Hannah had been home for 16 months and with the exception of going to work we were together 24/7…and I wouldn’t have it any other way!! That being said, a wonderful opportunity came up and I knew it was time for Mommy to leave Hannah in the great care of Grandma and Grandpa and enjoy a night out. Steven Curtis Chapman was coming to town and I was excited to attend his concert!
After spending a fun Saturday together I took Hannah to my parent’s place around 3 in the afternoon. I was surprised by my emotions as I teared up after saying goodbye to her. I leave her Monday to Friday each week and haven’t cried since the 2nd week of daycare so the emotions I was feeling surprised me a bit. I guess the change had to do partially because I was going to miss her; I would be travelling more than an hour away from her and also because someone else was going to be putting her to bed for the night which had never happened since we’d been together.
I knew Hannah was going to have a great time with Grandma and Grandpa so as quickly as the tears came, they left again. I picked up my friend Liz and together we headed to the other side of the city where we met up with Karen and Mike. It was a treat to spend time with these friends and getting caught up on one another’s lives.
After supper we went to the concert and it was absolutely wonderful!! Steven Curtis Chapman is a Christian singer who is blessed to have adopted 3 little girls from China.
The concert was an evening of praise, worship, surrender as well as a few tears. You may remember that this dear man and his family lost their youngest daughter in a terrible accident at their family home in 2008. Their story is one of sadness and yet forgiveness, celebration, love, acceptance and praise! It was such a blessing to spend time praising and worshiping God through the amazing music of this very talented singer. (Thanks for the pictures Daniel.)
After the concert I was anxious to get home to Hannah. I had a great time but now that the concert was over I wanted to be with my baby! It was midnight when I reached my parents home so I unlocked the front door and quietly let myself in. I quickly realized that there was no need to be too quiet as I heard the pitter patter of sleeper clad feet and my sweet Shaoey called out ‘Mommy!!!’ as she ran into my arms! She’d gone to sleep well with Grandma by her side and slept soundly for 2 hours but when she woke and realized Mommy wasn’t there she decided to wait up for me. She was happily watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse while Grandma sat in the rocking chair and Grandpa dozed on the couch. After saying thank you to Grandma and Grandpa for babysitting we slipped into the car and my sweet baby girl was softly snoring before we reached the town limits. Once home we snuggled into bed and she slept peacefully with visions of fun times with G&G dancing in her head while songs of praise to our Saviour and King filled my heart and prayers.