graduate studies in marine biology– across the country!

But, this isn’t the first time.

When she graduated from high school she said goodbye to our hometown, the town five generations of family on the maternal side called home, and moved eight hours and one province away. There, she worked, made friends, and raised her son for five years before deciding to go after her dream of becoming a marine biologist. She applied to university and was accepted!

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We were so proud of her! But now, she was even further away, twelve hours and a ferry ride. We made the decision to move closer so that we could support her and see our grandson grow up.

Then, two years later the unthinkable happened– he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

Those who know me, know how difficult and life-changing this has been for all of his family. There has to be constant care for T1D kids, and yet my daughter managed to not only learn everything from the dangers of the disease but how to manage it and allow him to enjoy a normal life.

From the JDRF website

Needs Constant Attention

Living with T1D is a constant challenge. People with the disease must carefully balance insulin doses (either by injections multiple times a day or continuous infusion through a pump) with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night. They must also test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day. Despite this constant attention, people with T1D still run the risk of dangerous high or low blood sugar levels, both of which can be life-threatening. People with T1D overcome these challenges on a daily basis.

And through all of that, she worked hard at school and came out with a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors this summer!

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But, her dream beckoned and she applied to universities to continue her graduate program working toward a PHD.

And once again, she was accepted! This time on the opposite coast in Newfoundland!

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I’m excited and worried. Will the healthcare system be as good there as it is here? Will they find a nice place to live? How cold are the winters? We’re from Alberta, so we’re used to -30, but I’ve heard some crazy stuff about northeasters that makes me pray she has a reliable vehicle. Will he like the school there? Will they know how to help him if he needs it?

They’re driving across Canada to get there, so I’m going to be sick the entire time. Yet, imagine the things they’ll see, the memories they’ll make.

It’s going to be a long two or three years, but God, I love them and wish them the very best.

Jacquie Biggar

Lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her her husband, daughter, and grandson. Loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. Spoils her German shepherd, Annie and calico cat, Harley.
And can’t function without coffee.
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Jacquie Biggar

About Jacquie Biggar

Lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her her husband, daughter, and grandson. Loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. Spoils her German shepherd, Annie and calico cat, Harley. And can't function without coffee. View website

8 Replies to “Empty Nesters for the second, or is it third time? #Familyfirst #Chasingthedream #mgtab”

  1. Jacquie: I would feel the same way, and have – when my son moved from NJ to Chicago, which is an 11 hour drive from us. SO! I hope you will consider flying to visit your daughter and grandson often, in order to stay sane. We flew to visit and once took the RV. But, he didn’t have a sick child to care for. Your daughter’s mighty brave and I’m positive she was raised to be practical and diligent – I’ll be praying for her safe travels. Hugs! xoxo Oh, and Congrats to your daughter – she’s beautiful. Cutie pie grandson.

    • Hi Susan,
      I know we have to let our children go, but it’s sooo hard! I’m incredibly proud of her and happy to see her living her dream. If only our hearts didn’t hurt so much {{hugs}}

  2. You must be so proud of your beautiful daughter… she’s a very good example for her son. They will be happy in NFLD- I have some lovely friends from there and they are kind and happy people. And… you’ll have a great place to visit when holiday time comes around. 🙂

  3. You did a great job, Jacquie, and she is too. It is so hard when they move so far away–that doesn’t count diabetes. I agree with the others–time to stack up some frequent flyer miles!
    Traci

  4. Best wishes Jacquie, It’s no fun to have to do things long distance, but at least today we have FB and Instagram, cell phones and email. Not quite as good as a daily hug, but better than losing all contact. Keep them close with little bits of daily life. Take lots of photos. I’m glad I’ve got my family close, but I expect as they start to marry, they’ll be moving out. Your daughter is such an awesome example for everyone.

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